authentic simple guacamole

Having just returned from a spectacularly fun & relaxing week in Mexico with a great group of girlfriends, this recipe seems appropriate on my first rainy Monday back in the office.  Along with salsa dancing & origami towel-folding lessons, one day the resort staff offered a guacamole-making lesson poolside.  I have previously tried to replicate … Continue reading authentic simple guacamole

vegetarian easter recipes

So I’ve promised to post some great meatless easter recipes.  Over the years, as I have moved away from meat, I’ve started bringing vegetarian dishes to wherever we end up for big holiday dinners.  It’s a great way to eat the way you want and to save the hosts from launching into the inevitable “there’s … Continue reading vegetarian easter recipes

earth week: meatless monday recipe

Next week is Earth Week!  One of the best things you can do for the Planet (and your health!) is to eat less meat.  Why not start with Meatless Monday everyone! Please check out my latest Bringing Balance blog on the HRM Parent site by clicking on this link: http://hrmparent.ca/myblog/Bringing-Balance-Support-the-Earth/

amazing tofu quiche (vegan)

This “quiche” is egg and dairy-free and SO DARN GOOD!  I made it for family and even my sister, who is a tofu “texture-phobe” loved it!  It was easy to make, and full of savory flavour and vegetable goodness, not to mention protein, calcium and vitamins!  My 6 year-old daughter loved it and ate the … Continue reading amazing tofu quiche (vegan)

for the love of kale!

Click here to see my latest Bringing Balance guest blog on the HRM Parent site: http://hrmparent.ca/myblog/Bringing-Balance-For-the-Love-of-Kale/

easy delicious broccoli

Here’s a very simple tasty side dish for any main course.  It goes nicely with any asian-inspired meat or vegetarian dish.  You can add other greens or veggies to this dish – the seasoning really is lovely with anything green. A lot of my clients who are trying to reduce or eliminate dairy worry about … Continue reading easy delicious broccoli

yummy swiss chard (side dish)

I’m forever pumping the dark leafy greens, like kale, swiss chard, collards, spinach and beet greens, but most of my clients haven’t got a sweet clue what to do with them.  The beauty of dark leafy greens is that they can generally be interchanged and combined in recipes, so once you find a good recipe, … Continue reading yummy swiss chard (side dish)

it’s nutrition month!

March is Nutrition Month in Canada!  I have a new Bringing Balance guest blog with tips on how to celebrate this year’s  “Field to Table” theme on the HRM Parent website.  If you are interested in trying to get your family eating a little more local food, please click on the link for some fun … Continue reading it’s nutrition month!

easiest kale

This one’s for the terrific ladies from last night’s in-home group presentation & cooking demo – what a fun night!  I promised them this super-simple “non-recipe” for quick kale.  Here it is:   Get a big bunch of kale (organic is always best if you can find it!).  Clean it well, de-stem it, and shred … Continue reading easiest kale

r.i.p. vegan & easy egg pie

Forgive me followers for I have sinned — the Great Vegan Experiment has officially ended.  Well, sort of.  After 69 days it wasn’t Brie, or sushi, or a cinnamon latte that did me in, it was an EGG.  I love eggs.  I have loved eggs always.  And yesterday, I decided to have an egg.  And … Continue reading r.i.p. vegan & easy egg pie

simple black bean hummus

In honour of my (fading, along with the tan) memories of the lovely Mazatlan, I’ve come up with a simple little bean dip (without the meat, this time!)  This one has a little kick to it, and is great with all the usual Mexican suspects:  tortillas, salsa, organic corn chips, guacamole, Corona.  Adjust the chili … Continue reading simple black bean hummus

“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 … Continue reading “butter” beans

superfoods for superkids

Check out my latest HRM Parent post on this topic at: http://hrmparent.ca/myblog/Bringing-Balance-Superfoods-for-Superkids/

“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 … Continue reading “kalato chips”

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? … Continue reading born-again vegan

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 www.nourishingmeals.com.  They have wonderful recipes for families and particularly young children.  These cookies are simple to make, and very tasty but not too sweet.  My … Continue reading simple valentines’ cookies

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 … Continue reading family travel snacks

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 … Continue reading mellow three-grain pilaf

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 … Continue reading sweet ginger tofu

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: http://momcafenetwork.com/blog/2011/01/08/busy-mom’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 … Continue reading yummy cinnamon flax waffles

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 … Continue reading easy hummus