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 ūüôā


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Roasted Banana Squash, Peach and Green Apple Soup

Happy rainy Sunday everyone.20130623-162305.jpgWell the sun decided not to come out today and after spending the morning outside at the polo fields in a little west coast drizzle for our church picnic we were looking for something warm and nourishing for dinner.  Tonight we are nestled in with a movie, a delicious homemade soup and are at last unwinding for the first time in what feels like weeks of nonstop action.  This sweet and savoury homemade soup was the perfect answer for our cozy night in, when our energy levels would not have permitted a lengthy labour intensive meal preparation.  Today simplicity truly is best.

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Quinoa and Kale Salad with Agave-Lemon Vinaigrette

20130401-194742.jpgEaster is one of my favourite weekends of the year.  This year was especially spectacular being that the sun was shining brightly down on all of us over here on the west coast.  Jay and I spent the weekend (before he boarded a first class plane to Portland the lucky duck) working out at the ymca, celebrating the season at our church and exploring our new neighbourhood in Cook Street village.   Then, since we have a rather large immediate and extended family, we closed out each evening eating our fill, playing with our nieces and nephews and revelling in what a remarkable family we are blessed to be apart of.

Today’s salad is a potluck sized creation that I took to share at my aunt’s Easter dinner last night. ¬†She is the ultimate queen of hosting who doesn’t bat an eyelash at doing a meal for 35+ several times a year (and she manages to do it all without pinterest. ¬†I know all us 20-somethings are shocked by that level of culinary prowess). ¬†Therefore I always make sure to bring my A-game when heading over to her house for family dinners. ¬†I was asked to bring a non-green salad, and the result was a refreshing and light summer salad that is generous enough to share with a whole gaggle of those you love most.¬† Continue reading

Nourishing Carrot Ginger Soup

9b0d26b0789711e28ed122000a9f1311_6As a new teacher you are in constant contact with sniffles, runny noses and grubby fingers, and unfortunately you don’t have the immune system of a veteran educator. So in any attempt to reduce the number of times I come down with a cold I have tried to be mindful of my nutrition and weave plenty of fresh ginger root, chili and garlic into my diet. Tonight I whipped up a nourishing and hearty carrot ginger soup with a hint of sweet from the Braeburn apples, which compliments spice of the turmeric perfectly. Now I am off to catch up with some amazing girlfriends over a movie and idle chat (while I secretly oggle her three beautiful children).

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Spicy Tomato Coconut Bisque

ImageFirst and foremost my apologies for the quality of photo.  Until my husband comes home and fixes our iMac I am left to suffer away snapping shots with my iPhone. However, photo quality aside this soup was just what the stomach asked for.  I have been a little under the weather lately, and with Jay away in North Carolina on business my motivation to utilize my culinary prowess has been limited.  So tonight I decided to change my attitude and use figured that a little homemade soup could heal what ails me.  This vegan and paleo friendly bisque uses coconut milk instead of milk to give it a creamy depth and habanero peppers to give it a little bite. The result: Yum. Continue reading

Vegan Banana and Dark Chocolate Muffins

ImageI am home sick today (thanks to the little kindie who was sick in my hands last week), but I am not very good at the sitting still and resting thing.  So today I got a whole manner of things accomplished from renewing my passport to creating a new healthy muffin recipe (and eating most of them).  These egg-less, refined sugar-less, butter-less muffins may very well be my fave muffins I have ever made. The coconut milk keeps these gems moist, where as the dark chocolate gives them a delicious richness.

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