Recipes

Farro, Kale and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

As we move towards the holiday season, it can be challenging trying to cook for a “mixed-eater household” or, if you are a vegetarian/vegan, visiting where “traditional” holiday meals are being served. In a household with a mix of meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans, the Farro, Kale and Roasted Sweet PotatoSalad can make either a hearty lunch or a tasty and satisfying side dish that everyone can enjoy.

This recipe can be made ahead of time and the chewy, nutty flavour of farro, tart cranberries, chilli roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas all topped with a tangy lemon tahini dressing makes for such an interesting combination of textures and flavours. Last but not least, the lovely colours of the ingredients will make it a feast for the eyes on any holiday table!

A Toast to Toast

My early memories of toast is a breakfast food usually topped with the basic spreads of butter and jam. At that time toast was considered a “thrifty” choice and was often an economical way to use up stale bread. Over the years, this “comfort food” has evolved and become a significant food trend to the extent that some toast creations are now often referred to as “artisan”.

Cranberry and Almond Vegan Breakfast Bars

Mid-September marks the start of the cranberry season in British Columbia. Cranberries have long been part of the history of British Columbia and have always been used in a variety of ways. One recipe I recently came across is Cranberry and Almond Vegan Breakfast Bars which make a great healthy and nutritious snack, picnic or “on-the-go” breakfast food.

Vegan Fig Rolls as Healthy Snacks or “Fuel Food”

I have always considered Fig Rolls (UK) and Fig Newtons (North America) as a relatively healthy choice in the world of commercial cookies and biscuits. As easily digestible carbohydrates, they have also been a tasty favourite as “fuel food” for sports. However, they still fall into the category of processed food and so I was pleased to come across a naturally sweetened, gluten free, no-bake alternative to these popular commercial treats.

Plant-Based Ice Cream (“Nice Cream”) with Caramel Sauce

Ice cream is probably one of the most popular desserts enjoyed globally. Although various forms of the frozen treat have been around for centuries, today’s commercial ice cream can be full of saturated fats, refined sugars and preservatives. Fortunately, there are tasty, low fat, plant-based alternatives that mimic the creaminess of traditional ice cream but are without all fats and sugars.

Meeting the Challenge – Cycling 100KM

Of the different elements involved in endurance sports such as sufficient training and proper nutrition, perhaps the most important is mind over matter. This is the ability of the mind to ignore the “suffering” that comes with pushing the body to its limits and quietly and rationally talking oneself through the discomfort to reach the goal. This principle can be applied to almost any challenging endeavour, athletic or otherwise.

Plant-Based Food to Fuel Endurance Challenges!

Even as little as 10 years ago, the notion of fueling sport on plant-based nutrition alone was largely unheard of and certainly not taken seriously. A lot has changed since then and now it is much more of an accepted practice and some believe it can even be beneficial to performance as well as overall health.

Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars

With busy lives, processed foods are deemed “convenient” for a reason. Commercial energy bars are expensive per use, highly portable and are intended to fuel endurance sports. When time permits, try a healthy, plant-based alternative called Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars to serve as a snack, fuel sports, or simply sustain those intense moments!

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Coming across a favourite old recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Muffins from many years ago and adapting it to suit my eating preferences today was an interesting exercise. However it showed me once again how easy it is to recreate most recipes to a plant-based friendly alternative.

Chia Jams

Since commercial jams can be laden with sugar, chia jam offers a healthy alternative and can be made with a variety of fruits. Chia seeds are becoming known today as a “superfood” as they are nutrient rich and perfect for jam making because they will turn any liquid into a thick gel in under half an hour.