Monday, 14 December 2015 12:33

Amazingly Good for you Eggnog

For some of us, the holiday season means it’s time to break out the eggnog. Combining yolks, cream, unhealthy amounts of sugar, and possibly alcohol, I wouldn’t exactly call traditional eggnog a heart attack in a cup, but I would say that it’s definitely going to wreak havoc with your waistline and your blood sugar.

Monday, 07 December 2015 16:47

Shrimp a la Mediterrane

Shrimp is an excellent carbohydrate-free, low calorie protein. One of its most desirable benefits is high omega-3 and omega-6 fat content, which is important for cardiovascular and nervous system health. 

This sea protein is packed full of many vitamins and minerals including the cancer reducing mineral selenium. Selenium helps protect against the damaging effects of free radicals and boosts the immune system preventing cancer tumour growth. 

You don't need to compromise good health to enjoy good food this holiday season! 

Thursday, 03 December 2015 19:31

Crazy Good For You Coconut Chocolate Bark

This homemade chocolate is made with just a few essential ingredients - virgin coconut oil, cocoa or cacao powder, and pure maple syrup. (Feel free to use whichever liquid sweetener you prefer). The virgin coconut oil replaces the cocoa butter found in traditional chocolate so while it needs to be kept in the freezer, it’s a great way to sneak some coconut oil into your day. You can also use any toppings you'd like - dried fruit, nuts, and seeds all work lovely. It melts much faster than regular chocolate, so be sure to keep it chilled until ready to enjoy. I prefer it straight from the freezer.

You’ll appreciate this refreshing, sweet-tart salad from Andrew Weil, author of the new cookbook "Fast Food, Good Food". The different colours and textures make it a real eye-catcher. The dressing, which pairs orange juice and zest with a dash of cinnamon, softens the raw Tuscan kale without wilting it- so you can toss it ahead of time.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:04

Pumpkin Pie Spice Smoothie

This Pumpkin Pie Spice smoothie is packed with vitamin A, potassium and fiber and tastes like the real thing. It's totally tasty and this recipe is from Kris Carr's new book, Crazy Sexy Juice.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 12:41

Asparagus & Salmon Spring Rolls

These spring rolls are filled with smoked salmon, tender-crisp asparagus and plenty of fresh herbs. Spring rolls look impressive when you put them out for a party, but they are actually easy to make. To simplify the process, lay out all the ingredients you need to make the rolls near your work surface before you begin.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 19:54

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Compared to other types of dried beans, lentils are relatively quick and easy to prepare. They readily absorb a variety of wonderful flavors from other foods and seasonings, are high in nutritional value and are available throughout the year. They best part is that they contain tons of fiber with a half cup of cooked lentils coming in at around 8 grams.

This soup is a little spicy, elegant enough for a dinner party, super cheap to make and very tasty... Don't be put off by the lentils - trust me you won't know they are there (and secretly they are so good for you).

This winning dip will score big at any gathering.

Do you love Brussels sprouts? At your next get-together, surprise your guests with this unique, winning dip. This cheesy and zesty dip is from Dawn Yanagihara's cookbook Dips & Spreads, out this month.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 11:37

Thai Rice Noodle Salad

Recipes which are complete meal in itself and require less effort and time are on everyone's wish list. Cold rice noodle salad in peanut sauce dressing is a perfect example of that. Dressed in creamy and nutty peanut sauce, this salad will become your favourite on the go lunch or dinner. By the time the kettle as boiled for steeping your rice noodles, you've prepped your veggies, dressing and toppings, making this one of the fastest and tastiest dish in the East.

Thursday, 01 October 2015 14:45

Chili Chickpeas

Did you know it is possible for your kitchen to be like a mini clinic equipped with medical spices that can heal and prevent ailments ranging from physical pain, to indigestion and headaches? It is thanks to an ancient science of Ayurveda, a medical system from India that is also the sister science of yoga. Stemming from two root words, “Ayush”, meaning life and “Veda”, which means the “study and knowledge of”, Ayurveda is the study and knowledge of life.

This recipe is adapted from the book: What are you Hungry For? by Deepak Chopra.  I highly recommend this book- many recipes are Asian and Indian inspired, and they are not complicated. You can make this even easier by using canned chickpeas, and you can serve it over brown basmati rice or a baked, sweet potato for a healthy and satisfying meal.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 19:43

Walnut tacos

In the forward of The 22-Day Revolution by Beyoncé's chef Marco Borges, Bey not only explains how she was able to sustain this big shift in her diet but also specifically calls out for this recipe: "I couldn't believe how much of our health we can control with food. And that I could still love food but this time it would love me back". With the Beyoncé seal of approval, I decided to try them out for myself — and I'm so glad I did. The hearty combination of walnuts and avocado makes this a Mexican-inspired dish packed with heart-healthy fats and a very fulfilling meal for the entire family.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 19:12

OVEN FRIES WITH AIOLI

This is a comforting and super simple mix. Just chop the vegetables, quickly flavour, and put them in the oven. Blending the sauce is just as easy, and the finished meal is satisfying and pleasing to the whole family. Adjust the vegetables you have on hand during each season.