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No Bake Protein Bites

One of the key ingredients in these protein balls are chia seeds - an edible seed that originates from a desert plant, salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fibre, and calcium. Just 2 tbsp of chia contains the same amount of calcium as 100 grams of yogurt and almost double the amount of omega 3 fats in 1/4 cup walnuts. This Omega Protein bite makes a great, low sugar granola bar alternative for on-the-go breakfast or snacks. Ingredients: 1 cup whole oats, dried 2 tbsp pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), chopped into pieces OR 1.5 tbsp hemp seeds 1/4 cup almonds, chopped into pieces 1/4 cup soaked chia seeds (take ~2 tbsp chia seeds and add ~1/2 cup water. Let soak until the chia absorbes the...

Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

As we prepare for another winter, be sure to star this comfort food for that snowy, nose-in-a-book, Sunday afternoon. It is no surprise to anyone that macaroni and cheese is rich (in other words, calorie dense). But with our "all foods fit" philosophy, yes, even calorie-rich dishes make it into my recipes a few times a year. This dish may be calorie dense but it's also nutrient dense. The pureed pumpkin creates a rich and creamy texture, while boosting fibre, potassium, vitamin A, and folate! Using real, aged cheddar cheese boosts calcium and protein. To reduce the temptation of over-indulging, serve with a side salad or steamed green vegetable. Have a happy winter! Pre-heat oven to 375F Ingredients: 2 cups whole grain macaroni, dried 2...

Grandma's Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is just a month away! Nothing says Fall, harvest time, Thanksgiving etc. than the flavour and aroma of pumpkin. This particular recipe is dear to me as I discovered it in my late grandmother's old batter-spattered notebook among her other recipe favourites. And I love the use of whole, locally-grown pumpkins bringing out a flavour and freshness iike no other.         Ingredients: Pastry: I learned to make pastry the same way my mom makes it - following the recipe from the Tenderflake box! She always said it was the best and I have never strayed. Pie filling: 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 tsp cinnamon, ground 1 tsp ginger, ground 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground 1/4 tsp cloves, ground (I use a mortar and...

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