The kitchen is my happy place, and I absolutely love recipe testing and coming up with new and exciting dishes that are both delicious and nourishing (what a great duo!) is one of my favourite pastimes.
Try out some of these recipes for yourself and let me know what you think!
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cauliflower shrimp fried rice
I get so excited when I can create recipes that are super delicious and never compromise on taste, while still being really good for you!
This fried rice recipe is the perfect example of what I’m always talking about: keep your food simple, delicious and nourishing.
With recipes like this one, it’s easy to fall in love with eating healthy!
homemade chocolate turtles
I love these turtles the most because they are a truly decadent treat that is so much better for you than any packaged version is!
Nutritionally there is definitely some benefit to the fibre in the dates and in the pecans, but ultimately these guys are meant to be a treat.
So make them and enjoy them! You can feel good about the fact that you’ve made them yourself, you know exactly what’s gone into them and you’ve eliminated the junky stuff that’s in the packaged version.
toasted oatmeal with caramelized apples
This oatmeal bowl brings so many warm and comforting flavours to your morning!
The nutty toasted oatmeal combined with the cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples is so delicious and all helps warm you up on these chilly winter mornings. It’s a dish I genuinely look forward to having when I wake up.
This will go down as one of my favourite breakfast dishes!
kale squash bowl
Salads aren’t typically a winter dish, but I wanted to create one that is a little bit heartier, or ‘winterize’ it, if you will.
The squash, kale, wild rice, pumpkin seeds and cranberries all come together to form a perfectly balanced and filling salad. You’ll feel satisfied after enjoying it and it will help keep your body nourished this winter. It stands on its own as a meal but it makes a great side dish as well. It would be fantastic as a side dish to roasted chicken!
peanut butter chocolate flax bites
What I love most about these bites is they are, first and foremost, delicious.
The centre reminds me of a mix between a peanut butter and an oatmeal cookie so you can rest assured that they will be great at satisfying any and all sweet cravings.
The best part is that these bites are a great source of healthy fats and fibre! So they don’t just have to be for dessert, you can use these bites as a healthy snack option too!
dairy-free mac ‘n cheese
How can something taste like cheese sauce without containing any cheese? Nutritional yeast!
This inactive yeast has a delicious cheesy, nutty flavour and brings the ‘cheeze’ to this comforting pasta dish. If you’ve never tried dairy-free cheese before, this sauce is a great recipe to start with. It is so good, and it’s good for you too!
The potatoes and butternut squash give the sauce structure and the cashews provide that creaminess and luscious texture we want in a good cheese sauce. Dairy-free cheese doesn’t taste exactly like a traditional cheese sauce, but it’s really damn good; and that’s all that matters!
pumpkin spice muffins
Think of these as an upgraded pumpkin spice muffin!
They are low in sugar but high in delicious flavour. They make a great blood sugar balancing snack thanks to all that fibre. I kept this recipe pretty basic and then added a yummy twist with the streusel topping, which, if I do say so myself, takes these muffins over the top with how delicious they are!
For an even more delicious treat, top them with some almond butter, coconut butter or ghee. SO good!
vegan peach cheesecake
You definitely do not have to be vegan to enjoy this cheesecake!
I’ve left out the cream cheese and heaps of sugar to make it a healthier dessert option. Although it doesn’t have the traditional cheesecake ingredients, it’s still totally rich and creamy. It’s also so light and has a fluffy texture so you don’t feel heavy or stuffed after eating it.
The perfect summer dessert!
sesame cauliflower bites
The perfect appetizer; these bites are crunchy, savory, sweet and spicy!
They are flavourful without being too heavy so they make a great pre-dinner snack. And who doesn’t love a recipe that helps sneak more veggies in to your diet!?
dairy-free peanut butter ice cream
Out of all my favourite foods, ice cream is right on top.
I crave ice cream more than any other food so it was about time I made my own healthier version at home. This perfect dairy free ice cream still feels just as indulgent as the traditional stuff. You can enjoy this ice cream and still feel like you’re having a treat without sacrificing anything!
grilled corn & black bean salad
What a perfect summer salad!
