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.

Do You Need to Give Up Coffee? Here’s How to Know

Coffee. The preferred drug of pretty much every parent, entrepreneur or achiever on the planet. In the wellness community, there is a lot of advice to give up coffee to either ease your gut or calm your adrenals…but is it really that bad for you? And, who in their right mind would ever consider giving […]

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Togarashi Roasted Broccoli with Miso Cashew Dip

Let’s talk snacks. For some reason, most of us don’t think about eating vegetables as snack foods. Yes, some of us munch raw veggies with dip…but what about really going for it?? Making snacks where veggies are the intentional star of the show?  I love roasted broccoli so much. And shichimi togarashi, a Japanese spice […]

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More Rose, Okay? The June 2018 Playlist

While June is so far feeling a little more spring than summer, my mindset is focused on enjoying more lazy afternoons sipping rose on the patio. This is the music to go along with that lifestyle. Even if that’s not your everyday. Even if it’s a Monday and you’re sitting at your desk. Like me 🙂 […]

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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