Chayote with Onions

Cha’what’?  Chayote was our market find of the week. (Apparently in the USA they are called Mirliton Pears) The squash was marked down because of one bad spot on one of these little guys – so were just 40 cents (Canadian) a piece. Darling daughter and I decided we would try them this week.  There are…

Edamame & Mung Bean Pasta

Maybe it is because the word ‘Mung’ sounds similar to ‘Dung’ in the English language – this may be the reason that I was hesitant to try these Asian inspired noodles.  Yet, since being diabetic PASTA has become like a swear word around here.  So fear aside and with my daughter on board to try…

The low down on KD

So, I’m not a scientist nor a nutritionist but I am a mom.  One thing I have learned to do is read labels.  You will be shocked at what you find. For instance, when daughter was younger she loved waffles …. then we read the box and wondered what ‘cellulose’ was.  Um… wood by-product was…

Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese

Box of Kraft Dinner.  The first thing hubby learned to cook.  The simple meal that seems cheap and easy to prepare for lunch, supper …. sometime breakfast.  But a hidden den of ‘unnatural’ and unhealthy foods: which yes is my self-educated opinion.  I wrote about it – see here:  The Low Down on KD. And…

No-Bake Energy Bites

I love to cook but baking is another story.  Hubby thinks that I am too creative and love to bend the rules and because of that the accuracy of baking becomes flawed. Ask me about the lace cookies that became flakes of oatmeal on a baking sheet. Oh dear. So when a no-bake ‘snack’ comes…

Chicken Cordon-Bleu

This…. this is the meal that hit the spot.  Beautiful, flavourful, comfort food.  Hubby was over the moon and daughter enjoyed this.  I had never made it before becuase of the ‘fancy name’  — french must mean complicated right?  Over the years I’ve learned that European food, more often than not, is simple and based…

Zucchini Fritters

Don’t knock it until you try it.  Think the ‘Big-M’ hash-browns but HEALTHY – HEALTHY – HEALTHY.  Simple and fun to prepare and work both for breakfast with maple syrup, sour cream or ketchup.  Additionally we’ve used this as a packed lunch item. Each summer, after a zucchini bake-a-thon, I shred my remaining squash into…

Sausage & Cabbage Skillet

This is a favourite around our home.  Nice meal on a winter’s night.  It can be modified by simply changing the type of sausage used.  We’ve used our own beef/pork mix sausages, used spicy Italian sausage, honey garlic links and even Kielbasa.  All add a different ‘indulgent’ flavour to the meal. Prep Time: 15 minutes…

Cantaloupe Bowl

Breakfast can be a hard meal on weekdays.  Sometimes we find the rush of getting ready for school has us making high carb – low protein choices that make us sluggish in the morning.  This ‘fruit bowl’ is a great source of energy to start the day with and it is fun to make.  Low…

Rainbow Stirfry

This is a simple, make ahead and TOTALLY HEALTHY LOADED lunch that is my go to for protein, energy and comfort food.  By making it ahead and freezing in zip-lock bags, I can grab it from the fridge and cook it up on a lunch break.  You can individualize this with many varieties of vegetables….

Cucumber Turkey ‘Sandwiches’

I’ve never really had a taste for store bought bread.  Bakeries can bring my inner bread-a-holic out, but luckily I live rurally and have never caught on to baking my own.  As a result – the sandwich idea for lunch (either for Darling Daughter or myself) never really took hold in this house.  One of the…

Baked Salmon Patties

Most Tuna Cakes or Salmon Patty recipes I’ve used in the past have involved frying up the patties in oil on the cook-top.  Then I discovered that you could bake them – healthier for you and less chance of burning!  This is a simple and fast recipe that you can make with your choice of…