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Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Hard to believe we're only one week from Christmas! If you are like me, you're thoroughly enjoying the seasonal pomegranates and clementines and adding them to whatever you can. I took this classic Spinach Salad and gave it a festive twist by sprinkling ruby red pomegranates. They added the perfect burst of colour, tartness, crunch.   If you're unsure what to bring to an upcoming Holiday party or not sure what type of salad to serve, look no further than this Pomegranate Spinach Salad. It's a crowd-pleaser and sure to spread some holiday cheer!  Serves: 4 Prep time: 10-12 minutes INGREDIENTS: 6 cups fresh spinach 3 hard boiled eggs, diced 1/2 cup of pomegranates  5 strips of...

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winter spicy roasted chickpea recipe

Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Colder weather calls for oven meals, like roasted chickpeas! It’s an easy way to keep the home warm and have savoury aromas fill your living quarters. Whenever I have the oven on, I often toss in a tray of chickpeas. They are very quick to assemble for cooking and perfect for a snack or added to an entrée like a Buddha bowl. There are also endless roasted chickpea flavour possibilities from sweet to savory. Here is my Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpea recipe. Hope you enjoy!   Note: Choose your preference in crunch, the longer you roast them, the crunchier they become. I like to have crunch with a little...

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Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup {Recipe Redux}

with Grilled Cheese Croutons   Winter equals comfort food. It’s like a big hug in a soup mug. Plus, you can conveniently make soup in advance and freeze it for a speedy meal addition. This Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup is a fabulous way to use up produce and accompany a simple grilled cheese. After all, tomato soup and grilled cheese are the ultimate combo! Try cutting your sandwich into squares and add "grilled cheese croutons" to your soup.   Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 40-60 mins Serves: 4   Ingredients: 3 cups of Roma Tomatoes, cut in half 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 3 bell peppers, cut in half and seeded 2 tbsp Olive oil salt and...

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Pear Blue Cheese Salad

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, they shouldn’t be! Imagine enjoying veggies as “the star of the meal.” It can be done. They can become extraordinary with the right balance of flavour, crunch and sweetness. This Pear & Blue Cheese Salad is one of my favourites right now. The sweetness of the pear is a perfect complement to the tart and savoury blue cheese. I add sunflower seeds for crunch and a little intense sweetness with a sprinkling of craisins. If you are interested in learning more about how to build satisfying salads, read here!   Prep: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups arugula/spinach, washed 1 cup pear, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp...

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Parm Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan & Oregano

With the Fall season, there’s abundant fresh produce at Farmer’s Markets and local grocery stores! With so much seasonal food, it can be a challenge to know what to do with it. Look no further than my new favourite, Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Oregano. Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry heat. Roasting browns the surface of the food, which leads to new caramelized flavours and intensified aromas! You can roast any vegetable and it changes the flavour so even picky eaters or non-veggie-loving people will find the taste savoury and appealing. If you don’t like a vegetable raw, try it roasted and see how...

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taco

Tasty Taco {Recipe Redux}

Who does not love a DIY (Do It Yourself) meal? Taco meals offer flexibility to include the foods or ingredients you like. These types of ‘separate ingredient’ meals also allow kids to help in the kitchen, which builds food confidence as a life-long skill to eating well. Taco meals also allow for amazing leftovers for those busy nights where you don’t have time to cook. I enjoy making Buddha Bowls with the remaining ingredients for quick-assembly lunches. Click here for My 7 “Make-Ahead” Lunches.   Taco Tuesdays are also a fun trend where you can swap out the fillings to make fish tacos, pulled pork, shrimp tacos, chipotle beef,...

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White Wine Mussels

White Wine Mussels in Tomato Cream Sauce

Have you heard that mussels are super easy to make? I heard this many times but remained too intimidated to give them a try. However, on a beautiful summer day, I decided to muster up the courage to prepare them. Boy were they good! Simple and flavourful. Served with a fresh, crusty baguette! I encourage you to experiment in the kitchen. Like Julia Child says, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”   Serves: 2-3 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 13-15 minutes   Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs of fresh mussels 1 cup of dry white wine 1 cup cherry tomatoes,...

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Mexican Buddha Bowl

Simple Mexican Buddha Bowl

Hello summer! The time of year when we want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors. Today, I will be sharing a simple Mexican Buddha Bowl recipe. Meals that can be prepared in advance are ideal for cottage weekends, camping or spending time at home. If you are unfamiliar with what a Buddha bowl is, it’s basically a grain (like rice, quinoa, barley, bulgur, corn), a green (spinach, kale, or any other veggie) and a bean (often vegetarian so you could use chickpeas, black beans, lentils, etc). However, don’t feel restricted by this rhyme, I often think of Buddha bowls as a grain, a...

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chicken Sandwich recipe

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Swiss Sandwich {Recipe Redux}

Are your sandwiches boring? Mine used to be. Until I realized that it does not take a lot to bump up the fun-factor. Try swapping the bread for something different (wraps, pitas, mini rounds, etc) use a unique cheese, add a punch of flavour with ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, pesto – I am a spice fan and loving pickled jalapeños right now. Today’s recipe is a Grilled Dijon Chicken and Swiss Sandwich. I was going for a grilled cheese sandwich and decided to add a few extra veggies, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard. YUM!   Ingredients: 2 slices of bread – whole grain/rye/gluten free 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp margarine,...

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