Poached Salmon

Salmon, especially wild, is an incredibly nourishing food for us. It is high in essential omega 3 fatty acids- a type of fat that many of us in North America are deficient in. It is also a reliable source of the B vitamins (including hard to get B12), vitamin A, and several minerals, including energizing iron and magnesium and calcium, which have calming effects on our bodies. This is one of the quickest and most flavorful yet healthy ways of preparing it. Continue Reading →

Comforting Rice Pudding

Choosing brown rice over white rice makes a huge difference in the nutrients of the meal. Generally, brown rice has over twice as much iron, magnesium and B vitamins. Rice pudding can be eaten cold, the more traditional way, or warm like porridge. This version has only natural sweeteners from the fruit and palm sugar and almond milk instead of cream to make it much lighter. Continue Reading →

Red Lentil Stew

 This is a hearty and grounding veggie stew with lots of warming spices that aid in digestion. Red lentils cook quickly and thicken up whatever liquid they are placed in, making them ideal for soups and stews. Nutritionally, they are high in magnesium and folate as well as fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy digestive system.  Continue Reading →

Spring Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice

This is a very light, vegetable centric dish that is both nourishing and easy to digest- perfect for a rainy fall day. Cauliflower rice is a large trend in the Paleo community, an eating regime that eschews all grains and legumes. Many people find that this tastes pretty comparable to the real thing, I wouldn’t necessarily go quite that far, it still tastes like cauliflower to me, but it is an interesting way to get more vegetables in. Continue Reading →

Spring Detox Salad

I have been getting lots of questions about detoxification lately. Technically our bodies are always detoxing but spring is a time when our we are naturally more inclined towards doing it consciously, so if you are feeling this urge you are probably very in touch with what your body needs, which is a great sign! There are countless trendy cleanses and detox programs out there but it does not have to be complicated or overly expensive. Continue Reading →

Vanilla Spiced Yogi Milk

This comforting drink is all about turmeric. It is a bright orange member of the ginger family and has commonly been nicknamed the poor man’s saffron. However, it should not to be underestimated-turmeric has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties and it helps increase bile flow, which makes it particularly helpful for digestive upset and recovering from illness or physical activity. Continue Reading →

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries

This is easy to make and even easier to eat. A fruit centric dessert like this is generally lower in fat, has none of the processed white sugar, and offers many more nutrients and fiber than a more standard piece of cake. I used marscapone for the cheesecake effect, it is very a very light, soft and subtle Italian cheese, but regular cream cheese can work in its place. Continue Reading →

Creamy Potato Tuna Salad

Tuna is a great source of protein when there is not much time or desire for cooking, however it should not be consumed more than once or twice a week because tuna can accumulate mercury, a damaging heavy metal. Potatoes are one of, if not the most universal and widely consumed vegetables. They often get a bad rap for being a causal factor in weight gain, and when they are fried, this blame is warranted. However, they can be a low cost and very nourishing food. Continue Reading →

Spiced Chocolate Covered Dates

My old coworkes loved these so much that they equated them to a love potion in food form and nicknamed them “dates for dates”. They joked that they were so good that if you gifted some to a date they would fall instantly love with you. I didn’t make this recipe up, my friend Dubravka taught me how to make them and I think they have Middle Eastern origins. They are surprisingly filling and are the perfect couple bites for any sweet or chocolate cravings. Continue Reading →