Rise of the Salad Queen

My passion and vigour for health, food and nutrition began about 7 years ago. While learning and researching I’ve “guinea-pigged” myself through many restrictions, diets, meal plans, eating styles and also mega-dosing on herbs, fungi and super foods. I would never do anything unsafe but I have definitely gotten a bit extreme (how can I…

Parsley Quinoa Summer Salad (Tabbouleh, Tabouli)

This is a VERY easy recipe that keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days and is great as a side dish or a small meal of it’s own. I’m going to talk a bit about parsley and how great it is so if you’re here just for the recipe, scroll down 🙂…

Super Simple Herb Dressing

Ingredients: 1 Part Lemon Juice or Vinegar 3 Parts Unrefined, Cold-pressed Plant Oil (I like Udo’s Oil) Salt & Pepper Herb Seasoning Blend (blends to try: Italian, Greek, Bragg Sprinkle) Direction: Put all ingredients into a small mason jar. Whisk with a fork and/or put a lid on and shake.  

Bright Veggie Pasta Salad

  Ingredients: Rice Pasta, about 3 cups cooked Red Pepper, ½ pepper diced Red Onion, ½ onion diced Carrot, ½ medium shredded Kale, 1 leaf chopped finely Sunflower Seeds, ¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds, ¼ cup Sundried Tomatoes, 3 chopped Salt & Pepper Super Simple Herb Dressing, about ¼ cup Direction: Cook pasta as package directs,…

Masala Chickpeas and Chard

This is a fragrant, robust and warming vegan meal that’s really easy to make. Comfort food on the go that’s also healthy and delicious, can’t ask for much more. My friend and super babe over at Life With Zandra requested this recipe from my “Let’s Talk Detox” class last week. Check out her blog for basically everything that’s…

Carrot Cake Shake

       This shake is protein packed, full of healthy fats and absolutely DELICIOUS! Great for breakfast, post workout or a healthful treat midday when you can’t fit a meal in.    Ingredients: ½ cup shredded carrot 1 tbsp ground flax seed ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp vanilla…

Clean Eatin’ Breakfast Bowl

Putting this how-to style recipe up for the mega babes at Stax Cycle Club . Clean eatin breakfast after a bumpin’ spin class…? Doesn’t get much better than that! No rigid rules to this, just a combination of amazing healthy foods that work well together. Enjoy! Xx Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo, low-carb, high-fat and f*cking delicious!…

Simple Kale Guacamole Salad

Simple, easy, 7 ingredients, totally tasty and nutritionally dense. Gluten-free, egg-free, vegan salad that’s full of healthy fats and fibre to keep you feeling full for longer. Ingredients: Kale, 3 -4 leaves chopped finely, stems removed Red Pepper, ½ medium pepper, diced small Red Onion, ½ medium onion, diced small Avocado, 1 Lemon Juice, 2 tbsp…

Mini Meatloaves

A juicy, flavorful and anything-but-bland meatloaf recipe. The aromatic sauteed onions, garlic and fresh herbs will have your digestive juices flowing by step two. Quick, easy and amazing for leftovers, these individual loaves are great for large families, small families and singles too. Serve with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, a winter salad and green beans, a warm…

Winter Solstice Stew

A robust and delicious meat stew with simple, humble and inexpensive ingredients that are easy-to-find staples you likely already have. This recipe can be made with any type of stewing meat as the flavors are incredibly versatile. I used elk because it’s easily available up here in Canada and I really enjoy the flavor, texture…

Chai Spice Protein Elixir with colostrum, grass-fed butter and MCT oil.

This luscious, creamy, warm beverage is caffeine free, nutrient dense and inspired by the bulletproof concept. The ingredients support healthy immune function, restore muscles, increase metabolism and fuel the body with healthy fats. It contains almost no carbs, is high in fat and rich in protein, making it suitable for ketogenic and paleo eaters, vegetarians and…

Roasted Chickpeas

Simple and delicious, roasted chickpeas are a staple in my fridge. They have a great texture and can be spiced to provide added flavor in soups, salads and side dishes. Roasted chickpeas are also great alone as a crunchy, gluten-free snack. Garbanzo beans are vegan and packed with quality protein and loads of fiber. They’re…

Pink Superherb Love Elixir

Damiana ~ Rose Petals ~ Maca ~ Cordyceps ~ Beet Crystals ~ Cinnamon ~ Vanilla  My ambition: to create a pretty,  passionate, heart soothing, body stimulating, Love Elixir.  As I was crafting this elixir, there were a whole host of things that I considered. Flavor, colour, scent and, of course, medicinal qualities. Not only did I consider…

Skillet Saturdays: Sesame Noodles

Alright my awesome readers, once again I’m delayed on my Saturday post and I think this means it’s time for a break. But wait! No, I’m not quitting that easily! I’m just going to change up the posts a little bit. I’m a believer in reading the signs and trying to understand your truth. And yes,…

