Rise & Shine Smoothie

With the unfortunate COVID-19 upon us, now more than ever, we need to boost our immune health and take preventative measures whenever we can. I will be sharing more recipes to help you do just that! I love combining certain ingredients to enhance flavours and enrich nutrients. This smoothie may be super easy to makeRead more

Sea Salt Almond Butter Cups

Last December, I was drinking reishi hot chocolate while talking to a fellow entrepreneur and we had this idea of adding peanut butter to hot cocoa. I had the blog post idea all planned out. I even went out to buy fancy double walled mugs just for this special PB hot cocoa and well… IRead more

Mini Chocolate Sponge Cakes

As promised, this delicious and easy mini chocolate sponge cake recipe is finally here! I was playing around a LOT with this recipe because I was trying to make it gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and sugar free BUT to no avail, I could not get the proper texture I wanted without the sugar. Sugar creates aRead more

Sundried Tomato Pesto

Pizza. Pasta. Potatoes. Sandwiches. Risotto. These are just a few things you can lather this delicious sundried tomato pesto on! Why buy one in a jar when you can make it healthier within a few minutes at home? Let me show you how! But first, let’s talk nutrition! I added nutritional yeast for their B-vitaminsRead more

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Simple ingredients blended together with love creates a flavour explosion of happiness in your mouth! This is what I want you to experience every single time you create one of my recipes. With that in mind, I created one of my all time favourite snacks: Spinach & Artichoke Dip! I have been making this sinceRead more

Overnight Oats w/ Berry Compote

Oatmeal is a staple breakfast in most homes here in North America but I grew up in the Philippines and didn’t eat much of it as a child. My past diet consisted of plenty of rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I added in oatmeal as I became healthier and now I love it! AsRead more

Chocolate Crunch Bar

When I was a kid, my siblings and I loved eating Nestle Crunch Bars. It was one of our favourites! Once I became a little bit heatlhier, I had to let it go! Why? It’s ingredients are as follows: CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, NONFAT MILK, MILKFAT, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR), CRISPED RICE (RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, BARLEY MALT, SALT). CONTAINS: MILK AND SOYINGREDIENTS. All the things that make me itchy, bloatedRead more

Matcha Chia Pudding

What comes to mind when you hear Matcha? I automatically think “green” and those green Japanese Kit Kat bars. Lol. I wasn’t a big fan of matcha until two years ago when I tried it again. My palate has changed over the years as I ate more and more greens and vegetables. I suggest youRead more

Carrot Citrus Punch

My health journey started with the influence of my sister and Food Matters about 6 years ago. My sister watched the Hungry for Change documentary and was inspired to start juicing. She then bought a juicer and started following a cleanse made by Jason Vale, a.k.a. the Juice Master. At the time, I was still resistantRead more

Zoo Sticks a la Bella

As I sit here munching on my freshly baked Zoo Sticks and listening to my fave tunes… I reflect back on my childhood days dining with my family at White Spot. We would order Zoo Sticks and Legendary Burgers with that signature sauce. Oh those “good ol days,” where family was around 24/7 and foodRead more

Vegan Power Chocolate Mousse

Have a sweet tooth? No problem! Balance your clean eating with a delicious and easy treat by making this Chocolate Mousse! It’s made with four simple ingredients: avocado, medjool dates, raw cacao and Purica Power Vegan Protein!  Purica Power Vegan Protein comes in three flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla & Natural. I used the Vanilla flavour soRead more

Asian Slaw a la Bella

I don’t know about you but during the winter months, I am always craving some type of slaw. This year, I decided to go back to my roots and make something with a little Asian flare. If you know me, my favourite cuisine is Italian so my go-to dishes aren’t typically Asian. But when you’reRead more

Snowballs a la Bella

A classic snowball cookie (also known as: Russian tea cake, Mexican wedding cookie, Italian wedding cookie, snowdrops, or butterballs) is usually made out of butter, icing sugar, flour and ground nuts (typically almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts). I wanted to make a gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free version with minimal sugar so I created Snowballs a laRead more

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Chocolate… a favourite childhood drink that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A drink that helps you reminisce of the good ol’ winter days; playing in the snow, laughing around the fireplace or baking Christmas treats in the kitchen. At least this is what hot cocoa does for me! I am aRead more

Braised Red Cabbage

The rich red colour and robust hearty flavour of a red cabbage are two of it’s primary characteristics that make it nutritionally beneficial to add to our diets. Its red pigment comes from anthocyanin polyphenols which are phytonutrients that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.  Braising is a cooking method wherein only half ofRead more

Power Blast Smoothie

Feeling tired when you wake up even if you’ve slept for 8 hours? Stress, hormonal imbalances, and food allergies/sensitivities are some possible causes for not feeling well rested. Although there are no quick fixes or magic pills, our bodies are smart machines and if we feed it well, it will take care of us inRead more

Pumpkin Spice Granola

It’s already Fall! Can you believe it? Time sure flies when you’re busy enjoying work and having fun with family and friends. I have a few Fall favourites and this recipe is one of them! It’s simple, nutritious and delicious! With the healthy fats from the coconut flakes, protein from the pumpkin seed and pecans,Read more

