Veggie Spotlight: Radicchio

Sometimes known as Italian Chicory, radicchio is a purplish leafy vegetable with an appearance similar to red cabbage. While many varieties exist, the most common is Chioggia radicchio which is about the size of a grapefruit. It has a spicy flavour when eaten raw, but this mellows out when the vegetable is cooked. Radicchio is…

Veggie Spotlight: Mushrooms

Fungi are in a class of their own. Different from animals, bacteria and plants, fungus can be found as mold, yeast & more familiarly: mushrooms. It’s an understatement to say that we don’t generally make an effort to incorporate a whole lot of fungus into our daily lives- and we have to be careful about…

Veggie Spotlight: Cucumbers

Including cucumbers as a part of your regular diet can help improve your health by providing a number of nutrients often deficient in a North American diet. Cucumbers contain vitamins K, C & B vitamins as well as manganese, copper, potassium and several polyphenol that may help to reduce your risk of developing serious disease.…

Bone Broth For Your Bones (and more!)

A simple chicken or turkey broth is simple to make and very nourishing. There is in fact science to back up a hearty bowl of chicken soup when feeling under the weather! Even if you’re not fighting off a bug of some kind, everyone could use a good boost to the ole’ immune system! That…

Veggie Spotlight: Peas

When I was growing up, my sister and I were often given the choice of either peas or corn as a vegetable to go along with dinner. For whatever reason, these were the frozen bags stored by my mother in our freezer, an easy way for a single mother to incorporate plant food into the…

Veggie Spotlight: Ginger!

While not exactly a vegetable, ginger is a widely underused yet widely available root with endless culinary applications. Ginger ale, beer & wine, ginger tea, pickled ginger (for sushi!), gingerbread cookies, candied ginger and simply as a spice in smoothies, curries, stirfries or other cooking are some of the most common places we see this…

Veggie Spotlight: Potatoes!

While often thought of as a “bad vegetable” or and excuse for one, these starchy tubers do have their merits. Potatoes are chock full of fibre and vitamin C, though if the skins are removed the fibre content drops to nil and if they are well cooked the vitamin C is virtually all destroyed. I’m…

Veggie Spotlight: Artichokes!

A peculiar pointy veggie not often found in the grocery store, nor prepared by the average home cook. Though it doesn’t have to be so! Artichokes are in season right now, so you shouldn’t have difficulty tracking them down. Get excited about spending some quality time in the kitchen exploring the underrated artichoke! The variety…