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Refreshing Mango, Celery, Cucumber Salad

3 Apr Celery, Cucumber, Mango Salad

I’ve been talking about my need for crunchy things left, right and centre, to the point that I cave and head for the chip aisle. This is where scenes like this one, with my friend Kendra, usually play out:

(Standing side by side, staring at the chips…)

Me: I just really want something crunchy. I mean, I could have celery.

Kendra: There’s celery.

Me: Oooor not…(as I grab ALL the chips and put them in the basket…)

My friend Tami calls it the “crunch factor” — all meals must include it or you’ll feel like something is missing; for me, this has definitely been the case recently. Obviously celery is the responsible HEALTHY choice when it comes to crunch factor. When I mentioned this to my friend Matt, he sent me this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants salad recipe. It’s got celery for crunch, avocado for creaminess, mango for sweetness and I added red cabbage for colour, which all combine to make it quite satisfying and full of good-for-you vitamins, minerals and fibre. You can make enough for one or two days, just keep the mango and avocado separate to prevent sogginess.

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Buckwheat Pancakes

27 Feb

I can’t stop thinking about these.

Buckwheat Pancakes

As a natural part of nutrition school, I’ve decided to TRY going gluten-free for the most part. I made these babies in ~10 minutes a little while ago, which even included making by own buckwheat flour in the Blendtec! Buckwheat has a distinct flavour — kind of like chocolate and nuts mixed together. If you’re not a huge fan, try cutting it in half with rice flour.

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Atypical Nanaimo Bars

19 Feb
  1. Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars top view
    I was super proud of the raw, vegan Nanaimo Bars I’d just made but I was trying to be sneaky and not say ‘raw’ or ‘vegan’.
  2. Julie kindly pointed out what you might already know.
  3. To which I replied…
  4. @dinnerwithjulie oh really?! Shows how many times I’ve made them — never!
  5. In any case, this recipe is such a treat, super easy to make, and much better for you than the traditional variety. Now, someone come pry me away from them…
    Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars

Forbidden Rice Pudding

16 Jan

I’ve been craving rice pudding ever since I got a sample at Silvestre Gusto Latino after last Saturday’s Social Bites dinner (my friend Todd and I were hobby-cheffing and had a blast. Will summarize in a later post).

There are a variety of rices in my house after I went a little crazy at Whole Foods’ 25% bulk day back in November. Forbidden rice is by far the most intriguing because of its super black colour. I thought I’d see what would happen if I substituted it in this rice pudding recipe. It turned out delicious. So delicious that I’m trying not to eat the entire pot of it now…

Rice pudding

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Asian-Inspired Squash, Kidney Bean & Buckwheat Burgers

17 Dec

I had a hankering for a good burger the other day. I find I’ve been cooking vegetarian and/or vegan mostly at home — though I do indulge in burgers of the meat variety every so often — and I just happened to have some red kidney beans soaking without a plan for them. Legumes are a staple in my diet recently because of a) being a student and b) being a student of holistic nutrition. I needed a dish for a potluck as part of a class I’m taking and thought veggie burgers would not only satisfy my burger craving but also the variety of eating styles that exist in most nutrition-related classes.

These burgers turned out so great! Perfect chewy consistency with lots of flavour. I served them on top of raw shredded squash and cabbage with the dressing from my Edamame, Arame and Sweet Potato Salad. I also garnished with a little arame, cilantro and a drizzle of extra dressing. Make a double batch and freeze them before (or after) baking for easy lunches and dinners.

Kidney Bean Squash Buckwheat Burgers

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Mulligatawny Soup & The Million Dollar Question

29 Nov

One of the great things about being back in school is that there are many other people who are going through the same what-am-I-going-to-do-after-this-is-all-said-and-done phase as me. It was a big decision to up and move and almost as soon as I got here people were asking me what I was planning to do after school and if I wanted to stay in Vancouver or head back to Calgary. The answer is: I don’t know. All I do know is that I want to help people get back in touch with the kitchen and their food: I love sharing recipes, showing people how easy it is to make delicious and good-for-you meals, and giving nutrition/life/friendly advice when asked. But for now, I’m just along for the ride!

I made this Mulligatawny Soup for a potluck with some classmates on the weekend (yes, potlucks go hand-in-hand with nutrition school) and reminded myself how much I love it! This version is vegan-friendly, but traditionally it has chicken, beef or lamb in it. Either way, it’s one for keeps!

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Bean Medley Dip w/ Caramelized Onions & Cilantro

25 Nov

If I could eat all the caramelized onions in the world, I would. The slow cooking process draws out the water and sugars from the onions making the final product naturally sweet and satisfying.

I whipped this dip up the other day for a Young Agrarians potluck. Sara Dent organized the event and what an excellent gathering of people with farmers, foodies and new friends to meet. Can’t wait for the next one!

Bean Medley Dip w/ Caramelized Onions & Cilantro

2 cups mixed beans (1 cup dried beans, soaked and cooked — I used Black Garbanzo, Zuni and Navy)
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
2 limes, juiced and zested
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
2 tsp honey
salt/pepper

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Buckwheat & Tuna Salad

29 Mar

Here’s the latest from the Bodhi Tree’s Breathing Room Newsletter.

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I had a student ask me about gluten-free lunch ideas and as it turns out, I’ve been formulating an article to address just such a thing.

One of the most challenging things about going gluten-free is trying to recreate foods – breads, pastries, pastas – exactly how you remember them to be. It doesn’t help that the mind tends to embellish fond memories, especially when it comes to food. This presents the perfect opportunity to practice aprigraha or non-attachment. An exact replica of your favourite gluten-y food may never exist. Practice letting go, accepting what is, and move forward, in this case to other recipes (of which there are many!) that are still delicious, nutritious, and satisfying.  To read the rest of this article and see the recipe for Buckwheat and Tuna Salad, take the leap to Bodhi Tree’s blog…

Click here for my summary of gluten-free grains and how to use them.

The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

20 Mar

Eggs are one of the best ways to get protein with any meal. Hard-boiled eggs in particular are easy to grab to eat with fruit or a muffin for breakfast or cut into a salad for lunch. If they are overcooked the outside of the yolk will turn slightly greenish, which isn’t very appetizing. So I thought I’d share directions for how I boil eggs that turn out perfect every time!

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Frittata to boost your morning!

6 Mar

Here’s the latest article from the Bodhi Tree’s Breathing Room Newsletter.

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Rise and shine! With the light returning minutes earlier every day, now’s a good time to start getting activity in at the very beginning of the day. Not only does exercise (mental and physical) do great things for your body, but it increases overall productivity, aids with sleep and will help you tidy up other areas of life once you see what you can accomplish.

Whether it’s yoga, the gym, or morning meditation, you may notice a voice inside your head, called the witness, that has a way of talking you out of things – a devil’s advocate, in a sense. I find the witness easiest to ignore if I hop right out of bed, throw on my clothes, and head out the door. If that doesn’t work, visualizing how I’ll feel during my chosen activity usually does the trick.

This month’s recipe is a perfect post-activity breakfast that you can double or triple, then package in smaller containers to have ready at your finger tips. So, make a promise to yourself, pick a day and before you know it, you’ll be catching the early morning Sun every day!

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