Skillet Saturdays: Kale, Cabbage, Cranberry, Pine Nut & Blue Cheese

I’ve fallen so far behind this week and now Skillet Saturday is Skillet Monday! I apologize to anyone who has been waiting 😦 I moved over the weekend and I was overwhelmed with how amazing my friends are! It took no time at all and I feel so blessed. I finally got to bed sometime after midnight…

Skillet Saturday: Nachos! {Gluten-free & Vegetarian}

It’s been another busy week and I’m now right in the middle of packing my apartment to move next weekend. I love creating and food crafting, however a half-packed, chaotic space isn’t exactly inspiring. And then suddenly, on Friday night this popped into my mind – Skillet Nachos! Yessssss! Ingredients: •Nacho Chips (Non-GMO and Gluten Free)*…

Skillet Saturdays: Wild Rice Fusilli with Roasted Vegtables

This week has been incredibly busy, and next week will be much the same, and I must admit – I LOVE IT! It’s been warm in Calgary (thank you Chinook), the sun is shining and the days are getting longer. I feel revitalized and rejuvenated, a bit like a little bear emerging from a winter…

Skillet Saturdays: Red Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

Well, the past month feels like a whole year. I’ve experienced the full range of emotions and although I’m still processing it all, I feel steadier, though also humbled and more gentle through it. I’ve been reminded of the blessing of family, the fragility of life, and the importance of health and honoring my body…

Skillet Saturdays: Gluten-Free Flatbread

This week’s skillet is one of my favorites. It’s fun to make, easy and takes less than an hour start-to-finish. I think these toppings are  really tasty, bringing some very robust flavors and an intriguing presentation. The toppings can easily be adapted to your taste. This is meant more as a concept recipe and I…

Skillet Saturdays: Brussels Sprout, Potato and Bacon Hash

I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday and ate lots of delicious food! I developed this dish on Saturday morning, went to an awesome restorative yoga class and then watched Netflix all evening and now this post is a day late! Sorry guys! I guess I’m in that slow, calm mindset that seems to…

Skillet Saturdays: Chickpeas, Kale & Mushrooms

This is another example of finding three or four ingredients that you have available and, very simply, making a skillet. Spice blends are awesome to have on hand because you get balanced and developed flavors without having to think too hard or measure and prepare. This one has a generous sprinkle of Madras curry spice…

Skillet Saturdays: Lemon Berry Crumble

As we get closer to Christmas time seems to go faster and faster. The holidays can be so stressful and hectic, but they can also be really fun and cheery (and delicious). I try really hard to enjoy each moment and refrain from living in the future – planning and projecting. Cooking and eating keeps…

Skillet Saturdays: Rainbow Veggies

Today’s skillet is very simple and so beautiful! A standard-sized cast-iron skillet is perfect for two or three people but you could definitely make a bigger version in a casserole pan or an extra-large skillet. I LOVE color! In my environment,  and definitely in my food. Having a wide range of color pigmentation in your…

Skillet Saturdays: Gluten-Free Banana Bread!

I’ve been gluten-free for a couple of years now, and apart from the holiday cheats or the odd organic sourdough sandwich or Jamaican Ginger Beer, I remain pretty true to it. However, I don’t support a lot of the ingredients in gluten-free alternatives (non-organic soy and/or corn, chemical additives, etc) and I also don’t like…

Chai Quinoa Granola

Try this! It’s just mixing ingredients together, stirring in oil and syrup and putting it in the oven. This granola is great for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or I even have it for dinner sometimes when I’m really hungry and get home from work too late to cook. This recipe has healthy fats, proteins, slow-burning…

Skillet Saturdays: Huevos Rancheros {Gluten-free}

Huevos Rancheros, or “Rancher’s Eggs” is a bright and vibrant, one pan meal perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner and a lovely, easy option when cooking for guests. I’ve always loved Mexican-inspired foods and spices. When I was a little girl my special birthday dinner was always tacos, although back then I was the pickiest…

Skillet Saturdays: Chai Spiced Nuts & Oats

Ah, what a special treat this Saturday’s skillet is. It’s very easy to make and, again, with only one pan. The herbs/spices in Chai are stimulating and vitalizing, while calming and mentally clarifying too. These herbs are also warming, promote circulation and may increase metabolism, making Chai a lovely blend for fall and winter. I…

Skillet Saturdays: Yam, Potato & Kale Hash

Now that it’s officially fall, I find myself drawn to warming, robust, hearty foods. I believe in intuitive eating; if the motivation is pure (not chemical or addiction related), I believe that following the lead of our bodies can guide us to health. In the fall, transitioning to nourishing, warming foods and beverages prepares our…

My Favourite: Bone Broth!

Bone Broth is one of my absolute favourite superfoods. It is extremely nourishing. And although it may be a bit intimidating the first time, it is actually very easy and inexpensive to make and WELL worth getting into the habit of. Why is it so great? Let me tell you. Let food be thy medicine…