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Black Rice, Roasted Chickpeas, Kale & Cashew Salad

This is one of those recipes that just came together on the go. I assure you that when I started out I didn’t expect that I was going to end up with a black rice, roasted chickpea, kale, cashew salad with a citrus, sesame, mint dressing.

I can tell you that I am extremely happy that I did though. It was so good that I made it again the next night for a friend. Continue reading

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Sage & Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale & White Bean Soup

Sticky sweet caramelized goodness. Are you salivating yet? If not, then the smell of the butternut squash roasting in the oven with sage and garlic most defnitely will get you to.  

If you have friends over they will be begging you to let them eat it straight out of the oven.  It smells and tastes that good.  There is a risk that the squash never makes it into this soup. Stay strong. The result is worth it.

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Mango, Blueberry, Dinosaur Kale, Green Smoothie Recipe

Another healthy and tasty green smoothie recipe for you to try.   

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Tempeh Pepper & Kale Jambalaya

Jambalaya! I know you love saying that word. This is not your traditional Jambalaya.  Jambayala is a Louisana Creole rice dish that typically includes meat and seafood cooked with vegetables and spices.  I have created my own version of Jambayala using tempeh and kale.

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Chili con Verdes

Chili con verdes with quinoa cornbread

Nothing like a big bowl of spicy chili to warm you up on a winter’s day.  This is a healthy but delicious twist on the chili a lot of people are used to.  How do yo take something that is amazing and make it even better.  Throw some greens in of course.  Hence the name, Chili con verdes.  I chose kale to greenify this chili. Oh baby.

Serves 4-6


3 tablepoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
2 large carrots, diced
2 medium parsnips, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 medium zucchini, cut in small chunks
3-4 large kale leaves, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 whole dried chip peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 cinnamon stick
salt and pepper
4 cups pureed tomato
3 cups cooked red kidney beans
1 1/2 cups cooked chick peas
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup water – use more if chili is too thick

optional: a few sprigs of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped – for garnish


1. To make your chill powder grind the chili peppers, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, oregano, and paprika in a mortar and pestle or in a coffee/spice grinder.

2. Add olive oil to large pot with remaining 1 teaspoon of the cumin seeds and the mustard seeds.  Cook on medium-low for 1 min until seeds begin to pop.

3. Add your all chopped vegetables except the zucchini and kale with cocoa powder, cinnamon stick, chili powder and good pinch of salt and pepper to the pot and sauté on medium for 10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

4. Add kidney beans, chick peas, and tomato puree.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 mins.

6.  Add chia seeds, zucchini and 1 cup water. Cook for another 20 mins.

7. Add chopped kale leaves and remove from heat.   Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.  Kale leaves will become a beautiful vibrant green colour.

8. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro if that’s your thing.  Serve with rice or even better homemade cornbread.


Throw those greens in!



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Kale-Banana-Berry Smoothie

Organic Kale

Here we go. First Recipe to go up on the site.

Very simple, very yummy green smoothie.

It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a green smoothie wasn’t very appetizing to me.  I say the idea wasn’t appetizing because I had never actually tasted one.

My love for green smoothies all started in July of this year.  My gf heard about a green smoothie workshop that was taking place at our Yoga studio. We planned on going but ended being out of town that weekend.  Instead she bought 2 books on green smoothies and borrowed a powered vita-mix blender.

One sip and I was hooked. Wow.  Never did I think that a bunch of green leaves blended up with some fruit could taste so good.   Not only do they taste amazing they are incredibly healthy for you and really easy to make.

Enough of the story for now…to be continued later…here is the recipe for a smoothie I just made this morning.  Give it a try.


1 Banana

Approx.6 frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

3 good sized kale leaves, washed and removed from stems

1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 1/2 – 2 cups water

optional: 2-3 ice cubes

Yield: 3 Cups

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