As the years go by there is always one thing we can all improve on: self-care. It is far too easy to get wrapped up in to-do lists, careers, kids, and doing our best to keep our heads above water that we often forget about our needs.Read More
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There’s just something about waking up and starting the day off on the right foot. And as much as I love my sweet meals, I wanted to branch out and create a savoury breakfast that was full of plant-based fuel.Read More
When it comes to protein, we have heard and perhaps believed one claim from two opposite spectrums. Either protein is life and nothing else matters or that we don’t need much protein at all. What is true is that protein is an essential nutrient and although we may not need massive amounts, we do need to be acquiring quality sources throughout our day.Read More
Growing up the only beans I ever ate were the canned baked beans in tomato sauce. This was the only kind of bean I ever knew of for more years than I’d care to admit. Once I dove into this healthier wholesome eating lifestyle I definitely was made aware of all the types of beans and legumes in general there were. It was unbelievable but intimidating. And for the longest time I relied on canned beans which honestly there is nothing wrong with….until you get used to the unique taste of beans prepared from scratch.Read More
After having my daughter, my body did a 180. I expected this but I didn’t expect to really just not feel like myself for so damn long afterwards. Once she turned a year old, I thought to myself “ok…..you should be over this by now.” It was a very confusing time for me.Read More
The holidays are beyond over and the super bowl parties have come to an end. And as much as our minds think we still need those donuts…our bodies are telling us differently. There is no denying that our systems need a tad bit of a re-boost after big festivitiesRead More
Chickpea Fritters are one of the best homemade things to have on hand. They are the ultimate healthy snack but also can compliment any meal like a dream. They have got what most snacks lack: a beautiful plant-based protein. However, I also love that they are a veggie-dominant snack.Read More
I personally tend to use Manitoba Hemp Hearts more than once in a day. It’s too easy not to. I also have a hungry toddler who requires a thousand snacks a day so hemp hearts come into play more than they ever have before. I’d love to showcase how simple it is to incorporate these nutrient packed hearts in everyday life. It can literally be as simple as a sprinkle but there’s always room for creativity as well…if that’s your thing.Read More
Squash is one of the most versatile of foods to cook with. And although there are many ways to enjoy this family of vegetables, I can’t deny the fact that pasta is definitely at the top of the favourites list. Nobody complains when pasta is placed on the dinner table. There's no fighting, no food throwing, and no whining. Just the beautiful sound of your family eating and enjoying their meal. Now here's the thing-we can have our pasta and eat it too...and on the regular. There are thousands of ways to make a pasta dish more hearty and healthy than the average bowl of KD. Read on.Read More
This holiday season I am excited to share that I have joined in Ricki’s Fashion for a fun giveaway. A $50 gift card could be yours and you can get the deets on how by visiting us over on Instagram (valid for Canadians only). I have also created this amazing cookie recipe for you all and to be featured on Ricki’s social platforms for their “Sweaters & Sweets” holiday promotion.Read More
For the past few months, my food prep scene has had one consistent step and that is making cauliflower puree. The whole family has pretty well been eating this puree in some type of form on the daily. I have been using it in place of the traditional mashed potato. I have been adding it to smoothies to up the veggie content in a creamy fashion. I have been using it to thicken up soups and other meals for the baby to self-feed and I have been adding it to our morning oatmeal bowls.Read More
Pizza is the most adored after meal. When I first went gluten-free I had to find ways to recreate my favourites. I was also aiming to get more whole foods into my diet and kick the processed goods to the curb. Believe it or not, eggs answered a lot of my problems. I often used them as wraps and as you can guess pizza crusts.Read More
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.
Lately I have been taking on the challenge of including vegetables at every meal. I believe that some produce is versatile enough to be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Cauliflower most definitely falls into that category. I have been on this cauliflower puree kick for a few months now and I’m just getting started. I have been using this puree creatively in many different ways but my favourite one is adding it into oatmeal or baby cereals.Read More
September is here and so is another school year. Kids, teachers, teacher assistants, and volunteers are all back to the hustle leaving a lot of us in shambles when it comes to lunch ideas. This spin on a Greek salad is the perfect school (or office job) lunch option.Read More
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
No bake cheesecakes are a fabulous dessert option and are always a crowd pleaser. For this recipe, I went a step further into lazy land and took out the whoIe crust making process because well, time and effort. Plus, this recipe proves it's really not necessary. But trust me, you'll still make friends with this dip-style treat because it's definitely hard to resist.Read More
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