Spanakopita

Spanakopita

Another meat free meal and this Greek dish is one of my all time favourites! The main ingredient is spinach or, my preference, silverbeet. I find that the silverbeet is meatier, more textured. There are many benefits to the leafy greens such as vitamins C, K, and B, and minerals including folic acid, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene and antioxidants. Below is a recipe that can be served hot or cold and is a great meat-free meal. Ingredients olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 bunch shallots (spring onions), finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1.2kg spinach… read more

Go Green with Halloween

Photography by Jenne Kopalek

Halloween is officially here with the ghoulish décor, sinister cider, and pumpkins galore. Have you picked your costume yet? Did you know that consumers spent over $2.5 billion on costumes last year? How do we keep Halloween green, save a few bucks, and create a pretty wicked Halloween costume. Here is a few ideas to get your haunt on. So let’s green that Halloween garb with a few spooky costumes. Here are a few of our favorite do-it-yourself costumes. Crash Test Dummy: Just a tad of lipstick and some black eyeliner and you can be everyone’s favorite crash test dummy…. read more

The Recommended Intake

Fruit and vegetables

Nutritionists recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, but most people fall far short of this goal. A serving is: One medium-sized whole fruit One cup of raw leafy vegetables Three-quarters of a cup of vegetable or fruit juice (100% juice) Half a cup of cooked, canned, or frozen produce One-quarter of a cup of dried fruit Eating five fruits or vegetables per day significantly reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, cataracts, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity, so it’s worth getting into this habit. Here are some easy ways to… read more

Cake for Thought?

Chocolate cake

When carousing the internet several years back, I discovered something wonderful: soda cake. Just as it sounds this was indeed a recipe for cake, made with soda. But the soda was not a mere inclusion for added flavor, it was all at once the moisture, ‘oil’, and binder of the cake. Meaning there was no need for any fat, water, or eggs. Having just begun life a new as a vegan, this was certainly exciting as it meant I could still have cake on occasion without having to score the health-food aisles for various binding alternatives (Though alternatives have come a long way… read more

Kids, Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy eating

Most people know that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is critical for good health, but getting kids to consume them can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to make produce more appealing. Serve fruits and vegetables fresh, with dip: Fresh, crunchy produce usually tastes better to kids, and providing delicious dips increases their appeal. Let kids choose their produce: Instead of forcing kids to eat particular vegetables (and possibly creating a lifelong aversion), encourage them to choose their own when shopping. Ask them to select a variety colors and shapes, and… read more

Growing Your Own

Cherry Tomatoes

Most people know that driving generates carbon emissions, which contribute to global warming. However, not everyone is aware of the impact that our current food system has on the environment. A UK study conducted in 2001 found that while a typical family’s year of driving generates around 4.4 tons of CO2, producing, processing, packaging, and distributing that family’s food generates 8 tons of CO2. Our current food system is unsustainable. While traditional agricultural methods require the equivalent of half a calorie of energy to produce a calorie of food, the modern system typically requires around 10 fossil fuel energy calories… read more

Salt – Friend or Foe?

Salt - friend or foe?

For many years people have been advised to avoid salt or risk driving their blood pressure skyward, but new research suggests that salt has been unfairly maligned. A number of recent studies, including a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension and a large-scale European study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no evidence that reducing salt intake significantly decreases the likelihood of suffering from heart attacks or strokes. In fact, the latter study found that those with lower sodium levels were actually more likely to die of heart disease than their salt-loving counterparts. A… read more

Dark Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark with nuts and fruit

We know that dark chocolate contains all kinds of health benefits, lucky for us. It can be eaten alone or you can pair it with other foods to get a double punch of health benefits and deliciousness. Dark chocolate bark is an easy to make treat that is more than easy to eat. Start with quality fair trade dark chocolate (about 8 ounces, or 225 grams, will make a thinner layer of bark, or you can double this for a thicker layer) and melt over very low heat in a double boiler, or place chocolate in a tall heat proof… read more

Versatility of Lemons

Uses for lemons

Lemons grow on trees and we use lemons mainly on or in food as an ingredient.  But, what you may not know is that lemons have numerous other uses, I have compiled a list of various uses for lemons and lemon juice.  Hopefully you can find one not-so-common use that works for you. Uses For Lemons (other than cooking): 1.  Relieve a sore throat.  Cut a lemon in half.  Skewer one half over a medium flame on a gas stove or an electric burner set on high and roast until golden brown.  Let it cool, and then mix the juice… read more

Practical Potatoes

The humble spud

Potatoes, found in Peru and Chile as early as 500 B.C., are a staple food grown around the globe. This underground vegetable is fairly easy to find, often inexpensive and versatile for cooking, since it can be added to countless recipes or eaten alone. In addition, the potato can be used for numerous other things besides edibility. The potato has many medicinal and homeopathic uses and health benefits. The enzyme rich vegetable is high in vitamin c, iron, riboflavin, carbohydrates and potassium. Interestingly, studies have shown that sanitized potato peels can be more effective than standard gauze when used as… read more