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“butter” beans

This recipe is officially called “Cannellini Beans with Garlic & Sage” but was re-christened “Butter Beans” by my daughter after its inauguration.  The really do “melt like buttah’” in your mouth! Making beans from dried is usually a foreign process to my clients, as most Canadians rely on the convenience of canned.  I always keep […]

superfoods for superkids

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“kalato chips”

Please believe me – these are not awful!  Give these kale chips a chance and you will understand why my two urchins unflinchingly devour these.  They are crazily simple to make, and are so tasty they will not last the day out on the counter.  By now most of you probably know I feel about […]

born-again vegan

Just back from a wonderful trip with my family to Mazatlan, a gorgeous area of Mexico.  Lots of R & R, fun and sun.  And … meat. Who would have thought that sticking to my vegan experiment (which is slowly becoming a happy habit) would be so difficult in the land of rice and beans? […]

simple valentines’ cookies

I got this recipe yesterday from a wonderful website called The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, and made them after school with the kids.  The Kitchen posts their new recipes at  They have wonderful recipes for families and particularly young children.  These cookies are simple to make, and very tasty but not too sweet.  My […]

family travel snacks

Planning on spending some time at the Oval or Canada Games Centre over the break?  Or maybe you have a long flight to a sunny destination ahead of you?  I thought I’d share some quick & healthy portable snacks to have on hand when packing for day trips or travel with kids. The best family […]

mellow three-grain pilaf

I’ve made this twice this week, so that’s saying something!  It’s a lovely blend of three grains:  millet, quinoa, and rice and is easy to make.  It’s got a mellow, buttery taste and is wonderful as a base for greens or other veggies and a lean protein.  I served it with the Sweet Ginger Tofu […]

delicious (vegan, but no one needs to know that) cupcakes

Time to honour the 20 side of the 80/20 rule, and this recipe is for Meg and her right-hand man Christopher, who love a sweet treat.  I served these at my all vegan book club dinner and the girls gobbled them up.    There is absolutely no need to tell anyone these cupcakes are vegan, […]

sweet ginger tofu

This one’s for my book club girls: Thanks for being so much fun, and thanks for embracing the all-vegan book club dinner last night!  This tofu was a real hit, and is very easy to make.  My kids have had this and also really loved it.  As I’ve said before, always use organic tofu (otherwise […]

making a healthy habit stick

Click on this link to read my guest blog on the national website for momcafe, an awesome organization that connects and supports working moms across the country and locally:’s-guide-to-forming-a-healthy-habit-for-good-this-time/ If you’re interested in learning more about this terrific networking organization, send me an email and I’ll introduce you to the local representative!

yummy cinnamon flax waffles

In recent months, I have discovered the joy of the waffle iron.  It all started with sticker shock in the organic section of the grocery store, and when I calculated what I was paying per organic waffle I realized the waffle iron would pay for itself in no time.  It has.  Using a waffle iron […]

red lentil soup with turnip & parsley

I have vowed to post any whole food recipe that gets a “standing O” from my kids, who are 6 and 7.  I have to say, I went into last-night’s dinner nervous, expecting some serious sounds of disgust.  Amazingly, they loved it.  So much, in fact, that they requested it for lunch on their first […]

starting fresh – CleanStart 2011

Feeling bogged down, tired and bloated after the holidays?  Call us to book a consultation and start your New Year off right.  Make this the last year you resolve to lose weight and get healthier.  We will guide and support you in making manageable, consistent changes to improve your diet, health and overall wellness that […]

easy hummus

Here’s one you’ll make again and again.  Packed with protein, calcium and fibre, hummus is great for sandwiches, school lunches, and parties.  I make mine with freshly cooked chickpeas (or chickpeas I have cooked from dry peas and then frozen in batches), but canned are fine.  If you can, aim for organic and those packaged […]

the 80/20 rule & the pie to make it happen

I live by the 80/20 rule and counsel clients to do the same.  I believe it is the only reasonable way to maintain a healthy diet and a simple balance.  Here’s the rule:  aim for 80% terrific, whole, organic if possible, nutrient-dense yummy food and 20% terrific, non-nutritionally dense yummy food – or treats as […]