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.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Who doesn’t love chili?? A while back, I asked you all if you wanted a peek into the chili we make at home all of the time…and this is it! In the cooler months, we have chili at least every couple of weeks. It’s simple – most of the work is chopping some onion and […]

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10 High Protein Plant-based Lunch Ideas

Do you suffer from the 3PM slump? It could be because you didn’t get enough protein at lunchtime. A protein-rich meal helps slow down the rate at which blood sugars rise – keeping your blood sugars (and energy levels!) on an even keel. So I’ve crafted a list of 10 high protein plant-based lunch ideas […]

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Tofu 101: The Health Benefits of Tofu – and How to Cook It

As long as I have been a plant-based dietitian, I have been getting questions about the health benefits of tofu. And almost as many questions about how to cook it! The internet has got it SO wrong about tofu. It’s a vital, low FODMAP protein source for people on plant-based diets and I am a […]

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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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