Basic Pasta Sauce — 101

This is a very basic (what I like to call “gateway”) recipe. Once you’ve mastered this sauce, you can use it in many Mediterranean-style dishes, from Spaghetti Bolognese to vegetarian lasagna — and all stops in between. It’s a great recipe for beginners to have in their kitchen arsenal, as it’s pretty straight-forward, the ingredient list is totally flexible, […]

Avocado Egg Cups

Hey, all you avocado lovers out there! Want to raise your brunch game? Try these! They’re oh-so-simple, take minutes to make, look fancy enough to serve in a café, and taste delicious!  INGREDIENTS: 1 large avocado, halved lengthwise 2 free-run eggs, medium or large 2-4 tbsp. of finely crumbled feta cheese freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste […]

I Heart Guac

Since discovering the joy that is avocado, I’ve been trying to come up with a snack-sized guacamole recipe, all our own. I Heart Guac INGREDIENTS: 1-2 tbsp finely diced onions 6 grape or cherry tomatoes, finely diced 3 tbsp hemp hearts 1/2 large avocado (or one whole small) 1-2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro (Don’t […]

Tuna Pasta

This totally qualifies as comfort food, and everyone always asks for seconds! It’s creamy, it’s filling, and best of all? It goes together in a snap, contains few ingredients, and requires very little prep work. It’s definitely one of my go-to recipes on a cold day or when we’re really short for time!   INGREDIENTS: 3 cups dried pasta (we […]

Bean Salad

This tasty salad is a family favourite that Mom has been making year round for most of my life. It is perfect for a picnic or quiet dinner at home, but can easily be doubled or tripled for a large gathering — such as a pot luck dinner or buffet. This recipe is also relatively inexpensive to prepare and keeps for up to 10 […]

Day 17 of 25: DIY Gifts

Gifts given from the heart and from the kitchen are always so appreciated, especially during the holiday season. They don’t have to be particularly complicated, unhealthy, or costly either. DIY gifts are good fun to make, and I don’t know about you, but they really help to put me in a festive frame of mind! Spoiler Alert: Two of this year’s […]

Cinnamon Quinoa Cake

Protein-packed, this easy to bake flour-free cake uses on-hand ingredients and practically throws itself together! Cinnamon Quinoa Cake INGREDIENTS: 1 cup dry quinoa (or about 3 packed cups cooked and cooled quinoa if you have it already made) 2 cups water 1/4 tsp salt 4 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of […]

Gingered Citrus Carrot Soup

OMG! This soup though! Seriously, I guarantee it will be a crowd pleaser. When cooking for workmates, friends or family, it covers your clean eaters, vegetarians, vegans and anyone who is avoiding gluten or dairy — all in one pot! Gingered Citrus Carrot Soup INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used coconut oil) 1 cup chopped onion 1 tsp […]

Peach Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Smuggled a few of these into the movie theatre last night for Sam and me! They’re such a great way to take advantage of this year’s gorgeous Ontario peach crop! Peach Pie Oatmeal Cookies INGREDIENTS: 1 cup instant oats (gluten-free) 3/4 cup flour (I used President’s Choice Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend — contains tapioca, potato and corn) […]

Basic Apple Cobbler

Sugar-free and low-fuss, this cobbler definitely has an “old-timey” feel about it. While full of new-fangled ingredients, you could easily see this dessert being enjoyed in another century because of its simplicity. Basic Apple Cobbler INGREDIENTS: 1/2 tbsp butter 1.5 cups flour (I used President’s Choice Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend — contains tapioca, potato and corn) 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 […]