Get ready to host a festive party and make these festive recipes.

We can always count on Health Expert Karla Gillis to keep the good vibes flowing no matter the time of year. Make your friends and family happy (and relieved) by planning a night in during chilly holiday season. These recipes are quite simple but will be perfect for making it look like you tried really, really hard for your guests, ha.

The best part? Both recipes are very healthy and just as tasty.


Sweet Potato Tai Vegan Stew

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This rich, warm, vegan meal is the perfect comfort food for those cold fall/winter nights and will help to boost your immune system against colds and flus.



Prep Time

15 min

Cooking Time

25 min.


1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
3 tablespoons Tai Red Curry Paste
¼ Cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
4 cups of diced Carrots & sweet potato mixture
1 can chick peas drained
1 can peas drained
3 tablespoons raisins
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk (9 oz.)
4 cups baby spinach
Splash of sea salt and pepper

Heat coconut in medium saucepan, add the onions and cook till golden brown. Add garlic and ginger and stir for 1 min. Add curry paste and nut butter and stir until well combined. Add vegetables, chickpeas, peas and raisins stir well allowing the vegetables to infuse with the onions and curry paste. Cook for 5 min while mixing well.

Add broth and bring mixture to simmer, Let cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 min. Add coconut milk and heat through.

Add in Spinach just before serving; allow it to wilt cooking for about 1 min.

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Cookies


These guilt free little delights are great for any holiday party, or those weak moments when you just need a little something sweet. They can be altered in many ways to make them the perfect taste for your or guests pallet.

To make them completely guilt/ gluten free just leave out the oatmeal and white chocolates chips.

Prep Time

10 min.

Cooking Time

20-25 min

1 Cup natural peanut butter (or low sodium PB)
½ cup pumpkin pie puree
¼ cup maple syrup (E.D Smith sugar free)
¼ cup oatmeal (optional)
1 bag White or milk chocolate chips (optional)
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon or nutmeg



Add peanut butter, and pumpkin pie puree in a mixing bowl, stir well. Add in maple syrup, stir. Add in oatmeal and cinnamon, stir well.

Fold in chocolate chips, stir. You may use white or milk chocolate, gives totally different flavours; both delicious.

Line pan with parchment paper. Use tablespoon to drop on to cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 20 – 25 min depending on desired texture you like. If you like a more crispy type cookie 25 min. Make sure to check them often.

Finally drizzle with white or milk chocolate or leave plain.


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