Topic: Douglas McNish

Raw Detoxing Recipe: Sweet Chili Pecan “Paté”

Raw Detoxing Recipe: Sweet Chili Pecan "Paté"

Pecans may conjure images of sugary, Thanksgiving pies, but they’re also a high-protein nut that research indicates could have the ability to fight prostate cancer in men. They’re also antioxidant rich and, for all those low-carb fiends out there: Just one serving (seven to eight nuts) contains the same amount of protein found in a one-ounce serving of meat. In this “paté” recipe, they’re combined with cilantro, which helps the body detox and chelate heavy metals from the blood. Happy spring cleaning! More »

Kind Coma Earth Week Edition: 4 Raw Food Chefs With Voices to Calm the Mind and Spirit

Kind Coma Earth Week Edition: 4 Raw Food Chefs With Voices to Calm the Mind and Spirit

We’ve listened to the soothing audio of yoga instructors; we’ve heard the dulcet tones of chilled-out painters in our earbuds, and we’ve even included Alec Baldwin on our list of special people whose voices have the power to lull us into a pleasantly calm catatonic state – if only for a few brief minutes. This week’s installment of Kind Coma pays homage to Earth Week 2011 by featuring four eco-friendly raw food chefs with relaxing voices that will have you blissing out and praising Mother Earth in no time. Be sure to put away all sharp kitchen implements well before you dim the lights and hit “play.” Happy Earth Week, hippies! Just don’t get so chillaxed that you actually sleep through Earth Day. More »

How to Cook Raw Food: Moroccan “Braised” Dandelion Greens

How to Cook Raw Food: Moroccan "Braised" Dandelion Greens

This recipe is terrific for spring (if it ever arrives). Dandelion greens are a great cleansing food, especially for the liver. You can buy dandelion greens at many health food stores and farmers’ market, or if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you can grow your own. The Moroccan spices in this recipe give them tons of flavor — and they have their own health benefits, too. More »

From Drug Addiction to Veganism: Raw Chef Douglas McNish Dishes on Food, Recovery, and The Secret

From Drug Addiction to Veganism: Raw Chef Douglas McNish Dishes on Food, Recovery, and The Secret

Aside from contributing great raw and vegan recipes to Blisstree, chef Doug McNish has a lot on his plate (no pun intended): He’s traveling to Hawaii to give raw cooking demonstrations; he’s working on his first book; and he’ll be flying to Hawaii next month to talk about raw and vegan foods. But he hasn’t always been a picture of health and success — just a few years ago, he weighed 270 pounds and was struggling with a drug addiction that forced him to give up his job and start all over again.

On March 6, he’ll be speaking at the F-You: Forgiveness Project in Toronto, Canada; we talked to Doug to learn more about his powerful personal backstory: More »

How to Cook Raw Food: Chili Maca Chocolate Avocado Pie

How to Cook Raw Food: Chili Maca Chocolate Avocado Pie

Douglas McNish, head chef of Toronto’s Raw Aura organic and raw restaurant is back to help us learn how to cook his healthy, vegan, and — this week — raw recipes. Watch for more of his column, published twice a month here at Blisstree.

Valentine’s Day might be over, but you can celebrate love (even if it’s just of chocolate) year-round with a dessert like Doug’s raw Chocolate Avocado Pie. Maca comes from the Andes Mountains, where it’s been regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac for hundreds of years. It’s best known for boosting the male libido and balancing hormone levels. The cayenne in this dessert not only adds a delicious kick to the chocolate, but it also helps speed up the metabolism, giving you and your partner extra energy and “staying power,” if you know what we mean. More »

Super Bowl Vegan Chili Recipes: One Cooked, One Raw

Super Bowl Vegan Chili Recipes: One Cooked, One Raw

Douglas McNish, head chef of Toronto’s Raw Aura organic and raw restaurant is back to share one of his original raw, vegan recipes. (Actually, this week he’s giving us two versions of chili: One cooked, one raw.) Watch for more of his recipes, published twice a month on Blisstree.

Doug says: This is a delicious dish on a cold winter’s night (including Super Bowl Sunday). It’s high in iron and protein, and the recipe can be doubled to make some extra to have on hand. It goes very well with my recipe for cashew sour cream. It’s enough for a family dinner, or good to have to snack on throughout the week. More »

Raw, Vegan Recipe: Zesty Detox Soup With Lime, Spinach, and Avocado

Raw, Vegan Recipe: Zesty Detox Soup With Lime, Spinach, and Avocado

Douglas McNish, head chef of Toronto’s Raw Aura organic and raw restaurant is back to share one of his raw, vegan recipes. Watch for more of his recipes, published twice a month here at Blisstree.com.

This soup is amazing this time of year, when most of us are lacking in healthy fats and trace minerals. Plus, the dulse provides your thyroid gland the help it needs to detox the body from holiday over indulging. More »

Vegan Recipe: Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Chimichurri

Vegan Recipe: Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Chimichurri

This time of year, we’ve got two things on our minds: Flying somewhere warm like Argentina, and cleaning up our eating habits. We haven’t found a bargain flight to Buenos Aires yet, but this week’s recipe from vegan chef Douglas McNish is a close second, plus it’s a lot more cleansing than the steak we’d end up eating in the southern hemisphere: More »

Vegan Recipe: Creamy Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

Vegan Recipe: Creamy Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

In the mood for a rich, filling chowder, but don’t want to bust your diet this winter? Vegan chef Doug McNish has the perfect solution. Check out his vegan Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder Recipe:

This is a beautiful alternative to heavy, fatty chowders that make you feel lethargic. The starch from the sweet potato and fat from the tahini replace the butter and cream, so it’s still thick and hearty. More »

Original Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Fall Vegetables From Vegan Chef Douglas McNish

Original Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Fall Vegetables From Vegan Chef Douglas McNish

This week, vegan chef Doug McNish has some great recipes for a trio of Thanksgiving essentials: Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and roasted fall vegetables. “These are all perfect for this time of year,” Doug says. Whether you serve them at your holiday table, or just make them for dinner tonight, all three are delish ways to take advantage of abundant fall produce without added meat, fat, or dairy. (There’ll be plenty of the latter two during dessert.) More »