Welcome to the home of anti-inflammatory, plant-centred awesomeness.

My name is Desiree, and I am a registered dietitian, author and ambassador for the good (for you) life. I am the host of The Urban Vegetarian, a new vegetarian cooking show on Gusto TV.

I spend WAY too much time thinking about my next meal. I love rocking out in the kitchen and digging in my little garden. I travel for the purpose of eating. My pet peeves include shoddy nutrition information and chia seeds in my teeth – it’s an occupational hazard. I hoard cookbooks but rarely cook from a recipe. And it took me 5 years to get my kid to like kale (persistence is my middle name).

Eating well isn’t just about nutrients…the foods we choose to eat can either break our bodies down over time or nourish our cells and restore our health and vitality. I take an integrative approach to nutrition and I can show you the power of plant foods to transform and re-energize your mind and body.

I believe in real food for real life: healthy eating should be delicious, simple and fun. No deprivation, no guilt, no garbage. Join me and discover what it means to be truly nourished.

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Killer Carrot Pancakes with Hazelnut Dukkah and Garlic Aioli

I am such a huge fan of breakfast for dinner…but you know me, I am always trying to dream up ways to add more veggies where starchy stuff usually lives. So…put carrots in the pancakes!! I was inspired by the carrot pancakes from the book Everything I Want to Eat but wanted to add my own little spin […]

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The Healthy (Conscious) Interview: Dan Cheung

I have known of Dan longer than I have actually known Dan. My dear friend (and the talented photographer who makes my food look so good) Melissa used to work with Dan when his cafe, Nourish, was still in its first location. So I knew of his plant-centred, local and organic mission before I got […]

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Green Goddess Spring Salad with Almond Ricotta

The weather has been kind of terrible in Vancouver…if it was acceptable to dress in head-to-toe fleece blankets, I would do it. And yes, I know I am a total West Coast weather wimp! As a result, I am not yet craving a lot of full-on leafy salads. Of course, that doesn’t mean I am not eating salads… I am […]

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“Desiree was an amazing partner. Her extensive scientific knowledge helped me understand how exactly my gut functions and how it can be repaired.”
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