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Cannellini Bean & Roasted Beet Hummus

Cannellini Bean & Roasted Beet Hummus

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free

How fun does this hummus look? Beets are such a cool root vegetable to work with because of their bright, bold, and unique colour. The betanin that gives beets their colour, also add a good dose of antioxidants to your meal. There are more to beets than borscht (although I have a great recipe...


Maple Pecan Toasted Granola (Low FODMAP)

Maple Pecan Toasted Granola (Low FODMAP)

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Snacks / Vegan / Gluten Free

This recipe is a variation of my original Simple Scratch Granola using low FODMAP ingredients for those of you with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If FODMAPs is a new term to you, find out more about these foods here and how they can affect the GI tract of someone with IBS. If you do not have...


Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / Vegan / Gluten Free / Dessert

Nice cream seems to be all the rage these days so I just had to try it out for myself. I think I went through 40 bananas trying various flavours and recipes, and this one if by far my favourite (chocolate peanut butter coming close). Nice cream is essentially a dairy free, gluten free, low...


Spaghetti Squash Boats with Ragu

Spaghetti Squash Boats with Ragu

Posted in Weekday Meals / Entrees / Beef / Gluten Free

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy pasta and I am certainly not trying to replace durham wheat spaghetti for a "healthier" or "cleaner" version. Not my style. But I needed to get out of my spaghetti squash rut! This is comfort food, my friends. A warm-your-bones, flavourful, and surprisingly filling...


Vegan Red Lentil and Spinach Dal

Vegan Red Lentil and Spinach Dal

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Entrees / Vegan / Vegan / Gluten Free

This year, the United Nations deamed 2016 the International Year of Pulses - good news for Canadian pulse growers and for Canadian citizens! Pulses (dried beans, peas, and lentils) are wonderfully sustainable crops because they increase soil microbial activity and boost soil nutrients in...


Curried Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Curried Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Entrees / Vegan / Vegan / Soup / Gluten Free

Winter squashes include pumpkin, acorn, butternut, spaghetti and hubbard. Soup is a great, savoury way to start experimenting with squash if you are new to cooking with them. Between the lentils and the squash, just one bowl of this soup offers over 4 grams of fibre, and a rich source of...


Black Bean Fiesta Salad

Black Bean Fiesta Salad

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free / Salads

I call this a fiesta salad because it just looks like a party! The colours are amazing! The next best thing about this salad is the roasted kernel corn. Roasting brings out the sweetness in the corn, that complements the spice of the onion and jalapeno pepper so well. This salad is rich in...


Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup

One of the top food and nutrition trends that I think is worth making a habit of in 2017 - soup! I have huge love for soup and one pot meals in general. It's an easy way to load up on vegetables and get 2 or 3 food groups in a bowl. Soup is also a great way to minimize waste by using veggie...


Smokey Vegan Split Pea Soup

Smokey Vegan Split Pea Soup

As part of The International Year of Pulses, I took the Pulse Pledge to cook one pulse-based meal per week for 10 weeks! The first feature pulse for the challenge was split peas. So naturally, split pea soup came to mind - a childhood favourite! I was looking to deliver the smokey flavour...


Millet Salad w Pomegranate & Mint

Millet Salad w Pomegranate & Mint

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free / Salads

This recipe was inspired by pomegranate and fresh mint I had left over from an afternoon experimenting with festive cocktails, including our Fresh & Fruity Non-Alcoholic Punch. This salad will go nicely with your usual holiday spread, yet impressing guests with the colour of the season and...


High Protein Banana Oat Pancakes

High Protein Banana Oat Pancakes

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Gluten Free

This weekend calls for pancakes! I had a hankering for them but no pancake mix, and on Sunday morning there is no way I'm getting out of my PJs early to head to the store. I compromised and put together this super simple, no fuss, high protein pancake mix. The bananas add a good dose of...


Muffin Tin Omelets

Muffin Tin Omelets

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Gluten Free

My clients often ask about quick breakfast options for busy mornings when there is little time to sit down with a bowl of oatmeal or poached eggs on toast. A good breakfast includes a source of protein - a key nutrient to help satisfy your appetite well into the morning. Mini omelets can...


Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Entrees / Vegan / Vegan / Gluten Free

This recipe is a creation of my husband’s, lucky me! Sean was on supper duty one evening and delivered an amazing tomato-based curry. He is pretty confident in the kitchen and can simply throw ingredients together. I had to get him to make this dish a second time to put the recipe on paper, not...


Coconut Flour Banana Blueberry Muffins

Coconut Flour Banana Blueberry Muffins

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Gluten Free

Coconut flour is a wonderful gluten-free, fibre-rich alternative to wheat flour for use in baking. However, it cannot simply be substituted 1:1 in place of grain-based flours because coconut flour is super absorbent and requires additional moisture. Coconut flour is a very rich source of fibre...


Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

Posted in Weekday Meals / Gluten Free / Dessert

I love this recipe for it’s simplicity, ease, and the fact that it includes one of my favourite, fibre-rich snacks - popcorn! Indulgent but not heavy; a suitable option for those with a gluten allergy or sensitivity.   Ingredients: ~12 cups of air-popped or stovetop popcorn (~ 1/2 to 2/3...


No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Vegan / Gluten Free

One of the key ingredients in these protein balls are chia seeds - an edible seed that originates from a desert plant, salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fibre, and calcium. Just 2 tbsp of chia contains the same amount of calcium as 100 grams...


Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Posted in Weekday Meals / One-Pot Meals / Entrees / Beef / Gluten Free

I just love meaty cabbage rolls, my Polish relatives would call it Bolabki! I enjoy making cabbage rolls and it certainly took a few attempts to get the product I wanted. For many though, cabbage rolls may not be a realistic family supper for those busy weeks. And sometimes we want the...


Zesty Quinoa & Bean Casserole

Zesty Quinoa & Bean Casserole

This meal is a great way to introduce pulses into your family's diet. Pulses are part of the legume family, but the term pulse refers only to the dried seed and include (but are not limited to) dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses are a good source of fibre, protein and folate, and...


Weekend Brunch with Blueberry Compote

Weekend Brunch with Blueberry Compote

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Vegan / Gluten Free

Now that the snow has fallen, it feels like a perfect weekend for warm, home made pancakes and blueberry compote. Perhaps a couple of poached eggs and a mimosa to boot. Right, compote you ask? It is simply a French word to describe cooked fruit, sugar and spices. Originally considered a...