chocolate zucchini bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

​”If at first you don’t succeed. Dust yourself off and try again. You can dust it off and try again.” Now, I am not a baker, but after a total of 4 attempts at this recipe I think I’ve finally nailed it! I really wanted to create a recipe that was gluten-free and free of refined sugars, to make it a healthier option for everyone, which is why I probably took me so many tries to nail.If you have never heard of or used buckwheat, well today is your lucky day! Although often referre […]

Simple Chimichurri Sauce

Simple Chimichurri Sauce

A I think there are two common misconceptions when it comes to healthy eating; 1) eating clean means no flavour, and 2) creating flavour is really complicated.Of course, slow-cooked, marinated and braised dishes are an amazing way to pack a lot of flavour into meals, but truth be told, we don’t always have time for that. And most of the time, we just need to get things on the table. I am not unlike anyone else; my life can get busy and hectic and making elaborate meals every night is a […]

The Best Dairy Milk Alternatives

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

With the increase of dairy allergies and intolerances, the need for milk alternatives has become increasingly common. Fortunately, there are now so many alternatives available on the market from almond milk to hemp milk, oat milk, soy milk, rice milk, and coconut milk. With that being said, like most pre-made foods, most store-bought milk alternatives have many additives and preservatives that make them less than ideal choices.Fortunately, making almond milk (or any nut milk) at home is so simpl […]

huevos rancheros

Red’s Huevos Rancheros

Brunch is my absolute favourite meal of the day, and my favourite meal to dine out for. There is something about the morning and endless cups of coffee that always keeps me coming back for more. I am totally a sweet over savoury person when it comes to breakfast, so eggs always seem to be on the menu for me, especially when they are Mexican. Add salsa and avocado to basically anything and you can count me in. A classic Mexican breakfast, huevos rancheros are fried eggs served on corn t […]

Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad

In case you couldn’t tell, I am currently addicted to the BBQ. I’m basically grilling anything I can get my hands on – enter this grilled romaine salad. I know it might seem a little “fancy”, but I can assure you it’s actually quite basic. Romaine lettuce has taken the back burner lately with the popularity of spinach and kale, but it is not to be forgotten! Romaine lettuce not only adds some great texture, but is a rich source of vitamin A and K. So why not give it a little grill at your next B […]

Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake: Two Ways

Sometimes you just need a little treat, and although I’m not necessarily one to support using the microwave all the time, these 90 second mug cakes are a far better choice than a McCain Deep & Delicious or that bag of Two-Bite Brownies. I’ve created two versions of this recipe, a more traditional method and a gluten-free method, using all natural ingredients because you are always better off making your treats at home rather than buying them in a store. So when your next sweet crav […]

peaches & cream smoothie

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

Peaches are my favourite summer fruit. Fresh, plump, juicy and sweet, they are perfect summer ingredient for a sweet or savoury recipe. I love to buy them when they are ripe and in season, slice them up and freeze them for a later use. This recipe works equally well with fresh or frozen fruit. Peaches & Cream SmoothiePaleo, Vegetarian, VeganServes 2Ingredients2 ripe peaches, fresh or […]

italian chicken brochettes

Italian Chicken Brochettes

A chicken brochette is a summertime BBQ staple and it makes a simple weeknight dinner or the perfect weekend BBQ with friends. Not only are they easy to prepare, but a great way to sneak more veggies into your diet! Load them up with whatever meat and vegetables you like for a simple and healthy dinner. Italian Chicken BrochettesPaleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-FreeMakes 6-8Ingredients2 skinles […]

essential salad dressings

Essential Salad Dressings

Bottled salad dressings are easily found in grocery stores, but unfortunately healthy options are few and far between. With refined oils, added sugars, and way too many additives, these dressings are less than ideal choices. Fortunately, homemade dressings are so easy to make, so here are 3 essential recipes to include in your cooking repertoire. Simple Balsamic Dressing6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar1 pinch sea salt1 pinch bl […]

homemade fudgesicles

Homemade Fudgesicles

The perfect cold, rich and chocolately summer treat! Made with coconut milk and sweetened naturally with honey, these homemade fudgesicles are dairy-free, gluten-free and full of flavour making them a guilt-free summer delight. Homemade FudgesiclesPaleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, VeganMakes 4-6Ingredients14oz can full-fat coconut milk3 tbsp. cocoa powder2 tbsp. honey1/2 tsp. vanilla1 […]

Chickpea Tabbouleh

Chickpea Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern dish made of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint, onion and bulgar wheat. I love the traditional version, but I also love mixing things up and this chickpea version really hits the spot. Swapping the chickpeas for bulgar not only make the recipe gluten-free, but helps amp up the protein content a little bit. This recipe stores well in the fridge making it the perfect side dish or make-ahead lunch. […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This sugar-free, gluten-free version of an old childhood favourite is 100% flavour-full. It tastes delicious on its own, or top it with a little dollop of vanilla ice cream or coconut cream for a little extra indulgence. Red’s Strawberry Rhubarb CrispServes 6-8 IngredientsFilling:2 cups strawberries, diced2 cups rhubarb, chopped1 tsp. vanilla extract¼ cup honey1 tbsp. l […]

Spiced Carrot Salad

Spiced Carrot Salad

This tangy and simple dressing is the perfect compliment to the sweetness of carrots. A nice make-ahead salad, perfect for a summer BBQ or weekday lunches. Spiced Carrot SaladPaleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, VeganServe 4-6Ingredients:6 large carrots, grated1/2 cup raisins1/4 cup fresh parsley or coriander, chopped1/4 olive oil1 lemon, juiced1 tbsp. dijon2 garlic cloves, minced1 tsp. cumin […]

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Nothing says summer breakfast like a little slice of toast  with jam and coffee, and nothing says summer like the fresh strawberries.  For all of my jam lovers, I’ve got something really delicious and simple to help you make a healthier swap. Chia seed jam might sound silly, but you’ll be amazing at how much it actually taste like the real thing. This recipe uses strawberries, but it also works well with fresh raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, and stone fruit like peaches. […]