The Stop Night Market...Came & Went

Yesterday we had the privilege of having a booth at The Stop Night Market.   For those of you who don't know what it is, it's an amazing foodie event that takes place in the alleyway of Honest Ed's here in Toronto.   All of the top chefs, caterers and restaurants across the city come and share their food out of their cart (which is designed by talented artists).    And we, The Living Kitchen, were asked to share our food this year! 

Here are some glimpses of last night...


 Our booth at The Stop Night Market

Our booth at The Stop Night Market

 Honey Pecan Mint Basil Quinoa Salad

Honey Pecan Mint Basil Quinoa Salad

 Candied Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

Candied Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

 Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

Pecan Basil Mint Quinoa Salad

The night was unreal and we felt so privileged to share our food everyone.   Now onto the recipe... 

Ribboned Carrot Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans & Fresh Herbs

1 cup of quinoa
7 carrots, ribboned with a peeler
1 bunch of radishes, sliced thinly or use a mandolin
1 bunch of basil, use half for the dressing
1 bunch of mint, use half for the dressing
1 bunch of chives, use half for the dressing
1 bunch of green onions, using just the greens, use half for the dressing
1 cup of pecans
3 Tbsp honey
pinch of sea salt

Half of all of the herbs above
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, peeled
2-3 Tbsp honey, depending on how sweet you want it
1/4 tsp sea salt

1. Cook the quinoa.  Place 1 cup of quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.   Let the quinoa cool slightly by putting it out on a plate before adding the other ingredients.
2. Prep the vegetables - peel the carrots, slice the radishes, chop the herbs.
3. Heat oven to 350 and place pecans on parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Drizzle honey and sea salt over the pecans and let roast in the oven for 7 minutes or until nicely toasted.
4. Make the dressing.  If you have a food processor or a vitamix use that.  Throw everything into the food processor.  Peel the lemon, take the seeds out and throw it right in.  This will give you a creamy dressing with bursting flavour and colour.
5. Once the quinoa is slightly cooled, add the chopped fresh herbs, carrots, radishes, pecans and dressing.  Mix around and enjoy!


The Living Kitchen Spring Detox Program

We are accepting ONLY 5 PEOPLE to take part in the Living Kitchen approved and guided Healthy Detox.  This is because we want to make sure that you get the personalized support and guidance that you need in order to experience the best unique detox for you.


A gentle detox doesn't mean that you have to stop eating or only drink juice or water for a week.  In fact, when doing a food based detox- enjoying and experiencing food is one of the best parts about it.  In a food based detox we focus on adding in foods that are nutrient dense and support the cleansing of toxins out of the body, while removing foods that contribute to inflammation, congestion, and chronic health issues.   After 3 weeks of eating a gentle detox based diet, you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to keep on eating well.


Week 1:

  • Slowly transition into your detox diet.
  • Menu plan includes recipes that use alternatives to sugar, refined flour and packaged foods.  This week is all about making some basic healthy recipes from scratch so that you can quickly put together detox friendly meals.
  • You will lean about the foods to eat on a detox, the foods to avoid on a detox, and the benefits of doing this.
  • Support call from Certified Nutritional Practitioner


Week 2:


  • This week is the most intense week of the detox.  This week is when we avoid eating the most ingredients- so that you can deeply benefit from the healing foods you will be eating.
  • Menu plan includes cleansing smoothie and juice recipes.  There will also be plenty of more recipes to keep you supported with lighter foods this week.
  • Support call from Certified Nutritional Practitioner


Week 3:

  • This week will help you transition back to a healthy sustainable diet that you can continue to enjoy.
  • Menu plan includes recipes with foods you can reintroduce into your diet after doing the cleansing detox diet.
  • You will also learn about the healthiest desserts out there- that taste great and are nourishing for your body.
  • Support call from Certified Nutritional Practitioner


What Your Detox Includes:

  • 3 weeks of detox menu plans and recipes
  • 7 Days of Green Smoothies E-Book
  • Weekly personal call consultation with a Certified Nutritional Practitioner
  • List of "The Best Detox Foods" and List of "The No-No Foods"


Register by Friday April 19, 2013

Detox Starts on May 1, 2013

Registration is limited to 5 people only

$150 + HST

Blog Event: How Food Helped Me Heal Cancer

Do you have a story about healing cancer with food?


In April 2013, we will be bringing together inspiring stories about people who have healed from cancer using food.   We want to share voices from people who have faced cancer personally as well as from people who are experts in cancer healing.  We specifically want to hear about how food has healed you (or someone you know) and your stories about diet, nutrition and cancer.


This event is a place for you to write about your own experience with cancer, whether you are currently in the middle of your healing journey, have overcome cancer, or have been affected by someone in your life who had cancer.


This is also a place that is meant to inspire you and let you know that you are not alone.  The more people who have access to the stories that are shared on our blog, the better we can help give people access to information that can change their lives and help them heal cancer.

Would you like to be a contributing writer?


If you have a story that you want to share about healing cancer with food- we want to hear from you!  We would love to feature you on our blog.

How to Contribute:


1. Send us an email and let us know a brief synopsis of who you are and a brief explanation of what you want to write about.

2. Please include your contact information- website, email, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest links 3. Once we hear from you, we will send you details/guidelines about writing a blog plost.


The deadline for submission is March 18, 2013.


