Tag Archives | avocado

Squash & Black-eyed Pea Chili

Squash and Black-eyed Pea Chili

If you are like me and have had more chili in your life than anyone probably needs (thanks to plenty of time spent skiing in the mountains, and a recipe that my sisters and I knew how to make, growing up), you probably don’t get crazy excited over the idea of a nice, warm bowl of chili for dinner. This one is different though. It’s the perfect recipe for possibly the first thing you eat this year.

Squash and Black-eyed Pea Chili

I have made it with black-eyed peas, because some say that eating black-eyed peas on January 1st brings us good luck. I am willing to buy into anything that may bring some luck, especially if it will definitely bring the delicious (and feed a crowd/freeze well). I have another lucky black-eyed pea recipe here if you’re looking for options.

(more…)

Salad for One with Lemon Hemp Ailoli & Smashed Chickpea Croutons

Salad for One with Lemon Hemp Aioli

When I used to teach regular cooking classes, one of the questions I would get all the time was ‘how do I cook healthy food for one?’ It would come from someone who lived alone or was trying to cook healthier for themselves, while still cooking for their less vegetable-y enthusiastic family.

Crushed Chickpea Croutons

I like to think that if I lived alone I would still cook well for myself, but the truth is, I have gotten home, realized I was solo for the night and had popcorn and Netflix for dinner -I totally get it. It’s way more fun to make fun food when you have someone to share in the excitement of it. The same goes for if you’re making beautiful healthy food that no one else is interested in eating; it makes you less inspired to try new, healthy recipes.

(more…)

Mexican Tomato & Black Bean Soup

Whenever I finish cooking for a client (their treatment is over and they are starting to feel better) we often have a conversation about how they are going to keep up the nutrient-dense way of eating on their own (without a chef).

Mexican Tomato & Black Bean Soup

My first recommendation is always juices and smoothies. I don’t have a ton of recipes on here for either (well, some, here and here) because it seems like such a simple thing to figure out on your own (is it? Should I have more?), but it is truly one of the best ways to ensure a good volume and variety of nutrients. You don’t need a lot of skill and you can consume 3-5 lbs of veg in a glass of juice and all kinds of hard-to-include-in-your-regular-diet super foods in a smoothie.

Mexican Tomato & Black Bean Soup

Those options are both raw, which is a good thing in many different ways, but it can require some balance as the cooler months come into play. Some good soup recipes can be useful, as soup is warming, nutrient-dense, savory and satisfying on many levels. It’s a bit like a cooked smoothie, offering lots of veggies, but with fewer nutrients that don’t do well in the heat and more nutrients that expand and multiply with some heat, so it literally brings something different and balancing to the table.

(more…)

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Garlicky Millet & Avocado ‘Croutons’

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Garlicky Millet & Avocado Croutons

It has been a hot (hot!) summer in BC. Here in Vancouver, we’re the ones who usually get the rain, which makes our sunny days so green and lush (not to mention appreciated). This year everything is brown and dry and we actually had a few days when the iphone was telling us we had ‘smoke’ as our weather due to all of the forest fires raging in our province. A smoky, hot city is not a fun place to be (although, I imagine considerably more fun than the many places where the fires were actually raging), so I tried to focus on some of the good that would eventually come out of it.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Garlicky Millet & Avocado Croutons

Did you know that morel mushrooms thrive in the aftermath of a forest fire? They happen to be my favourite mushroom of all time, so this was definitely a silver lining. (To be clear, I would far prefer a forest fire-free summer over a handful of tasty mushrooms, but ashes and mushrooms are better than just ashes, right?) Another good thing to come of this is less related to fire and more related to the actual Southern Italy-like heat we were having, which equals a way above average tomato season for us.

(more…)