Video Blog: How to cook quinoa + Salad in a jar

Video Blog: How to cook quinoa + Salad in a jar

I love good food. But I love it even more when it’s convenient. So in the spirit of making good food convenient, today’s video will show you one of the things I’ve been crushing on lately: Salads in jars. They’re easy to make, can be prepped days in advance, are gorgeous to look at and allow…

Video blog: Roasted beet and apple salad

Video blog: Roasted beet and apple salad

I’m excited. Today, the Motive Nutrition blog turns 1 year old. Woot! One year ago, I set out into unknown territory when I started this blog and although I wasn’t sure what would come of it, I did have a mission in mind: to provide content that would motivate people to get back to basics…

Herbed quinoa salad with pomegranate and hazelnuts

Herbed quinoa salad with pomegranate and hazelnuts

  Can you believe it’s already December? I hardly can. The Christmas tree went up yesterday and my counselling sessions are already buzzing with questions about how to “survive” the holiday season. While I’ll touch on this topic in another post, it’s important to note that the holiday season shouldn’t be survivable, it should be enjoyable…

Creamy kale dip

Creamy kale dip

Dips are such crowd-pleasers. Maybe because they’re easy to hover around as guests chat it up, and hosts love them too as they’re no-fuss to prepare. Want to really thrill your guests? Invite King Kale to the party. Guests are always excited to learn that the food they’re enjoying is good for them too. This kale…

A morning must: Coconut, cherry & chia granola

A morning must: Coconut, cherry & chia granola

Granola is such a treat. In fact, I don’t know many people who don’t love it, especially when it’s homemade. It can be prepared quickly, by gathering a few pantry staples. This recipe combines tart cherries, coconut and the addition of chia seeds gives this already nutritious granola, a boost of fibre and healthy fats. Enjoy it…

Sweet, Salty & Spicy roasted pumpkin seeds

Sweet, Salty & Spicy roasted pumpkin seeds

I’ve been in charge of pumpkin carving ever since I can remember. Come to think of it, this is probably because I was the only who ever got a real kick out of  it…but that’s besides the point. As a result, all those years of pumpkin carving eventually got me into the tradition of pumpkin…

Autumn soup with kale and butternut squash

Autumn soup with kale and butternut squash

Over the weekend we had our first frost. With that, the wardrobe change is officially done, and the mittens and scarves are standing by. Not to sound overly cliché but… is there anything more comforting than a steamy bowl of soup when the mercury drops? I’m quite obviously a soup fan, but even if you…

Butternut squash and apple muffins

Butternut squash and apple muffins

I’ve completely fallen for fall. The colors, the spiced beverages and the way everything just seems to slow down this time of year. So, in the spirit of this fabulous season, I’m turning the spotlight onto one of my favourite vegetables; the butternut squash. Butternut squash is available locally from now until march. Look for…

Ricotta Tartine With Maple-Peach Compote

Ricotta Tartine With Maple-Peach Compote

If there’s any consolation for the summer coming to an end, it’s got to be the peaches. They’re so perfectly sweet and succulent that they’ve got me feeling, well…peachy. So today’s seasonal spotlight is all about celebrating this stone-fruit, with a few fun facts and some great recipes to boot: Maple peach compote and a…

The breakfast egg sandwich with crispy prosciutto

The breakfast egg sandwich with crispy prosciutto

I’ve always been a breakfast kind of girl. So today, I would like to share with you my beloved breakfast egg sandwich recipe, a weekly staple. When done right, the breakfast sandwich can be extremely filling and satisfying. But most breakfast sandwiches fail to meet these criteria right out of the gate, due to a…

Greek-style cucumber cups

Greek-style cucumber cups

I’m glad to be back and fully recharged from a wonderful time in Mexico. Beautiful weather, good eats and many, many tacos. I assure you, a Mexican inspired post will follow soon. Today’s recipe post is inspired by one my current favourite summer appetizers. These bite-sized cucumber cups are simple to make, fresh tasting and…

Sweet & Savoury Ice Pops

Sweet & Savoury Ice Pops

It had been years since I last made ice pops and I must say, they’re just as fun to prepare as I remember. And since ice pops are the new cupcakes, I urge you to channel your inner-child and give it a go. Store-bought ice pops are typically a blend of fruit concentrates, syrups, stabilizers…

Individual strawberry & rhubarb crisps

Individual strawberry & rhubarb crisps

Last week, I discussed market motivation and am happy to report that over the weekend, I put it in action. There is no dessert like a warm crisp to appreciate fresh seasonal fruit. Needless to say that I was overjoyed to see the abundance of rhubarb on my last market visit, so I added some…

Chocolate Nice Cream

Chocolate Nice Cream

There is no denying it, I have a sweet tooth. I guess it’s to be expected seeing that I come from a long line of bakers, bread makers and Sicilian sweet masters (fresh cannoli anyone?). In fact, I fell in love with baking long before cooking, which only came once I grew tall enough to see…

Almond, date and orange granola bars

Almond, date and orange granola bars

Homemade granola bars are well worth your time in the kitchen. Quick and simple to put together,  a weekend batch can provide you with satisfying snacks for the week, workout fuel or grab-and-go options for breakfasts on the run. Why DIY? Because doing it yourself gives you complete control over the quality of your ingredients,…

Stuffed zucchini boats with parmesan

Stuffed zucchini boats with parmesan

You know that vegetables should take centre stage at all of your meals but this can be hard if you’re in a veggie rut. So if you’re currently in search of ways to dress up those vegetable sides, here is a simple recipe to get you back on track. These zucchini boats with parmesan are whimsical…

Potato salad with tuna, chickpeas and balsamic vinaigrette

Potato salad with tuna, chickpeas and balsamic vinaigrette

Potato salads are real crowd-pleasers aren’t they? It is time however, to rethink the creamy, mayo-laden version and turn it into a balanced, healthful and delicious version of the old favourite. This particular recipe is no side dish; it is a complete meal on its own and one of my personal lunchtime favourites.  First, most…

Pasta e fagioli

Pasta e fagioli

About the dish The curtains are closing on winter. What better way to ward off cravings of warm soups and stews than with one last fix of the most soul-soothing dishes I know: Pasta e fagioli. This is a traditional Italian dish that literally translates to pasta and beans, and is the essence of la cucina povera or…

Kale chips with Pecorino and cracked pepper

Kale chips with Pecorino and cracked pepper

If you haven’t met kale, it’s time that you do. A member of the cabbage family, this cruciferous vegetable is among the most nutrient-rich around, as a high source of vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, fiber and antioxidants beta-carotene & lutein. On top of being a source of omega-3 fatty acids, kale’s rich phytonutrient content is responsible…

Spicy roasted garlic hummus

Spicy roasted garlic hummus

Spread some love Homemade spreads are one of those things that are quick and simple to put together, can be made with inexpensive ingredients and can keep in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight container.  So the next time you’re contemplating adding it to your grocery cart, why not gather up the ingredients you…

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