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Category Archives: recipes

mushroom & thyme risotto (oven-baked)

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Risotto is so damn delicious but personally, if I have to stand over two pots, adding hot broth & stirring for an hour, it’s usually not worth it to me. Enter genius hack: oven-baked risotto. So easy, still creamy, and it works with brown rice so you get a healthier wholegrain version. A gourmet dish with minimal effort. What’s not to love?

sweet coconut veggie curry (crockpot)

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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.    

banana chocolate chia breakfast cookies

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Great news! Breakfast cookies are a thing, and these just happen to be gluten, dairy & and refined sugar-free, but somehow still decadent enough to eat for dessert! Safe for the lunchbox, they also make a terrific recess snack.

roasted cauliflower & asiago soup

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)

black bean burrito bowl

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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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!

“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 […]

Strawberry Sunflower Mason Jar Mornings

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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.