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Vegetarian Pad Thai

Who doesn’t enjoy a tangy, moderately spicy noodle dish loaded with veggies?  This is a very simple Pad Thai recipe, which thankfully uses common household ingredients!  Be careful to not over-cook the rice noodles, as you want them to remain firm and a little chewy.  You can also feel free to use bean sprouts instead of the snow peas for a more traditional recipe.  Try tossing in some shrimp or chicken for a non-vegetarian alternative!   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 16oz rice noodles (1/4 inch wide) 1.5 cups snow peas   Sauce: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice 3 tbsp Ketchup 1tbp brown sugar ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or fish sauce   3 tbsp...

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins make a convenient snack option when you are on the go.  I often pair this delectable zucchini chocolate chip muffin with a yogurt or a portion of cheese.  Be sure to freeze extras to have them ready and fresh when you need them!   Serves: 12 Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes   Ingredients: 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour ¾ cup white sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt 1 egg ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup milk 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup shredded zucchini ½ cup chocolate chips ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)   Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Combine dry ingredients into mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

This is a true crowd-pleasing recipe that uses simple ingredients.  Feel free to add your own spices like fresh basil or oregano according to your tastes.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, remove skin and slice into ½ inch slices 1 egg ¼ cup all purpose flour 2 Tbsp canola oil 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup meatless tomato sauce 1 cup mozzarella cheese   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Wash and peel eggplant; cut crosswise into ½” slices. Dip eggplant into egg and then flour; turning to coat both sides. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook eggplant half at a time for 4-6 minutes. Turning once to cook...

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Barley, Oats & Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holiday season, I made these tasty Christmas cookies!   I decided to use the whole grains barley and oats since they are rich in beta glucan, which is beneficial for cholesterol lowering and boosting immunity.   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes Serves: 30-40 cookies   Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup margarine 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 2 cups whole oats (I used quick cooking oats) 1 cup barley flour ½ cup oat bran 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1 cup dark chocolate chips 2 Tbsp festive sprinkles (optional)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and margarine and blend together. Stir in vanilla and egg and mix until fluffy. Add whole oats, barley flour, oat...

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Here is a simple quinoa salad that is very convenient to pack for work or school lunches.  This balanced meal choice is complete with carbohydrates to fuel your brain, protein and fibre to keep you feeling full, and a variety of vitamins and minerals for overall health!  I enjoy this quiona salad paired with a small cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of nuts and a piece of fruit. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed ½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup cucumber, diced ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half ½ green peppers, diced ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup black olives, chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive...

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Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad

Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad: Sometimes you are in need of a quick culinary creation that uses common vegetables and pantry staples. This recipe is one that can be made in a hurry and served to those on gluten free and/or vegetarian diet. I brought this dish to a housewarming party and it was a big hit! So enjoy :) Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad Recipe: Serves: 8-10 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients:  ½ can chickpeas (540mL), rinsed and drained 1 can lentils (540mL), rinsed and drained 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 Tbsp celery leaves, chopped ¾ cup cucumber, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped ¾ cup black olives, drained and rinsed ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced 1/3 cup olive oil ½ tsp dried...

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Oat Bran, Banana & Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

I am pleased to share this simple and delicious pancake recipe:Oat Bran, Banana & Chocolate Chip Pancakes! -That is a higher fibre alternative to your standard pancake recipe. I used oat bran, dry oatmeal and bananas for the batter and added chocolate chips for some extra sweetness. These pancakes turned out amazingly well, very moist and soft inside. This recipe has been adapted from a similar recipe from the wonderful AllRecipes.ca. Oat Bran, Banana & Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe: Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 cup oat bran cereal, uncooked ¼ cup dry oats, uncooked ¼ cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ cup chocolate...

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Perfect Pulled Pork

Today, I will be sharing a truly scrumptious pulled pork recipe courtesy of my friend Brian Bertolissio.  You need a slow cooker for this one and some time on your side!  Let me tell you, the taste of this recipe is well worth the wait! Thanks Brian for sharing! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 8-10 hrs (slow cooker) Serves: 10-12 Ingredients: Pork Shoulder (2-3 kg) 1 can of coca-cola 2 cups of BBQ sauce Spices/Seasoning of choice Fresh ground pepper 12 whole grain buns Instructions: 1.  Rub the pork shoulder with Montreal steak spice or your own spices of choice.  Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. 2.  Turn on your slow cooker to the low setting. Place the spiced pork shoulder in slow cooker. 3.  Pour coke around pork shoulder to avoid washing off the spices. 4.  Cook for 8-10 hours....

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Mom’s Chocolate Biscotti

Did you know that the word biscotti means ‘twice baked’?  These classic Italian biscuits are baked, sliced and then baked again.  The end result is a dry and crunchy tasting treat!  Be sure to enjoy your chocolate biscotti with an authentic cappuccino or espresso. Serves: 36 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time:  35 minutes Ingredients: ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla ½ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 ½ cup all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda pinch salt ½ cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted Instructions: 1.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Beat in cocoa, 1 cup of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 2.  Stir in remaining flour, chocolate chips...

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