Category Archives: kids food

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.

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”

Black Bean & Quinoa Freezer Burritos

These yummy burritos are perfect for busy nights when you need a grab-and-go dinner or your kids have to eat between activities. They’re also lunchbox-friendly, and can be eaten warmed or cold. Make a big batch, wrap and freeze, then defrost and reheat in the oven or microwave for instant healthy fast food when you need it!

Thinking Outside the Lunchbox: School Lunch Ideas

My objective this September is to get you thinking “outside the Lunchbox”! Preparation is the key to better, more varied lunches, and the good news is it’s not as hard as you think!

roasted cauliflower & asiago soup

Dead easy, this healthy, creamy soup is mild enough to be kid-friendly and layered in flavour to please the adults. If you are dairy-free, just omit the cheese.

honey & date sweetened oatmeal muffins

These perfectly moist & sweet muffins are 100% whole grain and contain no refined sugar. Nut-free, they’re perfect for school lunches and freeze well. Bet you can’t eat just one!

springtime frittata with asparagus, parsley & goat cheese

I need it to be Spring. So. Badly. Sometimes you’ve just got to take matters into your own hands: fresh parsley, green asparagus baked with eggs and melty goat cheese make me a believer (even with that 6 foot snowdrift outside my kitchen window).

Creamy Carrot Soup with Yoghurt & Cumin

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.

“Triple” Chocolate Cookies

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 […]

homemade pumpkin pie spice

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.

pumpkin pie baked oatmeal

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

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 […]

harvest (crockpot) applesauce

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

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

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

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

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.

Soup, Salad & A Biscuit

Soup, Salad & Biscuit Lunch: Frozen Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup reheated this morning, leftover kale salad (try the simple & delicious Krazy Kale Salad in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 82), homemade whole grain tea biscuit from dinner last night (try the Georgia Buns at p. 88 of my cookbook) and an apple.

Pumped-Up Pasta Lunch

This school lunch comes together quickly on a rushed morning: Leftover whole grain pasta is mixed with jarred natural spaghetti sauce (look for no added sugars). I pumped up the sauce with some chopped spinach and frozen edamame (beans: protein) while heating it up on the stove. Apple chips (dehydrated apples), local peppers, baby carrots and local plums round out the lunch.

pita pockets & popcorn

This balanced school lunch includes a 1/2 whole wheat pita stuffed with a little lettuce and about 1/3 c. of my Smashed Chickpea Salad (you can find recipe on my blog, here), which is a twist on tuna or egg salad, takes 5 min to throw together. A peeled local carrot (why cut into tiny pieces, when kids live to chomp on a whole carrot?), plum and some leftover popcorn from last night (popped on stove in coconut oil: YUM!).

A “Lunchable” You Can Live With!

I pack deli-box style lunches all the time. They’re easy, because they don’t involve a “main course”, just a random assortment of smaller, healthy items, in this case: a Good Morning Muffin (frozen, will defrost in the punchbag by noon, recipe at p. 33 of my cookbook, Real Food For Real Families), a hardboiled egg, some white cheddar cheese, whole wheat pita triangles, local cucumber & peach slices, a plum, and about a 1/4 c. of mixed seeds (for some healthy fat).

Pasta Salad Days!

This lunchbox features leftover cold pasta tossed with leftover roasted veggies and a little pesto sauce (but you could use any healthy salad dressing). If you’re looking for an easy pesto recipe, you can try my Popeye Pesto (in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 74) or my Kale Pesto

Sweet “Suntella” & Strawberry Sandwich

This lunchbox contains a favourite treat in my house, a “Suntella” and sliced strawberry sandwich. The Suntella is a school-safe, healthier version of Nutella that you can quickly whip up at home from basic ingredients, including sunflower seed butter, cocoa, honey. The recipe can be found at p. 44 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families. Along with the sandwich, I’ve added a local pear and some sliced raw veggies to round out the lunchbox.

Breakfast for Lunch(Box)!

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 […]