Meal Prep Friendly Tofu Tahini Lunch Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Snacks, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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My current GI rotation features fast days and a fully packed schedule. It’s not uncommon for my preceptor and I to have new patients on the hour, every hour, for the entirety of our work day. Lunches usually get eaten quickly, often in the spare minutes between appointments. Lunch breaks have seldom been leisurely this…

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Jeanine Donofrio’s Baked Red Lentil Falafel

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, cookbooks, falafel, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve always espoused an “everyday” approach to cooking. I’m a home cook, not a chef, and I doubt I could pull off gourmet cuisine if I wanted to. Even when I eat out, I gravitate toward food that’s simple and filling; fancy (and fussy) preparations are never for me. This isn’t to say that I…

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Simple Ginger Cinnamon Baked Apples

Pierre Van Zylapples, Breakfast, dessert, Fruit Desserts, Gluten-free, No Oil, oatmeal, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Sweets, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It is still very much winter here in New York, which means that warm and cozy breakfasts are the name of the game. At the moment, cooked fruit is very appealing to me (baked bananas, warm blueberry sauce…you get the idea). These simple, baked gingery apples are my new favorite topping for oatmeal and toast,…

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Cumin Spiced Lentils and Rice with Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing

Pierre Van ZylDI, Dressings & Sauces, easy meals, leftovers, Main Dishes, meal prep, Meals, Quick & Easy, Recipes, rice and lentils, Sides, skillet, student life, Vegan, weeknight

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Years ago, a reader mentioned (while I was doing the SNAP challenge for my masters program) that one of her favorite inexpensive meals was a stir fry of rice and lentils with a peanut butter sauce. It sounded simple and delicious, and it became the inspiration for this dish, which is now a weeknight favorite….

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Lentils

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Sides, slow cooker, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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As I mentioned not too long ago, this month of blog posts is dedicated to simple recipes, meal planning, and recipes that aren’t really recipes at all: in other words, ways of throwing together ingredients for the sake of quick, tasty, nutritious meals. These slow cooker chipotle lentils are a recipe, but because they’re made…

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Simple Vegan Creamed Spinach

Pierre Van Zylcreamed spinach, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, Holidays, No Oil, Recipes, Side Dish, Sides, spinach, spinach dip, Tree Nut Free

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Creamed spinach is one of those dishes that sounded a little old-fashioned to me even when I was a kid. We didn’t eat it at home, but my mom had a soft spot for it—as she did, and still does, for most classic comfort fare—and so I tasted it a few times when she ordered…

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Wild Rice Vegan Stuffing with Roasted Sweet Potato & Apple

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, stuffing, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, wild rice

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Normally in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I’d be excitedly planning a menu, bookmarking recipes and testing desserts (quality control, right?). This year, because of the DI, the holiday will be abbreviated, and if I’m being honest, days of cooking beforehand will be the last thing I want to do. Mom and I are…

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Wild Rice Vegan Stuffing with Roasted Sweet Potato & Apple

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, Holidays, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Soy-free, stuffing, thanksgiving, Tree Nut Free, wild rice

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Normally in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I’d be excitedly planning a menu, bookmarking recipes and testing desserts (quality control, right?). This year, because of the DI, the holiday will be abbreviated, and if I’m being honest, days of cooking beforehand will be the last thing I want to do. Mom and I are…

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Brandi Doming’s Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

Pierre Van Zylblog friends, cookbook, cookbook review, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Amazingly, this is the very last morning of my current clinical rotation. Putting aside the overall challenges of the DI itself—new schedule, lots of oversight, lack of privacy—my seven weeks at this site have been a wonderful learning experience, with supportive and caring dietitians as teachers. I’m still struggling to wrap my…

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Smoky Butternut Squash, Tofu & Apple Breakfast Hash

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Dietary Preferences, Gluten-free, hash, Main Dishes, Recipes, savory breakfast, Sides, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often, when I’m midway through making a recipe, I need to do a little Googling in order to confirm that I know what the recipe is actually supposed to be. What can I say: no matter how much I cook, I’m always a student in the kitchen. Anyway, that’s…

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Simple Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Pierre Van Zylblogger inspiration, chana masala, chickpeas, cookbooks, Gluten-free, Indian inspired, Main Dishes, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, slow cooker, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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When I went to Prague last summer, I brought reading material that consisted almost entirely of food writing. One of the books was Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life, in which she describes, among other things, the role that food played in her courtship with her former partner, Brandon. There are many sweet anecdotes about intimacy…

