Cuisine: Vegan

You abstain from meat, fish, eggs, dairy – and sometimes even honey, depending on your preferences or food allergies/intolerances.

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

Cauliflower Parsnip Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Parsnip Soup

This soup is a great light dinner on a cool evening. It is suitable for special diets such as vegan, paleo, gluten free and people with dairy allergies. In addition, cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin K, which acts as a direct regulator of our inflammatory response. Parsnips shine as a fiber source. They're high in soluble fiber, the type that helps lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar on an even keel.

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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Balancing Beet

Balancing Red Lentil & Beet Soup

This hearty soup is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a delicious way to stay on track with your weight management goals. Chock full of anti-inflammatory, blood sugar balancing and thermogenic foods, this one pot meal will leave you feeling satiated and curb those cravings to raid the pantry after dinner.

Lawren MonetaBy Lawren Moneta

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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

Iron Bowl Recipes

Iron Rich Vegetable Pasta

While many vegetarians and vegans are concerned about their iron intake, here is a dish that has nearly 50% of your daily intake of iron. Iron requires Vitamin C, folate and B12 for adequate absorption. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. Vitamin B12 is important for normal blood, cells, and nerves. Folic acid is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells. This dish is rich in Iron, Vitamin C and Folate. B12 is found in animal meat and byproducts, so in that case vegetarians or vegans should supplement. By adding a squirt of lemon juice to any meal, or fresh greens you will instantly increase your intake of vitamin C.

Rebecca Wilson, Holistic Chef, CNPBy Rebecca Wilson, Holistic Chef, CNP

A bowl of delicious baked beans with molasses.

Sweet & Creamy Baked Beans

We are happy to share this recipe with you — finally, all baked bean lovers out there can rest assured and never again feel shame while indulging in baked beans! This recipe will not only satisfy your taste buds but it is a great source of protein and contains no refined sugar. As a bonus we have substituted the sugar for molasses, which is great for boosting your metabolism and helping with weight loss!

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Bowl with pumpkin soup and and baked butternut squash

Curried Squash and Ginger Soup

Turmeric, in all its beautiful yellow glory, is amazing for our health. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to reduce inflammation, and is a great addition to our daily diet. It can also be supplemented with curcumin, the active component within turmeric that gives it the beautiful rich colour it is known for. Research shows that in order to get the most benefit from turmeric or curcumin, however, it is important to add black pepper to the mix. A chemical within black pepper, called piperine, is known to increase the bioavailability (the amount of a nutrient our bodies can actually absorb and use) of turmeric up to 200 times.

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