J’s Story: The Hardest Decision of All

This a beautiful guest post written by a client of mine about the VERY difficult decision many couples struggling with infertility loss or recurrent miscarriage face: the decision to stop trying to conceive. I wanted to share this perspective as part of my series of blog posts in honour of Early Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Tropical Karen® Smoothie

This simple, delicious and nutritious smoothie packs an extra “green” punch with a hit of Karen Phytoplankton!

Thai Butternut Soup

We’ve been testing this in my Members’ Only groups and I think it’s fair to say it’s been a HUGE hit. It makes for a delicious alternative to the traditional savoury butternut squash soup with it’s unexpected hit of lime and just a wee kick of heat.

Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

To make:

In a food processor, blend basil, vinegar, honey, dijon, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper until a thick paste forms. Slowly add oil, while continuing to blend, until smooth.

Makes about 1 cup.

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Fresh Herb Drizzle

Simple and so tasty, these “steaks” are a great vegetarian main alternative in the summer months. You can easily make them in the oven if you prefer, just roast them until they’re tender at 400F or so.

After School Applesauce Cake with Caramel Yoghurt Drizzle

This is a quick, yummy cake I came up with one day to surprise my kids after school, which, for the record, is something I NEVER do. 😉 It feels a bit fancy with the drizzle, but it’s actually super-simple, 100% whole grain and refined sugar-free. That’s a win-win around these parts.

Feelgood Flapjacks

It’s Pancake Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but any excuse for breakfast for dinner and I’m all over it! I’m posting the popular pancake recipe from my first cookbook, Real Food For Real Families, which is a weekend tradition in our house.

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Gingerbread Tarts

These tiny holiday tarts provide the perfect balance of sweetness & spice and the convenience of a make-ahead, freezable gingerbread crust. When you’re ready to party, just pull them out of the freezer, and whip up your mousse in the blender.

holiday sugar thins

This easy recipe is a healthier take on the traditional holiday cookie, but make no mistake, it’s still a cookie. These little sweeties are 100% whole grain, vegan, and lower in sugar than the usual suspects, so they make a better choice when you’re looking for a treat, or if you’re watching your waistline, like Santa. 😉

creamy almond nog

This is a much healthier dairy and refined-sugar free version of the traditional holiday eggnog that is laden in sugar and fat. And it’s really delicious. Pinkie swear.

raw gingerbread snowballs

Whip these no-bake goodies up in 5 minutes for a last-minute holiday dessert or hostess gift. Packed with protein and healthy fat, these naturally-sweetened truffles are a perfectly sweet treat!

Caramelized Onion Hummus

I. Can’t. Stop. Since discovering how easy caramelized onions are to make in the crockpot, I’ve been putting those things in everything. Case in point: This Caramelized Onion Hummus. Oh. My. Word.

yummy squashghetti bake

This crowd-pleasing, comfort food recipe, which you can find at p. 76 of my first cookbook, Real Food for Real Families, arose out of a necessity to find something yummy to do with all the spaghetti squash and shallots I get in my farm share box. It’s really easy to throw together

healthier halloween ideas

It can be really tough to reconcile those mounds of candy and chips with a family practice of junk food moderation for the rest of the year. How do you explain why it’s ok for them to their body weight in chemically-loaded, sugar-high inducing non-food one week a year when they’re only allowed to have it once in a while the other 50 weeks of the year?

There are ways to avoid a month-long household sugar high (and the resulting immunity low) and escape with your parental integrity intact.

Peanut Butter & Honey Bars

Sometimes you just need something sweet – STAT! When that craving strikes, I whip up these Peanut Butter & Honey Bars. I promise, these unbelievably delicious & easy no-bake treats do have a few redeeming “healthy qualities”

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Frittata

OK people. Goat cheese and caramelized onions — need I say more? Look no further, this is the cold winter night, comforting frittata of your dreams.

festive kale salad with cranberries

This easy and absolutely scrumptious salad is a crowd-pleaser that looks fancy enough to serve with a special holiday meal, but is simple enough for a last-minute lunch.

“beta” butternut soup

This Butternut Soup is one of my most popular client recipes. Get your daily dose of beta carotene and vitamin C in a delicious, vegan, cleanse-friendly mug o’ comfort. Perfect first course for Thanksgiving Dinner!

peasant soup

Peasant or “Stone” Soup, is a traditional, simple soup made with whatever you’ve got lying around to throw in the pot, and is often topped with crusty bread and, if you’re me, a little melty cheese.

sesame ginger quinoa coleslaw

This gorgeous asian-inspired salad is perfect on its own or topped with baked tofu, sliced hard boiled egg, sliced grilled chicken or shrimp. Packed with protein and fibre, it will keep you going all afternoon.

Exciting News! The Real Food Solution is Coming!

I’m excited to announce that my newest book, The Real Food Solution, which incorporates the underlying approach to all of the food & lifestyle plans I put together for my clients, along with 6 weeks of balanced meal plans and over 70 recipes, will be in stores in January! (I’m SO excited about this book, guys. I’m really proud of it — it truly reflects my coaching philosophy & passion for real, lip-smacking-good food.)

Fancy-Pants Leftovers Lunchbox

Today’s school lunch features the remainders of my second take on a Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Frittata, reheated and popped in the thermos, leftover kale salad, one of those stevia-sweetened yoghurts I can get behind, a Honey & Date Sweetened Oatmeal Muffin from the freezer and fruit.

Pumped Up Pasta

Today’s packed lunch — Pasta and (Pumped Up) Sauce: Whole grain pasta with a store-bought jarred, sugar-free marinara that I added some chopped spinach & fresh basil to when heating up, then topped with a little feta.

Soup & “Surprise” Wraps

Soup & “Surprise” (aka “completely random”) Wrap — Italian Barley & Parmesan Crouton Soup and a wrap made with a small whole grain tortilla, local nitrite-free sausage (leftover), grated carrot, cabbage, spinach and some tahini parsley sauce. A peach, some raw veggies, and one of the Honey & Date Sweetened Oatmeal Muffins I made yesterday round it out.

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

We’ve been known to devour a whole batch of these Zucchini Fritters at dinner, they’re that darn good. Chickpea flour keeps them gluten-free, and the lemony dipping sauce adds a guilt-free decadence to balance out the garlic and salty feta in the fritters.

Italian Barley Soup & Quinoa Salad

Soup & Salad in the lunchboxes today: This is the Italian Barley Soup with Melty Parmesan Croutons that I made a couple weeks ago and froze & the Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad I’ve been testing this week in my kitchen.

Homemade Lunchables

Today’s Homemade Lunchables — Cheaper & way healthier: Hard boiled egg, white cheese, homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (from the freezer, recipe on blog), sliced cucumber and fresh sugar peas, local blueberries and plum, homemade nut-free granola and a small yoghurt.