Calling all loving parents – please read this one! Even if you normally just check my blog for the recipes – if you are a mom or dad, give this one a gander. It’s posted on HRM Parent’s website today (http://hrmparent.ca/myblog/Bringing-Balance-Raising-Healthy-Eaters-its-Worth-It-/), but this topic is so near and dear to my heart that I am … Continue reading raising healthy eaters – it’s worth it!
It’s Earth Day today – so here’s a spectacularly yummy vegan curry to help you out if you are looking to get started on a Meatless Monday (or Tuesday) routine. As I have mentioned before, one of the best things you can do for this planet (and your health!) is to eat less meat. This … Continue reading celebrate earth day with a meatless meal!
Here’s another quick one – this time a yummy, starchy side. This recipe serves about 8, which means I end up at least doubling it for a big family get together. This is also, however, a recipe I downsize for weeknight meal. The cauliflower adds an insane nutritional boost to the already healthy potatoes: Loads … Continue reading one last easter side dish (vegetarian)
Ok – this one is really good and filling for the vegetarian in the room. It’s from House & Home, the November 2010 issue. Great with any big holiday meal. And bonus points to it for being one of those most excellent dishes that looks fancy but is dead simple to make. Enjoy! Savoury … Continue reading one more easter veggie recipe
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
I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for checking in on my blog, cooking my recipes, “Liking” the Facebook Page, following Simple Balance on Twitter, and most of all, referring friends, families and businesses to Simple Balance. For those of you who don’t know me well, a … Continue reading just a little shout out (& a recipe, of course!)
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/
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)
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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
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)
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!
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
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
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
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
Check out my latest HRM Parent post on this topic at: http://hrmparent.ca/myblog/Bringing-Balance-Superfoods-for-Superkids/
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”
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
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
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
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
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, … Continue reading delicious (vegan, but no one needs to know that) cupcakes
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
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!
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
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 … Continue reading red lentil soup with turnip & parsley
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 … Continue reading starting fresh – CleanStart 2011
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
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 … Continue reading the 80/20 rule & the pie to make it happen