Creamy (Vegan) Summer Squash Soup

The amazing people of CF NYC teamed up to tell the story of my accident and how Crossfit has made a major impact on my recovery. The very talented Mead Jackson (check her photography/videography out and then follow her on Instagram) and Steve Gardner (he is found here, and on insta too!) told my story in such a meaningful way that it brought me (and my mum) to tears. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. This is a story I keep very close to my heart, and the talented creatives who filmed this video made me feel so comfortable bravely sharing my experience with the world. You can watch the video on the CF NYC website. I hope you love it as much as I do.


Now many of you know that food and cooking has been as pivotal in my recovery as physical fitness has been. To highlight this other important aspect of recovery and wellness, Mead came over to get some footage of me cooking. I made up the recipe on the spot during the filming with what I could get my hands on at the Fort Greene Farmers Market that very morning. It may have been a hodgepodge, super quick lunch but it did not disappoint!  So without further ado I give you not only the awesome video, but this really awesome, really simple vegan soup recipe! Enjoy 🙂


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Black Rice Burrito Skillet

Black rice is the thing right now. Everyone seems to be talking about it in one form or another. Just check out this NPR article by biologist Jeremy Cherfas  titled How ‘Forbidden’ Black Rice Flourished For Millennia. The anthocyanins or pigments that colors (and dyes your wooden spoons purple) black rice has been touted to have anti-inflammatory benefits, and be great for heart health.  Black rice also contains amino acids like Tryptophan, the one that puts you into your Thanksgiving turkey coma. As well as vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and folic acid.  But beyond its abundance of health merits it also tastes great. So enjoy that fast, flavorful, nutrient packed meal that is flexible enough for both vegans and carnivores.  Continue reading

Creamless Cream of Vegetable Soup

 We have been busy travelling, renovating, working and scheming.  New York City is always a rush, but it feels as if life whizzing by with even greater fervor in the last few months.  However, it is been all been the best kinds of busy. Our days have been brimming with birthday celebrations, weekend escapes, social events, holidays and long adventures. Tomorrow we set off with a few of our nearest and dearest for nine days in Costa Rica. We are living life and living it to the full. In the face of all the crazy, we are fulfilled and we are happy. That being said we have been mindful to take few moments to slow down and home cook some good, hearty fall meals. Which brings me to today’s newest recipe for a creamless creamed soup.  It is fast and it is tasty. Enjoy, and happy fall all! Continue reading

Vegan Red Lentil Peanut Stew

Jameson hasn’t stopped talking about this dish.  The recipe yielded us leftovers for day, and each afternoon I have recieved a text proclaiming its awesomeness beyond compare. It may be because lentils are a rad super food. They’re low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. But high in protein (18 grams per cup of cooked lentil) and Iron.  Lentils are also an excellent source of fiber, folate, phosphorus, copper and manganese. But all that nutritional goodness aside, this stew is bar none. It is warm, rich and hearty making it the perfect autumn meal on a cold blustery day.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Sweet Potato, Cauliflower And Buffalo Chicken Casserole

 This is a fast, but flavorful Paleo meal for a busy work night. It takes some time to roast but requires very little hands on time.  This dish is flexible and tastes great if you skip the chicken and go vegan.  If you are adhering strictly to the traditional Whole 30 by steering clear of yams, you can forgo them and add some extra cauliflower.  Continue reading

Paleo Pumpkin Chili

 I may have never had a pumpkin spice latte (I know, the travesty!) but I have been all about the pumpkin this fall.  For Canadian Thanksgiving I whipped up some Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles and some Paleo Pumpkin Balls.  I am keeping the trend going with this rich and cozy fall chili.

Jameson and I spend our saturday mornings wandering the Fort Greene greenmarket in our neighbourhood, where we ogle (and consume) fresh scones, local cheeses and sugar coated apple cider doughnuts. This past weekend I constructed this in season chili recipe as I walked the lanes of the farmers market, picking out each veg.  Although this chili checks all the boxes with gluten-free, paleo and vegan options, we elected to accompany it with a loaf of brick oven sourdough from She Wolf Bakery. Happy Harvest all! Continue reading

Homemade, Slow Cooked, Creamy Mac and Cheese

 So there is nothing paleo or vegan about this dish, but trust me it is so worth the indulgence. I know, I know, I bragged that our Canadian Thanksgiving menu was filled with paleo, vegan and clean eats.  But rules are meant to be broken, and this recipe is so worth bending the guidelines for.  My justification for its inclusion is that every year without fail my super host of an Aunty preps some Mac and Cheese, because it is my cousin Graeme’s favourite side dish. So in my mind no Thanksgiving table is complete without a little Mac and Cheese. After you try this recipe I am pretty confident you will agree. Continue reading