Cuisine: Plant-based

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

This nutritious salad is very refreshing on a hot day and great for a easy lunch or even a quick dinner.

In addition, watermelon and tomatoes have a high content of antioxidants particularly lycopene (red pigment in red fruits and vegetables) which has protective properties that can reduce risk prostate cancer and heart disease.

Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic NutritionistBy Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic Nutritionist

Beet and Fennel Salad

Organic Beet & Fennel Salad with Almond Ricotta

Beets, frequently consumed either pickled or in borscht, the traditional Russian soup. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds and are a good source of folate, also called vitamin B-9. Folate plays an important role in optimal emotional and mental health. Fennel is known to reduce inflammation with it's very important nutrient called Choline, which helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Fennel is also a great digestive aid.

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Cauliflower & Pomegranate Salad

Cauliflower & Pomegranate Salad

A recipe from our Weight Management App that is loaded with many minerals, vitamins and is a thermogenic (metabolism-boosting) powerhouse. Cauliflower is an excellent source of thermogenic vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and even contains some choline. However, it's the sulfur compound called indole-3-carbinol (i3C) that gives cauliflower its thermogenic effects. Pomegranate contains many minerals and vitamins including potassium, magnesium, folate and a good dose of thermogenic vitamin C. Eating pomegranate fruit whole rather than in juice form, is most beneficial for weight loss.

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Black Bean Quinoa Sliders and Tahini Sauce

These quinoa sliders are filled with foods that help stabilize blood sugar. This is a great use for leftover quinoa and the sliders last for several days in the refrigerator. I like to make them at the start of the week to have on hand as an addition to green salads to boost protein, healthy fat & fibre.

Nicole Gimmillaro, Certified Natural ChefBy Nicole Gimmillaro, Certified Natural Chef

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Chewy Chocolate Squares

During the month of May we shared several posts and an article focused on Mental Health Awareness. To wrap up our monthly theme we reached out to local Chef Heather Pace to share one of her recipes that has a well researched "feel good" ingredient. Yes, Cacao is a source of serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine–three "feel good" neurotransmitters that give us pleasure. It's our pleasure to share Heather's recipe.

Cacao also provides an energy boost while the nuts and coconut oil will leave you feeling full and satisfied for hours. These chewy chocolate squares are sweetened with dates, giving them a slight bit of chewiness. I think they turned out pretty darn delicious! I hope you like them too. Keep them in the fridge.

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Arugula Beet Bean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Beet Arugula Salad with Beans

A powerhouse of protein and fibre to boost your energy and manage your weight. Quinoa and beans boosts satiety because of their high-quality protein and fibre content. Eating more protein can increase your metabolism, thereby increasing your ability to burn fat. Fibre helps slow the absorption of sugar by improving glycemic control.

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Pad Thai

Peanut-Free Tangy Chili Lime Pad Thai

Do you love Pad Thai but have a peanut allergy?

No worries...Chef Ryan has created this delicious peanut-free vegetarian Pad Thai loaded with favour just for you!

Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic NutritionistBy Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic Nutritionist

Chocolate Torte

Raw Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

A healthier alternative to the traditional chocolate torte made with heavy cream. Our torte has lots heart healthy ingredients–like dark raw cacao which also comes with the benefit of being the aphrodisiac elixir of love. Cacao is known to promote feelings of is happiness and bliss.  A perfect "rich" dessert for chocolate "lovers" on a special occasion.

Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic NutritionistBy Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic Nutritionist