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Spinach Salad with BBQ Grilled Pears

Spinach Salad with BBQ Grilled Pears

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Salads

Have you ever grilled pears? OMG, they're delicious! I love a good summer salad but I get bored with my same old go-tos and incorporating fruit that's in season is a great way to add excitement to your salads. Pears are currently in season, starting with California pears from the end of July...


Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Beverages

You guys! I've been wanting to play around with blueberries and basil for awhile now and the timing is perfect because my basil is thriving and I have a lot of it! I am so excited about this smoothie and just how nicely the basil compliments the blueberries. It's light and refreshing but...


Tofu Sunshine Bowl with Miso Dressing

Tofu Sunshine Bowl with Miso Dressing

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

This bowl is such a welcome change to our usual dinner routine, whether we're in a mid summer melt-down, or feeling the mid-winter blues. I eat with my eyes and I love all the colours of this dish, which makes me think of sunshine! With all that colour comes loads of nutritients too -...


So Many Reasons to Love Potato Salad

So Many Reasons to Love Potato Salad

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

I had to laugh the other day because I saw an ad for a local fundraiser titled, "Low Carb BBQ". Um yeah, I thought to myself, "I'll bring the buns and the potato salad!", which brought me to this special blog. Barbeque season or not, potato salad is a favourite in my household. My husband...


Chickpea Cakes with Lemon, Garlic Aioli

Chickpea Cakes with Lemon, Garlic Aioli

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

Whether you're new to plant-based eating or an experienced vegetarian, you're going to love these chickpea cakes. It took some work to create a cake/pattie that was crispy but not deep fried. Chick peas are a pulse crop within the legume family. They are rich in fibre and folate and a good...


Chili Lime Mexican Bean Soup

Chili Lime Mexican Bean Soup

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

Step up your Meatless Monday game with this easy, Mexi-spiced soup. This meal can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes yet contains loads of nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, folate, potassium, vitamin C, fiber and protein.   Ingredients 1 tablespoon avocado oil or extra virgin...


Vegan Pepita "Parm"

Vegan Pepita "Parm"

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides

Although I do not eat a vegan diet 100% of the time, as someone who eats a very flexible diet pattern I do enjoy a lot of vegan alternative foods and meals. And as a dietitian who supports individuals with their plant-based eating goals, I find it's important for me to experiment in the kitchen...


Peachy Coconut Overnight Oats

Peachy Coconut Overnight Oats

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

Ingredients 1/3 cup rolled or quick oats 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup unsweetened organic soy milk 1 teaspoon unsweetened coconut flakes Dash of cinnamon 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt Canned California Clingstone peaches (in juice or water, rinsed) 1 teaspoon maple...


Creamy Cashew Milk Hot Cocoa

Creamy Cashew Milk Hot Cocoa

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dessert / Beverages

To add to the theme of healthier holiday beverages, along with my Mulled Wine Mocktail and Festive Fruit & Mint Punch, this vegan-friendly hot cocoa is also lower in sugar and calories but doesn't compromise taste. Cashew milk has a mild flavour but creamier than other plant-based beverages, and...


Fresh, Festive Fruit & Mint Punch

Fresh, Festive Fruit & Mint Punch

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Beverages

  With the festive season upon us, many of our clients are eager to maintain their nutrition and wellness goals, while still participating in parties and events with coworkers, family and friends. And not everyone is eager to fill their bellies with booze. For those who prefer to keep the...


 Maple and Mexi Spiced Roasted Nuts

Maple and Mexi Spiced Roasted Nuts

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

These roasted nuts make an easy, winter party snack AND being full of mono-unsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, iron, and fibre - they're good for you! Easy to put together on the fly, not too spicy, and not too sweet, this recipe is one to keep on hand for a quick and easy addition...


Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


Curried Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Curried Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

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...


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. This salad will go nicely with your usual holiday spread, yet impressing guests with the colour of the season and flavours that almost remind us of summer, sigh… Move...


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...