Living Candida-Free by Ricki Heller, PhD, RHN. Review, Toronto Sandwich Recipe and Giveaway!

Crustless QuicheChickpea Quiche page 186

I’ve reached out to Ricki Heller a few times in the last couple of years regarding mild personal health issues and severe health issues of a family member. Each time she has taken the time to answer questions and point me in the right direction for help. She’s the foremost vegan expert on Candida and is honestly one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Curried Carrot Lentil Soup

Curried Carrot Lentil Soup page 145, Chickpea Quiche page 186 

Candida is a systemic yeast/fungal overgrowth and has a myriad of symptoms. Sufferers are often tired, depressed and irritable. One of the biggest concerns for people suffering from Candida is probably “what in the world am I supposed to eat?” Ricki’s book, Living Candida-Free includes 100 vegan whole-food recipes that satisfy almost any craving. I was surprised to find the variety of foods allowed and how creative Ricki is with putting together so many recipes to ensure success while healing the body inside out with her 3-Stage Program for restoring health and vitality.

Fluffy Pancakes with Gingerbread Pecan Butter and Mojito Smoothie

Fluffy Pancakes page 120 with Gingerbread Pecan Butter page 157 and the Mojito Smoothie page 115

I would have never thought indulgent foods like pancakes and raw cookie dough truffles would be part of an anti-candida diet!

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

The cookie dough truffles (page 209) are a satisfying rich dessert that even children will enjoy.

Sunday Night Roast with Perfect Golden Gravy

Hearty main courses are covered too with recipes like Sunday Night Roast (page 196) with Perfect Golden Gravy (page 177).

But I think my favorite recipe from the book is Ricki’s Toronto Sandwich. There’s lots of ways to customize it and make it personalized. It’s quick and easy to prepare and is just plain yummy. I have permission from Ricki and her publisher to share the recipe below.

The Toronto Sandwich

The “Toronto” Sandwich

Makes 1 Sandwich


  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable broth or stock
  • non-stick spray or olive or coconut oil for the pan

Filling Base:

  • 2-3 slices baked glazed tempeh (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons well-drained sauerkraut
  • Handful of shredded lettuce or greens

Creamy Topper:

  • 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced, 1/4 cup hummus or 1/4 cup creamy dip of choice.

Make the wrapper: In a small bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour and the salt. Add the broth and whisk until smooth and pourable but not watery (like pancake batter).

Grease a 6-8 inch skillet with nonstick spray and heat over medium heat. Add the wrapper batter, spreading out to coat the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Flip and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side.

While the wrapper cooks, prepare the fillings. Assemble the sandwich.

living candida free

Visit Ricki Heller at her site here.

Purchase Living Candida-Free here.

For a chance to win a copy of Living Candida-Free, simply comment on this post below. You can enter until July 15th . I’ll contact the winner by email on July 17th. USA and Canada entries only please.

p.s. If you’ve been wanting to get my book and have been waiting for a great price drop, The Abundance Diet is only $11.50 on Amazon today. that’s a 48% discount from the publisher’s price. Buy it here now!


  1. These recipes look and sound delicious for everyone! I look forward to trying the chickpea quiche!

  2. I’m always so impressed with Ricki’s down-to-earth approach and recipes. They’re all so creative and satisfying!

  3. The recipes look so delicious, I love that they’re healthy and there’s no sacrifice in flavor. I also didn’t think those recipes could be in the anti-candida diet!

    1. If they look like they “shouldn’t” be anti-candida recipes, Natalia, then I’ve achieved my goal! Heh heh heh! 😀

  4. I’ve tried a recipe similar to the wrapper in the “Toronto” sandwich. It’s called farinata from Ellen Kanner’s cookbook but using vegetable broth in the batter is sure to make it even more delicious! And then to use it to hold sandwich ingredients is brilliant! I can’t wait to try this.

  5. I’ve really wanted to try make grain substitutions with legume flours. These recipes look fantastic!

  6. Interesting. I had heard that a diet to clear Candida was very restrictive. These look quite good.

  7. Somer, clearly I’m not entering the giveaway but how could I NOT comment on this amazing review and series of incredible photos?!! Oh my gosh, you make the food look so beautiful–I love that pancake pic perhaps most of all–but everything you made looks great. Thank you so much for this–and I’m thrilled that you found the book helpful! 😀 xoxo

  8. I have followed Ricki for a while and love her recipes. I’m definitely going to have to make that quiche, I saw this post before breakfast and nearly licked the screen!

  9. I would love to be entered to win this book. I have recently been looking into some of my own personal health issues pertaining to my gut and this ccok book would be an awesome gift for my family.

  10. I would like to win the book. Your story has inspired me. I was on prednisone for twenty-one years and I blew up like a balloon. I have mild colitis but the prednisone was for Asthma. I never felt well, just tired and cranky. Five years ago, I just said, “no more,” to the drugs. No more asthma either but I still have the colitis. Eating and being creative has been so difficult. I have candida in my system. Most of the time it feels like there’s nothing to eat. Some say no grains, no sugar, no potatoes, no dairy, no gluten no meat , no nothing. Just a few things to eat and it gets so monotomous.

  11. Thank you for this! I am thrilled when I find a wheat-free recipe, as wheat causes my joints to swell.

  12. This Book Looks Amazing and sooo Helpful!!1 Great Give-a-way! Can’t wait to try the sandwich!!

  13. The food looks really delicious; big fan of Ricki’s; need to make the chickpea wrapper; thanks for the giveaway !

  14. I’ve run across several of Ricki’s recipes in the past but haven’t tried any kind of comprehensive anti-candida plan. It would be interesting to see and try this cookbook. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  15. Wow! All of the recipes look amazing! I would love to win this book! I am new to this blog and just ordered the Abundance Diet book.

  16. I’ve already got the book – I’ve only tried a couple of recipes so far. Beans Paprikash has been on regular rotation though. I like the look of the Toronto sandwich especially!

  17. My daughter has read so much about this topic and believes her own daughter is particularly plagued by this condition. I would love to be able to give this information to her.

  18. Love Ricki’s recipes. I love the innovative ways she uses different ingredients like chickpea flour, sweet potato and squash, etc.! I have her last book and would love this book!

  19. Wow! That quiche looks great. So far all the recipes I’ve tried from Ricki’s blog have been excellent. Good job on the photography, Sommer.

  20. These recipes sound delicious! Thanks for promoting the book- I hadn’t heard of it before 🙂 I’m struggling with my own health issues and would be very grateful for the book! 🙂

  21. These recipes look amazing! I cook a lot for my father in law. I am vegan, he is not, but he has recently had to make this candida change. It has been an interesting cooking adventure for me (for him) and he is just completely confused! 🙂

  22. I just ran into my kitchen and grabbed my chickpea flour! Wow! looks amazing, I’m turning on the AC in the kitchen and heating up my crepe pan. Have a perfect avocado to adorn this sandwich. Thank you so much, you are so creative!

  23. I have been interested in cooking Candida free dishes since my daughter has the condition. This is an awesome post, look forward to learning more!

  24. Toronto sandwich looks great. If every recipe looks as good as the ones in your photos this could be the best book yet

  25. I just wanted to let you know I purchased your book and I love it! It is the perfect book for a vegan corporate working girl. Thank you so much for putting together such an extensive but easy to follow book — fully of recipes I can make and eat for lunch during the work week.

    You truly are an amazing, talented, creative person.

    Kind regards,

  26. It’s 2:30 in the morning and I can’t sleep, I have been looking up ways to a healthy body through healthy eating and look where I found myself! Would love the chance to read this book and use the recipes!

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