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.

Did you know about 1/3 of our food gets wasted? That's a lot of money (and food) literally being thrown in the trash. Save money, time, and food by getting your FREE copy of my #EatWellMinimalist Waste Less Tips.

The Healthy (Conscious) Interview: Elim Chu

Something you probably don’t know about me? Fashion was my first love, before food. As a kid in Terrace (16 hours drive due north from Vancouver), I spent my weekends watching Fashion Television and sketching (very poorly) the clothing I saw. I knew exactly which day Vogue arrived in my local corner store, and I […]


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A new twist on pumpkin: Pumpkin Miso Soup

Ever notice how the whole pumpkin thing is skewed towards sweets? And even the savoury foods tend to have a sweet tooth? Pumpkin soup is totally a thing in Japan, surprisingly enough. You can get little cans of corn or pumpkin soup all steaming hot from the vending machines…and it’s super sweet.  I thought I would […]


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The Healthy (Conscious) Interview: Shira McDermott

I am so excited to share this month’s interview with you! I finally met Shira this year, after being a longtime fan of GRAIN, an incredible company that Shira co-founded. Shira McDermott is the creator of In Pursuit Of More, a vegetarian food blog, and the winner of Taste Canada’s Gold Award for Best Food […]


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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.”
IBS Client