Roasted Kabocha Kale Salad

This recipe features Kabocha squash, also known as a Japanese pumpkin. Beneath the hard, green striped shell, it’s flesh is golden and velvety in texture when cooked.  This winter vegetable is perfect for roasting, stuffing and pureeing; iconic for a fall and winter flavours. If versatility isn’t convincing you to try picking up a Kabocha…

Roast Ahead Squash

Iconic winter and fall vegetables: squash.The great thing about these hardy vegetables, is that they don’t take up refrigerator space, and store for a long time. But, the challenge is getting through that tough skin and preparing the vegetable. Whether it be Acorn, Butternut, Kobacha, Delicatta, Turban Squash… or really, any other winter squash, you…

Pesto Impasta

Yes, I’m talking about Spaghetti Squash, the im-pasta. This canary yellow squash is a great way to increase your vegetable intake. Swap out any pasta recipe with spaghetti squash and load up on some vitamin-loaded, fiber-filled goodness. Try this seasonal eat and get acquainted with this versatile, wintery vegetable. Pesto Spaghetti Squash Boat Bake Makes…

A-B-C Hello Harvest Slaw

Green to orange and red. Autumn is here and that means carrots, apples and cruciferous vegetables are in season. Eating seasonally has all sorts of benefits. You’re choosing foods at their ripest – meaning their nutritionally at its best, and are fresh. They’re in abundance, and from simple economics of supply and cost, the cost…

Never a Dal Moment

Tandoori Lentil Rice No doubt one of the most memorable trek’s I’ve been on thus far. Every moment of everyday was something beautiful and interesting. The Pacific Rim was a one-stop naan-stop fun for sure. To be prepared, I had packed a whole extra day’s worth of food- just in case (I did pack a…

Day Seven: Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Final day. The last 13 km of the trek, should be relatively flat according to the handy Blisters and Bliss Trail Book every hiker had with them. Just as estimated, under 3 hours, we made it to Pachena Bay Trailhead. Took off my hiking boots and planned on not putting them…

Keep Calm and Curry On

Creamy Coconut Curry Noodles Dehydrated dinner number six (see Day 6 for journal entry). Soupy warm noodle soup is something that’s always been somewhat of a comfort food. On long hikes, comfort foods like soup and hot cocoa is what I crave for. But not as much as I want hot liquids, it’s important to…

Couscous on the Trail

Almond Raisin Couscous Here’s the recipe for our day 4 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Couscous. So incredibly easy and quick to cook! Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 5 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup, measuring spoon, Ziploc bag, fuel, camping stove, pot, spork Ingredients 3/4 cup couscous 1/4 cup dried…

Mac N’ Cheese

Glorified Mac N’ Cheese Here’s the recipe for our day 3 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Kraft Dinner – something that many of us grew up having at least a couple times. It’s incredibly cheap (sometimes you can find them at 69 cents a box even), and convenient to prepare. It is also…

Mexican-Spiced Rice and Beans

Mexican-Spiced Rice and Beans Here’s the recipe for our day 2 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. All prepared ahead of time and placed in sealable bags. Tip: keep the main ingredients separate from the seasoning for ease of cooking.  Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 10 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup,…

Creamy Kale and Parmesan Pasta

Creamy Kale and Parmesan Pasta Here’s the recipe for our day 1 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 5 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup, measuring spoon, Ziploc bag, fuel, camping stove Ingredients 1 cup egg noodles (Egg noodles tend to have a little extra protein than…

Underrated Dehydrating

For the West Coast Trail hike, there was quite a bit of preparation required for meal planning. One of which was dehydrating foods. For the 8 dinner meals, I had dehydrated a variety of foods including vegetables and pulses. One reason is to decrease water weight, the other was to decrease the cooking time required…