Stinging Nettle & Ricotta Rice Cakes

Growing up, my parents had a patch of stinging nettles in a corner of the backyard. They grew it to fertilize our organic vegetable garden and also for its medicinal properties. I remember my mom making tinctures from it and drying the leaves for herbal tea. One summer day, my sister brought me to the patch and dared me to touch the leaves. …

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Sautéed Beet Greens in Mustard Sauce

We didn’t sign up for a CSA share this year, but we’ve been buying our vegetables from the same organic farm since spring. They set up a stand in our neighbourhood every Saturday morning and it has become a weekly tradition for us. I like knowing where our food comes from and how it’s been grown, …

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Polenta with Fresh Corn, Quinoa & Marinated Kale

  I have this habit of checking my calendar to find out what I did on a given day one, two, three + years ago. I find it entertaining to reminisce on where I was and how I felt then compared to today. This day last year, we were discovering Bruges and tasting all the good stuff Belgium offers. …

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Zucchini

Aside from these stuffed zucchini, I’ve got two more recipes lined up for you before I’m ready to move on to fall produce. I do realize that fall starts today and you’re probably salivating for apples and butternut squash already. But let’s hold on to summer for a little longer shall we? Don’t get me …

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Swiss Chard Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Daylight saving time began yesterday and that’s a reason to celebrate, don’t you agree? Working to this soundtrack, I can almost feel the Spring breeze on my skin and nature coming alive again. I’m grateful for every minute of additional daylight. If you’re like me, you’re craving the return of fresh salads at this time …

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Millet-Crusted Wild Mushroom & Arugula Pizza

I remember the first time I made (whole-wheat) pizza dough from scratch. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. To make a long story short, it was a weeknight and I didn’t get to eat my pizza until past 11 PM! It was delicious and nutritious, but boy did I sweat for …

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Vegan Mediterranean Cabbage Rolls

Montreal got a big snow storm yesterday – the first “real” storm of the season. A few hours in, Jason and I got excited and we (almost seriously) considered to cross-country ski through the snow-covered streets of downtown. We took our skiing gear out of storage last week and both of us are getting antsy to use …

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Jerusalem Artichoke & Thyme Soufflé

My friend Charles is an avid gardener. It’s a passion that he picked up from his parents at the age of 12, and which he plans to share with his young daughters in the coming years. Knowing this, you can imagine my surprise when I found out that he doesn’t eat much vegetables. I like …

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Greek-Style Vegan Stuffed Peppers

I was useless this past weekend. Sore throat, feverish and blowing my nose every 20 minutes. Yep, ’tis the season. I spent most of it alternating between the bed and the couch, drinking tea, sucking on lozenges and streaming missed episodes of my current favourite TV show. Okay, perhaps not completely useless. I still managed …

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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

    Aren’t sesame seeds awesome? They’re crunchy (that’s always a good thing); tasty (even more so when toasted); healthy (excellent source of calcium); suited for all types of dishes (sweet and savoury); sesame oil is the ultimate asian flavour (in my humble opinion); and don’t get me started on tahini (i.e., I put it …

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