Tanya Smith

Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Cultivate the soil before planting the seed

Category: Recipes

Deconstructed Nicoise Salad

This salad is so satisfying! I could eat it everyday!

It's quick and easy to throw together, whether you are making a few ahead for lunches for the week or you need a quick dinner idea.


The ingredients for this salad are purposely vague, you can change the ratios to suit your tastes. I used:
2 handfuls of green beans
3 small baked potatoes (you can also use boiled)
1 small package of plum tomatoes, halved
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
1 can of tuna, drained (click here...

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Sweet Potato Hash

I love a huevos rancheros type breakfast, with black beans and eggs. But since starting the Whole 30, I have been giving my guts a little break from legumes.

This morning, in a fit of inspiration, I cooked up this sweet potato hash that is almost as good as the real thing!


1 tbsp cooking fat (I used bacon grease)
1 small sweet potato
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dulse flakes (optional)
salt to taste


    1. Grate the sweet...
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My Winter Salad Blueprint

Eating seasonally means making the best meals I can from the food that is available where I live (in Toronto). There are not many leafy greens growing around here this time of year!! I grow some sprouts on my kitchen counter (more on that another time), but that's the only homegrown greens I can do when the garden is covered in ice and snow!

I refuse to buy imported leafy greens that come in plastic tubs. First off, the greens lose most of their nutrition on their way to me from...

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Roasted Beets and Roots Quinoa Bowl

As the autumn gets cooler, I like my salads to get warmer!!

This recipe is delicious for lunch or dinner and is the perfect way to use up the ends of the veggies from the farmer's market or your CSA box!

I found this was delicious with no sauce, but you could put tamari or your favorite salad dressing on it. It is great warm or served cold the next day for lunch!


2 medium beets, washed and skin on
1 cup uncooked...

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My 5 favorite fertility breakfast ideas

This week, a New York Times article was published called “How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat”. In it, the author outlines how lobbying and outright bribery shaped the dietary guidelines in the 60s away from fat. We are just starting the process of waking up from that!


With the clients I work with, I am often working to help regulate their menstrual cycles and balance their hormones. In order to make significant change in hormonal health, the sugar has to go! Sugar derails insulin balance, which affects all of the other hormones in the body, including...

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