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Tag Archives: dairy-free

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.

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.

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.

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”

my maritime hodgepodge

maritime hodgepodge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comfort Food Lunchbox

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Today’s Lunchbox: Lemon Basil Tomato Soup (recipe on blog, here: easy and delish, one of my most popular recipes), homemade Sweet P Biscuit (100% whole grain, recipe will be up on blog this week), strawberries, hard boiled egg and a Grizzly Paw from the freezer (p. 124 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families).

Sweet “Suntella” & Strawberry Sandwich

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This lunchbox contains a favourite treat in my house, a “Suntella” and sliced strawberry sandwich. The Suntella is a school-safe, healthier version of Nutella that you can quickly whip up at home from basic ingredients, including sunflower seed butter, cocoa, honey. The recipe can be found at p. 44 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families. Along with the sandwich, I’ve added a local pear and some sliced raw veggies to round out the lunchbox.

Monday Minestrone

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.

almond coffee cream

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.

strawberry banana nice cream

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.

living dairy-free: simple tips

If you’ve been told that you or your child are allergic or sensitive to dairy and are trying to avoid it as a result, don’t panic!  I often hear from parents who are worried about their ability to get their kids the calcium they need without milk, but the truth is we don’t need “three […]

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 […]