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The Urban Vegetarian

Fridays at 8:30 a.m. ET

THE URBAN VEGETARIAN is a stylish half hour of delicious and nutritious entertainment. Urbanite host Desiree Nielsen transforms everyday veggies into delightful dishes and bakes up decadent desserts. A food nerd at heart, Desiree’s quirky-cool and fun loving personality makes adding more green to your meals both effortless and enjoyable.

Keeping things simple, each episode features a nutrient dense juice or smoothie, enticing ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a sweet treat with a health-conscious twist. From comfort food to quinoa, cakes to kale chips, each meal is prepared with finesse while striking an elegant balance between flavour and flair.


Broccoli Garlic Soup
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Walnut Bread
Charmoula Couscous
Cheesy Beany Burger
Green Curry Veggie Pot Pie


Desiree Nielsen

- Host

Desiree Nielsen lives by the motto: real food for real people. She credits her Portuguese roots and gardening with her grandmother as the foundation for her love of healthy cooking. In 2008, Desiree began sharing her passion for food and nutrition as a registered dietitian. As a mother of two running her own nutritional consulting company, Desiree understands the challenges of a busy schedule and how food preparation is the key to incorporating mindfulness into our meals. A successful author, Desiree has written two books: Un-Junk Your Diet and Banish the Bloat. She lives a vegetarian lifestyle in Vancouver with her omnivore family and believes that anyone, from vegans to the bacon-obsessed, can fall in love with putting more plants on their plates.

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