Want to share other people’s stories and help us reach more people?


1. To get started right away, share this blog post on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

2. Send us an email and let us know a brief synopsis of who you are. 3. Please include your contact information- website, email, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest links 4. Once we hear from you, we will send you details about how you can help spread the word about healing cancer with food and nutrition.

Happy 2013!

Written by Monica Kovacs, CNP

Yup, it's that time of year again when we're all making resolutions to do things better this time than we did last time. It's not a bad idea, since new year's often gives people that extra motivation to follow through on ideas they've been toying with for a while. Of course, one of those popular, overdone ideas is to lose weight and/or 'get healthy'. Even as a nutritionist, I have my own 'get healthy' resolutions for this year so I thought I would share (because I steal other people's new year's resolutions too).


#1 - Drink a green smoothie every day

Yeah, I drink a lot of these. But not enough. I'm going to try to start every day with a green smoothie. Why? Because you get a full serving of vegetables, it's alkalizing, high in fiber, and depending on the ingredients you use, it can really ramp up your liver's detoxification. If you don't have time to make a smoothie, squeeze some lemon into your water and a tsp of greens powder.


#2 - Drink beet juice every day

Ok, this one is a little ambitious as I'll admit I'm a lazy juicer. But if I can squeeze in a glass of fresh beet juice 3 - 4 times a week, I'll be happy. Beet juice is fantastic for the liver, but be sure to start slow as having too much as once can be so detoxifying it can make you a little nauseous. Try juicing it with celery, apple, lemon, ginger, parsley or carrots.


#3 - Avoid dairy

This is kind of a personal one for me, but I find a lot of my clients feel better avoiding dairy. For me, milk causes cramping, bloating, weight gain and a stuffy nose. Not very sexy. So I've made a decision that I can no longer indulge and I must avoid it all together.


#4 - Start running again

I used to be an avid runner years ago, but then I got side-tracked because of my busy schedule. This year I'm making a commitment to start running again, minimum 2 - 3 times per week. If you're one of those people who finds it difficult to sit and meditate every morning, I highly recommend running. It's like 'power mediation'. You still get into that same zone, but you don't have to sit quietly in uncomfortable positions. Plus your heart and lungs get a great workout, and the impact helps improve bone density.


So those are my big four for this year. I also think it's important not to set too many goals as it can be overwhelming and you'll be more likely to fail. Come share your own goals with us on twitter and facebook!


About Monica

Monica is a Holistic Nutritionist and avid cook. She is often found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes or buried behind a pile of cookbooks. Local, organic, plant-based ingredients are her weapons of choice. Click here to follow her on Facebook and Twitter

Avoiding Holiday Bloat

Written by Monica Kovacs, CNP

How many people out there need to unbutton their pants after holiday dinner with your family? Don't lie - I know you do. It's that moment where you just want to slide under the table and fall into a coma. You regret eating all the horrible things you ate, but there's nothing you can do about it now. Let's prevent that this year. How can we do that? By optimizing digestion.


Step One: Chew Your Food

The mechanical action of chewing breaks food down into smaller particles and creates more surface area for enzymes to act on. This is important because digestion actually begins in the mouth with salivary amylase. Chewing also stimulates the rest of the digestive system to start releasing enzymes in preparation for the incoming food - this is why the more you chew, the more enzymes you'll release. How many times should you chew your food? A general rule to keep in mind is that the texture should bear no resemblance to its original form. This means it should be mush, and that usually takes about 20 good chews.


Step Two: Don't Dilute Your Digestive Juices

There are many decadent and heavenly drinks available during the holiday season - apple cider, mulled wine, spiced hot chocolate. But try to have your drink separately from your food. If you consistently wash your food down with liquids you'll dilute your stomach acid and your enzymes, making your digestion less efficient. If you find you're thirsty, try sipping on some room temperature water or warm herbal tea. Drinking cold drinks halts the digestive process because it requires energy to warm it up to body temperature. Also, try to avoid caffeinated drinks after eating because they cause the stomach to empty faster, so large molecules of undigested food end up in the small intestine.


Step 3: Support Your Digestive Organs

Your digestive organs have a lot of work to do - especially if you're planning on overeating this holiday season! So it's important to help them out. What are some natural ways you can enhance your digestion? Take 1 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of water before eating. If you find this isn't sufficient, you can try a multi-enzyme complex with amylase, protease and lipase, with some optional hydrochloric acid and bile salt. Consult your natural healthcare practitioner for more advice on which option is best for you.


Step 4: Eat In The Correct Order

Some of us might already be familiar with the concepts of food combining. If you're not, the basic rules are: eat vegetables with either proteins or grains, but don't mix grains and proteins. Eat fruit separately. Now, this isn't always necessary if your digestion is up to par, and it's also highly unlikely during the holidays when you're being presented with massive amounts of food. However, there are still a few general rules you can follow: eat raw fruits and vegetables first, eat protein and fatty foods last. Raw fruits and vegetables digest much faster than meat, so you don't want it sitting on top of the meat and fermenting in your gut.


Follow these rules and see how they work. Remember to focus on natural foods, but don't be too hard on yourself if you indulge.


About Monica

Monica is a Holistic Nutritionist and avid cook. She is often found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes or buried behind a pile of cookbooks. Local, organic, plant-based ingredients are her weapons of choice. Click here to follow her on Facebook and Twitter