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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

Happy (almost) Halloween!

It's squash and gourd season and this week we're also going to put your homemade soup stock to good use in a delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup - a recipe we love from Nourished.ca.


As Alyssa points out on her blog, gourds have tons of antioxidants, beta carotene, and are high in fibre and potassium. Not to mention tasty.

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

Since this recipe is dairy AND gluten free, and is vegan to boot, there's not much more you can do to make this soup any better. Except maybe do yourself a favour and make a double batch, and freeze some for one of the grey winter days we know are coming.

 
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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Brown Rice Fried Rice

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

I've been watching Ugly Delicious on Netflix and there's a episode titled Fried Rice. It delves into Chinese Food and a lot of other wonderful things, but it still left me really wanting to make homemade fried rice.

I don't think I knew about the trick of using day old rice, as it helps to have less moisture when frying it up! To make it healthier, I used brown rice (which is even trickier, as the instructions on the package don't always work out for water absorption). Lean towards using less water so the rice won't be as wet!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

You have so many options when it comes to what to put in fried rice...it could be simple, or it could be loaded up! Make it vegan by either substituting the fried egg for a tofu scramble, OR simply brown some tofu and add it in. The veg is up to you as well, I love the crunch of peas in my rice...toss in some carrots, or maybe broccoli and cabbage (great way to use leftovers/what is in your veggie crisper!). Whatever you decide, load it up with goodness!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Lettuce Wraps with Vegetables & Noodles

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

It's so hard to get through an entire cabbage as one person, so this recipe came out of a need to eat it while it was still nice and purple! I don't make lettuce wraps too often, but I really love the crunch of them and when the veggies are cold and crisp. I added soba noodles for good measure, but this recipe is another great way to eat the what is in your crisper before they go off!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

It's late winter almost early spring, so I'm using lots of veggies that are in season. If you're making this in a different season, use the veg that is growing at that time! Butter lettuce is great for the wraps because of their size and durability, but regular lettuce, or even endives, will do the trick in a pinch! 

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Red Quinoa & Carrot Salad


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Sometimes you just want a warm winter salad when the temperature drops. The red quinoa is a nice pop, and reminds me of fall, but you can use any kind of quinoa you might have on hand.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Add in more good stuff! Pepitas, nuts of various kinds, dried fruit, hemp hearts. You can hide a lot in this salad!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Pumpkin Patch Hummus


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

So much candy this week, I wanted to give you a tasty, healthy snack, but something you could serve if you're having a Halloween party too! No Pinterest fails over here!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Expand the veggies. Dip whatever you want! The pumpkins are time consuming, so just make a dozen or two and then load up with other veggies for dipping!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegetable Salad Rolls with Hummus


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I made these rolls back near Canada Day, as an experiment, and they all were consumed so I'm going to say they were enjoyed.

Dying the rice paper with the beet juice isn't hard, just be careful of the pink stains, and you can totally skip the juice part, it's just pretty fun to have pink rolls, and you don't get a funky taste or anything.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Use fresh veggies from the farmers market. You can find rainbow carrots now, and tons of fancy pepper colours. But everything you can imagine putting in the roll, you can get fresh and local, and usually organic too!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Turkey, Mushroom, Veggie Vermicelli Bowl


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

My mom sent me a very similar dish to this, but with a few different ingredients and it looked so good I had to make/modify it - you can use pork if you prefer or a veggie ground. It's a very simple recipe that is great for a weeknight dinner, or a lunch after a class at Barre!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure you use a sodium reduced soy sauce (I prefer Bragg's Liquid Aminos) because the dish is really flavourful and hearty and doesn't need extra salt. Also, I spotted some brown rice vermicelli at a store the other day, so give that a whirl and sub it in!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Baked Fish Tacos


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I saw some very good looking corn tortillas at the store the other day and decided to try my hand at tacos. There are so many places that do amazing tacos in the city, but it was nice to be able to whip some up pronto after my workout in the afternoon. Honestly it only took about 15mins start to finish. Plus, I used up the rest of my cabbage which I got for a recipe a while ago and it took about 3 meals to get through it!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

I used vegan mayo for the coleslaw sauce, but you could probably skip it and use lime juice to moisten the veggies. There are lots of white fish you can use for this recipe, esp since the spice overwhelms much of the fish flavour. Lingcod is in season now, and might be your best bet, or halibut if you want to splurge.

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Chickpeas & Farro


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I found these gorgeous rainbow heirloom carrots at the farmers market the other day and knew I wanted to do something cool with them. So I scoured the internet looking for just the right recipe, and found it on Cookie & Kate. I did some adjustments, making a smaller portion size, and present it now for you!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Eliminate the crème fraîche to make it vegan (you can make a tahini type sauce or use vegan sour cream with some lemon and garlic).

Farro is a grain I've never worked with before but it turned out to be really tasty! There are some Canadian growers (I bought GRAIN's farro, which comes from Etzikom, AB), and it's also called Emmer if you're having trouble finding it!

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