Tag Archives: Gluten-free

Stuffed Peppers – a plant-based recipe

In my last post, the issue of ultra-processed plant-based foods was on the table.  Somehow these foods are getting an undeserved health halo and it’s time to recognize them for what they are. While there are commercial products available in the marketplace that would measure up to a homemade plant-based dish as a healthy choice, […]

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Roasted Squash and Quinoa Salad

Hearty salads are great for this time of year and including whole grains, such as quinoa, kicks the nutritional profile up a notch. This recipe, from Foodland Ontario, is also ideal for a make-ahead meal, or as leftovers, as there’s nothing to go soggy. While the ingredients do say Ontario, obviously use what’s local to […]

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Sweet Watermelon Pizza

There’s no doubt that watermelon is a summertime favourite. Truth be told, most people eat it simply because they love it. But it’s more than just refreshing. Check out some of its health perks such as its lycopene and potassium counts. Lycopene is the red pigment with antioxidant power and anti-cancer action that tomatoes are […]

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Peach, Tomato and Corn Salad with Haloumi Cheese

    This amazing tasting salad, inspired by my daughter Alyssa, is August perfection. The tomatoes and herbs from my garden and the peaches and corn from a farmer’s market together with haloumi cheese made for a perfect lunch one day and then the next and so forth. You get the message. While the haloumi […]

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Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios

  There’s no doubt that pistachios are not only packed with nutrition, they’re also delicious. While I do love them straight out of the shell as a snack, they also add lots of taste and crunch to other offerings. Here’s a tasty recipe adapted from the American Pistachios Growers. Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios 1 […]

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Turkish Tomato, Cucumber and Pepper Salad

For many people, vegetables are only on the menu at one meal a day – dinnertime. But in the Mediterranean, vegetables, fruit and fresh herbs are the foundation of meals all day long. In some countries in the region, this salad or a slight variation, makes a regular appearance, even at breakfast, on many a […]

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International Mediterranean Diet Month: Lemony Zucchini Salad with Walnuts

To help you celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month each and every month, California Walnuts has developed a terrific resource, Make Your Meals Mediterranean Starting with Five Makeover Meals. You can download the booklet which not only offers recipes but also includes tips on how to take standard North American dishes and boost their nutritional ratings […]

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Whole Grains Sampling Day: Oldways Quinoa with Ginger and Carrots

Today is Oldways Whole Grains Sampling Day, a day where we’re being encouraged to sample a variety of different whole grains. It’s a great time to expand your whole grain horizons and think about getting a variety of these tiny nuggets of goodness on to your menu. Too many of us tend to stick to […]

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