11 Feb 2018

SUGAR-FREE DARK CHOCOLATE


I have shared many a recipe for chocolate on this blog and in my cookbooks before. My original recipe remains one of my most popular (even though I look at the pics now and cringe... those were EARLY DAYS, okay??) But as the years have gone by, my tastes have evolved. I prefer my food less sweet now, it allows me to better taste the flavours of the other ingredients. And you know I am all about nutritional density, so while sweeteners do give me that mini dopamine rush, they don't provide much else. I would never tell anyone else to consume less sweeteners because your body is yours, and what you do with it is none of my business (THIS IS A FAT-POSITIVE SPACE)! But speaking solely for myself, I would rather leave out sweeteners in most of my food so I can get more nutritious foods in, and more flavour. Chocolate is a perfect vehicle to do this with. 

29 Jan 2018

GARLICKY GREENS with SWEET POTATO, SESAME + QUINOA


I have been putting this recipe together for dinner - or slightly adapted versions of it - for over a week. It's what I crave every evening, and look forward to making and eating. It's super nutritious, containing loads of greens, garlic, fibre, healthy fats, and protein. The flavours and textures work wonderfully together. You have buttery, sautéed greens paired with creamy sweet potato, crumbly, nutty quinoa and crunchy pecans; and a lot of umami coming from the garlic, aromatic sesame oil, and coriander. I am totally in love with this meal. 

15 Jan 2018

MAPLE ORANGE SESAME BITES (w/ almond pulp!)


These are a light, not-too-sweet, refreshing, nourishing snack for anytime. The recipe is adapted from one in a cookbook I love - What To Eat For How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen - by Divya Alter. The main ingredients are lightly toasted sesame seeds (feel free to leave them raw though) and almond pulp! Yes, that extra stuff you have left over after making your own almond milk! FINALLY, something to DO with the damn stuff. You can keep that almond pulp in the freezer until you have time to make this recipe, so you never have to waste it again. It's full of good stuff for your body, and hey, you paid it for it (I am assuming...?)

18 Dec 2017

HOLIDAY (OR WHENEVER) GIFT GUIDE!


Soooo I know this post is super late, but hopefully I'm not the only one who is behind on getting gifts for my loved ones!? *Nervous laughter.* Of course, all the items I discuss in this post would make wonderful gifts any time of the year, for special people in your life as well as yourself. There is no need to stress about holiday deadlines when we have another 364 days of the year to show how much we care, right? All these gifts are perfect for taking care of your body, mind and spirit... they're all connected, after all. I am big fan of making presents, handmade cards, artwork, crafts and recipes for my friends and fam, and getting away from capitalism always allows me a sigh of relief. However, there are some things I cannot make myself, which do benefit my life and wellbeing. Some of those are listed here, as well as some DIY gift ideas. Enjoy! Most of the companies are local (I live in the lower mainland of BC, Canada on unceded Coast Salish lands), or based in the Pacific Northwest.

14 Dec 2017

REFRESHING VEG-TASTIC GREEN SMOOTHIE!