Spring Rice Bowl

Rice bowls are a grounding, nutritious meal that can be a good way to use up leftover odds and ends from the crisper. Here I went for a seasonal version with lots of detoxifying greens, a couple fortifying root vegetables, some cleansing radishes, a refreshing zucchini and a sprinkle of fragrant edible flowers. Tofu, grilled meat or seafood, avocado and creamy dressings are good add-ons to make it extra filling. Continue Reading →

Fruity Chicken Salad

Adding some different fruits to a salad offers a variance of flavours, colours and textures to increase its appeal. The options and combinations are nearly limitless but here I went for sweetness with strawberries and pears alongside creaminess with avocado, cashew nuts and a simple vegan Caesar dressing. Altogether they create a filling and nutrient dense salad bursting with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, protein and healthy fats.    Continue Reading →

Orange Asparagus Wheat Berry Salad

Eating in the summer is easy- the focus is on lots of hydrating smoothies, fruits and salads, plus some BBQ here and there to weigh the lighter options down a bit. In the fall, it gets a little heavier still and there is (ideally) pumpkin in everything. The winter is all about comfort food- thick stews and chilis, roasted meats and root vegetables, porridge and hearty breads. But what about spring? For the earth it is a time of renewal and if we eat with the seasons, as we should as much as possible, it is a season of renewal for us too. It is the best time of year to detoxify our bodies. That doesn’t mean going on cleanses or restrictive diets, it means eating more foods that support our bodies’ natural detoxification process. Continue Reading →

Baked Salmon with Crème Fraîche and Watermelon Radish Salad

A good piece of wild salmon is one of the healthiest foods to build a meal around. Add in a fresh, colourful salad with a light vinaigrette and perhaps a little topping for the salmon and voilà- a well balanced plate loaded with beneficial nutrients. When it comes to eating healthily, a palm sized piece of simply baked fish and a mound of vegetables is pretty near perfect. Continue Reading →

Mini Bites Greek Salad

Since I like my salads to last for a few days I’ve been experimenting on different ways to make them stay as fresh as possible. I find that smaller cucumbers and tomatoes like this tend to stay more intact because they are still encased in  their skins even when chopped, versus larger versions that get diced and have more exposed surface areas. Continue Reading →

Cruciferous Carrot Salad

Nutritional findings can be very conflicting and confusing and if you’re trying to eat healthier it can get a bit disheartening. Very simply, the most universal rule is to just eat a variety of foods, especially plant foods, in as close to their natural state as possible. Do this as often as possible, and you will probably be doing quite well. Salads with a range of different, colourful raw vegetables can be a great source of nutrients that can be eaten on their own or as a supplement to your regular meals. Continue Reading →

Persimmon Pomegranate Kale Salad

Persimmon Pomegranate Kale SaladPersimmons and pomegranates are vibrant, flavourful winter fruits. Persimmons are sort of similar in taste and texture to mangoes and when cut horizontally their star shaped interior presents nicely on a plate. Pomegranates are a bit more tricky to prep- the ruby red arils have to be removed from the skin and connecting pith. Once they are freed they are great sprinkled over salads and add in a nice crisp sweetness. Continue Reading →

Grilled Peach and Chicken Salad

Grilled Peach and Chicken SaladThere are a few tricks that can make salads delicious while keeping them healthy. Fresh, seasonal fruits add in some sweetness and juiciness, or in colder months dried fruits can be good too. Cheese or avocado adds in some creaminess and makes it more satiating and satisfying. Spice crusted meats and bacon (or roasted chickpeas for vegetarians) greatly increase the protein content and bulk up the salad. Bringing it all together with a fresh vinaigrette adds another layer of flavour but keeps it light. Continue Reading →

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta SaladI love a big bowl of Greek salad in the summer and adding some whole grain pasta and chickpeas bulks it up and transforms it into a filling meal. The fresh vegetables offer impressive ranges of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins while the pasta and chickpeas greatly increase the fiber and protein of the dish. Fresh food like this is what gives the Mediterranean Diet the fame it has in the nutritional world. Such fresh, vibrant, nutrient dense ingredients, with so little modification, are integral to keeping a strong cardiovascular system and maintaining a healthy body weight. Continue Reading →