The special ingredient in this Spicy Hot Chocolate recipe is an adaptogen called Ashwagandha. Adaptogens are a type of herb that help the body adapt to stress by normalizing your physiological functions. I’ve talked before about the effects of chronically elevated cortisol on your health overall. If you’re going through a stressful time in your life it can be helpful to support your adrenal glands with an adaptogen. Read More
We discovered ground yak at a local butcher, Real Deal Meats, and enjoy using it in all sorts of recipes. From Chili to burgers and scrambles to these stuffed acorn squash. Yak is a wild meat but not gamey at all. In fact it’s almost always sold out when we make a trip to the butchers. If you live in the Edmonton area and plan on stopping by Real Deal to get some Yak, I recommend calling ahead of time and getting them to save some for you. They’re great with that and all of the staff are super friendly. They also carry good quality free range chicken products, bison, lamb and grass fed beef. Read More
Earlier this year the media made a big deal out of butter being healthy, after years of wrongly accusing it of being linked to Heart Disease. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you saw the June issue of Time magazine that had the words, “Eat Butter” on the cover. Finally the myth of saturated fat being bad for our health was shattered and hit mainstream. In the article it explained that consuming saturated fat doesn’t actually lead to heart disease. Read More
I know, another pumpkin recipe but these are seriously delicious! The filling tastes just like pumpkin pie and the shell contains healthy, satiating fats. I tried making these in both my silicon mini muffin pan and my regular ol’ muffin pan with paper cups. To make the white chocolate I used cacao butter, which is different from cocoa butter. Like cacao powder compared to cocoa powder the cacao just means it’s raw. Raw cacao whether in powder or butter form has not been heated and is therefore more nutritious and contains a higher ORAC value, which is its antioxidant score. Read More
This recipe comes compliments of my boyfriend, Nelson. Before I met him I had already discovered my love of slow-cooked beef short ribs but hadn’t tackled cooking back ribs. They just seemed too complicated to me but this recipe couldn’t be any easier! He used to cook his wrapped in aluminum foil on the BBQ. I wasn’t too fond of the idea of cooking something in aluminum and try to avoid it in other products like antiperspirant as well. We tried cooking it in a cast iron dutch oven and it worked great. You can do this recipe on the BBQ or in the oven, either way you’ll get tender, fall off the bone meat. Read More
My Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Brownies are a healthy and nutritious option when you’re wanting a sweet treat. They’re dense and moist with a rich chocolate flavour and the tang of fresh cranberries. I made these for my brother’s birthday and he confirmed that, “they are the shit!” His words, not mine.
I used to love my Kraft peanut butter and ate copious amounts of it. It was creamy, sweet and salty all at once. Then I discovered almond butter and haven’t looked back. Before we get to the almond butter I want to explain why peanut butter actually isn’t as healthy of an option as you might think.
One of my favourite desserts growing up was apple crisp. My one sister, Brittany, used to make it all the time for family dinners and we’d eat it hot with vanilla ice cream on top. I tend to forget about apple crisp all summer but as soon as a cool fall day arrives so does the thought of this tasty, comforting treat. I have sensitivities to gluten and dairy so needed to create a version without either. I not only made this apple crisp gluten-free but grain-free as well. So if you’re working on healing your digestive system and avoiding grains, you can still eat apple crisp! We topped this with coconut milk ice cream and it was divine! Read More
I hope all of you in Canada enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and good food! We went down to see Nelson’s family and I made my Roasted Butternut Squash, Bacon and Sage Salad. Squash is one of my favourite vegetables and it’s so versatile. My new recipe, Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad, is great anytime of day including for breakfast. This salad pairs well with a piece of meat or chicken for a complete meal and tastes good cold or hot, although I prefer hot. Read More
It’s that time of year where the controversy over getting the flu shot stirs up. It’s a personal decision and important to make sure you make one that is informed. Whether or not you decide to, making sure you’re supporting your immune system with food and managing stress is important. My Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup recipe is chock full of amazing immune supporting and boosting nutrients. Read More