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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Roasted Rhubarb Spice Muffins

I am a muffin and cookies baker…yes, I can do other things, but you don’t routinely see me making layer cakes. Muffins and cookies are baking for the impatient. Baking for the eater. This recipe took me many, many attempts to get just right. ‘Healthy’ muffins are usually so dry. So, so dry…these are luscious and […]


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The Healthy (Conscious) Interview: Jenne Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul

Jenné Claiborne is the vegan chef and blogger behind the YouTube channel Sweet Potato Soul, and the Buddhalicious meal plan service. Her yummy food is a celebration of plant-based eating and reflects her southern roots.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jenné late last year while on assignment for Bio-K+ in San Francisco (rough gig, I […]


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Make your mom (or yourself!) these insane almond blueberry scones

Moms and baking kind of go hand in hand…which is why one of the perfect ways to treat your mom is to bake her something delicious. After all, she likely spent a lifetime baking treats for you! I created this recipe for the brunch I hosted at the Dig In St Albert festival a couple of […]


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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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