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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 … Continue reading “Triple” Chocolate Cookies

nutty napa slaw

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

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. … Continue reading pumpkin pie baked oatmeal

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 … Continue reading toasted pumpkin seeds

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.

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.

Strawberry Sunflower 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

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.

dillicious 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

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!

wholy homemade tortillas!

This is a very simple, yet delicious, moist, and pliable whole wheat tortilla recipe. So much cheaper than buying pre- packaged tortillas, and instead of the usual mammoth list of unpronounceable ingredients on the commercial varieties, these have just 4 simple ingredients.

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 … Continue reading springtime fiddlehead soup

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 … Continue reading torta rustica

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!

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

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

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.

sopa negro

One of our favourite “pre-kid” memories is our low-budget trip to Costa Rica. We backpacked, took the rickety bus through the mountains, rode horses with a friendly rastafarian guide named “Mr. Joseph” to a hidden waterfall, and drank cold beer on the beach. We also ate a whole lot of “Sopa Negro” or Black Bean … Continue reading sopa negro

ain’t jemina berries syrup

Instead of an artificial breakfast syrup, we prefer this healthier topping alternative that takes only 5 minutes to prepare.  My fruit-based Ain’t Jemima syrups are higher in fibre and nutrients than a store-bought syrup, and free of refined sugar.  There are three different flavours featured in my cookbook: Ain’t Jemima Berries, Strawberry Banana and Strawberry … Continue reading ain’t jemina berries syrup