Vegan Hemp and Sunflower Seed Pâté

Vegetarian Pate Recipe with Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Hearts and Dill
Hemp hearts are a food that comes up daily in my practice. I recommend it to many of my clients as a great plant-based complete protein that offers a wide nutrient profile including omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc. Generally my focus is on breakfast, where most people struggle with getting in a good protein source – ”add 3tbsp of hemp hearts to your oatmeal” or ”make a chia pudding using Homemade Hemp Milk. The beauty of hemp is its versatility, and so it doesn’t get confined to just breakfast I wanted to share this Vegan Hemp and Sunflower Seed Pâté. Hemp hearts give this pate a nice rich creamy consistency and provide 13g protein per serving. Serve it with some seed crackers or cut up cucumber for a tasty afternoon treat, or as a light lunch.
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Creamy Summer Slaw with a Yogurt Dressing

Creamy Summer Slaw with Yogurt Dressing

The summer markets are bursting with berries, stone fruit and fresh tomatoes. With the overload of delicious blueberries and wild blackberries, e sometimes forget about the more humble harvests. Cabbage springs into season in summer and has a lengthy season lasting over 6 months depending on the climate. Cabbage is also packed full of antioxidants and is an easy addition to summer salads, BBQs and stir-fries. I’m sharing one of my favourite recipes -Creamy Summer Slaw with a Yogurt Dressing, adapted from My New Roots Sarah Brittons’s Cookbook Naturally Nourished. Her version is a beautiful creamy autumn slaw, using seasonal Brussels sprouts and apple. I’ve revamped it to suit the summer months, showcasing one of the most undervalued vegetables on our shelves – cabbage of course.
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Moroccan Smokey Eggplant Dip [Vegan, Gluten Free]

Zaalouk or Smokey Eggplant Dip - Vegan, Gluten Free

Two months ago my trip to Morocco came to an end. My bag was filled with foreign souvenirs in an attempt to bring some of the exotic land home with me. Alongside the carpets, pillowcases, ceramics, tapestries and clay body masks were the edible souvenirs of almond butter, honey, argan oil and spices, as well as the inspiration to bring Moroccan cuisine home with me. Over these last 2 months, this, unfortunately, has not materialized into anything. Routine and familiarity overshadowed my memory of all the Moroccan favourites I had dined on the 3 weeks prior. Now I am ready to share some of my favourite dishes. This Moroccan Smokey Eggplant Dip packs a lot of flavour for such simple ingredients. I wanted this recipe to be the first from my trip to share.
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Easy Vegan Tempeh “Meatballs”

Vegan Tempeh Meatballs Recipe - Vegetarian and Gluten fre

Not even a week has passed since my return from Indonesia and I can confidently tell you that the thing I miss most is not the warmth nor the beaches, its the food. The flavours and the variety place this cuisine at the top of my list. If you haven’t tried tempeh yet and you are a lover of healthy and tasty food, boy have I got a treat for you. Indonesians enjoy it fried and spicy, and often will add it to dishes such as Gado Gado (see my simplified recipe for Gado Gado Peanut Satay Sauce Recipe) or have it cooked in a spicy sambal served with rice. It is as versatile as tofu, but many prefer the firmer texture of tempeh over its soybean cousin. Here is my play on tempeh, and a good one to get you started on your tempeh journey – Simple Vegan Tempeh “Meatballs”.
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Japanese Salad Bowls with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice

Japanese Salad Bowls with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice - Vegan Gluten Free

As summer comes to an end we reflect on the memories that were made and miracles that happened. It was a summer of non-stop adventures and what may have kept our stamina going was our multiple renditions of our nutrient packed salad bowls. I’ve already shared Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Glory Bowl Dressing, and then followed that up with the lighter alternative Light Summer Salad with a Garlic and Tahini Dressing. Now my love of Asian flavours has inspired this Japanese Salad Bowl served with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice, just in time to see summer to it’s end.
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Light Summer Salad with a Creamy Garlic and Tahini Dressing

Light Summer Salad with a Creamy Garlic and Tahini Dressing - Vegan and Gluten Free

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 friend Sage served up an amazing Beetroot Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad. The simple 5 ingredient dish has been 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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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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All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette

All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette

Simple. Healthy. Tasty.

Sometimes its OK to not want to cook. Sometimes its OK to rock up to a BBQ with leftover lentils, jazzed up with some fresh herbs and a vinaigrette. Sometimes does not make you a bad person.
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No Fuss Healthy Baked Quinoa and Kale Patties

Healthy Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties

Food is incredibly social and food is meant to be shared. The occasion of eating a meal with friends is more about nurturing the sole than nurturing the body. With spring in the air, BBQs and potlatches are in the foreseeable future – no better time to feed and nurture your favourite people! (like you need an excuse)
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