Baked Maple Balsamic Rosemary Nectarines

Baked Maple Balsamic Rosemary NectarinesNectarines are at their sweetest, juiciest and most fragrant this time of year. They are a perfect healthy summer treat and baking them really amplifies their sweetness and flavour, making them extra delicious. I cooked them along with some fresh rosemary for a bit of earthiness and some thick maple infused dark balsamic vinegar for some depth. They come out of the oven warm and gooey and become decadent when topped with some vanilla ice cream which instantly starts to soften against them. For a healthier option, or for a way to use up leftover extras, they can be paired with yogurt and granola or oatmeal for breakfast or a nourishing, seasonal snack. Continue Reading →

Creamy Carrot Chickpea Cashew Salad

Creamy Carrot Chickpea Cashew SaladI love a creamy salad on a hot day and adding in heavier ingredients like carrots, legumes and nuts makes it into a fulling meal. I founds some purple carrots at a local market so I used those for a bit of a change from the regular orange ones. They are similar in flavour, but I do find them a bit earthier and less sweet. Nutritionally, they are comparably high in fiber and vitamins A and C but they have the addition of high levels of the antioxidant compound called anthocyanin, which are responsible for giving blueberries their deep hue. These antioxidants can be particularly helpful for fighting cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease, two worldwide leading causes of death, and for maintaining a strong nervous system, especially in keeping the brain sharp. Continue Reading →

Vanilla Peach Smoothie

Vanilla Peach SmoothiePeach season is in full effect and freezing them overnight then blending them with a few extra ingredients turns them into chilled, creamy, decadent tasting smoothies that highlight their sweet, summer flavour. Peaches are stone fruits related to roses and they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some medjool dates increase the sweetness, vanilla adds some fragrant flavour and almond milk brings it all together. Continue Reading →