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Thai Butternut Soup

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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.

healthier halloween ideas

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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.

festive kale salad with cranberries

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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.

Exciting News! The Real Food Solution is Coming!

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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.)

Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

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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.

Crockpot Caramelized Onions (Dead Easy)

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This is my best discovery in a long time, although apparently “everybody’s doing it”, and I’ve just been cluelessly and needlessly avoiding all the “fancier” recipes because they included caramelized onions on their ingredient list. Well, no more!

my maritime hodgepodge

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I have to admit, Maritime Hodgepodge, traditionally made with lots of butter and heavy cream, was never a summer staple in my house growing up. But since returning to Nova Scotia, I’ve been served it on a number of occasions, and have also had a few requests recently to come up with a healthier version.

Creamy Carrot Soup with Yoghurt & Cumin

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Too many carrots!! Had to clear out the veggie drawer before the next farm share box this week, and this carrotty deliciousness was the result. Creamy and tangy, this is a very healthy, versatile soup recipe.

savoury crockpot lentil stew

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This very easy family-friendly crockpot stew is my last kick at a comforting winter recipe. I’m optimistic Spring will soon be upon us! (Am I crazy?)

chocolate chip banana bread

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My kids love this healthier banana bread! I throw it in their lunches with dried fruit, a yoghurt, and carrot sticks on the side for a healthy lunch. A simple and healthy “treat” recipe, it’s is dairy-free, contains no refined sugar, and is made with 100% whole grain flour.

“Triple” Chocolate Cookies

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Let the Official Week of All Things Chocolate (and “healthier”) begin! Can you believe the secret ingredients in these delicious nuggets of chocolatey goodness is white beans? The ingredient list may be surprising, but my kids absolutely go crazy for these cookies. They are really good. (And flourless and gluten-free.) In case you were about to cry […]

nutty napa slaw

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Got winter cabbage? This healthy coleslaw is a slightly-spiced, peanutty crowd-pleaser. Perfect as a side with grilled meat or fish or as a light lunch with some chickpeas or cooked chicken tossed in.

Make-Ahead Mason Jar Holiday Gifts

Here are three, awesome gifts, packaged in a cute Martha-Stewarty mason jar, that you can make in advance, store in your freezer, and pull out when unexpected company pops by or you need a last-minute gift! You can find the Pumpkin Pie Spice ingredients here: http://www.simple-balance.ca/2014/12/homemade-pumpkin-pie-spice/

homemade pumpkin pie spice

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I use this spice in most of my holiday baking and it’s so easy and inexpensive to make yourself I never buy it pre-made anymore. It also makes a great hostess gift if you package it in a simple mason jar with some festive twine.

keeping your holiday balance

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Staying healthy over the holidays can be challenging, but with a little planning and a few helpful strategies, it’s absolutely possible!

pumpkin pie baked oatmeal

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This is a simple & delicious make-ahead breakfast that can also be eaten cold for a quick, energy-rich snack. Warm it up in the morning and top with some sliced bananas, applesauce or greek yoghurt. Drizzle it with a little maple syrup if you’re feeling indulgent! Ingredients: 2 c. slow cook rolled oats 1/2 c. […]

toasted pumpkin seeds

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Don’t throw out your Jack O’ Lantern’s brains! Pumpkin seeds are super healthy and so simple and fun to toast up post-carving! Pumpkin seeds, or “pepitas”, are a very good source of magnesium and manganese, and a good source of zinc, various phytochemicals and vitamin E. Lightly toasting them brings out the flavour, and is […]

Mama’s Little Helper (Crockpot)

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This is my best kick at a healthy, tasty homemade crockpot version of Hamburger Helper. My son loves this so much he has learned to make it from start to finish himself, so now we jokingly refer to him as “Mama’s Little Helper”.

harvest (crockpot) applesauce

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We have literally eaten the entire batch of crockpot applesauce I made yesterday at one meal. It’s THAT GOOD. We had a couple extra kids here for a sleepover but still, that’s saying something….It’s dead easy, and a great way to use up all of those fall apples!

sweet p biscuits

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These whole grain biscuits are just a wee bit sweet and a whole lot tasty. They whip up in just a few minutes and make a perfect side to any meal. Keep them vegan by using non-dairy milk.

Comfort Food Lunchbox

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Today’s Lunchbox: Lemon Basil Tomato Soup (recipe on blog, here: easy and delish, one of my most popular recipes), homemade Sweet P Biscuit (100% whole grain, recipe will be up on blog this week), strawberries, hard boiled egg and a Grizzly Paw from the freezer (p. 124 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families).

Tex-Mex Lunchbox

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Today’s Tex-Mex school lunch: Leftover Cowpoke Chili (easy, non-spicy veggie chili at p. 71 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families), low-salt organic tortilla chips, seed and raisin mix, local apple. (Chili made enough for last night’s dinner, today’s lunches, and two future school lunches (frozen in, you guessed it, mason jars!)

dipped & salted truffles

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These are dead easy, delicious and look way fancier than they are. Does it get any better than that? No cooking involved, your kids can make these even at a young age with some basic supervision. Pop them in the freezer, and you’ll always have a sweet, real food treat when you need one, whether you’re serving it with a glass of milk or a glass of red.

Breakfast for Lunch(Box)!

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Think outside of the lunchbox!  Overnight oats assemble in 3 minutes the night before, soften overnight in the fridge, and pop into the lunchbox in the morning.  So easy, and kids love the idea of breakfast for lunch!  This lunch features my Strawberry Sunflower Mason Jar Mornings recipe, with a few blueberries thrown in for good […]

chewy cocoa granola bars

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These are a simple, lower sugar, wholegrain, gluten and nut-free treat. Perfect for the lunchbox or with an afternoon cup of tea. Trust me, a touch of cocoa and a few chocolate chips go a long way when you add just a dash of love!

Love Your Leftovers Lunchbox

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A great way to keep variety in your lunches is to plan for leftovers by making extra the night before.  In this lunch, I heated up extra veggies that I roasted the for the previous night’s dinner, along with refrigerated pre-cooked pasta and a little jarred natural spaghetti sauce from the store to make a healthy Roasted […]

Veggie Sandwich Love

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This simple, yet healthy school lunch features: a wholegrain sandwich made with cream cheese, shredded carrot, cucumber & avocado slices, a local apple & blueberries and a healthy treat, my newest Chewy Cocoa Granola Bars (recipe soon to be posted on my blog).

Grizzly Paws and Noodle Soup

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This balanced school lunch features: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (have you tried Mama’s Chicken Soba Soup at p. 56 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families?), local carrots, grape tomatoes, strawberries and plum and as a healthier treat, a homemade Grizzly Paw (p. 124 cookbook, made in advance and frozen, it will defrost by lunchtime).