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: 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…

To Juice or Not To Juice?

That is the question- isn’t it? Perhaps you’ve read something somewhere about somebody who upon diagnosis of some tragic disease decided to take up juicing to increase their nutrient intake to heal themselves. And you thought to yourself “yeah right”. There are plenty of myths & misunderstandings out there surrounding the value of throwing your…

Veggie Spotlight: Summer Squash!

The term ‘summer squash’ is a sort of catch-all phrase for a number of different squashes that are in abundance this time of year. While larger squashes such as pumpkins and winter squashes such as butternut are ready later in the year, summer squashes are smaller and softer than their hard shelled cousins. Zucchini is…