Holistic Kitchen

Good health starts in the kitchen! Find loads of nutritious and delicious tips, tricks, articles, and recipes below from our community of holistic nutrition professionals. 

The tools you utilize should allow you to harness the full potential of natural, wholesome ingredients. But more importantly, your tools need to make preparing nutritious, healthy foods easier. Feel more empowered to cook at home and find ways to make healthy cooking less stressful. The tools you utilize should allow you to harness the full potential of natural, wholesome ingredients. But more importantly, your tools need to make preparing nutritious, healthy foods easier.

With the rising grocery prices, it can feel harder than ever to do a simple grocery shop. Many of us are looking for the most affordable items while still trying to be as healthy as possible. This brings us to the debate of fresh vs frozen and what are the pros and cons of each. Let’s talk about the differences and how you can make an informed choice for you and your family.

Why should you have these 8 staple ingredients on hand? They are nutritious, plant-based, and can help you eat healthier as you can create dozens of dishes with these versatile ingredients. See what these 8 staples are, what their health benefits are, and how you can incorporate them into your meal planning.

Do you struggle with the age-old question of what to make for dinner? Is grocery shopping stressful because you never know what to buy? Maybe you come home with ingredients, but don’t know what the best way is to cook efficiently for the whole week. This guide will be the starting point for you to discover tips and recipes and get inspired to make family meals quick, easy, and of course, nutritious.

Made on one  sheet pan (easy clean up!), this vegetarian recipe is packed with flavour and a quick meal to prepare. It can be served warm with a drizzle of tahini sauce on top, on rice, or served cold on a salad. This recipe is well-balanced with plant-based protein, complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats. Recipe from Stephanie Kay, R.H.N.

This is a video from Paula Hingley, R.H.N. from September with the intention of helping with the back-to-school transition, but it works any time of year when you’re busy. 3 meal prep-friendly recipes that are delicious and convenient as they don’t require reheating: Cottage Cheese Frittata, Shrimp Macaroni Salad, and Crispy Tofu Soba Noodle Bowl. Meals are a little on the lighter side to embrace the coming spring and warm weather. Great for meal prep or pack-ahead lunches. Grocery list included!

This roasted eggplant lentil salad is made with roasted and tender cubes of eggplant tossed with earthy lentils, fresh parsley, and zingy olives and capers. Paula Hingley, R.H.N. also shares tips for cooking, storage, and what to pair with this punchy salad.

Ever buy a big clamshell of leafy greens but don’t know what to do with it? Maybe you’re just trying to eat healthier, or maybe you needed it for a specific dish, but now you’re stuck with lots of greens that will go bad soon. This blog post from Alina Muresan, C.H.N.C. will give you some great tips to use them before they go bad. You’ll minimize your food waste and save money because you’ll actually be eating the food and not throwing it away!

Dashi is a Japanese broth and the backbone of many Japanese recipes. It has a rich and complex flavour but is easy and quick to prepare. Petra Scott, R.H.N. goes into the different types, how to make it, and how you can use it in your recipes.

This oil-free recipe is great for those looking for plant-based protein and a super easy meal to make. It’s smoky and tangy with a BBQ-inspired marinade. There are also some tips and tricks included in this recipe. Recipe from Ashley Madden, C.H.N., who also has 2 cookbooks: The Plant-Based Cookbook and Plant-Based Delicious.

A baked salmon recipe that uses lime, maple, and chili powder for a sweet and smoky glaze. Try pairing this with a fruity salsa! This easy and healthy recipe can also be ready in 30 minutes! Recipe from Rebecca Dwyre, R.H.N.

Do you struggle with what to make for lunch? These 4 tasty recipes from Brittney Cox, R.H.N. will be sure to spice things up and make life easier. She also shares some great make-ahead and packing tips. 

A great breakfast or dessert, chia seed pudding is full of omega 3, fiber, and minerals. It’s versatile and affordable as well. Get the recipe and learn more.

Spices are not only used to add more flavour to your dishes, but they can also help you live healthier. Here are 9 spices you should keep on hand, and some ideas on how to use these spices in your next dish. Happy cooking!

