Dairy Free

Pumpkin Hummus

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Hummus is one of my favourite snacks because it is easy to make, tastes delicious, and it’s a great source of protein. I try to eat protein with every meal, including snacks, because it helps to keep my blood sugars balanced. My favourite foods to eat with hummus are carrots, cucumber and celery, so it’s also a great way to get more veggies into my body! I also love that there are so many different ways to make hummus that result in such a variety of tasty flavours. This recipe for Pumpkin Hummus is from my wonderful Holistic Nutritionist, Kathrin Brunner, and it has quickly become a staple in my lunch bag!

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Loaded Corn on the Cob

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Corn is in season right now in Ontario, so I’ve been receiving a lot of it in my weekly food share. I’ve always enjoyed the taste of corn on its own, but I was intrigued while out at a restaurant when I saw a plate of corn on the cob drift by me that was smothered in sauce! I wasn’t able to order that corn because unfortunately the saucy goodness contained dairy, but it did inspire me to go home and try to make my own dairy-free version. I think that this is the only way I’ll be eating my corn now…

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Egg Avo Tomato Salad

FullSizeRenderEnjoy this salad for breakfast or as a side for dinner!  It’s easy to make, with ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now!

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Simple and Healthy Salad Dressing

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A lot of salad dressings that you’d buy at the store have some ingredients that aren’t too good for you, so I try to avoid eating them. Since I’ve gone off of store bought dressing, I’ve slowly been building up some favourite recipes that I can easily make at home, taste amazing, and are made of simple, healthy ingredients. This was the first dressing I learned how to make, and I think it has remained one of my favourites!

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Cashew Milkshake (without the milk…)

Cashew SmoothieI have been obsessing about this smoothie, because it mimics the feel of a milkshake for me without any dairy. Both Erin and I share a love of milkshakes – even in the winter, but with Erin eliminating dairy, and me cutting it down, I’ve been on the lookout for a dairy-free alternative.

Enter… CASHEWS! Well, at least for me. Erin has to avoid cashews as well, but you could swap cashews for Brazil nuts for that creamy texture. The frozen bananas thicken the smoothie up and make it cold like a milkshake while the nuts give it that velvety texture. I could drink this every day!

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Smoked Salmon Flat Bread

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I think this is my new favourite way to enjoy smoked salmon! I’ve been having fun experimenting with making different flat breads lately, (aka fancy pizzas), because I bought a gluten and dairy free Flax Pizza Kit by O’Doughs that I’ve really enjoyed! The kit comes with 4 crusts that can be used to make pizza, garlic bread, or whatever your heart desires! This smoked salmon flat bread is definitely my favourite meal that I made using the crusts. The next time I make it, I’m going to try it with either a cauliflower crust, or my dairy and gluten free crust.

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Book Club – Deliciously Ella

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I came across Ella Woodward’s website one day while I was scrolling through food porn pictures on Pinterest. Usually when something on Pinterest sparks my interest, I follow the link to check it our further; if I still like it, I’ll pin that one recipe and then exit out of that website and never visit it again. However, I occasionally come across a website that captures my attention and somehow sucks me in to exploring it for hours. Even more rarely, I find a website that keeps me coming back regularly to visit –  Deliciously Ella turned out to be of those sites. When I found out that Ella was releasing a cook book I was so excited, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Ella’s book, Deliciously Ella, contains healthy recipes that are all plant-based and gluten-free!

Ella Woodward has a very inspirational story about how she got started down a path of healthier eating and living. She did not grow up eating a plant-based and gluten-free diet, in fact she was a self-professed sugar monster and fruit and vegetable hater. However, when she was just 19 she was diagnosed with a rare illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which effected her autonomic nervous system and plagued her with pain. She ended up being bedridden 95 percent of the time, and drugs and steroids were not helping her. After doing some research, she came across some people who had healed their conditions with food, and she was inspired to give it a try. She immediately gave up her old eating habits and started a whole-foods, plant-based diet, which meant giving up meat, sugar, dairy, gluten, and all processed foods. Amazing, while making this change Ella slowly started to feel better, and after 2 years she was off of all her medications and was symptom free! Talk about a success story!

I have recently changed my diet in a similar way to try to help with my own chronic health issues; stories like Ella’s inspire me to keep it up, and cook books like Ella’s help me to enjoy the transition. I’ve tried many recipes from her website and loved them, so I can’t wait to start trying out recipes from her book! Check back on this post often throughout the month as it will be filled with pictures and reviews of the recipes that I try!

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