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Category Archives: kids food

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)!

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 […]

chewy cocoa granola bars

chewy cocoa granola bars

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


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


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


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).

Perfect Parfait Lunch


This thinking “outside the lunchbox” lunch features: Plain greek yoghurt with frozen blueberries (keep yoghurt cool but defrost by lunch), a side of Basic Birkenstock Granola (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 30), whole grain pita triangles (cut them quickly with kitchen scissors!), a hard-boiled egg and raw veggies (local cukes and carrots). Kids love to make their own parfaits at lunchtime!

Deli Lunchbox


This healthy deli-box style lunch features: Double Dip & Holy “Guadamame” (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at pp. 92 & 93, both a source of healthy protein & fat ), carrot and celery sticks, and broccoli for dipping (complex carbs), pre-cooked cubed chicken (more protein) and Free Range Goldfish, an easy homemade additive-free cracker (more complex carbs & fibre, p.100 cookbook). Both dips can be made in advance and frozen (use an ice cube tray for perfect single-serving portions!)

Dip, Dip, and Double Dip!


This balanced lunchbox features: Yummus Hummus & Tasty Tzatziki (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at pp.90 & 97, both a source of healthy protein & fat ), bell pepper, carrot and celery sticks, broccoli and Pita Party Chips (cookbook: p. 109) for dipping (complex carbs), and Garbanzo Gobble, a simple, yummy roasted chickpea snack (more protein & fibre, p.111 cookbook).

“zoodles” with avocado spinach pesto

zucchini noodles with avocado pesto

This is the perfect late summer supper.  Light and flavourful, with this recipe you don’t even need to turn on the stove and as a bonus, it uses up the last of the zucchini bounty. For Zucchini Noodles for Two as a Main Course (or a side dish for 4-6) you will need: 3-4 small or […]

10 Tips for Healthy, Interesting School Lunches Every Day!


Dreading the next ten months of daily lunch boxes? Relax! School lunches don’t have to be boring and with a just a little planning, they can actually be pretty much hassle-free. Here are 10 great tips to keep you out of the sandwich rut this year

Strawberry Sunflower Mason Jar Mornings

mason jar mornings

Simplest healthy breakfast for a busy family? Mason Jar Oats, sweetened naturally. Assemble the night before, let sit in the fridge overnight, grab and go in the morning.

veggie-licious noodle soup

vega-licious noodle soup

This is an easy kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing, veggie-packed, freezable school lunch solution. Freeze in individual one cup portions, defrost overnight, then reheat and send to school in a thermos.

zucchini pie with tarragon & asiago rice crust

zucchini pie with tarragon rice crust

I love fresh tarragon with eggs, and I love quiche, but what I don’t love is making pastry.  This recipe is the perfect way to avoid the pastry, impress the brunch or dinner crowd, and use up your leftover rice. Rice is a great solution for a whole-grain savoury pie crust if you’re avoiding or […]

dillicious french lentil salad

french lentil salad

Packed with protein, iron and tons of flavour, this lentil salad makes a perfect summer lunch served over greens, or a simple tasty side at a picnic or BBQ.

smashed chickpea salad

chickpea salad in homemade wrap

This is a quick, delicious, school-safe sandwich filling. Wrap it up with some spinach and sliced tomato in a tortilla or spread in on whole-grain bread. It’s also scrumptious (and gluten-free) in lettuce wraps. Perfect for a packed lunch or picnic!

Buying Meat, Eggs & Fish: What You Really Need to Know


Buying meat, fish and eggs can be tricky these days with all the different labels and marketing tactics. This article summarizes the key things you need to know to make an informed choice for your family.

springtime fiddlehead soup


You know it’s officially springtime when the fiddleheads are out! We love them steamed with oil and garlic, but they are make a great addition to a light soup. Here’s another “no-cream of” soup that’s made with almond milk, but you can use cow’s milk if you’re dairy-lovers and it will taste equally yummy. My […]

afternoon double delights

afternoon double delights

Sweet potato and applesauce allow for a lower-sugar, super-moist wholegrain chocolate muffin. Cocoa, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom amplify the chocolatey flavour. Perfect treat for a lazy afternoon!

torta rustica


I first had this dish on a midsummer getaway to Maine. A lazy brunch “sans kids” and several coffees later I had rough notes on how to create a healthier, simplified, yet equally delicious version. Here’s my best shot, which opened to rave reviews with the whole family! Ingredients: 2 c. packed spinach, chopped 1/2 […]

healthier Easter ideas

easter egg with fruit

You might feel like it’s out of your control, but there are loads of creative ways you and the Bunny can cut down on the amount of candy and chocolate your kids consume over Easter. Here are just a few ideas I’ve collected over the years:

to chai for muffins

to chai for muffins

We love a good spicy chai tea around these parts, so I thought, why not create a healthy muffin to go with my cuppa? Entirely whole grain, no added fat and only 1/3 cup of maple syrup to sweeten the batch, these fit the bill. Enjoy!

Don’t Falafel the Wagon!

don't falafel the wagon

You can make this simple dinner in less than half an hour from start to finish. Baked not fried, these gluten-free babies are made with oats instead of flour.

taco tuesday two ways

tuesday tofu tacos

Quick healthy tacos two ways, fish or vegetarian, both healthy and delicious, with the same delicious cilantro-lime yoghurt and cabbage & avocado slaw. You choose!

bottomless chicken pot pie

bottomless chicken pot pie

Here’s a comforting, yet healthy Chicken Pot Pie for this endless winter we seem to be in. Dairy-free, packed with lean chicken, veggies & flavour, and topped with wholegrain biscuits. Yum.