The Dreaded Month of January

I don’t think you need to only eat soup for a month and I definitely don’t think you need to try drinking charcoal lemonade or a juice cleanse.
I think it’s great if January motivates people to try to change their lifestyle with the goal of health… but I generally hate the way people seem convinced to do it. I didn’t write this piece to discourage people from changing their lifestyle but to encourage them to love themselves at any size and know that the number on the scale doesn’t equate to healthy or unhealthy. Small tweaks can change the trajectory of your whole life. Those are the things that will make you feel healthier, have more confidence and more energy. Shifting priorities can help you make up your mind to stop dieting and start living a happier, healthier lifestyle

My latest for ASKMEN.COM

Just in time for Meatless Monday you can check out my latest piece for askmen.com where I dive into some of the reasons why people may choose to eat less meat and share FIVE of my favorite meatfree recipes including burritos, thai food, quiche, and more.

Recipe: Famous Bean Burritos

I’ve updated my famous bean burrito video recipe and you’re going to want to check it out! I added more detail including how to fold them. It has over 105 THOUSAND views on facebook and counting. They’re cheap, easy, fast, full of fiber and protein!

Recipe: Moroccan Meat Parcels

We were craving something new, something spicy and something we hadn’t eaten much of before. It sounds like a challenge but I scoured recipes online until I found a few easier ones to attempt first.
An adapted Moroccan phyllo roll “cigar” recipe by a nutrition expert, dietitian Emma Train from Calgary, Alberta.

‘Good For You’ doesn’t have to be Fresh.

We need to get back to the basics, stop blaming single factors for diseases and help people have a healthy relationship with food. This healthy relationship is multifaceted and includes but is not limited to cooking meals at home, eating with others, learning new cooking skills, eating less ultra-processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables and being food secure.
Processed food is a buzzword, all processed foods aren’t unhealthy. A processed food is a food that has either physically or chemically been transformed or altered from its original state. Stop yapping about how awful processed foods are, you’re either missing the word ultra or not helping. No one needs to be afraid of frozen blueberries because they’ve been processed.

Recipe: Homemade Pasta/Pizza Sauce

A quick demo on how to make low ingredient 5-minute pizza (and pasta) sauce.

This step by step recipe will teach you how to make a delicious and easy homemade pizza sauce that is sure to please all crowds.

Tropical Fruit Salad

A quick visual aid on how to cut and prepare some less common fruits and turn them into a fruit salad as a side dish for a meal or as a snack. I’ll show you how to cut dragon fruit, apples, granadilla and prickly pears.

Recipe: Leftover Vegetable Latke

I like to use my leftover potatoes and vegetables in the morning. I make a really easy 5 minute dish that resembles a latke. It’s like a potato pancake meets an omelette. This version is gluten free and vegetarian but you can personalize your ‘latke’ with so many different additions like meat and other vegetables. This recipe is easy to follow and requires minimal preparation and kitchen skills.

Recipe: Mac N Cheese and Quinoa Bites

An easy and upgraded veggie loaded version of mac n cheese that you’ll love.

Simply add garlic and cauliflower to your mac n cheese and you’ve got a whole new spin on the orange creamy favorite.

Quinoa and broccoli bites are loaded with vegetables and cheese and are a great on the go snack or meal and work well as a side dish too.

This pasta recipe is a great meal for newbie cooks or kids to try too.

Recipe: Pea Pie Crust

I love pie crust but I hate making pastry. I love pie crust but store bought crusts give me heartburn. I want a healthy pie crust. The perfect solution for a quick, easy and healthy pie crust is made with peas! Try my dietitian approved pea pie crust.

My two cents on the ‘Obesity Plate’

The good: Can save 56-63 calories per meal by ‘sponging up’ oil. (Letting a maximum of 7ml of oil settle into the holes- if the holes are filled with spices it’ll pull off less) The bad: A plate probably isn’t going to change obesity in Thailand and it’s probably going to add to the pending…