Autumn Spiced Coffee – A Warming Elixir for A Damp Season

Cup of coffee, spices, green scarf

Autumn has at least a little pull on all of us. Despite the fact that winter is coming in fast, we relish the slight chill after summer’s heat, the boots, sweaters and scarves, crisp golden leaves, and let’s be honest – the pumpkin spice lattes, chai teas, and all the spicy foods! Combining school and work this year, I found myself drawn back to coffee. However, the damp bitterness made me feel congested, heavy and achy. What could I do to make my morning cuppa a little easier on my system? Enter Autumn Spiced Coffee. Read more

Carrot Top Pistou + Dressing

bottle of carrot top pistou dressing

In case you haven’t noticed, I have an obsession for green sauces – pesto, pistou, herb paste, flavour-makers, leafy dressings – call them what you will, I love them! Making pastes and sauces out of your fresh leafy herbs and greens is one of the best ways I can think of to preserve those precious summer greens to enjoy all year. Today I’m taking an economical turn and using carrot tops in this Carrot Top Pistou + Dressing. Read more

Recipe Roundup – Veggies For Breakfast!

various ingredients vegetables eggs spice

Getting more vegetables into my body has often seemed like a chore. Sometimes the thought of making another salad, chewing another salad, and trying to digest another salad is just too much – and so sometimes chocolate for dinner just happens (am I right?). Read more

Basics: Sweet Potato Toasts

Sweet Potato Toast is gaining traction as a fun foodie trend that is inspiring the masses. A quick Google or Pinterest search brings up hundreds of tasty topping variations – try here and here for everyday delicious toppings ideas, here and here for AIP/Paleo toppings, and here for a tasty looking Vegan topping option to get you drooling – ahem, I mean started! Read more

Next Level Juicing

New Year resolutions are in full swing, and everyone is exercising, changing diets, detoxing, and juicing like there’s no tomorrow. Not to mention that after the Golden Globes the other night, we are all wistfully thinking about fitting into those gorgeous dresses and suits, and hankering after that ridiculously perfect glow all the stars seem to carry around with them like handbags.

In light of this, today’s topic is juicing. Read more

Recipe Feature – Root Cookies (AIP/Paleo/Vegan)

These cool, rainy, autumn days are getting shorter and shorter. Therefore, they feel more and more like cookie days. Right?

These colourful root veggie cookies developed by my dear friend Hayley of I Eat Real Food practically scream cozy, comforting and nourishing, while also bringing a good dose of sunshine with their bright colours. They are the perfect fall treat, especially for those of us who are healing illnesses and allergies. She has even written about cookie energetics! These bright bites are flourless and sugar-free – sweetened only by those adrenal-assisting, craving-satisfying, nutrient dense root veggies. They are potentially the “healthiest” cookies alive, and are so tasty! Read more

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Hummus

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

AIP Pesto Flatbread

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

Seasonal Fruit + Coconut Cream Roundup

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

Kale-Basil Pesto with Avocado and Lemon

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