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Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

It didn’t matter what we were having for dinner, growing up, there was always salad on the table. This was before pre-washed, boxed lettuces were as common, so the base was usually leaf lettuce or fresh spinach with green onions sometimes fruit sometimes tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers, sometimes a bit of goat cheese or pine nuts and always lots of lemon juice.

Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

We were really lucky. It meant that we got our greens every day in a world before green smoothies, green supplements, or even kale, as we know it now, anyway. It also meant that we learned to crave fresh veggies from a young age. This didn’t mean we weren’t hitting up the candy store, the DQ or eating pizza pockets on some soccer practice nights, but it was all balanced out most nights of the week.

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Sweet Potato Avocado ‘Toast’

Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

At first I thought a smashed whole sweet potato was the answer, until I thought about eating an entire sweet potato for breakfast or a snack (they can be big!). Then I thought about my favourite avocado toast and how it’s usually more about the avocado than the toast (so that you can have 2). This should apply to sweet potato toast too then, right? So that’s how this sweet potato ‘toast’ came to be.

Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

Avocados and Sweet potatoes like each other a lot, flavour-wise. But did you know that the fat in the avocado actually helps to slow down the absorption rate of the sugar in the sweet potato into your body? Cancer cells want it fast, so it’s far better for your overall health to slooow it down. Sweet potatoes are already filled with a ton of fiber which also helps lower their glycemic load, so the two together, on top of tasting awesome, are truly a dream team.

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Avocado Caprese Salad

Vegan Avocado Caprese Salad

Not eating cheese is hard, maybe the hardest of all of the ‘not eating’ challenges. Whether it’s because you’re addicted (did you know the casein in dairy is actually addictive?) or if it’s because you’re on an American road trip and everything seems to be covered in blue cheese/blue cheese dressing/sour cream or stuffed with cheese, it isn’t the easiest thing to avoid.

Vegan Avocado Caprese Salad

It’s worth the effort though; there are a few problems with dairy:

1) It can cause inflammation (promoting the development of cancer among other diseases/disorders)

2) The way it is most often commercially processed/pasteurized can damage the proteins and make it hard to digest.

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Veggie Sushi Bowl

Veggie Donburi

This is the donburi I wish I could order in a Japanese restaurant. Sushi, at least in Vancouver, no longer means you have to order all you can eat farmed salmon and mercury-heavy tuna rolls (thank goodness). There are plenty of veg options (that contain actual vegetables) but the surprise tempura batter and probable GMO soy sauce still forces (inspires?) the re-creation of wistful dream orders at home (eg -our recipe for sugar-free Kale Gomae).

Veggie Donburi

Unlike when you eat sushi, this style of bowl encourages you to fill up on the veggies before you fill up on the rice. So in true crushing cancer form, the veggies become the priority and we treat the rest like the ‘garnish’.

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