Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi & Chicken

Here’s a favorite of mine – homemade pan fried ricotta gnocchi, with grilled chicken. This one is nom. Like if there was a nom like no other, this would be it! lol Just a warning. If you’re cooking for 2, you may even feel a little regret for having to share. Just saying. This recipe…

Pan Seared Chicken and Potatoes

This is seriously the simplest chicken and potato recipe, you can ever make. Plate it to make it look all fancy, and you’ve got yourself a pretty fantastic looking meal! How many times are you not in the mood to cook? Seriously… I’m telling you, this will become your favorite dish to make… it’s so…

Health Benefits of Kale

Happy National Kale Day! National Kale Day.org proposed National Kale Day the first Wednesday of October, and I thought I’d give a lil 411 on the health benefits of kale, how magnificent this leafy green is, and why you will want to add it to your diet! What Does Kale Taste Like? It’s in the…

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

I’m always craving specific foods in one way or another, and when Chocolate and Peanut Butter came to mind, I immediately thought of the 3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes recipe, and tossed in the ingredients for that Chocolate and Peanut Butter tastiness. Ever get so excited in making something, it just falls into place, and tastes…

Chili Omelette

During my Operation Zombie Fit, I came across this recipe on Instagram from Mike Dolce of The Dolce Diet, and was quickly inspired to recreate his 6 Egg Chili Omelette. It’s been over a year since I’ve made a drastic change in the way I eat, and by fluke I came across Mike while watching UFC, learning how…

How to Make Basic Tomato Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

As Labour Day weekend passed, I was reminded of my family making homemade tomato sauce, and suddenly craved a bowl of pasta. Reminiscing on how my family would buy bushels of tomatoes, fill the laundry basin with water to wash and clean them, then in an obnoxiously large pot, cook the tomatoes over a cast…

3 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

I love coming across simple recipes that require little effort, and this pancake recipes calls for 3 ingredients – 2 Eggs and 1 Banana. – That’s it! BUT, if you want to get a lil fancy here are two alternatives that have become a favorite at home… You can use any preferred flour, I like…

Tuna Stuffed Avocado

This is from a late lunch I whipped up in a matter of minutes – pretty convenient when you are limited for time and need something healthy to eat! I was surprisingly full, half way through, but that didn’t stop me from finishing! With a can of Tuna, mixed with raw veggies and seasoned with…

Salmon in Rice Paper

If you are looking for a Gourmet Salmon Recipe, look no further! This dish not only presents beautifully, but is delicious and easier to make than you would think. You can also replace the filling with a variation of your favorite ingredients. Another filling version I like to make is with Rolled Oats, Coconut Flakes,…

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

Who doesn’t like whipped cream? Now imagine eating a healthy alternative to whipped cream *yum* I first introduced this simple concoction of whipped coconut milk as a topping from my recipe for Organic Vanilla Cupcakes, and now I use it on anything and everything! From using it as a dip as shown in the photo…

Antioxidant Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast bowls are AMAZING to start your day, or to have as a mid-day or evening snack. I start my day with a breakfast bowl, as it is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals to nourish my body after a good nights sleep. Adding antioxidant foods, is an added bonus for your healthy in offsetting…

Chicken Pomegranate Salad

One thing I love most is creating a dish from whatever I have on hand, and this Chicken Pomegranate Salad was born. It’s the best way to consume the food you have, and you can come up with some pretty interesting recipes. The easiest thing about creating a salad is combining your favorite ingredients, and finishing…

Quinoa Avocado Salad

When it comes to creating healthy salads, there is truly an unlimited supply of creativity when it comes to combining ingredients and flavors. During the summer, I’ve been making salads not just to accompany a main dish, but to be my main dish. Quinoa is so versatile, whether used as a breakfast dish, warm or…

Deconstructed Grilled Chicken Salad

This deconstructed grilled chicken salad is an easy peasy salad to prepare and is super tasty too. I pan fried the chick breast on a grill pan on the stove top.  Seasoned with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper. This salad consists of: Grilled Chicken Breast Baby Spinach Leaves Hard Boiled…

Fit & Healthy Cooking Class

I am super excited to announce the premier of many Cooking Classes to come, through my company Zanté Lifestyle. Thursday, August 29, 2013, I will be hosting a cooking class at the lovely Kitchen Studio in Yorkville The “Fit & Healthy” cooking class, which as you can guess, will feature health inspired recipes, where you…

