Hollyhock Nutritional Yeast Dressing

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

The retreat centre on the magical island of Cortes in British Columbia boasts a garden widely known for its bounty that fuels both the creatives in the kitchen and those attending workshops. I had the good fortune to both cook and teach there and have long adored this dressing which is often used to drizzle and elevate the greens grown on site. I have altered the recipe a bit to incorporate avocado oil which I love so much as it has a very similar fatty acid profile to olive oil, but doesn’t have the intense flavour that would overpower the

Testing Hormones for Optimal Reproductive Health & Vitality

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post|

Do you experience PMS or painful, difficult menstrual periods? Painful periods are common, but they’re not normal. If your hormones are in a balanced state and there are no underlying physical issues in the reproductive organs, your period should be free of cramping, bloating, moodiness, acne, etc. If you are experiencing problems like these, it’s likely something is disrupting your reproductive health. While natural medicines can be used to help relieve painful period cramps or reduce PMS, an in-depth assessment and cutting-edge lab test will help get to the root of the issue and produce long lasting change. Lab testing

Castor Oil Belly Treat

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Self-Care Practices|

This is a favourite treat for a belly that needs extra love. It's a weekly self-care practice of mine. It is beautifully paired with Deep Belly Breathing to move into parasympathetic (rest and digest) mode. You might want to try add it to your routine or evening for any one of these great reasons: calming the gut/improving digestion, (ie if there is bloating/stomach upset/or even irregular bowel movements) soothing the liver* (say there has been some hmm overindulgence, or to simply to enhance cleansing/detoxification, supporting uterine/ menstrual health (the liver metabolizes our hormones!) enhancing the immune system (yes, seriously- read

Mulligatawny Stew

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

This winter dish is just brimming with nourishing anti-inflammatory spices. In the chillier months when agni—the“digestive fire”—can struggle to get lit, these spices provide digestive aid, helping to transform food into fuel. Though British versions feature meat, the original South Indian recipes typically didn’t, so chickpeas are an ideal ingredient, lending both texture and substance to this hearty dish. If your family likes a little heat, add some cayenne to boost circulation and support the immune system! Mulligatawny Stew Recipe. Ingredients: 3-4 Tbsp coconut oil 1 onion, diced 2 large carrots, diced 2 celery stalks, sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced

Coconut Miso Sauce

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

A dairy free, vegan sauce that is great for bowls, steamed vegetables/quinoa/rice, or fresh salad rolls! Coconut Miso Sauce Recipe. Ingredients: 1 Cup coconut milk 1/2 Cup almond butter or tahini 1 Tablespoon miso 1 Tablespoon ginger 1 Teaspoon garlic 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric 2 Tablespoon tamari (or 1 tsp tamarind if avoiding soy) 2 Tablespoon lime or lemon juice 1 Teaspoon honey (or 2 dates, chopped) 1/2 Teaspoon sambal oelek (or 1/2 tsp cayenne or chili flakes) Instructions: 1. WHIZ all ingredients in a blender. 2. Serve on steamed vegetables, over quinoa, millet or rice Great for fresh salad rolls,

Cruciferous Power Cauliflower Chickpea Flour Frittata (Vegan & Gluten- Free)

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

Cruciferous Power Cauliflower Chickpea Flour Frittata Recipe. A savoury vegan breakfast/ brunch dish or even tapa, this dish is chock full of nutritious cruciferous vegetables—a delightful diversion from the traditional frittata. The flavours are reminiscent of the Spanish tortilla which is made with eggs and potatoes and often served at room temperature as a tapa. Many years ago, consuming these protein rich yellow triangles known as “tortilla” provide me with essential mid-morning fuel on the 30-day walk on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage hike across Spain. Recently I was inspired to create a vegan version for a friend and I

Hot and Sour Soup

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

This is a great “warming the insides”, immune-boosting soup. Hot spices, chilies (cayenne works too) are excellent for the respiratory system. They help relieve the congestion associated with colds and flus. They also encourage the brain to release endorphins. The warming power of spices like black pepper, ginger and cayenne (piperine, gingerols and capsaisin) all boost metabolism and have aphrodisiac effects as well! Hot and Sour Soup Recipe. Ingredients: 8 Cup vegetable stock 2 Teaspoon tamarind paste ((can add another tsp if you like it zesty!)) 4 Tablespoon lemongrass (minced) 4 Cup mixed vegetables chopped ((try 1c squash/carrots, 1c tomatoes,

Maca Hemp Energy Bites (Phase 2)

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

Maca Hemp Energy Bites Recipe. Ingredients: 1/2 c hemp seeds (and 2 TBSP reserved for rolling) ½ c sunflower seeds 2 TBSP maca powder 4 TBSP cocoa powder ½ c tahini or almond butter ¾ c dates, soaked (at least 10 minutes or overnight ) – it’s about 16 dates ½ tsp pure vanilla extract ¼ tsp salt Instructions: Soak dates in water overnight or at least 10 minutes. Drain dates and set aside. Grind seeds in a blender or food processor. Add the 2 powders and nut/seed butter. Blend in dates and vanilla until mixture is uniform. Shape into

Cardamom Pumpkin Energy Bites (Phase 1)

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post, Recipes|

Cardamom Pumpkin Energy Bites Recipe. Ingredients: ½ c flax seeds 1 c pumpkin seeds ¾ c coconut flakes (unsweetened) (and 2 TBSP reserved for rolling) ¾ c dates, soaked (at least 10 mins) – it’s about 16 dates ¼ tsp cardamom, ground 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract ¼ tsp salt Instructions: Soak dates in water overnight or at least 10 minutes. Drain dates and set aside. Grind seeds and coconut in a food processor or blender. Blend in dates, cardamom and vanilla and salt just until mixture is uniform. Shape into 3 cm wide balls using a teaspoon or small

Amaranth Breakfast Porridge

By |December 22nd, 2023|Categories: Post|

Amaranth Breakfast Porridge Recipe Ingredients: 1 Cup Amaranth 3 Cups Water 1 Pinch Cinnamon or Cardamom 1/4 Cup Almond Milk Instructions: Cook for 15-20 minutes until the amaranth is chewy, but not gummy. Add spices and milk to taste and texture you like. You now have lots of options to spice things up with flavor, texture and nutrition! Fruit: Chopped apples or Pears or Berries Nuts: Sliced almonds or Walnuts or Pumpkin seeds Fiber/Seeds: Chia seeds (1 Tbsp) or Hemp seeds (1 Tbsp) or Flax seeds (2 TBSP) or Bee pollen or Shredded coconut

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