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5 Ingredient Tofu Cream Cheese, 4 Ways

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, sauce, Sides, snack, Snacks, spread, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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It’s only Wednesday, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. It’s been a long week, and for the first time since my DI started, I’m feeling overwhelmed. I miss my routines and the freedoms of my old schedule, and suddenly the year ahead of me feels very long. Through all of the recent transition, I’ve been…

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Kim-Julie Hansen’s Corn & Tomato Soup

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, Book Review, Book reviews, cookbook, corn, easy, giveaway, Gluten-free, meal prep, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, soup, Soups, Soy-free, tomato, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Sometimes a cookbook arrives at exactly the moment it’s needed. Just as I’ve been getting back into the routine of weekly batch cooking and weekend meal prep, I’ve also been exploring my friend Kim-Julie Hansen’s new book, Vegan Reset. The book is a 28-day roadmap for exploring veganism, and while I’m usually a little resistant…

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Tofu Bulgur Vegan Meatballs

Pierre Van Zylbulgur, comfort food, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, No Oil, pasta, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, tofu, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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At this point, I’ll be writing from midway through my first week as a dietetic intern. In many ways, I spent the whole summer anticipating it; in other ways, the whole transition has snuck up on me. One part of it that I’ve been well prepared for is getting back into a weekend batch meal…

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Low-Key Curried Quinoa Lunch Salad

Pierre Van Zylbatch cooking, curry, easy, Gluten-free, grain salad, Main Dishes, meal prep, quick, Quick & Easy, quinoa, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, student food, student life, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This low-key curried quinoa lunch salad isn’t new. It’s an amalgam of different curried quinoa recipes I’ve played around with over the years, some hot and some cold, some more elaborate than others, and all employing a random mixture of ingredients that I happen to have at home. I’m posting it for the first time…

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Creamy Brown Rice with Shiitakes & Peas

Pierre Van Zylbrown rice, cashew cream, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Power Plates, Recipes, rice, Sides, Soy-free, Vegan

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    I’ve got my fingers crossed that you aren’t quite sick of Power Plates recipes yet—I know I’ve written about a few this summer—because there’s one more that I’ve been keen on sharing. This creamy brown rice with shiitakes & peas is a dish that both Ashley and I have made again and again…

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Balsamic Mustard Baked Tempeh

Pierre Van Zylbasics, bowls, easy, Gluten-free, lunch bowls, No Oil, Recipes, Side Dish, Sides, tempeh, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’ve mentioned a couple times this summer that I haven’t been doing much cooking. I’ve been having my meals at home, though, which begs the question of, what the heck am I eating? The answer is bowls: lots and lots of bowls. Usually with components (like grains, beans and roasted veggies) that I batch cook…

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Warm Lentil, Tomato & Mushroom Salad

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, lentils, Main Dishes, mushrooms, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, Sides, simple, Soy-free, summer, tomatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Tomatoes were my favorite food as a child, and my attachment to them has never really gone away. I look forward to them being in season all year long, and I celebrate their appearance more than any other summer produce. Unlike many vegetables, for which I’ll have a strong preparation preference (broccoli steamed; cauliflower roasted;…

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Ali Maffucci’s Sweet Potato Skin Nachos + Inspiralizer Giveaway

Pierre Van Zylappetizer, comfort food, cookbook, cookbook review, entertaining, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, parties, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy Friday! I’m feeling buoyed by a few days of sweet spring weather and celebration of my mom’s birthday a couple of days ago; it was such a gift to carve out a special evening for her. And I’m excited to be sharing this scrumptious recipe for sweet potato skin nachos from my friend Ali’s…

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Ali Maffucci’s Sweet Potato Skin Nachos + Inspiralizer Giveaway

Pierre Van Zylappetizer, comfort food, cookbook, cookbook review, entertaining, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Meals, parties, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, Soy-free, sweet potatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Happy Friday! I’m feeling buoyed by a few days of sweet spring weather and celebration of my mom’s birthday a couple of days ago; it was such a gift to carve out a special evening for her. And I’m excited to be sharing this scrumptious recipe for sweet potato skin nachos from my friend Ali’s…

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Black Rice & Quinoa Spring Salad with Peas

