Category Archives: recipes

Tropical Karen® Smoothie

This simple, delicious and nutritious smoothie packs an extra “green” punch with a hit of Karen Phytoplankton!

Thai Butternut Soup

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.

Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

To make:

In a food processor, blend basil, vinegar, honey, dijon, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper until a thick paste forms. Slowly add oil, while continuing to blend, until smooth.

Makes about 1 cup.

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Fresh Herb Drizzle

Simple and so tasty, these “steaks” are a great vegetarian main alternative in the summer months. You can easily make them in the oven if you prefer, just roast them until they’re tender at 400F or so.

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.

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Gingerbread Tarts

These tiny holiday tarts provide the perfect balance of sweetness & spice and the convenience of a make-ahead, freezable gingerbread crust. When you’re ready to party, just pull them out of the freezer, and whip up your mousse in the blender.

Caramelized Onion Hummus

I. Can’t. Stop. Since discovering how easy caramelized onions are to make in the crockpot, I’ve been putting those things in everything. Case in point: This Caramelized Onion Hummus. Oh. My. Word.

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

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”

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Frittata

OK people. Goat cheese and caramelized onions — need I say more? Look no further, this is the cold winter night, comforting frittata of your dreams.

festive kale salad with cranberries

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.

“beta” butternut soup

This Butternut Soup is one of my most popular client recipes. Get your daily dose of beta carotene and vitamin C in a delicious, vegan, cleanse-friendly mug o’ comfort. Perfect first course for Thanksgiving Dinner!

peasant soup

Peasant or “Stone” Soup, is a traditional, simple soup made with whatever you’ve got lying around to throw in the pot, and is often topped with crusty bread and, if you’re me, a little melty cheese.

sesame ginger quinoa coleslaw

This gorgeous asian-inspired salad is perfect on its own or topped with baked tofu, sliced hard boiled egg, sliced grilled chicken or shrimp. Packed with protein and fibre, it will keep you going all afternoon.

Crockpot Caramelized Onions (Dead Easy)

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!

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!

my maritime hodgepodge

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.

zesty kale caesar salad

This is the holy kitchen trifecta, as far as I’m concerned: simple, delicious, and nutritious. If you’re feeling all gourmet about it, top with some homemade croutons or even a little crumbled nitrate-free natural bacon.

green goddess dressing

My most-popular salad dressing, this might just single-handedly change the way you feel about salad! Dairy-free, this dressing is tangy and creamy and frankly, slightly addictive.

sweet coconut veggie curry (crockpot)

Simple & sweet with a touch of heat, this is a family-friendly crockpot recipe you’ll love to come home to. Serve over brown basmati rice for a comforting, nutritious dinner.    

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.

black bean burrito bowls (rice cooker)

Easiest dinner ever! It cooks up in one pot (the rice cooker or slow cooker) making cleanup a breeze. It will take about 45-50 minutes in a rice cooker. Eat it straight from the bowl or wrap it up burrito-style!

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).