Aug 8th

Nomato sauce to fool your Nonna.

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upset-senior-woman-wooden-spoon-7826441One thing that is absolutely clear to anyone that has shared a meal with me is that I love good food, also that I hate poser food, you’re not fooling anyone portobello burger! I honestly feel that we should love on food for what it is, and we can totally enjoy a grilled portobello without trying to pretend its meat.

Since starting AIP I have steered clear of recipes and meals that are pretending to be something their not, that is until my grandma arrived to visit for the summer and big family meals became an almost weekly occurrence. Sunday lunch in my Italian hybrid family consists of heaps of pasta and my moms outrageously delicious tomato sauce, both of which are strictly forbidden on the AIP protocol. How on earth was I going to navigate this one?

An online search of some recipes gave me some good ideas, but didn’t really convince me and I was determined that my sauce not taste like beets (aka dirt!) or vegetable soup. Having made sauce since I could balance on a stepping stool to reach the counter I know that good sauce has some key components.

  1. a perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour
  2. rich deep flavours
  3. time. There are no shortcuts, a good sauce has to cook for a while.


With this in mind and all my culinary skills ready to be tested to the max I set out to create a Nomato sauce to fool a Nonna.



  • 2 medium yams with peel
  • 3 large carrots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 medium sweet onions
  • 1/2 Lb beef cut into cubes
  • oil (coconut or other for pan and basting veggies)
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • basil (to taste)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • olive oil (approximately 2 Tbs) *save this as you will drizzle after the sauce is cooked!


  1. Slice yams, carrot, beets and garlic into slices and spread out on a pan. Baste with oil. I like to add a little water to the pan as they roast so that they don’t dry out.Roast at 375F until tender 25-30 min depending on the thickness of your slices.
  2. While the veggies are roasting, dice onions and saute with a little oil until browned.
  3. Add beef to pan and saute with the onions to brown.
  4. When veggies are done roasting, transfer to food processor or blender and add 2 cups of cold bone broth.
  5. Pure in the blender until smooth.
  6. add pureed veggies to pan and stir with onions and beef to combine.
  7. Transfer sauce to a slow cooker and set on low.
  8. Stir in Cider vinegar, salt, basil and bay leaves.
  9. Slow cook for 6 hrs. while you read a book, or take a nap.
  10. once sauce is ready turn off slow cooker and add a generous drizzle of olive oil.


Serve over zoodles, on AIP pizza crust or anything else your heart desires!


Buon Appetito!


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Jan 1th

Hitting the Reboot button for 2016!

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Statistics tell us that that around 2/3rds of Canadians make New Year’s resolutions, the vast majority of these  will involve some kind of health or lifestyle change. Sadly less than 8% will manage any measurable success by years end.

So why do so many of us fail?

True change comes from a place of optimism  and self love, two things that are probably lacking as we roll off the tail end of a season of hustle, stress and intense overindulgence. Many resolutions, especially those having to do with health often come from a place of disappointment or self deprecation. But punishing yourself for that extra christmas cookie or chocolate and coffee for breakfast on the 26th *gasp!* is certainly not the way to make positive strides towards a healthier set of patterns.  By the time the last of the holiday bills comes in at the end of January stress, disappointment & pure exhaustion at the long cold days are all driving us to fall back into old patterns.

Is your new year’s resolution starting to lose steam?

Having made, and broken, more New Years promises than I care to remember; I get where you are at. That is why for the month of February I have put together an amazing, motivational and super easy program to help you kick out of that post holiday slump no matter what your health goals are.


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Big or small, we can achieve it together!

The program will be run in a virtual format with packages delivered to your inbox regularly.

You will receive:

  • a healthy meal plan each week stuffed with healthy recipes and a quick and easy shopping list so you can be in and out of the grocery store in minutes.
  • motivation, tips and personal challenges to keep you on track.
  • Access to a private online group to participate in fun challenges, receive group motivation, and chances to win some cool prizes.
  • Ongoing holistic nutritional support from myself
  • How to tutorials and videos

You will learn how to:

  • Break bad habits, and start healthier ones
  • set goals to achieve success.
  • Easy tips for everyday health eating on a budget and in a rush
  • Boost immune function for a healthier year
  • Increase your energy
  • Reduce stress
  • support healthy detoxing (from all that chocolate!)

Ready to hit Reboot? Sign up today to reserve your spot!




Not Quite ready to commit? Join me for a FREE no obligation info session on Thursday January 21 at 7pm to learn more

Sign up for the FREE info session by calling 416-529-6489 or find us on Facebook

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