No matter what diet or lifestyle we choose to follow (or not), there is one thing we are all aiming to get better at-eating more vegetables. If we were to create a Venn diagram comparing all diets, programs, plans, trends, and lifestyles out there in regards to the best believed way of achieving optimal health there would be only one thing in common: eat a shit ton of veggies.Read More
It has truly been a summer of beets over here. I introduced this beautiful root vegetable to my daughter Eliana quite early on as she started her solid eating journey. She immediately loved them and to this day, will devour them effortlessly. I love using beets in her meals because they are so versatile and easy to use in both sweet and savoury dishes.Read More
Lentils. Why did I wait so long to play with them? I was intimidated. I never ate them growing up and never really had them in anything until I ventured on my path of eating more whole foods. But for some reason, making them just seemed to be over my head.
Once I started making my own beans I thought “well lentils can’t be that different, can they?” And guess what? They are easier. They take less time and are so versatile. They belong anywhere and everywhere. We use a lot of this dried legume. Eliana absolutely adores them and honestly eats them cold. She loves these little guys. As a parent this makes me so happy since they are quick, easy, and cheap AF.
Since I am not as lenient with the lack of flavour or warmth of my food, I decided to come up with a comforting lentil and orzo dish. This dish is super affordable to make, is a complete nutritionally balanced meal, and can be made vegan by using rice instead of orzo.
Lentil & Orzo Dish
- ½ onion, chopped (about ¾ cup)
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped (about ½ cup)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 2 cups cauliflower, chopped in small pieces (or any vegetables you desire amounting up to 2 cups).
- 2 Tbsp. cooking oil of choice or full fat butter
- 5 cups of water or vegetable broth
- 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
- ½ Tsp. sea salt
- ½ Tsp. black pepper
- ½ Tsp. ground cumin
- ½ Tsp. marjoram
- 1 ½ cups uncooked orzo (or rice for a plant based recipe)
- ½ cup kale, finely chopped
- Optional: nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top
- In a large skillet, heat the oil or butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and cauliflower. Sauté until tender (about 5 minutes).
- Add the water or broth, lentils, and spices. Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer and cover with a lid for 15 minutes.
- Add the orzo and bring to a boil. Keep the skillet at a boil and cook for another 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender and the liquid has been fully absorbed.
- Fold in the kale, sprinkle on the nutritional yeast, and serve warm.
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Before I went on maternity leave and had my baby, I was a Registered Massage Therapist. I practiced for almost a whole decade and man, was it ever a life changing experience. To be able to provide others with such a sense of health and relaxation in one of the most holistic of ways, was such an honour. As a professional in this field, I personally find that these following tips are a sure way to fully take advantage of all the benefits a massage treatment has to offer.Read More
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Generally speaking, I have a rule for treats. If at home or if they are to be enjoyed at home, as long as they are homemade-it’s a free for all. Homemade goodies are by far the healthiest option as we can control every last ingredient that goes into our recipe. We can modify or swap ingredients, omit some altogether, and even add some that can offer more nutritional value.Read More
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