Rhubarb + Beet Muffins with Ginger Oat Crumble (gluten free)

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Do you have a happy place? Somewhere you can go to relax, recharge, and be at peace? A place where you feel present in the moment and good in your own skin?

My happy place is the farmer’s market. I’m filled with such an authentic feeling of pleasure whenever I visit, like I’m catering to the wishes of my true and natural self, and I feel so content being surrounded by like-minded individuals, knowing I’m contributing to an ethical, sustainable, and natural mode of food production. I become part of a community, connecting with the people whose hard work and passion helps to put food on my table. I love being able to get in touch with the rhythm of the seasons, buying food at the peak of its freshness and nutritional vitality. It’s just so exciting!

Am I a little bit geeky about vegetables? Absolutely.

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Squash and Chickpea Burgers with Beet Aioli (gluten free, vegan)

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I haven’t been posting as frequently as I’d like over the last two weeks. First it was the new job, and then this week I was bedridden with a nasty stomach virus. Between the two, I haven’t had any time for recipe development or even the energy to cook or desire to take photos when I’m hungry (seriously, it’s tough enough on a good day). Fortunately, I had this little gem saved up for just such a time. Perfect for fall, these burgers are sure to be a hit with veggie lovers and meat eaters alike. The thing is, these don’t try to taste like meat.  They are what they are, and the result is pretty fantastic. Continue reading

Beet Hummus (gluten free, vegan)

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I love colourful food, don’t you? It tastes of health and vitality, like I can feel my body absorbing all the wonderful nutrients those colours have to offer. Have you ever noticed that junk and processed food tends to look pretty drab? I see a common theme of brown and brownishly white (aka beige for the literate) happening.

But ahh – colour. It’s so inviting, and looks so pretty! Hence my recent love affair with all things beets. You’re going to see a lot of beet eating in my Healthful Hoard, so you’d better get used to it now! Continue reading