The grilled corn is truly the star of this dish. There are several things that scream ‘summer’ to me and corn on the cob is one of them. This salad is so crunchy, sweet and delicious. It’s perfect on it’s own as a side dish but it can also be used on top of tacos or as a salsa to top some grilled meat or fish! It’s so fresh tasting that you really can’t go wrong however you chose to serve it.
'better than gatorade' lemon hydrator
I daresay this lemon hydrator tastes way better than any sports drink I’ve ever tried.
It’s like a delicious homemade lemonade -- with a purpose! This drink is so useful when you have an extra sweaty workout or you’re spending some quality time outside in the sun and heat.
The sea salt and lemon provide the sodium and minerals necessary to help replace those electrolytes and re-balance your body’s fluids.
Honey supplies the carbohydrates that are crucial after a tough workout.
I’ve even used this recipe when I’ve been sick to help replace fluids when I couldn’t keep anything else down. It’s easy and takes no time to make a batch whenever you need it. Try it warm like a tea in the winter!
avocado & sweet potato brownies
When I started seeing recipes with avocados being used in baked goods, I had to try it for myself.
Since I'm always on the search for healthy versions of my favourite treats, it got me thinking; is it possible that avocados could be used to create the perfect, fudgy brownie?!
Yes. Yes it is.
And here they are! This is the type of recipe that I love because it really highlights how easy it is to create delicious AND healthy treats! You don’t have to compromise on taste or texture just to be healthy.
maple-roasted beet hummus
If the gorgeous colour of this dip doesn’t get you excited then the taste sure will! The light sweetness from the maple roasted beets adds such a great flavour and is a nice change from traditional hummus. If you prefer, you can leave out the maple syrup altogether but I’d recommend giving it a try at some point! That sweet, earthy, maple flavour really accentuates the natural sweetness in the beets and adds some vibrant flavour to the dish. The acidity from the lemon and richness from the creamy tahini brings it home and balances everything out. Serve it with your favourite veggies and rice crackers!
warm blueberry baked oatmeal
Try it topped with some coconut yogurt and sprinkled with some sunflower seeds for added crunch. It would also make a great mid-day snack, the fibre will help balance blood sugar and give you a boost in between meals.
creamy cashew milk
This is my absolute favourite nut milk to have in my kitchen. It is unbelievably creamy and satisfying. I also love how easy it is- there are no extra steps involved to strain the milk once it has been blended. Also if you are new to enjoying nut milks in your diet, this is a great starter milk to try. You'll seriously love it. For a creamier milk, make it with less water. For a sweeter milk, try adding a splash of organic maple syrup. I love adding a spoonful of raw honey and a few dashes of cinnamon. Yum! I'm already excited to make my next batch...Enjoy!
best ever guacamole
This is such an easy snack to make and it is always a crowd favourite. As with most dishes, the flavour of guac gets better as the ingredients hang out and get to know each other for a bit. The salt and the acid from the limes actually stop the avocados from oxidizing, so you don't have to worry about your guac turning a lovely shade of brown before you serve it. I usually make mine a few hours before I will be serving it- however, I'm usually too excited when there is guac in my kitchen so I always end up snacking on it a bit before I serve it. Serve this delicious dip with some crunchy veggies like cucumbers, peppers and carrots. For a treat I love having it with my favourite organic corn tortilla chips. Enjoy!
savoury oatmeal bowl
As I was typing this recipe up my mouth was watering. I immediately changed my plans for what I would be making. I really love this dish for so many reasons. First of all it's so warm and comforting, it's a perfect breakfast for these chilly fall mornings. This dish is also incredibly filling, its completely packed with fibre and protein and it is a very satisfying dish. It does take some time to prepare, but it's not a ridiculously complicated recipe. It you want to make it in the morning you'll just need to give yourself a few extra minutes- but I promise you it is worth it. It's also very versatile, you can use whatever leafy green you want and you can switch up the flavour profile. Add different spices like cumin or curry powder, caramelize some onions, or use a different cheese. I've also halved the amount of oats and subbed in some mashed sweet potato and it was delicious! You can also try using broth instead of water to cook the oats for added flavour. Play around with it! I mainly just wanted to inspire you to think about eating oats differently.
