Recipes / Desiree Nielsen

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian, author and host of the vegetarian cooking show, The Urban Vegetarian. Desiree takes an anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition, believing that a plant-forward, nutrient-dense diet can help you feel more energized and foster healing. Her recipes are flavourful, simple and prove that healthy eating is fun and delicious. Her new book, Eat More Plants, is available this summer. www.desireerd.com.

  • Hemp Millet Pilaf with Castelvetrano Olives

    Mediterranean-style eating is associated with a host of benefits…and this pilaf packs them in! Allium vegetables like leeks and garlic boost beneficial gut bacteria while they fight inflammation; walnuts and hemp seeds boost minerals and healthy omega 3 fats while fibre-rich millet provides a satisfying change from rice. Spiked with lemon and chile flakes, this nutritious side dish is main event-worthy! Makes 6 side dish...

  • Cream of Parsnip Soup

    You might be surprised at what a luscious cream hemp seeds create, lending this parsnip soup a dreamy texture that seems way more decadent than it is. Parsnips are high in soluble fibre, which is soothing to the gut - adding miso at the end of cooking helps preserve it’s digestive benefits while it adds an umami-rich lift to the soup. Makes 4 servingsDairy Free,...

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Hemp Crumble

    Nothing says summer quite like a strawberry rhubarb crumble. Cardamom, a warming spice that is thought to support digestion, adds a new twist on an old favourite, topped with a rye flour and hemp crumble that trades nutrient-poor white flour for plenty of fibre, protein and minerals! A sweet tart treat you can enjoy year round with frozen fruit for a quick dessert anytime the...

  • Hemp Crusted Sweet Potato Kale Croquettes

    Kale, the queen of greens, is transformed into a silky smooth croquette with sweet potatoes, packed with vitamin A to support healthy skin and a strong immune system. The perfect make-ahead food for gatherings, they also make an excellent finger food for babies ready to feed themselves. The omega 3 fats in hemp seeds support a healthy nervous system and provide vital minerals like iron...

  • Raspberry Hemp Mousse

    That liquid in the can of chickpeas you typically throw out? It makes the most amazing meringue...whichgives this light and fluffy mousse its gorgeous texture. The creamy base of this mousse is high fibreraspberries and hemp seeds packed with anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, making this the ultimatehealthy swap for traditional mousse recipes. Makes 6 servings Dairy Free, Gluten Friendly, Nut free, Vegan, Vegetarian  INGREDIENTS: ½ cup (125ml) bottled lemonade...

  • Banana Coconut Hemp Muffins

    The perfect breakfast on the go, or lunch box treat, these whole grain muffins have plenty of fibre thanks to spelt flour, coconut and bananas to feed beneficial bacteria in the gut and keep digestion running smoothly. Not too sweet, the protein and healthy fats in hemp seeds will help you avoid energy-busting crashes in blood sugar. Makes 12 MuffinsDairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian...

  • Hemp + Roasted Beet Dip with Tahini

    Not just pretty in pink, this dip is majorly good for your heart. Beets are packed with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that help lower blood pressure, while creamy hemp seeds offer plenty of iron for building red blood cells and omega 3s to help lower cholesterol. This is healthy party food at it’s finest. Makes Approximately Three Cups DipDairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Nut Free, Vegan,...

  • Super Seed Brittle

    Who didn’t grow up munching sesame snacks? Meet your new seed snack upgrade. Lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup, these light and crispy snacks are full of fibre, protein and good fats to keep your energy levels stable and because they’re nut free, they’re perfect for packing in a school lunch. Makes Approximately Four Cups of BrittleDairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Nut Free, Vegan,...

  • Adaptogenic Aztec Cocoa

    Adaptogens are traditional herbs that help the body adapt in times of stress, making this superfood cocoa a wonderful way to relax at the end of a long day. Natural or raw cocoa powder contain high levels of flavonols that help fight inflammation and hemp seeds provide a little boost of protein and healthy fats - proof positive that treats can be healthy too! Makes...

  • Blackberry Vanilla Cashew Cheesecakes with Hemp Crust

    These creamy, dreamy cheesecakes are a true beauty food! Cashews contain copper, an energizing mineral that supports the immune system and collagen synthesis. Combined with antioxidant-rich berries and omega 3 fats from the hemp seeds, these little treats are good for body and soul. Makes 12 cupcake sized treats. Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian. INGREDIENTS: Crust ¾ cup (175ml) Planet Hemp Superfood hemp seeds ½...