Introducing Zanté Lifestyle

I posted a few weeks ago or so that I had some exciting news to share, and the time is now! 😀 If you’ve noticed, I’ve been M.I.A. with my on and offline communications. First I just want to apologize if it felt like I was ignoring/avoiding you – totally not my intention. I put…

Brown Sugar and Vanilla Quinoa

If there is one thing I enjoy the most, is a good nutritious breakfast bowl – and it doesn’t even have to be breakfast to enjoy. Get creative and mix it up by using your favorite Seeds/Grains/Yogurt as a base, topped off with your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds… the options are endless! If you like…

Hummus with a twist

Here’s a sure way to give the traditional hummus recipe a twist! I love hummus, don’t get me wrong.  It’s great as a dip, spread, or topping, but I thought I’d give the ol’ hummus recipe a twist with a variation of flavors that are healthy and delicious! I’ve come up with the following delicious…

Avocado Tzatziki Dip

If you love avocado, I am about to share with you the yummiest avocado dip you will ever taste! I love Greek food, and I especially loved tzatziki sauce. Cutting down on dairy, I am always coming up with ways to substitute certain food items or use alternatives. This recipe came to mind while grabbing…

Fruit Salad

If you read my article on the Health Benefits to Eating Fruit, then you will surely appreciate this quick and easy recipe. It’s so easy, I can’t even consider calling it a recipe! This is great to start your day, as you would have learned in my article, that eating fruit on an empty stomach,…

Open Face Veggie Sandwich

Ever feel snackish and just don’t know what to make? I used to reach out for the chips, cookies, big feet candy (omg they were so good!! lol), but not anymore. A snack to me, is now healthy wholesome, nutrient-rich foods, and alas, this recipe was born. Like most recipes, I usually just whip something…

Apple Blueberry Oatmeal

Do you remember eating gross instant Oatmeal as a kid (or even as an adult)? That nasty packaged processed oatmeal? yuk! You may think eating instant oatmeal is healthy for you, think again! Read my post Reading and Understanding Food Labels, and next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a box of your…

Grilled Veggie and Alfalfa Sprout Wrap

If you ever thought you could not make vegetables into a meal, think again! This pita will not only leave your hunger satisfied, but it is packed with nutrients from raw veggies, and grilled. I used a stove top grilling pan, but if you have access to a BBQ, toss the veggies on the the…

Apple Walnut Yogurt

After Making the Switch to Organic, I’ve drastically cut down on my dairy intake (particularly Milk, Yogurt and Cheese). I’ve learned Greek Yogurt is an amazing source for protein – I know, it’s still dairy… but I said I was cutting down my intake, not eliminating it completely… anywho, thought I’d give it a try,…

Chickpea and Oats Burger

Now here is a healthy burger packed with veggies and nutrients. Avocado spread, grilled Red Bell Peppers and Zucchini, topped with Spinach… this Chickpea and Oats Burger is a vegetarian delight! This recipe came to mind as I was in the kitchen trying to figure out what to do with my ready-made chickpeas, (read Using…

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

How convenient it is to know how to cook and whip something up when you have a craving. I used to divulge in lemon danishes – mmm the tangy lemon filling got me every time! The inspiration for this Lemon Meringue Cupcake came from a cupcake shop in Toronto I went to a few years…

Strawberry Blueberry Spinach Salad

One thing I love about warm weather is the light and tasty foods. The vibrant colors, and freshness of the produce … it just makes you feel good about your health, doesn’t it?! This is a really simple 4 ingredient salad, and I’ve created a tangy Grapefruit Chia Seed Salad Dressing, to lightly dress the…

Tuna Chickpea Salad

As we approach Spring, I get excited when it comes to colorful, vibrant foods – I know… what a food nerd! (lol) I quickly tossed up this salad for a quick and light lunch, using chickpeas and tuna that perfectly satisfied my hunger until my mid-day snack. If you are packing it as a lunch…

Eat Less Sugar

Sugar. It’s Everywhere! Looking back to the very beginning of converting into my new lifestyle, (even before Making the Switch to Organic), the very first article I read was about sugar and the detrimental effect it has on our health. I raided the fridge, cupboards, pantry… and literally threw out anything and everything that contained…

Spelt Flour and Egg White Crepe with Salmon

Similar to my Spelt Flour and Egg White Crepe with Fruit, the inspiration for this dish came from a photo I saw on Instagram from Fitga Fitness & Yoga. I’ve altered the ingredients, creating this wonderful light super healthy crepe, which can be topped with anything you like. Spelt Flour is easy on digestion, a good source…