Broccoli Zucchini Fritters

Broccoli used to be my favourite vegetable but I never liked eating the stalks, even if it was sliced thin and added to a stir-fry, I just did not enjoy them! I used to throw the excess stalks away until my sister started juicing. We kept the stalks but it piled up because I ate tooRead more

Turmeric Ginger Lemonade

I don’t know about you but I don’t want summer to end just yet. I have been drinking loads of this immune booster lemonade lately and I think you should too! That’s why I’m sharing this refreshing and delicious recipe so you can try it! This recipe is adapted from Botanica Health. It’s a MUST-TRY IRead more

Strawberry Black Peppercorn Granite

Italian cuisine has always been my favourite. Bruschetta was the first thing I ever made in a restaurant kitchen and since then I have enjoyed eating and cooking Italian food. Granita (or granite in plural form) is a granular iced Italian dessert with a simple syrup base. It is flavoured with fruit purees, wine or coffeeRead more

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet potato or yam? I find that most people, including myself, use these terms interchangeably. As I did a little research, it turns out that the two aren’t even related at all! The proper term for what we know as yams are actually sweet potato! The U.S. government tried to differentiate this sweet potato byRead more

Homemade Mayo

Mayo, one of the simplest thing to make yet I grew up with a jar of mayo constantly in the fridge. Just like ketchup, it’s one of those kitchen staples in most homes. What most people don’t realize is the fact that store-bought mayo doesn’t expire for a very very long time. If it hasRead more

Homemade Pickles

I remember going to McDonalds as a child and scraping the pickles, red onions and mustard off of my burger and giving it to my dad. Since then, I’ve always taken pickles off of my burgers. The only way I’d eat a pickle is if it was hidden in tartar sauce. I just love tartarRead more

Bella Chicken Tacos

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! What better way to celebrate than with some Chicken Tacos! My taco obsession started four years ago when my pastor’s wife treated me out to Chipotle. You see, my pastors were from Texas and Chipotle is super popular over there! I bit into that chicken taco and the rest wasRead more

Rainbow Kale Slaw

When we become more mindful while we eat, we begin to notice our body’s cues for hunger or fullness and whether certain food agrees with us or not. For the past three years, I have been practicing mindfulness and therefore have become more aware of my body. I can now feel when a certain foodRead more

Bella Style Pancit

When it’s cold outside, we want to eat things that comfort us. For me, my favourite thing to eat as a child was Lucky Me Pancit Canton. It’s basically a Filipino-style Chow Mein. Unfortunately, this package is full of gluten and tons of other additives. It makes me so sad to read all the labels ofRead more

Chickpea Curry

I don’t know about you but curry wasn’t something I ever wanted to eat when I was younger. I was introduced to it a bit late in life and it took awhile before I liked it. I have to thank a guy named Darin for making me the best chicken curry in a hurry andRead more

Moringa Crepes

I was once a brunch cook for a whole year and through that time, I became a Crepe Master. Well, at least I would like to think so. Interestingly enough, I learned how to make the “perfect” crepe from a German Chef. He said that the perfect crepe had to be just the right thickness,Read more

Turkey Eggplant Roll

Like most kids, I never liked eating eggplants growing up. But as I fell in love with Italian cuisine, eggplant became one of my favourites. I enjoy eggplants the best when it is grilled and served with salsa verde. Eggplants or “aubergine,” as we call it in some kitchens, are part of the nightshade family and thereforeRead more

Happy Lemon Gummies

I used to go to Sweet Factory as a kid with my cousin all the time and we would fill up our bags with tons of candy! We didn’t care how much it cost, we just wanted to eat it. Along the way, I lost interest in candy and became a chocolate addict. It wasn’tRead more

Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

I remember making my very first Kraft dinner when I was 10 years old. I was very proud of myself and was so delighted eating it! Being Filipino, I grew up eating a lot of rice so when I came to Canada, I was very happy to try all types of pastas! I’ve always beenRead more

Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie

Bananas and chocolate are two of my favourite things! So when a friend of mine bought me a Chunky Monkey Smoothie one day at work about a year ago, I was instantly in love! It’s been awhile since I’ve had it and I was totally craving one today so I made one with Kaizen Chocolate WheyRead more

Cranberry Pistachio Millet Salad

I tried millet for the first time last year and was surprised at how much I liked it. During the Christmas Season, I tend to crave a lot of pistachios! This salad came about one of those days where I just wanted a salad and had all of these things on hand. This is aRead more

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

You gotta love the Fall season with all these squashes around. Butternut squash is my favourite! I find that roasting it brings out it’s natural flavour of slightly sweet, nutty, pumpkin-y flavour. It’s just soo delicious! Garnishing with avocado oil, cayenne pepper and pumpkin seeds also increases it’s nutrition value. Fat helps with the digestionRead more