Cook along with us! With 30 hours of experiential learning available, students sharpen their practical abilities while deepening their knowledge of whole foods and holistic health.

Healthy fats is something you’re sure to find in a holistic kitchen. Watch this video and find out why they’re so important and their health benefits. 

We love traveling from our kitchen. This recipe is full of bright flavours to wake up your tastebuds for spring. It also happens to be egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Recipe from Delia Mota, R.H.N.

This buttery vanilla mug cake is a quick and easy recipe for when you need a sweet little something. Caroline Chow, R.H.N. also shares some healthier baking swaps to make those sweet treats even better.

Travel from your kitchen with this tropical yogurt bowl. It’s quick to prepare, full of nutritional benefits, and will make you feel like you’re in a tropical paradise. Recipe from Caelin Folsom, R.H.N. 

CSNN graduate Lucia Di Cesare shares 5 of her favourite kitchen tools and how they contribute to healthier living. She also includes a recipe for vegan chili. Check it out! 

Rainbow Bowl

These colourful bowls are the perfect way to eat a variety of veggies. CSNN graduate, Sisley Killam, teaches you how to build your own. 

Kimchi is one of our favourite fermented foods with tons of nutritional benefits. Even if you’re a beginner, this is something you can easily do in your own kitchen. Renee Robbins, R.H.N. walks you through the process.

This decadent dessert from Orsha Magyar, C.H.N. is full of brain-boosting and heart-healthy ingredients. Check out the recipe and learn more about the nutritional benefits. 

Workshops available at select branches via Zoom/Online

Sharpen your culinary skills and cook your way to better health with CSNN’s Holistic Culinary Certificate workshops. You’ll learn a variety of methods and techniques to prepare food and enhance the restorative properties of food. Workshops are offered at select branches via Zoom and through Online Distance Education. Please click here to see which branches are offering these culinary workshops.

Discover Renewed Energy

  • 9 Favourite Self-Care Habits & Practices for Spring – Self-care tips work all year around, but here are some habits and practices to help you feel renewed and refreshed for spring. Ashleigh Grange, R.H.N. shares 9 of her favourite ones.
  • Pulses: The New (Old?) Superfood – Pulses include dried beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Debora Palmieri, R.H.N. dives into why these are great for your health and how you can incorporate them into your diet.
  • Detox Your Way to a Brand New You – “Detoxification is essentially the way your body rids itself of harmful toxins and unwanted waste products.” Detox can help you feel like the best version of you. Debora Palmieri, R.H.N. shares more about the process in this article.
  • Spice It Up: Let’s Talk Turmeric – This powerhouse spice can add a load of health benefits. Emma Levez Larocque, R.H.N., highlights this amazing spice and how to use them, and shares yummy recipes for Golden Milk and Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea.

Helpful and Healthful Cooking Tips

  • Your Guide to Soaking/Activating Nuts, Seeds, and Grains – Bethany Bierema, R.H.N., shows us in her simple and informative guide why it’s important to soak/activate nuts, all the benefits, and just how easy it is.
  • 9 Healthy Meal Prep Tips – These days, there seems to be more to do but we have less energy to deal with all the things we must do effectively. Meal planning can help make healthy eating so much easier. Stephanie Kay, R.H.N. shares some easy and practical tips to help you meal prep.
  • How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil – “Depending on whether you plan to bake, broil, grill, fry, deep-fry, or roast, different cooking oils will produce different results.” Petra Scott, R.H.N., shares her recommendations on choosing the right cooking oil.

Grocery Shopping Tips

  • Save Money While Eating Healthy – Want to eat healthy and save some money? Lisa Chilvers, R.H.N., shares 6 easy actions that may save you money at the grocery store.

Reading Recommendations

A lot of our graduates are published cookbook authors! From desserts to gluten-free meals, there’s a huge variety of delicious and nutritious recipes. 

For me, holistic nutrition is a perfect marriage between my love for helping others and for all things culinary.