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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Purple Cauliflower & Purple Potato 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!

 

I'm not going to lie to you. I saw purple potatoes and a purple cauliflower and really wanted to make some sort of dish that was purple.

 

Most stores have purple potatoes in right now, and some of the bigger and specialty stores have purple cauliflowers, but you can find everything you need at the farmers markets, like I did!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

This soup is pureed so you can add a lot into it if you desire. I made sure to use my homemade vegetable stock, so that I could keep the sodium down. The soup definitely requires a lot of salt, but knowing you're starting with none is key to keeping the intake down!

 

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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 - Cranberry Apple Sauce

 

 

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!

 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and whether you're making a whole meal yourself or bringing a side to a dinner elsewhere, we've got you covered. Cranberries are coming into season, and while not everyone loves them as a side dish next to the turkey (or tofurkey), they'll LOVE it in this applesauce recipe.

You can get everything you need at the farmers market this weekend, especially if you want to go organic like I did... and it takes little to no effort to make. Not to mention, your house will smell AMAZING.

 

Make it Even Healthier Tip: 

This recipe is about as raw, simple, vegan, and healthy as it gets, especially as it has no added sugar! If you make enough of it, you can preserve some of the apple sauce for later dates. Info on preserving is easy to find on the internet, and there are lots of classes out there in the community that you can take to learn hands on (I took one at Save-On Meats). Enjoy!

 

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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 - Spot Prawns and Snap Pea Stir-Fry


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 once again Spot Prawn season! The annual Spot Prawn Festival takes place this Saturday at Fisherman's Wharf on Granville Island with cooking demos, sample of coffee, beer and wine, and most importantly, Spot Prawns! You can buy them straight off of the boats as well, and here's a tasty dish you can make with them. (Click here to see last year's recipe). 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

This is a very straight forward and simple recipe with only a few ingredients. The main thing to remember is to use brown rice for the extra healthy kick!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Apple Sauce Breakfast 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!

There are apples everywhere at the grocery store, and farmers markets right now for low prices, so I decided to make some apple sauce. Then I wasn't sure what to do with it all besides eat it when I was craving sugar.
I wondered if I could make a breakfast bowl where instead of solely water or milk to cook oatmeal, I could use apple sauce. Which worked far better than I imagined. The toppings I picked from what I had in my cupboard, but you could obviously use whatever you'd like, including apple chunks if you still had any apple leftover!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Start with homemade apple sauce! Here's a recipe from the blog for cranberry applesauce - basically follow the recipe and only use apples, water, and a bit of lemon!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Squid Ink Humboldt Squid Pasta


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 this pasta on sale at a grocery store recently and immediately knew i had to make a meal with it...I mean, look at it!

Don't be afraid, it was just like regular pasta taste-wise, and did a great job absorbing the flavours of the sauce. If you're not into tomatoes, I'd suggest sautéing some spinach and throwing it in instead.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure that you're getting ocean wise squid! I got some BC Humboldt squid from the Fish Counter on main (in the frozen section), and if you can't find squid, white fish would also work (or some sustainably caught prawns).

I skipped the parmesan that I saw in most other recipes as the dish is full of so much flavour already!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Mushroom, Kale & Lentil Stew


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!

Remember those couple days of sunshine that sort of proved that Spring really was here, but now we're back to grey and rain and all you want to do is eat pizza?

Instead, make this super easy and really delicious stew that you can have for lunch or dinner (or freeze the second half!). You can use whatever mushrooms you have on hand or can find, lentils are really quick to make and kale is in season all the time!


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

If you're having it with the toasts, get some multi-grain bread or whole wheat!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Spinach Hummus for St. Patrick's Day!


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!

We're at the beginning of the Barre Body Fitness Challenge, and each month I'm going to bring you a recipe for breakfast, snack time, lunch, and dinner! This week I also decided to go green for St. Patrick's day on Friday! Hummus is delicious, packed with protein and super easy to make. Throw some spinach in there for all of it's vitamins and you've got an excellent post-workout snack!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Bake your own tortillas so you can control the salt ratio (I used spinach ones to keep it consistent), and you don't have to limit your veggies to just green. Get some rainbow carrots from the farmers market this weekend and brighten it up!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Falafel Waffles


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!

Baked in a waffle iron instead of deep fried....
Colourful & in season cabbage coleslaw....
Saying the words "Falafel Waffle"...

What isn't there to love about this?

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

You can make this gluten free by using chickpea flower for the falafel mixture. But other than that, the recipe is totally vegan! It makes enough for 2 people so you should share, or save some for the next day. That way you can load up the rest of your plate with more good stuff...avocado, olives, some whole wheat pita for dipping in that hummus...

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