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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...


Best of Borscht

Best of Borscht

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Vegan / Soup

My great grandma Halwas was from Poland, and I remember my grandma making variations of beet and cabbage soup. Although I don't actually have my grandma's original recipe, this is how I like to picture her making it with the fresh ingredients right from the farm. This borscht is packed...


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...


Sophia's Lentil Pasta Sauce

Sophia's Lentil Pasta Sauce

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

*Student Guest Post* As a nutrition student, I’m constantly reminded about the health benefits of pulses. They are a great source of fibre, protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, folate, and B vitamins. Pulses have been shown to reduce risk of heart disease and improve digestive health, and the...


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...


Moroccan-Spiced Vegetarian Stew

Moroccan-Spiced Vegetarian Stew

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

I love one-pot meals because you can get so many ingredients and food groups into one bowl. This recipe is easy, quick, and freezes very well. The vegetables and chick peas add loads of soluble and insoluble fibre leaving you feeling full and satisfied.  This stew is rich in beta carotene,...


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...


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...


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...


Fig & Fennel Salad with Toasted Almonds

Fig & Fennel Salad with Toasted Almonds

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

Fennel is a light, cold and crisp vegetable rich in vitamin C and potassium. It has an anise or licorice-like flavour and goes well with the sweetness of fruit. This makes a great addition to summer salads. Ingredients: 1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced 4 dried figs, cut into pieces...


Sesame, Ginger Dressing

Sesame, Ginger Dressing

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dressings

One of the key ingredients in this dressing is miso. For those who are unfamiliar with miso, it is a fermented soybean paste that tastes salty like soy sauce. It is used to flavour soup and other foods typical of Japanese cuisine. Fermented foods are a type of probiotic because they...


Simple Scratch Granola

Simple Scratch Granola

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

Granola contains so many ingredients that help promote good health: cholesterol-reducing whole oats, digestion-slowing fibre, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. Add it to milk, yogurt or cottage cheese and you've got a well-balanced breakfast or snack. It takes...


Making Vegetable Stock

Making Vegetable Stock

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Soup

Reduce waste, save money, optimize nutrition - make your own stock! In my household, one-pot meals are quick and easy for us, hence, we go through a lot of soup stock. Recently, I've been concerned with the ingredients that go into soup bases: monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavours,...


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...