How To Cook Lentils + 5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Lentils

Mixed Bean Winter Warming Soup
Last week I had the pleasure of dining at the notorious Lentils As Anything Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Since I got wind of this eatery’s concept some 10 years ago, I’d been looking forward to the day I finally got to try it out. It was amazing. The philosophy behind Lentils As Anything is that you pay what you feel the food is worth, and with this you are given the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule. This not-for-profit organization has been successfully working for over 13 years; when diners such as myself can afford to pay the proper price of the meal plus a few dollars more, it allows those that are less fortunate to be able to dine out and be social, regardless of their financial situation. Lentils are in my opinion the superfood of all superfoods. Now let me tell you why lentils should be allowed centre stage at your next meal. I’ve included a simple prep guide on how to cook lentils and my top 5 reasons why you should be eat lentils.
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Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds – Which One Is Healthier and More Sustainable?

Flaxseeds are grown in the Okanogan, BC

Mother and Daughter near the Okanogan, where Flaxseeds are now grown.

Superfoods are big money. With their promises of everlasting youth and renewed vitality, consumers will happily spend the big bucks without further question. Some really are super, some are flops (ie. noni juice). We have always known that seeds hold a high nutritional value, but we’ve moved past the common sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed and are now looking for something new and edgy. Chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds have all made their mainstream supermarket debut over the last few years and as super as they all are, each of them has individual health properties that are as unique as their consumers are. Some are better suited to certain individuals, and some consumers like to factor in their environmental standpoint. Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds – which one better for you?
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5 Steps to Becoming A Sustainable Seafood Foodie

Prince Rupert, North Pacific Cannery

Prince Rupert, BC. Historic North Pacific Cannery .

World Oceans Day is almost here! On June 8th people all around the world, from Australia to Canada, will be celebrating World’s Ocean Day in different ways. For me, the best way to celebrate our ocean is to show our appreciation for the food it provides us with. What better way to do that then to take a step back and reflect on our practices when it comes to enjoying a nice seafood dinner.
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What Your Health Professional Should Be Telling You About Food Sustainability

Cooking Class, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Cooking Class, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Last month I had the pleasure of writing a piece for the Dietitians Association of Australia’s Vegetarian Interest Group. The topic was food sustainability for health professionals. As consumers become increasingly concerned about the link between dietary consumption and environmental impact, it is important that their trusted health professionals can provide them with accurate, up-to-date information in this area. This version of the article is aimed at Australian Dietitians, although it is helpful for consumers to have access to the information their health professional should be sharing with them. The original version can be seen here.
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The Low Down on BPA – Health and Environmental Concerns

BPA Epoxy Resins Present In Surfboards,

BPA Epoxy Resins In Surfboards

The more and more I think and write about food, the more I put my pantry shelves to scrutiny. While the ultimate goal is to reduce any reliance on ‘processed food’, one food product that makes a regular appearance in my kitchen is canned tomatoes. They are an essential during the winter months when fresh tomatoes taste like cardboard and can transform winter stews and soups. Aside from canned foods coming with a hefty transportation induced carbon footprint, there is the effects of BPA on the environment (and our health) to consider. If you are not lucky enough to have jars of preserved tomatoes from your summer garden harvest, the BPA in the cans lining could be doing damage. But what is BPA? What are the healthy and environmental concerns?

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5 Simple Resolutions to Make 2014 a Greener Year

Sri Lankan Child Enjoying Local Fruits

Sri Lankan Child Enjoying Local Fruits

New Years resolutions are sometimes a hit or miss. The year of 2012 saw me not purchasing anything new. Reflecting back I did well to not purchase anything for myself, but I didn’t hesitate to put a new Breville juicer on my birthday wish list. With 2013 commenced the declaration of having one raw-food-day a week. However, with my recent change in countries and climate, this one eventually petered out with my love for warming foods.
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Canada Approves GMO Salmon Eggs

Pacific Wild Salmon Packed in the Pacific Northwest Cannery Near Prince Rupert, BC

Pacific Wild Salmon Packed in the Pacific Northwest Cannery Near Prince Rupert, BC

Its been more than 15 years in the making, and now it has hit our shores. AquAdvantage salmon is the first animal genetically modified (GM) for food purposes. It is prized for its ability to grow twice as fast when compared to other farmed salmon, reducing the rearing period to 18 months from 3 years. The FDA has given its stamp of approval but activist groups still aren’t convinced. What questions do we need to be asking? Or, should we just be accepting of the fact that GM animals may be the way of the future?
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Victoria Event: Introducing Dr Thierry Vrain – Genetic Engineer Gone Anti-GMO Activist

Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health

Thing feel like they are heating up around here, with the Washington initiative I-522 about to be put to the voters and the UBCM passing the resolution asking for BC to be a GE (genetically engineered) free zone. Here in Victoria we are planning something very exciting. On November 18th, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who has retired from a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, is going to tell us the truth about GMO technology.
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Ginger Spiced Apple Sauce Recipe and Fruit Picking Victoria

Apple Picking and Ginger Spiced Apple Sauce

I have Lifecycles to thank for my first venture of apple picking in one of Victoria’s most beautiful orchards. Lifecycles is a not for profit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness and initiating action around food, health, and urban sustainability in the area. They have their hands in the right barrels so to speak, and they are always looking for more volunteer fruit pickers.
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Quick and Delicious Curry Squash Lentil Soup

Healthy and Easy Curried Pumpkin Soup with Yoghurt

From chickpeas to black beans to lentils to peas to peanuts to soybeans. Legumes are one of the best foods we can feed our body, but often one of the foods we least the least of. Clients often tell me they don’t feel confident cooking them, which is a shame because they are one of the simplest proteins to prepare. This Curry Squash Lentil Soup really is quick and delicious and will take you 35 minutes tops.
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