Sushi/Poke Bowl Mash Up

Here's a sushi/poke bowl mash up.  From what I’ve had, sushi and poke share similar flavour profiles, so I’m concocting something that combines the best of both worlds, using ingredients I’ve got on hand. Poke is built up from a grain base - often white or brown rice, but I’ve also seen quinoa offered in …

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Avocado Spread

So easy.  This is so easy. I generally don't like too many 'things' muddying the taste of my avocado, so about 95% of the time, I just season it with a bit of sea salt.  Knowing full well that that isn't really a 'recipe', lol, I also left some ideas on which spices work well …

Quinoa Taboule

Looks like I might've gotten a little carried away with the quinoa and didn't put enough parsley, lol.  Traditionally, taboule is a parsley  salad...plus, it's "supposed to" be bulgar-wheat-soaked-in-lemon-juice, not quinoa-drizzled-with-lemon-juice.  But that's the thing about food, *you're allowed to make substitutions*. I'll be the first to admit that not all substitutions turn out palatable, …

Spinach Salad

Eat spinach to be strong like Popeye.  At the risk of sounding like my mother, I'm going to say, "It's good for your eyes".  Unlike my mother, I'm going to explain why.  It's high in lutein, which is needed to prevent eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration (you know, amongst other benefits). I tossed …

Pork Dumplings

This recipe was heavily based on a "Pork Pot Sticker" recipe from Spice Route that I saw in an old notebook.  The changes started when I misread the ingredients list and ended with my mom giving me suggestions on making it better, "more authentic" she said. She would know, she's Chinese 😀 Serves 3-4 Ingredients: Dumpling wrappers …

Fresh Spring Rolls

Growing up, one of my fondest memories was being in the kitchen rolling these and eating them at the same time: My mom came in one time, took a look around and asked incredulously, “Judy, you’ve been in the kitchen for half the day and you’ve only rolled five??!?!” Dad laughed and replied with, “Don’t …

Curry Oats

In holistic nutrition, I’ve been told time and time again that your body knows what it needs and it tells you. For example, if you “forget” to take your vitamins or you drop them as you’re trying to take them, it’s a sign that you don’t actually need it. ​An interesting thought indeed. ​Today, I …

Lentil Salad

This recipe is from one of my former instructors, Susan.  I never had lentils before her class but they were pretty good and I knew I needed to save the instructions!  Lentils are super inexpensive and fill you up with their slow releasing sugar and fibre.  I usually make this salad over the weekend and then …

Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa is a protein-rich way to start your day and is packed full of various B vitamins as well as anti-oxidants like quercetin. Serves: 1 Ingredients: 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa 1 cup water Handful of fresh berries (I used cherries and blueberries) Maple syrup (Optional) Preparation: Rinse quinoa a few times to remove bitter saponin flavour. …

Chickpea Salad

This recipe was based on one from What's Up Magazine, Summer 2009 issue - the original was awesomely tasty, I just improvised some ingredients I was missing, LOL. Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 sweet red pepper 1 sweet orange pepper 1 19 oz can of chickpeas 1 bunch parsley Drizzle of olive oil Drizzle of red …