Light Summer Salad with a Creamy Garlic and Tahini Dressing

Simple Salad with Cheery Tomatoes and Beets and a Tahini Dressing

A few weeks ago I posted our favourite salad recipe Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing. The recipe was featured on Finding Vegan and brought in over 1,400 unique visitors to my site in one day. This salad has since extended itself past a Monday night deal, and has been accompanying us on our numerous weekend camping trips this summer. As much as we love it, we Dietitians (yes Sami is a Dietitian too) were feeling a little bit guilty about the amount of tamari we were going through (think one bottle a week!). So a thirsty and slightly bloated Dietitian created a less salty alternative – This Simple Summer Salad with Creamy garlic and Tahini Dressing is just as delicious and has over 80% less salt!
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Simple Summer Beetroot, Green Beans and Goat Cheese Salad

Healthy Summer Beetroot, Green Beans and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

There is nothing that compares to a Canadian summer. As soon as the sun comes out, so do the people. And everyone is racing to get out in nature. From the first sighting of June, the weekends bring endless camping trips, festivals, hikes and exploring. This years summer kicked off with a trip to stunning Tofino, with new and old friends. My beautiful soul sister Sage served up an amazing Beetroot Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad. The simple 5 ingredient dish has stuck in my mind ever since. As asparagus is no longer in season I’ve adapted the recipe to suite the available summer produce.
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Almond Milk. Is It Worth Going Nuts For?

What are the health benefits of drinking almond milk

Last week Tom Philpott of Mother Jones wrote a piece titled Lay Off The Almond Milk, You Ignorant Hipsters. Boy-oh-boy did that post get some heat. He quickly responded with a follow up post Boy, Hipsters Sure Are Defensive About Their Almond Milk. It seems that some people are pretty defensive when it comes to their plant-based milk of choice. And maybe for good reason. What’s wrong with good ol’ almond milk anyway? If not almond milk, than what?
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Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup with Lemon and Feta

Greek Lentil Soup with Feta and Lemon

The internet can be a scary world. There is misinformation galore and pseudoscience being promoted as fact to millions of users everyday. New fad diets and superfoods are reaching consumers at lightning speed and unfortunately there is no filter.
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Which Sustainable and Seasonal Fish To Enjoy This Summer

Sustainable Seafood To Enjoy This Summer

Tofino, BC

Last month I shared my thoughts on Five Steps to Becoming a Sustainable Seafood Foodie. Last week in my inbox, the Centre for Food Safety sent me their thoughts on The Best Sustainable Fish To Eat In The Summer. Coincidentally, their article also included their top 5 tips on sustainable seafood eating.
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Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing

Samis Summer Salad Bowl with Savoury Dressing

Every Thursday we get our CSA vegetable box delivered and our fridge fills up with fresh kale, beets and carrots. And every Monday night, after a weekend of one too many wines and late night pizzas, our household gets the pleasure of Sami’s yummy salad bowl. I don’t know of any better way to get through the Monday blues than with a tummy full of fresh veggies and whole grains.

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What Western Medicine Can Learn From Traditional Aboriginal Healing Therapies

Traditional Aboriginal Healing - Vancouver Island BC

Mural in Chermainus, Vancouver Island, BC

For me there is no denying, there is something so very enchanting about traditional Aboriginal healing. Maybe it’s the images of peyote and smoke ceremonies. Or maybe it’s the idea of the mysterious medicine man, with his limitless knowledge in healing herbs and plants. Or maybe its just knowing that our First People had an effective world of medicine before colonisation. Medicine that came from this land and was specific for the people that inhabited it. Aboriginal healing extends far beyond herbal teas and smudging. At its roots it is the belief and the practice in a holistic approach to health- in treating the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual facets of health as one.

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Garlic Scape Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms with Goat Cheese

Mushrooms Stuffed with Garlic Scape Pesto and Goat Cheese

So unbeknowst to me, it is pronounced garlic “sk-ape” not “sk-ape-ee”. A sk-ap-ee pesto sounds about as appetising as a bowl full of punches. Garlic scapes are the first harvest of the garlic plant (the second being the garlic bulbs themselves) and offer a flavour that resembles scallions and garlic combined. Yum!
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Edible Flower Salad with Rose Petals, Chive Flowers and a Light Vinaigrette

Edible Flower Salad with Rose Petals, Chive Flowers and a Light Vinaigrette

When the last light is at 10:05pm on the longest day of the year, its our duty to capitalise on as many fun summertime activities in as possible. Our Summer Solstice spanned through neighborhood music festivals, lakeside lounges, afternoon basketball games, late night burgers and best of all, spending time with friends. If the first day of summer could offer this many smiles and laughs, the next 3 months are going to be some for the memory bank.

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Wild Rice and Cornmeal Patties – Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

Wild Rice and Cornmeal Patties

A two in one celebration! June 21st is National Aboriginal Day and Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. We chose this day to celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit people because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice in aboriginal cultures. So let’s celebrate their beautiful culture!
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