I was never a cauliflower person. Not when I was a kid, and not now as an adult. But I was raised to eat at least some of everything on my plate, so I have eaten my fair share in my life thus far. I remember one very unfortunate soup that my grandmother made (and then my Mom made again at home, much to my chagrin!) which contained three of my least favourite vegetables: cauliflower, corn and mushrooms. It was like eating a bowl of dirty socks, while everyone around me exclaimed on the delicious depth of flavour and nourishing heaviness. I thought I might die, but I ate it until I finally felt comfortable enough (or was it desperate enough?) to tell my mother just how much I hated it! Read more
***This recipe was recently featured on Live Well Collective! Check it out!***
In true Fall fashion, I’m heading back to school this week along with millions of other students. Though I technically took classes all summer, I feel ready for a fresh semester with new classes, new insights, and new inspiration. I truly love this time of year, with its changing colours and cooler temperatures, but I have a really rough time with the darkness that is creeping in all to quickly. A lack of sunshine paired with a more stationary body and a massive need for brain energy calls for always having an energy-boosting snack on hand for emergencies. Read more
In case you hadn’t figured out from my multiple pesto recipes and variations, I seriously love basil! Seriously. But I’ll be brief so you can get to the recipe!
Nutritionally, basil is a pretty good source of Vitamin A (beta-carotene), potassium, and even calcium, while containing smaller amounts of many other vitamins and minerals integral to good health. But basil is more than a culinary delight. Read more
Before beginning the Autoimmune Protocol in 2014, I ate a lot of yoghurt. I preferred the tartness of plain, and I loved how light a breakfast or snack it created combined with fresh or cooked fruit and home-made granola or simply with wheat germ sprinkled on top. But since yoghurt in the traditional sense is no longer an option for me, the search was on for a comparable substitute for those days when cravings for past flavours and textures invaded the corners of my mind and vegetables simply would not do! Read more
If you ever have problems with scanty periods, iron deficiency, pallor and low energy, or you have a chronic illness that depletes everything you’ve got, blood building may be a good dietary goal for you. This doesn’t mean scarfing all the red meat (though this is incredibly helpful for getting heme-iron into your system). Plenty of plant foods can help build blood by deeply nourishing your cells and providing you the right building blocks for creating the essentials – like your blood! Read more
As someone who has become very sensitive to caffeine and stimulants through a chronic illness, I am not able to have coffee everyday any more. Not helpful if you’re a barista! I still have coffee occasionally, but I find if I have too much I feel very “acidic” and on edge, so I keep it as a treat or for when I seriously need a boost. Coffee is not inherently bad – but the caffeine and acidity can become a big issue for many of us. Read more
Who doesn’t love a good Greek-inspired spread? I’m pretty sure olives are a food group…right?
The Mediterranean has a reputation for being quite healthy despite their seemingly decadent eating habits (as does most of Europe). Much of that comes from the fact that they have adhered to their innate cultural wisdom surrounding both food and lifestyle. They interact with their food on every level, and more often than not commit to eating without distractions like screens or driving. They purchase fresh, local food, make many meals at home, enjoy time with family and time for rest. Read more
I love basil. It has an absolutely gorgeous aroma due to being very high in volatile oils. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, is incredibly high in vitamin K1, and quite decent in vitamins A, C, and manganese. It is possibly my favourite herb to eat fresh, which means I am making a lot of pesto lately! Pesto is also a great way to use up pretty much any greens that might languish in your fridge otherwise. I definitely have trouble eating enough veggies in general (not to mention hydrating enough…), so I am quite happy to be able to add pesto to pretty much any AIP dinner to up my nutrient quota. This single small jar of pesto was made from two large bunches of basil and most of a rather generous bunch of kale (I had to pulse it a few times just to fit it all into my food processor!), so you can see how just a couple spoonfuls of pesto is like adding a whole serving or two of veg. And, because it’s been broken down a bit already, pesto is easier to digest than a raw salad – bonus! Read more
Spring is well in bloom on the Canadian West Coast. Cherry blossoms sprung up suddenly on Valentine’s Day, daffodils are waving happily, and tulips can be spotted in the sunnier gardens. Dandelions have also begun to show their bright faces, and I found my first bunched leaves at the store today. Time for deep cleansing…and pesto! Read more
Chocolate and Strawberries are a classic combination for romance…though I honestly would rarely turn down that glorious awesomeness! Read more