Pierre Van ZylGluten-free, grain salad, No Oil, Quick & Easy, quinoa, Recipes, rice, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, spring, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, whole grains

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This recipe—a creamy black rice & quinoa spring salad with peas—is similar to last week’s lentil dip in that it was unplanned. This is the advantage of being less organized than usual with meal planning: you don’t have a plan and you don’t have as much prepared food in the fridge as you might like,…

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How to Make Crispy Avocado Fries (Dairy and Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van Zylappetizers, avocado, avocado fries, Dairy-free, easy, Food, fries, Gluten-free, healthy, healthy fries, Hearty Food, Paleo, Quick & Easy, recipe, refined sugar free, Sides, Snacks, Superfoods, Vegetarian

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The world’s new favourite fruit, avocados, have surged in popularity within the past few years. Not only do they taste great, they’re also very versatile and can be chopped, blended or mashed into any recipe to give it a nutritious boost. For anyone whose a fan of regular fries, we have an uber-healthy yummy avocado… View Article

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Mason Jar Rainbow Salad Recipe

Pierre Van ZylEntrees, Food, Gluten-free, Hearty Food, Nut-free, Paleo, Quick & Easy, Raw, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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   This salad makes the perfect meal on the go! Mason jars are great tupperware storage alternatives. I love using glass instead of plastic whenever possible. I first started making these types of salads when I wanted to switch up my work lunches. It’s a great way to get in tons of vegetables and make a… View Article

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How to Eat Healthy For $5 A Day Without Starving Yourself

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Desserts, Food, Hearty Food, Quick & Easy, Salads, Sides, Snacks, Spices

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This amazing guest post was written by Jeriann Watkins Ireland, a writer, and wellness enthusiast. We encourage you to check out more from Jeriann at her website. Eating healthy is important, but it often seems inaccessible if you’re on a budget. But with how important nutrition is for everything from heart health to weight management,… View Article

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Easy Chopped Salad with Avocado and Hearts of Palm Recipe

Pierre Van ZylAnti-Aging, avocado, Cleanse, Dairy-free, Detox, Entrees, Gluten-free, Hearty Food, herbs, Nut-free, Paleo, Quick & Easy, Raw, recipe, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Most of the time, if I’m being completely honest, my go-to lunch or dinner is a big salad. Why? Salads give me the most bang for their buck. They require minimal effort (especially if you’ve prepped some veggies earlier in the week), and they’re full of healthy ingredients and flavours. Fibre, antioxidants, protein, phytonutrients, healthy… View Article

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Carrot Ribbon Salad with Tahini Dressing

Pierre Van ZylDairy-free, Entrees, Food, Gluten-free, Hearty Food, herbs, Paleo, Quick & Easy, Raw, recipe, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Soy-free, Specific Diet, Vegan, Vegetarian

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If you’re trying trying to stay healthy by eating lots of vegetables that means you’re probably eating lots of salads. But let’s be honest, sometimes the same old salad can get a bit boring. Lettuce, tomato, cucumber maybe a protein and a bottled dressing can become a routine that makes vegetables feel like a chore…. View Article

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Best Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

Pierre Van ZylDairy-free, Entrees, Food, Gluten-free, Hearty Food, Nut-free, Sides, Soy-free, Spices, Superfoods, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Happy Spring! Winter is slowly coming to an end, but on the east coast there is still a little chill in the air. That means there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the ultimate comfort food – this delicious, velvety, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese. And the best part? It’s entirely vegan and gluten-free. Yes, mac… View Article

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5 Different Ways To Make Powerful Gut Healing Kimchi

Pierre Van ZylMy Food, Recipes, Sides

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This amazing article was written by Kiki Athanassoulias. We encourage you to check out her website here, and follow her on Instagram! Right now, The Hearty Soul readers can receive a $5 discount off of Kiki’s Holistic Health Toolkit, a fantastic resource made by nutritionists and chefs. Use promo code: THEHEARTYSOUL. Why all the buzz around… View Article

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Prepare ginger in this old way – it can help prevent cancer, arthritis, lower cholesterol and blood sugar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Hearty Food, Quick & Easy, Sides, Snacks

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Across the world fermented foods are very popular. From sauerkraut to kimchi to kombucha, people have picked up on the benefits of making your foods in this fashion. But what are fermented foods? Well, they are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on sugar and starch… View Article

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