Plant-based Watermelon Ceviche Recipe

watermelon ceviche

Plant-based watermelon ceviche recipe inspired by the traditional Peruvian dish.

I love a plant-based spin off of a traditional recipe. Michael and I have been predominantly plant-based for ~2 years and we have discovered some of the most unbelievably delicious recipes that I am excited to share with you. My paleo recipes were a huge hit on Holmes and Holmes Season 1 and 2 and I aim to not disappoint with this plant-based switch ;) .

Summer time in Ontario is a great opportunity to play around with fresh produce and see what yummies you can create in the kitchen. You’ll be amazed to learn the different flavour profiles and combinations that work well together. I love how well fruit pairs with spice. It is getting hot. up. in. HERE!!

Okay, let’s get to it. Here is the recipe that I created today. Please remember that my measurements are very loose as I am not a numbers gal and I tend to go rogue with recipes often. I did my best to get a general idea of measurements for you today but I encourage you to connect with and feel the food that you are working with, then make it your own. Use my recipe as a guide and then run wild baby!

watermelon ceviche recipe
watermelon ceviche recipe
watermelon ceviche recipe
watermelon ceviche

What you’ll need:

  • 15 minutes prep time (speedy baby!)

  • 4 cups of watermelon

  • 2 avocados

  • 1/4 a heaping cup of red onion

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 jalapeño (to taste depending on how spicy you like it and how spicy that particular jalapeño is)

  • 1/2 cup of cilantro - no featured in this version (unfortunately)

  • sea salt to taste


  • Slice and dice the watermelon

  • Slice and dice the avocados

  • Slice and dice the jalapeño

  • Slice and dice the red onion

  • Chop up the cilantro loosely

  • Combine all ingredients

  • Drizzle on your lemon juice

  • Crack that salt to taste

  • BOOM! Serve with corn chippies, thick sliced peppers, or whatever crackers you have on hand.

    Health Info:

    I can’t let you go without mentioning a few fun health facts about watermelon. This large, juicy, tasty fruit has so many nutritional benefits including being packed full of electrolytes, lycopene, fibre, antioxidants, and living enzymes. It is cleansing for the kidneys and helps flush out toxins such as uric acid. A delicious and healthy intake of watermelon is useful in the prevention of diseases such as cancer, signs of aging like wrinkles, protecting over-all skin health, supporting the cardiovascular system, AND the seeds are full of healthy fats, phytonutrients, and fibre roughage to boot (we love a healthy digestive tract!).

Enjoy this delicious appetizer at your next summer picnic or bbq. It is sure to be a fan favourite! It is refreshing, spicy, zesty, gluten free, and vegan! It is a dish that EVERYONE can enjoy.

Bon appétit!

Sending Love and Light
Lisa Marie Holmes

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Watermelon ceviche + chips

Watermelon ceviche + chips

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe


Gluten free apple crisp is one of my all-time favourite treats.  I grew up having warm apple pie for dessert with a slice of cheddar cheese - influenced by my British side of the family - I think the quote goes something like "apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze".  But after I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I couldn't find a gluten free pie crust that tasted as yummy. SO I have been making my own homemade GLUTEN FREE apple crisps ever since and I think this has to be my new favourite recipe!!  Not only does this apple crisp warm the soul, it is gluten free, processed sugar free, vegan, and melt in your mouth delicious

I know that traditionally speaking apple crisp is a dessert, but yesterday Michael asked me to add extra oats/granola to his batch so that he can turn it into a breakfast meal and man is he brilliant for suggesting it! This apple crisp can literally be turned into a dessert or a breakfast depending on what you add or subtract to it. 

This has to be the cleanest gluten free apple crisp recipe I have ever made as it only has the purest of ingredients.  It is so easy to make since you can literally throw it in your crockpot/slow cooker and voila! In 2 hours your tasty treat is ready to eat!

Feel free have a nice slice of cheese with it if you're feeling extra British or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you're craving some extra sweetness! 

Bon appétit!

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Mac & Cheese With An Autumn Twist!

pumpkin mac and cheese

There is something so comforting in a classic macaroni & cheese recipe.  It was a staple in my house growing up. My dad did all of the cooking for our family and I remember always getting excited over his homemade mac & cheese. After I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006, macaroni and cheese quickly became a thing of the past and remained a distant memory... until now!!!

I have recently been on a GLUTEN FREE mac & cheese bender... Great for my palate, not so great for my thighs... but hey! When you have been deprived of something you love for so long, it is easy to tip the scale and over indulge... #noregrets #amirite!?

When I played around with this fun fall-mac-and-cheese recipe this weekend, I knew it was a must share! Not only is it gluten free, vegan, and processed sugar free, it is delicious, full of carotenoids, and tastes like autumn! 

Before the kids go out trick-or-treating next weekend, think of this recipe and send them on their way with warm bellies full of their favourite meal with a special pumpkin halloween twist! 

Click on the link below to access the recipe for free!

Sending love and light

Lisa Marie Holmes