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Quick & Easy

Creamy Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Soup

During the cold and flu season, I believe that there is nothing better than indulging in a hearty homemade soup!  Especially when that soup is prepared by a loved one or frozen so that it is speedy to just heat up!  This creamy sweet potato cauliflower soup is easy to make and filled with warm fall flavours.  I chose to grate the sweet potato to give it a boost of beta carotene during the cold season and make the soup extra filling. For other tips to keep well this season, check out five scientifically proven ways to boost immunity!   Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 3 cups of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces 1 medium sweet potato, grated 2 stocks celery,...

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Zesty Orange & Blueberry Kale Salad with Chia

I am a huge fan of making salads the star of a meal! After all, who wants to eat a boring salad?  Two tips to make salads fun and stress-free: 1. Prepare your salad greens in advance (cut, clean, dry and place in airtight containers) and 2. Combine delicious ingredients! I absolutely love this orange and blueberry salad because it combines sweet and crunch with a simple homemade dressing.  I topped this salad with a product called Qi’a, which is a mix of chia seeds, hemp and buckwheat. Click here to read my popular post, "Let's compare super seeds: Chia vs. hemp vs. flax".   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 4 cups kale, stems removed & chopped 1 orange,...

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Classic Tuna Melt {Recipe Redux}

What is your first cooking memory?  Mine is watching my mother make tuna salad.  It was a lazy Saturday afternoon and she encouraged me to open the can and showed me how to drain the juices and prop the lid open with a knife.  She warmly explained the importance of adding spices for flavouring and vegetables for crunch and nutrition.  As I got my hands-on experience, I realized that you can create delicious and healthy meals using simple ingredients and basic steps. When I was a little older, I asked mom if we could do a tuna melt instead, this added to versatility to the 2 minute salad.  To...

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Back to School Bean Salad!

It’s almost back to school time and I know school lunches are top of mind.  What can you make for you and your child that’s quick, delicious and nutritious?  Look no further than a simple back to school bean salad with feta cheese!  This lunch is easy to make and is perfect for child helpers.  I recommend assembling the evening before so flavours have a chance to marinade and to avoid the morning rush.   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 can (540mL) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 coloured pepper, chopped ½ cucumber, chopped 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup feta cheese, chopped into cubes ¼ cup fresh parsley ¼...

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cobb salad recipe

Cobb Salads with Homemade Ranch Dressing {Recipe Redux}

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to make your own fresh salads. Cobb salads are one of my favourite ways to choose a variety of ingredients and make them into a meal. You can also cut your veggies into different shapes (like ribbons or cut-outs) to add interest and variety. I enjoyed using fresh leftover ingredients later in the week to make a wrap, black bean salad and more green leaf salads.   Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 10 mins Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced ½ cup cucumbers, sliced 3 hard boiled eggs (how to make perfect hard boiled eggs) ½ avocado, sliced 1/4 cup black beans 3...

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Gluten Free Pizza with Chickpea Flour Crust {Recipe Redux}

It is so much fun making a new recipe or simply being inspired in the kitchen to try something new. Today’s recipe is from my friend and colleague Abby Langer, a hilarious Toronto-based dieititan with an outstanding blog and writing style that leaves people laughing and learning.  This month, Abby featured my Garlic and Rosemary potatoes on her blog with a twist to make them shaken and BBQ'd. You will find Abby writing in the Huffington Post and as a spokesperson for various companies.   Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes Serves: 3-4   Ingredients: 1.5 cups chickpea flour 1 1/3 cups water 2T olive oil + more for greasing pans ¼ tsp onion powder ¼...

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strawberry goat cheese kale salad

Strawberry Kale Salad with Honey Goat cheese

Do you find yourself reluctant to try kale as a salad out of fear that it will taste too bitter? Kale greens are actually a perfect compliment to sweet flavours like fruits and savory flavours like goat cheese. Hope you enjoy those fresh foods this summer outdoors with the BBQ sizzling and surrounded by family and friends.  Curious how kale compares nutritionally to romaine, spinach salad and arugala click here.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 4 cups fresh kale, stems removed & chopped 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced 1/3 cup honey goat cheese, crumbled ¼ cup sunflower, roasted and unsalted 1/4 cup raisins 2 Tbsp of olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   INSTRUCTIONS: Clean lettuce...

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Curry Egg salad with apples, walnuts & craisins {Recipe Redux}

The Spanish word for appetizers or snacks is “tapas”.  Meals that are “tapas-style” allow you to enjoy different tastes and share with friends.   Small plates are ideal for backyard parties, bridal showers, or picnics.  This Curry Egg Salad recipe is packed with flavour, crunch and sweetness. Serve on mini pitas or whole grain crackers or on a wrap as part of a meal.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 6 hard boiled eggs (see here for making perfect hard boiled egg) ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise ½ tsp curry powder 1 medium apple, diced with skin on 1 long celery stick, chopped 3 Tbsp craisins or raisins ¼ cup unsalted walnuts, roasted, chopped Salt and pepper to taste   Serve on...

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2 Minute Tuna Salad {Recipe Redux}

What's for lunch?  You might be tackling lunch time challenges in the workplace or trying to pack a school lunch your picky eater will love; either way, having a go-to option (like a simple tuna salad) will save you time debating what to make.  Tuna salad is a quick option (especially if you follow my meal prep tips) and you can serve it on whole grain tortilla, on top of whole grain wasa crackers, an english muffin or on top of a bed of salad greens with red grapes.   If you are uncertain about mercury in tuna, check out my past post.   Prep time: 10 minutes (2 minutes with meal prep) Serves: 4   INGREDIENTS: 1 can light tuna 2 Tbsp...

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