Kale Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is my all-time favourite salad. I wanted to make this comfort food healthier so I tweaked a few things to make it gluten-free and dairy-free. Instead of croutons we have crispy chickpeas and instead of parmesan, I used nutritional yeast. To make it even healthier, I served it with some coconut water forRead more

Homemade Caesar Dressing

I wasn’t one to choose a salad over a pasta when dining out. But if I had to choose a salad as a side, my choice was always Caesar Salad. I tend to like my salads overdressed. What I didn’t know back then was I defeated the purpose of even consuming something healthy.  Caesar dressingsRead more

Crispy Chickpeas

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are part of the legume family with a light nut-like taste and a buttery texture. They are high in fiber and protein which works together to help us regulate our blood sugar levels. It’s high soluble fiber content is also great for supporting our digestive tract as it helpsRead more

Lemon Basil Pesto

I celebrated my birthday 2 weeks ago and my sister surprised me with a food processor! I’ve never owned one before and have been using a small food processor attachment that came with my hand blender. It took forever to make anything in that little thing! Imagine me making cauliflower rice, hummus and nut energyRead more

Nut Butter Fudge

I am a total fudge lover. I haven’t had them in awhile because I wasn’t sure how to make them healthier. One of my co-workers told me about nut fudge so I looked into it and ended up with this recipe. It’s a great alternative for those who want fudge but don’t want to eatRead more

Turkey Mushroom Bolognese

This dish represents the beginning of my whole foods diet lifestyle. It’s officially been a year since I started this blog! I’ve got to say, it was really hard for me to change my diet at first as I had to give up all the foods I loved to eat (pizza, pasta and bread). OrRead more

Smokey Turkey Chili

The very first job I ever had was at Tim Hortons. It wasn’t until I worked there that I began to enjoy eating chili. It’s been raining a lot the past few weeks here in Vancouver. Every time it rains, I want comfort food and chili happens to be one of them. So without anyRead more

Hummus a la Bella

I try to make as many things from scratch as much as possible at home. This puts my mind at ease as to what I’m putting in my body. A friend of mine, however, insists that there’s nothing better than store-bought hummus. I was trying to figure out why she thought this so I readRead more

Bella Choco-Balls

Because everyone seems to have their own energy balls recipe, I decided to make my own! I have an obsession with balls, all kinds of them! Lol. I love rolling meatballs, broccoli zucchini balls and now chocolate balls! There’s a simple explanation to my ball obsession – it brings me fond memories of rolling all sorts of foodsRead more

Prawn Noodles with Almond-Cashew Butter Sauce

This Thai-inspired dish happened because of my cravings for garlic butter prawns. With prawns in my grocery basket, I walked around Whole Foods and saw kelp noodles. I decided to buy a pack and create a meal out of it. This dish happened and now I love it! I didn’t end up making the garlicRead more

Chicken Quinoa Soup

For the past month or so, I keep feeling like I am about to catch a cold. I’ve been drinking plenty of ginger tea to fight it off and it has been working until this last week. I’ve been a busy bee with work and school that I haven’t been getting enough sleep. The other day IRead more

Protein Smoothies

After a year and a half off from cooking in a professional kitchen, I’m back working full-time in a restaurant this summer. Because of this job, I haven’t been cooking much at home, hence the lack of posts lately! The first month at work was a difficult transition for me due to the late hours and irregularRead more

Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

After finishing the Whole30 challenge, I find that my plate no longer feels complete without a side of greens. My rice with every meal has been replaced with salads! I’ve always been a lover of all things sour. Whether it be in a savory dish or a dessert, I love lemons! I love the lemon scent, I loveRead more

Ana Banana Pancakes

It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a delicious fluffy pancake. Ever since I became sensitive to gluten, I stopped baking because I felt like I couldn’t. Everything I tried to make with other flour alternatives always felt dense and chalky. Lately, I’ve been playing around with various gluten-free and paleo-friendly meals.  A few weeks ago,Read more

Homemade Hemp Milk

When I first started trying to be healthy about 3 years ago, I tried to follow the Canada Food Guide because that’s all I knew about health. As most of you know, the food guide recommends 2 cups of milk per day for adults. I did just that and ended up being itchy with rashes.Read more

Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie

I love strawberries! I was craving a strawberry watermelon smoothie the other day but I didn’t feel like going out to buy watermelons. I always have bananas on hand and since strawberries and bananas are a classic pairing for smoothies, I totally enjoyed this combination with coconut milk and hemp seeds. This is the BellaRead more

Banana Chia Pudding

I first stumbled upon this pudding recipe while looking for breakfast ideas that I could have while on the Whole30 Challenge. It’s been three weeks and I am still obsessed with this Banana Chia Pudding! One recipe last me for about week. It’s great for breakfast or as a quick snack. Bella’s Notes Ratio forRead more

A Recipe is Only a Guideline

What happens when one recipe of a Beef Bourguignon is given to twenty different cooks in the same kitchen with the same ingredients? It will result in twenty variations of Beef Bourguignon. Each individual adds their personal touch to a recipe thereby creating slight changes to the same dish. With that said, a recipe shallRead more