[Recipe] Savory butter bean appetizer

I first tasted a very similar appetizer at my Uncle D’s house after he and my aunt returned from a trip to Portugal. Although I am not a huge fan of beans, this appetizer blew me away. It was fresh with a bite from the garlic and onion. It was light but packed a flavorful punch. I immediately started my hunt for butter beans (aka mini Lima beans) to recreate the dish with my own twist. I experimented with mashing the beans to help the “dip” stick to the cracker and infused more flavor into the beans by boiling them with […]

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[Recipe] Tex-Mex Meal in a Bowl

I love the tangy and spicy flavors of Mexican food. This recipe is perfect for those moments when you may be missing some traditional ingredients. I don’t always have taco shells or tortillas in the pantry so using rice, quinoa or even couscous in place of tortillas ensures that this meal is balanced, satiating and satisfying! Including grain products or starchy foods at each meal helps to give the body energy to concentrate, move and of course, tastes great! Dive into the fridge, freezer and pantry and find the odd ends of veggies and anything that may need to be eaten […]

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[Recipe] Panettone bread pudding

Panettone bread pudding Panettone is a type of sweet bread originally from Milan. It is buttery and has deep flavors similar to a fruit cake but is much lighter in texture. These loaves come in all sorts of flavors like candied fruit, chocolate or lemon, and are perfect on their own as a dessert. To up the ante I wanted to make bread pudding using this unique bread. Also, the raisin and candied fruit panettone that I recently bought was not really to my liking when eaten on its own. This bread pudding is easy and quick to make and […]

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[Recipe] Thai inspired coconut vegetable soup

This velvety, spicy soup is a balanced meal that’s hearty enough to serve for dinner. You can follow it as written or use up the vegetables you have on hand! Swap in broccoli, cauliflower or bok choy without a problem. The protein rich food I used to balance out the meal is shelled edamame and pot stickers but you could use cubed tofu, frozen dumplings, fish or chicken. It is quick to make and is jam packed with flavor the whole family will love. Thai inspired coconut vegetable soup Time: 25min Ingredients: 1 tbsp oil, 3 stalks of celery, 1 […]

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[Recipe] Arugula and Pine nut Pesto

  Do you hate when boxed lettuce, or more precisely- arugula goes bad sitting in the fridge? Me too! We love eating it but sometimes we can’t get through the whole lot before it starts to spoil. That is how this recipe came to be- an attempt to save the delicious arugula in a versatile way. Try roasting the nuts to release their aromatic aroma. We loved using this pesto on pasta (especially our homemade gnocchi) and our homemade pizzas. You can even freeze the pesto in ice cube containers and use it in recipes for weeks to come. Since […]

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[Recipe] Cauliflower, Chickpea & Spinach Curry

Cauliflower, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Whether you are trying to eat less meat, more fiber or in need of a quick and easy recipe, this dish won’t disappoint. The rich flavors of the Garam Masala combined with the coconut make this dish exotic tasting and oh so comforting. I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of chickpeas, but this recipe is one that I can enjoy any day of the week. Pair it with some plain yogurt and aromatic rice (like basmati or Jasmine) to tone down the spiciness (our Garam masala was spicier than expected). […]

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[Recipe] Warm Squash & Nut Salad

Warm Squash & Nut Salad Grab a few autumn ingredients and turn almost any salad into a delicious side dish for cooler weather! This one combines the rich flavors of squash and roasted nuts with the bite of dijon and cranberries. Serves 4  Ingredients 1 (1 1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and diced 3 tbsp dried cranberries 3/4 cup apple juice 4 cups of lettuce (we like baby romaine, arugula or baby spinach) 1/2 cup toasted nuts (we prefer walnuts or pecans) 1 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp cider vinegar 2 tbsp minced shallots 2 tsp Dijon mustard 3/4 cup grated […]

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[Recipe] Easy Pot au Feu

The traditional recipe of Pot au Feu (translation: pot on the fire) involves making your own broth using ox tail, veal shank, short rib and brisket. Although it does taste heavenly, these are not ingredients I have on hand on a weeknight. If you are the kind of person who has these handy, by all means follow a traditional recipe. If you are like me, I can make due with yummy, albeit non-traditional versions of recipes. This dish is not your average stew- forget thick and heavy gravy like sauce. It has a broth-like consistency that is flavored with all […]

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[Recipe] The Best Seafood Chowder

Grammy’s Seafood Chowder If you love seafood, you will love this recipe. My Grandmother makes it at Christmas and the whole family cannot get enough. It is not low in fat nor is it packed full of fillers (i.e. potatoes). Rather than mess with the perfect family recipe, I decided to share it as it is originally made. Feel free to make any substitution you like, but I am sticking to the original. Makes 8-10 large servings  Ingredients 1 cup butter 2 cups diced onion 2 cups diced celery 2 cups diced carrots 1 L lower sodium chicken stock 2 […]

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3 easy snacks for your next tailgate party

The air has become crisp, the days are shorter and autumn brings a spectacular change of colour to our trees up here in the Boreal forest.For many people, the Fall also signifies the start to the football season and tailgate parties. Finding the balance between eating healthy and treats can be tough. Having a few healthier snack ideas in your recipe repertoire can help you find that balance and add some interesting flavors to the party food.Whip up one or all of these quick, easy and nutritious snacks next time you need to feed a hungry crowd. You can find […]

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