Category Archives: recipes

sweet mama stuffed squash

This quinoa, roasted tomato, feta, fresh basil and pinenut-stuffed squash is a yummy side or main dish that looks gourmet but really isn’t. My favourite kind of recipe!

cocoanut lime love balls

Here’s a delicious, simple take on a homemade truffle for Valentine’s Day. Perfect as a sweet treat with a glass of milk or a cup of tea, these balls are free of added sugars, dairy and gluten and full of my favourite secret ingredient, love.

Monday Minestrone

Simple family-friendly comfort food, this recipe is perfect for a Monday evening. Use up your leftover veggies and pasta from weekend, and start your week off with a healthy soup packed with protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Tip: If you are pre-cooking pasta to add to this soup at the end, cook it just until it’s tender, as it will cook a little more in the hot soup after you add it.

ginger spelt men

Let the holiday baking begin!  Here’s a 100% wholegrain treat sweetened with molasses and maple syrup – No refined sugar! Ingredients: 2&1/4 c. spelt flour (can substitute 100% whole wheat flour) 1/4 c. ground flax meal 1.5 tsp ground ginger 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp salt … Continue reading ginger spelt men

apple cinnamon walnut scones

These scones are a delicious and a relatively healthy “treat”. So good with apple butter, cream cheese or straight-up, fresh from the oven, this recipe is a perfect way to christen the first snowfall.

celery root bisque with garlicky croutons

Here’s a delicious recipe for a not-so-pretty root veggie. Don’t know what celery root (a.k.a. celeriac) is? It’s that really ugly, knobby looking white ball in your CSA box. You can also find it in the grocery store right now. If you’re looking to clean out your farm share box or just want to try something new, here’s an easy, tasty, healthy soup recipe to try this weekend.

easy creamy pasta bake

Can’t. Stop. Eating. This.

This is SO good, and SO easy. The perfect post-work comfort meal.

almond coffee cream

It’s one of the easiest things to do and the results are so worth it. I especially love making this thicker almond cream because it’s so delicious in my morning coffee.

creamy leeks & white beans with tarragon

This is a super-simple, delicious, dairy & gluten-free recipe. Serve it over brown rice for a complete meal. Fresh tarragon really boosts the flavour of this dish if you can find it. Melts. In. Your. Mouth.

pumpkin pie smoothie

Oh holy yum. This tastes like dessert, with none of the guilt. This is a fun recipe to let your little ones make and enjoy!

harvest parfaits

These parfaits are a delicious way to celebrate the harvest (or just enjoy a creative breakfast any old time!). Use fresh pumpkin puree if you have it, but unsweetened canned will also do the trick in a pinch.

pumpkin & goat cheese quiche with kale pesto

This quiche is so delicious – perfect for a lazy fall brunch or a comforting dinner on a cool evening. No fussing with complicated pastry required, the whole wheat crust is a breeze for even the most inexperienced cook to make and is perfectly suited to the dish.

kale pesto

This simple, nutrient-packed pesto made with kale, walnut & pumpkin seeds is a more cost-effective recipe than the traditional version made with basil and pine nuts.

September Newsletter & Orange Fennel Quinoa Recipe

Here’s my September Newsletter, featuring 5 Ways to Clean Up your diet and a yummy clean Orange Fennel Quinoa recipe to get you started! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=633e5ef71d21bf4fc885866e0&id=cd07e4fcbb&e=[UNIQID]

lemon-basil tomato soup

So easy, so good! My kids and husband love this easy (cleanse-friendly) recipe, and my weight loss group this month have been raving about it.

Mama’s Iced Mocha

Perfect for a hot August day, this quick iced mocha is dairy and sugar-free but sweet enough to please. Ingredients: 1/2 c. strong coffee (I use espresso) 1 c. almond milk 1 banana 4 ice cubes 1 tbsp cocoa 1/4 tsp real vanilla extract pinch of cinnamon   To make:  Combine all ingredients in a … Continue reading Mama’s Iced Mocha

day camp lunch solutions

Day Camp Lunch Solutions If you’re like me, you couldn’t wait to be done with school lunches come June, but just when you thought you’d been given a reprieve, you realized it was going to start all over again with day camp lunches, and the air went right out of your happy balloon. One of … Continue reading day camp lunch solutions

chocolate peanut butter “nice cream”

I LOVE soft-served chocolate ice cream and Frosties, so much so that after 24 hours of labour with my daughter, when they realized I’d be at it another day or so, and they finally let me eat, a Frosty was the only thing I wanted. With my processed and fast food days now behind me, when I came up with this recipe I was truly in real food heaven.

hot potato salad

If I don’t have to turn the stove on in the summer that recipe is immediately entitled to bonus points. This simple side dish is, quite literally, “no sweat”: it’s grilled outside and then quickly tossed with herbs and oil. It really takes the heat off the cook. (I’m done now).

My daughter ate the last of the potatoes right out of the serving bowl, then licked her fingers.

strawberry banana nice cream

Damn. This one is GOOD. And it’s sugar and dairy-free? What?? Cut up your ripe bananas before they brown and throw them in the freezer in a container. If you have pre-frozen bananas, you can whip this up in 5 minutes. The kids and the thirteen year-old babysitter all agreed this was the bomb.

Snobby S’mores

This is my version of a high-end s’more. We love the original, but these take it up a notch and make a great addition to a deck party as an appie with a chilled crisp white wine, or as a simple dessert with an al fresco dinner. I should note that the 9 year-olds demolished the leftovers, so they clearly work just as well for a more lowbrow crew. 🙂

Portabello Pizzas

Easiest veggie BBQ entree EVER. Hands down. And everyone loved it. What more can a busy soccer mom ask for?

Turns out, portabellos are a great alternative as a base for a mini-pizza. They’re gluten-free, low-calorie, and a great source of some hard-to-get nutrients like selenium.

rainbow stacks

Kids love colour, and a little fun presentation can go a long when when it comes to veggies. These gorgeous grilled sides are easy and delicious, and were devoured by young at old alike at our al fresco dinner table last night. If you don’t have one of the veggies, leave it out or substitute in another – sweet potato rounds would be delish too, for example. The key is to keep the slices thin enough that they cook through easily.

Raspberry Tea Lemonsicles

Cutting the lemonade or 100% apple juice with the herbal tea more than halves the sugar in these frozen treats, which makes them better for the little ones and a lot more refreshing than the commercial HFCS & artificial ingredient-laden varieties.

tasty tarragon ricecakes

When your 9 year-old boy gives your new healthy recipe a “6 out of 5”, you kind of need to share it! I had some leftover short grain rice in the fridge, some eggs and veggies and not a lot else last night, and about 30 minutes to whip up dinner. These were a delightful surprise, and will be a repeat guest at our dinner table.

wild card soup

This recipe resulted from one of those serendipitous kitchen moments where a semi-decent cook throws a bunch of random veggies and herbs in a soup, half expecting it to taste not so great, and ends up with a really delicious meal. Everyone loved this one, even the nine year-olds (that’s the secret power of cinnamon 🙂