coconut oil chocolate
Sweeten this chocolate to have as a treat or cut back on the maple syrup to make it a nourishing snack. If you're feeling crazy, you can mix in any number of add-ins. I love adding in a tablespoon of sunflower butter and some shredded coconut for crunch. It's up to you! This recipe comes together so quickly that it's couldn't be easier to whip up when a chocolate craving strikes. Stick it in the freezer and it will solidify even faster!
I often get asked what I would recommend when a cold comes around. When a virus takes over your body, it can feel like nothing is helping some days. I always recommend things like rest, nourishing soups and fluids. I love making this tea when I'm feeling under the weather. It's full of super nourishing ingredients that are known for their effects at boosting the immune system and helping your body recover. You're likely familiar with the vitamin C in citrus fruits and its effects on immune function; but did you know that foods and spices like ginger and cayenne pepper are beneficial for colds as well?
creamy herb dressing
Enjoy this dressing poured over mixed greens or massaged into some kale. Throw in a few colourful veggies like tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and shredded carrots to make a truly deliciously nourished dish. This dressing also makes a great topping for a veggie burger or even as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. The lemon juice and the herbs add a fresh flavour that will brighten up any dish!
white bean, quinoa, and kale burgers
These burgers are seriously my favourite. It's such a nice combination of flavours and they are so filling- they are a perfect source of plant based protein. I love serving mine topped with fresh sunflower sprouts and some sauerkraut and roasted veg on the side. Prepare an extra burger the night before to enjoy with your lunch the next day. Don’t write these burgers off if you don’t have a food processor. If there’s a will, there’s a way. Use a potato masher to mash the beans up a bit and continue to use this method whenever the food processor comes into play. To keep it interesting, try using a different blend of herbs and spices! A curry blend with some fresh cilantro would be super yummy. Or add in some chopped lemon thyme and fresh mint. Use what you have on hand and try something new each time!
protein power balls
Remember, the best way to avoid the temptation of packaged snacks is to be prepared with your own delicious and nourishing snacks. Having these protein balls handy takes the guess work out of snack time when you are feeling hungry!
chocolate avocado mousse
I am a huge dessert fan. What I love even more than dessert, however, is coming up with a delicious and healthy alternative to my favourite sweets. Rich and creamy chocolate mousse is one of those desserts that is hard to beat. There is something so comforting about it and I find it hard to resist. Luckily I've come up with a perfectly rich, creamy and chocolatey mousse that is just as healthy as it is delicious. Really.
hearty white bean and kale stew
This dish is so warm and comforting. It's loaded with nourishing ingredients that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. It is seriously so delicious. This dish is perfect to make when you have a bit of time and you'll get a few meals out of it, depending on how many people you are feeding. As with most of my recipes, this one is very versatile and easily personalized. Try adding in different veggies or greens. Use different fresh herbs to switch up the flavour. There are so many options that you can try to make it your favourite.
If you're looking for a crunchy, salty snack that's also incredibly nutritious, kale chips are your answer. Kale chips are so easy to make and it takes no time to whip up a batch. They are perfectly crunchy and are great for satisfying your snack cravings. I also love these chips because you can do so much with them. This particular recipe is a basic sea salt and olive oil variety.
quinoa tabouleh salad
This salad is perfect for one person, you could easily double up on the ingredients to make it for two or for a side dish.
Tempeh is so versatile. There are endless combinations of marinades and flavour combinations you can prepare it with. Don't be afraid of how it looks, it is so delicious. Since tempeh is a complete protein, all you need for a satisfying dinner are a couple different veg dishes to dress it up! Try going meatless a couple times a week and your body will thank you!