Baked Potato & Kale Salad

Baked Potato and Kale Salad

Potatoes are my favourite. They are also one of my go-tos when I am cooking for someone who is nauseous from cancer treatment, well before we resort to toast and crackers (which is sometimes inevitable but temporary). I know better than to substitute cauliflower for the real deal (like in this really delicious, most of the time, Cauliflower No Potato Salad) in that crucial moment.

Baked Potato and Kale Salad

They are a little high on the glycemic index, which is why I think they get such a bad rap (their spin-offs, potato chips and French fries don’t help either). But if we leave the skins on (adding fiber) and serve them with some form of healthy fat (like the extra virgin olive oil in this dressing, fresh avocado or just a smear of extra virgin coconut oil), the overall glycemic load is lowered.

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Plant-based Chile Relleno

Vegan Chile Relleno

On Cinco de Mayo this year, my husband and I arrived at a ski resort in California where we were hoping to do some forest-y hiking (I packed only shorts to hike in because California, right?). It was snowing, we were literally the only humans there and as we were driving in, the local radio station was explaining in great detail what not to do (with no mention of what to do) when (not if) you come into contact with a mountain lion.

Vegan Chile Relleno

This may seem very asparagus princess naïve of me, but we’re from BC and are used to the ski resorts that don’t have off seasons, just times when the skiing and mountain biking cross over, the local hikes are so heavily populated that unless you go deep woods, the wildlife usually know how to not put a human between themselves and their babies, and if you pack wrong, you can probably find yourself a touristy hoodie or toque to make up for it.

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Asian Cucumber & Daikon with Sesame Nori Dust

Asian Cucumber and Daikon with Sesame Nori Dust

Do you ever feel like a glass or bottle of water has followed you around all day without ever actually being consumed? You know you should be drinking more water but for some reason actually drinking it never happens? This is really common, and eventually your body stops giving you strong thirst signals (unless you’re already quite dehydrated). The more you drink, the more water your body will ask for.

Asian Cucumber and Daikon with Sesame Nori Dust

This applies to everyone (I personally can get very lazy in the water department), but if you’re going through cancer treatment, with all of its side effects, it can be extra challenging to stay hydrated.

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Quinoa Salad with Green Veggies & Macadamia Nut ‘Feta’

Quinoa Salad with Green Veggies & Macadamia Nut Feta

This salad is full of all the stuff that you think about eating as you slice off another piece of buckwheat toast for your second meal of avo toast in one day. Even better, it’s the kind of thing that you can make once at the beginning of the week to guarantee yourself at least one solid meal every day that week. You can even make it the following week without getting tired of it by mixing up some of the ingredients.

Quinoa Salad with Green Veggies & Macadamia Nut Feta

Quinoa, the protein-rich non-grain is one of my faves. If soaked and cooked properly, it tastes neutral and has a really nice texture. Soaking it also makes it far easier to digest. If you think you’re not a quinoa fan, try cooking it this way, or take the time to make this recipe (it’s pretty straight forward), and you’ll change your mind. Switch it out for buckwheat or millet, if you need a change.

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