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Cheesy, Baked Cruciferous

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 tasteful alternative for those of us who don't really care for cruciferous…   Preheat oven to 350 F Ingredients 4 cups cauliflower, chopped 4 cups broccoli, chopped 1/4 cup milk 4 ounces cream cheese (the real stuff, NOT the cream cheese "product") 1 cup aged cheddar cheese 1/3 cup Panko or bread crumbs   Directions 1) Combine the vegetables and steam until just tender. Transfer to a casserole or baking dish. Set aside. 2) Heat the...

Simple Scratch Granola

Granola contains so many ingredients that help promote good health: cholesterol-reducing whole oats, digestion-slowing fibre, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. Add it to milk, yogurt or cottage cheese and you've got a well-balanced breakfast or snack. It takes no time to make and you can personalize it with your own special ingredients. To start, preheat your oven to 350 F... Ingredients: 8 cups whole oats 1 cup unsweetened coconut 3/4 cup wheat bran 3/4 cup ground flaxseed 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds 1 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds 1 cup pumpkin seeds (optional with or without the shell) 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 1/2 cups dried unsweetened fruit (I use golden raisins) 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup Camelina...

Spicy Bean and Veggie Patties

It's almost BBQ season and while many of us enjoy a fresh beef or bison burger, I dare you to try this vegetarian alternative! Full of fibre, folate, protein, and other nutrients, these patties are also leaner than their beef counterpart and certainly contain less sodium than the store-bought versions. Preheat oven to 350 F Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 large onion, chopped finely 1/2 red pepper, chopped finely 2 medium carrots, shredded 398 ml can refried beans 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup brown/wild rice blend (I enjoy Lundberg or Nuworld) 1 large egg 1.5 tsp chili powder 1 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 250 ml cheddar cheese, grated   Directions: 1) Wash your hands well with warm, soapy water 2) Add all...

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