Cathy Fisher

Chef

Cathy Fisher has become a featured recipe expert for the NHA and is the creator of StraightUpFood.com, a blog that offers recipes and information on how to eat a health promoting, plant-based (vegan) diet. Cathy's education and experience are grounded in her work with the McDougall Program (2006-present) and True North Health Center (2010-present), where she regularly teaches cooking classes to in-patient clients. Cathy graduated with her BA in Psychology, going on the earn a credential in Early Childhood Education and a certification in Nutrition Education. Cathy enjoys presenting to groups and giving people the practical skills they need to successfully shift to a healthier diet.

Posts by this Expert

Split Pea and Yam Soup

Sweet yams and earthy greens add another level of enjoyment to traditional split pea soup. Recipe by Cathy Fisher Ingredients: 8½ cups water 2 cups dry/uncooked split peas 1 medium yellow or white... more

Tu-No Salad

Garbanzo beans are an ideal substitute for tuna when it comes to creating a health-promoting version of tuna salad. Recipe by Cathy Fisher For the salad: 2 cans cooked garbanzo beans (15 ounces each... more

Clamless Chowder

This soup is reminiscent of New England clam chowder: it’s thick, creamy, and full of potatoes, as well as onion, celery, bay leaves, and thyme. Chopped oyster mushrooms provide a great clam-like... more

Enchilada Casserole

This filling and flavorful casserole is perfect for a family meal, when company visits, or just when you want delicious leftovers for the week. Instead of using cheese as a thickener and topping for... more

Spicy Black Bean Salsa

Serve this flavorful chunky salsa in steamed corn tortillas with rice, or atop salads, hash browns, or baked potatoes. For a black bean dip, simply blend all of the ingredients in a food processor (... more

Almond-Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Frosting

This sweet, hearty cake has a minimum of ingredients and steps, and may be served plain or with Lemon Frosting. 1½ cups non-dairy milk 8 ounces dates, pitted and quartered (about 12 medjool or 24... more

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