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Spinach Salad with BBQ Grilled Pears

Spinach Salad with BBQ Grilled Pears

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Salads

Have you ever grilled pears? OMG, they're delicious! I love a good summer salad but I get bored with my same old go-tos and incorporating fruit that's in season is a great way to add excitement to your salads. Pears are currently in season, starting with California pears from the end of July...


So Many Reasons to Love Potato Salad

So Many Reasons to Love Potato Salad

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Gluten Free / Salads / Controversy

I had to laugh the other day because I saw an ad for a local fundraiser titled, "Low Carb BBQ". Um yeah, I thought to myself, "I'll bring the buns and the potato salad!", which brought me to this special blog. Barbeque season or not, potato salad is a favourite in my household. My husband...


Chickpea Cakes with Lemon, Garlic Aioli

Chickpea Cakes with Lemon, Garlic Aioli

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Sides / Gluten Free

Whether you're new to plant-based eating or an experienced vegetarian, you're going to love these chickpea cakes. It took some work to create a cake/pattie that was crispy but not deep fried. Chick peas are a pulse crop within the legume family. They are rich in fibre and folate and a good...


Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Posted in Weekday Meals / Entrees / Chicken/Turkey / Sides / Gluten Free

Okay, what kid (or adult for that matter), doesn't love chicken nuggets?! This family-friendly recipe is so easy to make, AND it keeps the nutritional value strong. The prep time is about 10-15 minutes and the bake time is 14 minutes. By making your own chicken nuggets you can reduce the fat...


Vegan Pepita "Parm"

Vegan Pepita "Parm"

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides

Although I do not eat a vegan diet 100% of the time, as someone who eats a very flexible diet pattern I do enjoy a lot of vegan alternative foods and meals. And as a dietitian who supports individuals with their plant-based eating goals, I find it's important for me to experiment in the kitchen...


Cannellini Bean & Roasted Beet Hummus

Cannellini Bean & Roasted Beet Hummus

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free

How fun does this hummus look? Beets are such a cool root vegetable to work with because of their bright, bold, and unique colour. The betanin that gives beets their colour, also add a good dose of antioxidants to your meal. There are more to beets than borscht (although I have a great recipe...


Eggplant Pizza Bites

Eggplant Pizza Bites

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / Entrees / Sides

It has been my mission to find a recipe with eggplant that I actually like. Eggplant is so pretty and colourful, but I have struggled to know what to do with it, and often find it mushy when I have used eggplant in a recipe. You too? Well, hold on tight because this recipe just might blow...


Quinoa Salad Basics

Quinoa Salad Basics

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Salads

Everyone should have this base quinoa salad recipe up their sleeve for on-the-go evenings, a quick yet impressive pot-luck side, or for work week lunches. It is easy and it comes together quickly.   But here's the best part: you can take this base recipe and make it a complete meal by adding...


Black Bean Fiesta Salad

Black Bean Fiesta Salad

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free / Salads

I call this a fiesta salad because it just looks like a party! The colours are amazing! The next best thing about this salad is the roasted kernel corn. Roasting brings out the sweetness in the corn, that complements the spice of the onion and jalapeno pepper so well. This salad is rich in...


Millet Salad w Pomegranate & Mint

Millet Salad w Pomegranate & Mint

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free / Salads

This recipe was inspired by pomegranate and fresh mint I had left over from an afternoon experimenting with festive cocktails. This salad will go nicely with your usual holiday spread, yet impressing guests with the colour of the season and flavours that almost remind us of summer, sigh… Move...


Fig & Fennel Salad with Toasted Almonds

Fig & Fennel Salad with Toasted Almonds

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides / Salads

Fennel is a light, cold and crisp vegetable rich in vitamin C and potassium. It has an anise or licorice-like flavour and goes well with the sweetness of fruit. This makes a great addition to summer salads. Ingredients: 1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced 4 dried figs, cut into pieces...


Parmesan Crusted Eggplant

Parmesan Crusted Eggplant

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides

It took me awhile to really appreciate and enjoy eggplant. It's a beautiful colour that is so enticing, but really has the potential to get mushy or soggy during cooking. This recipe is perfect finger food for the family and the eggplant stays pretty crispy! You can use any size of eggplant but...


Ancient Grains & Shiitake Mushroom Pilaf

Ancient Grains & Shiitake Mushroom Pilaf

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides

In my kitchen, shiitake mushrooms are one of our top choices of fungi. Not just for the quality, texture, and versatility of the mushroom, but for potential other health benefits. Nutritionally they are a good source of B vitamins and the antioxidant, selenium. But they may also play a role...


Cheesy, Baked Cruciferous

Cheesy, Baked Cruciferous

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides

I have never been a big fan of the stinky, messy, hard-to-chew white stuff - I'm talking cauliflower. While the cruciferous vegetables bring a host of nutrients and fibre to our dinner tables, their bitter flavours can be a turn-off for some. This family-friendly recipe is a fun and...


Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Salads

This salad makes a beautiful side dish for any family or pot-luck meal. When it comes to family meals, it is important to get the kids involved in meal preparation. This can help to increase their palate for new foods, build skills in the kitchen, and promote a healthy relationship with food....


Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Sides / Salads

This recipe is a favourite in our family, with the sweet and salty flavours of the beets and feta complimenting each other well. Beets are a good source of potassium, fibre, and folate. The red pigment is a nitrogen-containing form of anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that falls under...