spring living lentil bowls

Spring Living Lentil Bowls – a light yet substantial gluten-free and easily vegan meal bowl featuring beluga lentils, spring asparagus, pan-fried halloumi cheese, avocado, pea shoots, and seeds. All of the components can be prepared in advance for a quick and easy meal. 

loaded sweet potatoes

Surprise! Being back at work is harder than I thought it would be. But not in the ways I thought it would be. I had anticipated achingly difficult days away from my boy, pining for him every moment I was gone. I even considered taking one of his blankies with me to the office so I… 

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slow cooker lentil shepherd’s pie

An easy and nourishing vegan lentil Shepherd’s pie filling made in your slow cooker. Simply serve with hot mashed potatoes, or stuff into a baked sweet potato.  By way of the calendar, spring is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, the weather is (at least where I live) milder, and I can… 

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how to cook dried beans

Beans, beans, good for your heart. Beans, beans, they make you…. smart! That’s right, smart! Beans are a good source of folate, dietary fiber, protein, phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and vitamin K. The protein-plus-fiber combination in beans is one of the things that makes them special. Much of the fiber is indigestible, which supports… 

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kale and white bean tortilla

A riff on a Spanish-style tortilla featuring ribbons of Tuscan kale and replacing the traditional potatoes with heart-healthy cannellini beans. Five years ago today I said a tearful goodbye to my husband as he walked through the gates of the Vancouver International Airport to board a flight to Minneapolis, then Amsterdam, then Stockholm. I returned… 

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one-pan roasted sweet potato burrito bowls

These super simple one-pan roasted sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls are the easiest and most delicious thing to hit your dinner table this week! Want make-ahead meals? Wrap ’em up in a whole wheat tortilla and you’ve got freezer burritos! One of my goals for 2015 is figuring out better work-life-blog-business balance. I… 

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toast for dinner – beans on toast

Simple saucy beans on toast make for a quick and easy nutritious weeknight dinner. Lately I’ve been feeling disoriented. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night not sure of where I am or what day it is. I’ve been dreaming things so close to my real life that I’m constantly having to… 

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pumpkin and black bean quesadillas

Um, hello second to last day of October. It’s Halloween tomorrow, have you got your costume sorted? My costume, though alive and well in my brain, has not yet materialized in real life. I have watched an awful lot of youtube tutorials on how to make certain parts of it, and luckily tomorrow is a… 

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mediterranean chickpea salad

For many years I thought that I didn’t like Greek salad. Too salty! Too oniony! Too briny! Swimming in dressing! Fortunately I came to the realization that I’d been eating crappy Greek salads and totally changed my tune. Over the course of my MSc program in nutrition, my cohort of international nutritionists hosted many potluck… 

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chocolate black bean brownie smoothie

A rich and creamy healthy chocolate smoothie loaded with protein thanks to a secret ingredient that you totally can’t taste – beans! Naturally sweetened with just banana and dates, and vegan thanks to plant-based milk, this is a smoothie the whole family will love.

black bean and quinoa freezer burritos

Hi, my name is Katie and I’m a lunch packer. If you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time you’ve probably already figured this out. I plan meals. I pack meals. I prep in advance. One might even say I’m a bit compulsive about it, but I don’t care. I like having all… 

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chipotle black bean burgers

The last couple of weeks have been a tad on the bonkers side. There were several really long days and one super late night at the office, the morning after which I dragged my tired self out of bed and gave myself a pat on the back for having pre-packed my lunches for the week… 

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fudgy adzuki bean brownies

One time while I was at a party that I had made most of the food for, including a few chocolate cakes (this cake, to be specific), a girl came up to me and asked if there was sugar in the cakes. I told her of course there was sugar in the cakes. They’re cakes! Chocolate cakes!… 

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meze bowl

Sometimes I have so much going on at once I feel like I’m failing at everything. Other times I feel pretty on top of the game. Mostly it’s somewhere in the middle. I’m terrible at getting out of bed in the morning. I’m pretty good at scheduling exercise into my day. I rush out the… 

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kale and butternut squash salad

Yesterday morning I was enjoying a champion breakfast of tea, cold pizza, and a backlog of low-quality advent calendar chocolates, when it occurred to me how unbelievably close to Christmas we are. Between a run of epic thanksgiving dinners thrown by my American expat friends, the company Christmas party, festive drinks happenings, and holiday potlucks,… 

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kale and black bean breakfast tacos

I read today that all any good, nutritious, and budget friendly meal needs is a grain, a bean, and a green. I couldn’t agree more. There are few things I find as comforting as having a big ol’ pot of beans cooked up and on standby in the fridge. Except maybe a big ol’ pot… 

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