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Category: Vegetarian Dish

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Summer is coming! Or, practically here if you’re lucky enough to live in Vancouver like me. There is a prime example above — the spring cherry blossoms in Vancouver are one of my most favourite things in the world! Along with my sister, of  course. Here is a picture of us enjoying ice cream by the sea on a hot day in March… sorry to rub it in. ;)

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(Note: This blog post is generously sponsored by Ricardo Cuisine — thank you!)

Remembrance Day is over, so we can officially listen to Christmas carols, according to my cousin Marie. Most people seem to have some sort of rule about when it is OK to listen to Christmas music. Are carols fair game after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day or December 1st?

Summer has arrived and along with it are a plethora of weekend backyard parties with friends and family. BBQs are often a staple of these soirées. With the summer heat, we are always looking for lighter flavour packed dishes to put on the grill that will even impress all those carnivores.

In addition to vegetables being fantastic for your health, there are other reasons why you might want to consider using vegetables instead of meat on the BBQ. Grilling vegetables is a healthier option as they do not produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are carcinogenic compounds that result from grilling meats at high temperatures.

Halloumi & Vegetable Greek Kebabs

Easy Lentil Crepes

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These lentil crepes are awesome. Soaked red lentils + water + spices = delicious crepes!

They fit into any diet — besides paleo. Don’t get me ranting about that diet. It definitely has its merits (whole unprocessed foods, fruits and veg, etc.), but it really doesn’t have any ground to stand on as far as the theory behind it.

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Plus, I love lentils! They are nutritious little gems, full of fibre and protein. They are also very cheap. As the paleo diet does not allow beans or legumes it can make eating on a budget more challenging.

polenta chickpea fries (4)

What do you think the most consumed vegetable in North America is?

…Potatoes! I don’t have anything against potatoes nutritionally, but they are likely eaten way to often and usually in their deep fried form.

A varied diet is something I always promote when I do my grocery store tours — it ensures you are getting all the nutrients you need and makes your meals more exciting! So, ditch the potato fries once in a while and make polenta chickpea fries!

My most popular request when it comes to recipes –> easy and fast weeknight meals (along with a personal chef). This recipe falls perfectly into that category! A slow cooker is a great tool for easy meals as well but is a less popular option in the summer. Plus, this recipe is easy to get the men on board with because they get to do some grilling!

Cauliflower Steak, truffle egg

If truffle salt or oil is not something you keep around I highly recommend it. It adds great flavor to many dishes. If it’s not something you enjoy this recipe is great without it as well, so don’t fret!

You can also use cabbage instead of cauliflower for the steaks, I love both! Cabbage is a great vegetable to buy due to its long shelf life, save it in the fridge for when you run out of all your other veggies.

I have been on a roasted vegetable kick lately and roasting all kinds of vegetables I haven’t before, like radishes!

My usual way of eating radishes is very “un-dietitian” like of me: I dip the halves in salt! So addicting.

I can blame my preceptor from my dietetic internship up in Prince George (Northern BC) for this addiction. She told me she stopped eating radishes because this was the only way she ate them, so naturally, I had to try it.  Don’t do it.

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We all need some sodium – 1500mg sodium per day to be precise. That being said, on average Canadians get about 3400 mg per day! Reducing our intake to 2000 mg or less per day may help lower blood pressure and improve our over all health.

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