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Category Archives: recipes

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.

Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

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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

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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

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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.

Cocoa Clouds

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These moist, easy-breezy chocolatey cookies contain no refined sugar and are entirely whole grain.

orange avocado chocolate chip muffins

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Katie needed to come up with a tasty, gluten-free, dairy-free muffin for her one year-old, who’d been diagnosed with food sensitivities. Here’s the yummy end result!

Strawberry Lemonade Baked Oatmeal

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According to Katie, this make-ahead baked oatmeal “tastes just like summer!” It’s refined-sugar and gluten free, with a lovely light lemony flavour balancing against the sweet strawberries.

Feelgood Flapjacks

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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

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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.

holiday sugar thins

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This easy recipe is a healthier take on the traditional holiday cookie, but make no mistake, it’s still a cookie. These little sweeties are 100% whole grain, vegan, and lower in sugar than the usual suspects, so they make a better choice when you’re looking for a treat, or if you’re watching your waistline, like Santa. 😉

creamy almond nog

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This is a much healthier dairy and refined-sugar free version of the traditional holiday eggnog that is laden in sugar and fat. And it’s really delicious. Pinkie swear.

raw gingerbread snowballs

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Whip these no-bake goodies up in 5 minutes for a last-minute holiday dessert or hostess gift. Packed with protein and healthy fat, these naturally-sweetened truffles are a perfectly sweet treat!

Caramelized Onion Hummus

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

“beta” butternut soup

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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

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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

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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.

lemon tahini lentil soup

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My vegan version of comforting chicken soup is lemony, soothing and just plain yummy. Family and lunchbox-friendly, you’ll get through a batch of this in no time!

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!

Black Bean & Quinoa Freezer Burritos

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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

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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.

zesty kale caesar salad

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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

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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.