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Quinoa Salad Basics

Quinoa Salad Basics

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Salads

Everyone should have this base quinoa salad recipe up their sleeve for on-the-go evenings, a quick yet impressive pot-luck side, or for work week lunches. It is easy and it comes together quickly.   But here's the best part: you can take this base recipe and make it a complete meal by adding...


Sesame Ginger Tofu & Veggie Stirfry

Sesame Ginger Tofu & Veggie Stirfry

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

Stir fry is a once-a-week staple in my household because it is so easy, filling, tasty, and I'm a sucker for colourful dishes! If you’re new to cooking with tofu, this is a great first recipe to experiment with! Tofu really has no distinct taste, so it’ll absorb the flavours you’re cooking...


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...


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...


Frozen Yogurt Pops

Frozen Yogurt Pops

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks

The warm weather is here, and was certainly noted after a day at the lake paddle boarding, boating and fishing under a hot sun! Although hydration is #1 on my mind during a hot day, I must say #2 is a cool, sweet treat. With so many options on the market, it's a tough decision to make,...


Lentil, Oat and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lentil, Oat and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast

Lentils are a rich source of fibre, folate, protein, and iron. They're inexpensive, very filling, and a great vegetarian alternative to meat, fish or poultry. This recipe uses a split lentil because they cook much faster than a whole lentil and they puree nicely. The cookie itself, although...


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...


Maple Pumpkin Muffins

Maple Pumpkin Muffins

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks

Muffins can make an easy, grab-and-go snack for families. Too often, store-bought muffins and pre-made muffin mixes are full of sugar, processed fat, and fillers. Making muffins at home is easy and you get to be in control of what goes in them. During the Fall season I take advantage of all...


Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks

Muffins definitely have a healthy hallow about them. Unfortunatley store-bought or fast-food muffins often aren't much better than the doughnuts sitting on display next to them. It is certainly tricky trying to create a healthy muffin, while maintaining quality and flavour!  This recipe is...


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...


Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

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

As we prepare for another winter, be sure to star this comfort food for that snowy, nose-in-a-book, Sunday afternoon. It is no surprise to anyone that macaroni and cheese is rich (in other words, calorie dense). But with our "all foods fit" philosophy, yes, even calorie-rich dishes make it into...


Grandma's Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Grandma's Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Dessert

Thanksgiving is just a month away! Nothing says Fall, harvest time, Thanksgiving etc. than the flavour and aroma of pumpkin. This particular recipe is dear to me as I discovered it in my late grandmother's old batter-spattered notebook among her other recipe favourites. And I love the use of...


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...


Ancient Grains & Shiitake Mushroom Pilaf

Ancient Grains & Shiitake Mushroom Pilaf

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides

In my kitchen, shiitake mushrooms are one of our top choices of fungi. Not just for the quality, texture, and versatility of the mushroom, but for potential other health benefits. Nutritionally they are a good source of B vitamins and the antioxidant, selenium. But they may also play a role...


Parmesan Crusted Eggplant

Parmesan Crusted Eggplant

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides

It took me awhile to really appreciate and enjoy eggplant. It's a beautiful colour that is so enticing, but really has the potential to get mushy or soggy during cooking. This recipe is perfect finger food for the family and the eggplant stays pretty crispy! You can use any size of eggplant but...


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...