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Category Archives: recipes

goat cheese, walnut & kale pasta

This was a last-minute attempt to use up a bunch of kale and some local baby tomatoes that my post-hockey 8-year old gobbled up, so I thought I’d share.  I know a lot of you are trying to figure out how to get more dark green leafies into your family — hopefully this recipe will […]

caramelly apple dip

Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  I just mixed this one up and then proceeded to eat most of it with a crunchy Granny Smith, and it’s only 9:15 a.m.  Don’t tell anyone! This is a quick and easy caramel dip your family can enjoy with our delicious local fall apples. The greek yoghurt provides protein, and the […]

crunchy chickpeas

These are a tasty, high-protein and fibre alternative to potato chips.  They are a surprisingly satisfying crunchy snack, and also make for a yummy “crouton-like” salad topper or addition to a savory homemade trail mix.   Ingredients: 1 can or 1.5 c. chickpeas 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp garlic powder pinch of sea salt […]

chocolate chip granola bars

This is a simple, delicious, school-safe recipe! Make a batch, cut into bars and freeze half for two weeks worth of recess snacks! Ingredients: 3 c. slow cook rolled oats 1& 3/4 c. whole wheat flour 1/4 c. ground flax 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 c. pitted dates, chopped well 1/2 c. raw, unsalted sunflower […]

portobellos with herbed goat cheese

Yummo.  This was my last-minute creation for book club.  I wanted to grill the whole meal as it was gorgeous out & way too hot in my kitchen, but didn’t want to do meat or my usual veggie burgers.  These were a risk but turned out beautifully, and made a nice side dish to the […]

roasted veggie penne

This is a great summertime salad that serves about 15, so it’s perfect for a big family barbeque or potluck pool party.  If you have some fresh herbs growing on your windowsill or deck this is the perfect last-minute recipe, as you could roast any veggies you happen to have on hand and it would […]

veggies for breakfast? You bet!

Anyone who knows me has heard me “gently rant” about the limited amount of veggies most Canadian kids are taking in daily.  As parents, we should be striving to feed our children a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, and in my opinion at least 3 of those should be vegetables. […]

baked berry oatmeal

This one will save your bacon on a busy morning (it’s vegan, so, it will also literally save your bacon! 🙂 Make the night before, pop it in the fridge, and cook it up in 20 minutes.  Or, even better, bake it fully the night before, and just reheat in the morning for a quick, […]

Two-Bite Granola Bars

As I write this, my kids are eating these, with a fat juicy orange, some almonds, and organic yoghurt for breakfast! This straightforward, nut-free recipe has been a hit in my family with adults and children alike, and contains all-natural, nutrient-dense ingredients. The original recipe first appeared on my recipe-sharing on-line group, and while we […]

healthy scalloped potatoes (vegan and yum!)

This healthier vegan version of scalloped potatoes is lower in fat and equally yummy. My son has been begging me to buy the prepackaged scalloped potato mixture he’s had at his grandma’s a few times, so I had to figure out a healthier, whole foods based version.  Here it is: it got a thumbs up […]

better pancakes

It’s Pancake Tuesday.  Here’s a simple way to health up dinner tonight (or breakfast tomorrow!) These pancakes are delicious and you can freeze them and reheat during the week if you have leftovers!  Experiment with adding grated apple, blueberries or strawberries, chopped banana, or other fruit to pump up the nutritional value.  If you are […]

ginger maple tofu over spaghetti squash

Here’s a little concoction that turned out better than expected :).  Loosely based on an recipe, but with significantly “jacked up” flavour.  Another attempt to use up the Taproot share, this time the spaghetti squash and green onions. Main dish ingredients: 1 tsp coconut oil 2 green onions, sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 […]

curried scrambled tofu

This is my attempt to replicate one of my daughter’s favourite local restaurant brunch items.  For any of you trying to avoid gluten, breakfast can be a challenge.  Most muffins, breads, bagels and waffles are made with wheat or other gluten-containing grains.  If you’re tired of eggs and yoghurt, here’s a great option.  I also […]

roasted veggie & warm kale salad

Best way to clean out your pantry or farm share box? This recipe! I used the veggies I had on hand, but you could substitute just about anything in here and it would taste yummy, so use your imagination. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:   Ingredients:   I small yam or sweet […]

mo’ chili, anyone?

To round out my healthy Movember posts, here is a prostate-friendly, protein-packed chili recipe, sure to satisfy even the most meat-lovin’ mo bros out there. Quinoa is one of the few complete veggie proteins, and paired with the beans, this chili really sticks to your ribs.  The garlic and fresh herbs take the flavour up […]

healthy halloween witches

Thanks to Wendy at for passing on this simple, fun & healthy Halloween treat idea! To make the witches, you will need: apples cucumber carrots toothpicks To prepare: Wash all veggies. Remove the stems from the apples so that the cucumber will sit flat on the top of the apple. It’s best to use small apples, as this […]

miso soup for the soul

Not familiar with miso? Miso is a fermented soybean paste with a salty taste and buttery texture.  It’s a versatile condiment that can be used in many recipes, including this traditional miso soup. Miso can be purchased in any health food or asian grocery store, and comes in several varieties.  The darker the miso, the […]