Lentil Salad with Salmon

Healthy sources of protein are essential to keeping meals healthy. We often orientate towards carbs in our western culture when we have many great options available which allow our bodies energy without the added sugars (which carbs are broken down into). Full of flavour, this simple lunch is colourful and packs a punch when it comes to protein….

Chicken Guacamole Salad

It has been a while since my last post – but we are still planning our meals and cooking healthy.  I have had to resort to preparing and freezing some meals so that we are not eating out but when I have the time I still prefer to prepare fresh meals using fresh ingredients as…

Easy Broccoli Soup

The weather has turned a bit colder and tonight was time to make soup.  This soup was ready in 30minutes and was full of goodness.       A dollop of sour cream gives a little kick to an otherwise smooth and satisfying taste.  Great source of Vitamin C Prep Time: 30 minutes    …

Lilac Jam

That spring smell:  it hits me in the face when I walk out the door as the lilacs, in their various shades of purple and white, are bursting into bloom.  Their intoxicating fragrance seems ‘drinkable’ and indeed years ago, while looking into items I could locally forage, I came across a recipe for LILAC JAM….

Five Spice Basa

I had never heard of ‘five spice’.  I learned that it was a VERY common mixture used in Chinese cooking but also found in other Asian and Arabian dishes. An interesting history tidbit:  although you would think that the name 5-spice comes from the number of ingredients it is actually a reference to the five…

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…