Weekday Meals

Vegan Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Vegan Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

My son who's now 2 years old, suddenly won't eat cooked oatmeal. This is no surprise to me as with toddlerhood comes changes in growth, taste preferences, and acting "pickier" around food all of which is normal. Although my son doesn't seem to be interested in cooked oatmea right nowl, that he...


Simple Scratch Granola

Simple Scratch Granola

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Snacks / Vegan / PCOS

Granola contains so many ingredients that help promote good health: cholesterol-reducing whole oats, digestion-slowing fibre, anti-inflammatory 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...


Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

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

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...


Baked Pears with Cinnamon Crisp Topping

Baked Pears with Cinnamon Crisp Topping

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten Free / Dessert

Pear season has begun and while they make a delicious grab-and-go fruit or balanced snack with protein, pears tend to ripen all at once. Before they get too soft, this dessert is a great way to use up those last few pears. An easy dessert that can be baked on the BBQ if you prefer not to heat...


Sweet Buffalo Tofu Bites

Sweet Buffalo Tofu Bites

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Entrees / Gluten Free / Low FODMAP

This recipe is for all the spicy food fans! If you love buffalo wings, I'm not here to tell you that this buffalo tofu is just like it - but I will say it's worth trying if you're considering adding more plants to your diet! If you have access to an airfryer this recipe is super convenient and...


Berry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Bark

Berry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Bark

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks

I am always on the hunt for frozen summer snack ideas that don't always default to ice cream. I mean, we love ice cream but not every day. And I want to offer my son a variety of nourishing and fun snack options. Frozen yogurt bark is super fun and easy to throw together - grab a cookie...


Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Beverages / PCOS

I've been wanting to play around with blueberries and basil for awhile now and the timing is perfect because my basil is thriving and I have a lot of it! I am so excited about how nicely the basil compliments the blueberries, and you gotta love the colour! It's light and refreshing and loaded...


Grilled Pineapple Tofu Skewers

Grilled Pineapple Tofu Skewers

Looking for some plant based protein alternatives for BBQ season? I mean, you can't go wrong with a Beyond Meat burger, but I decided to get creative with alternatives to grilled meat skewers using tofu. Extra firm tofu is made of pressed soybeans, and if you'd like to learn more about soy...


Kale, Barley, & Apple Salad

Kale, Barley, & Apple Salad

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

Barley is kind of a forgotten grain - it's just not something most of use as a staple. With summer upon us, I wanted to incorporate barley into a hearty salad and one that could be turned into a complete meal for those lazy, hot summer evenings. Barley is a great source of fibre, magnesium,...


Pineapple Bran Muffins with Chickpea Flour

Pineapple Bran Muffins with Chickpea Flour

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / PCOS

I am new to baking with chickpea flour and feeling really behind the times! I love the idea of using chickpea flour in my baking because it's another way to incorporate prebiotic fibre into my family's diet. For those wondering what the heck prebiotics are (nope, it's not a typo - different...


Kitchen Aromatic Staples - Global News Morning

Kitchen Aromatic Staples - Global News Morning

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Sides / Media

This morning Brooke demonstrated how you can use aromatics in cooking to add personality and flavour to your meals. She highlighted Spanish Sweet Onions from Idaho-Eastern Oregon (sponsored) and why they make a nutritious and delicious key kitchen staple. Watch the full...


Lentil, Kale Soup with Italian Sausage

Lentil, Kale Soup with Italian Sausage

Posted in Weekday Meals / One-Pot Meals / Soup / Low FODMAP

I will be solo parenting the next few months (weekdays only thank goodness), so I'm getting some easy meals ready for the busier days when I'm at work. Batch cooking is something I try to do anyway a few times a month. It's great having back-up meals in the freezer - extra soup, chili, lasagne,...


Whole Grain Apple Carrot Toddler Cookies

Whole Grain Apple Carrot Toddler Cookies

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Vegan

As a mom to a toddler I'm always looking for new snack ideas. I'm also looking for ways to incorporate nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids and one of my favourite foods that helps to check off that box is ground flaxseed. Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a...


Pumpkin Seed Butter Energy Bites

Pumpkin Seed Butter Energy Bites

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

If you're looking for peanut and treenut free snack alternatives, I've got you covered with this great recipe using pumpkin seed butter. Pumpkin seed butter is made from roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and has more protein than any other seed or nut butter available at 10g protein/2 tbsp. It's...


Creamy Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

Creamy Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Entrees / Vegetarian / PCOS

As we prepare for another winter, be sure to star this comfort food for that snowy, nose-in-a-book, Sunday afternoon. I know the pumpkin sounds like a misfit with mac n' cheese, but it seriously creates the creamiest texture. Pumpkin is also rich in fibre, potassium, vitamin A, and folate....


Miso Tahini Dressing

Miso Tahini Dressing

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dressings

This creamy, flavourful dressing originally went with my Sunshine Bowl recipe. But it's also amazing on salads, steamed vegetables like broccoli or green beans, and rice bowls.   Tahini is a sesame seed paste, commonly used to make chickpea hummus. It's a rich source of iron, calcium, protein...


Garlic Butter Banza with Lemon and Spinach

Garlic Butter Banza with Lemon and Spinach

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Entrees / Gluten Free

Banza Rotini is made from chickpeas and pea protein, so it's very different from a wheat-based pasta but can fool almost any pasta lover into thinking it's regular 'ol wheat pasta. What I love about Banza is that it offers such a rich source of protein and fibre compared to wheat pasta. I'm...


Mango Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops

Mango Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / Dessert

Frozen yogurt pops make such a great summer snack for your littles. Toddlers and kids rely on nutrient-dense foods to help them grow. These pops (similar to this older recipe) are so tasty, creamy, and rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, B12, and protein. If adding the...


Beetroot Blend

Beetroot Blend

Posted in Weekday Meals / Beverages

I LOVE a beety, gingery juice. But I don't love the cost to purchasing fancy juices, and I don't have a juicer. So I settled for a blended drink! I rarely drink fruit or vegetable juices, but every now and again I crave a cold beet juice with ginger and lemon - spicey, tart and sweet all at...


Sesame Lime Tofu Strips for Baby

Sesame Lime Tofu Strips for Baby

Posted in Infant Nutrition / Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan

Tofu is made from pressed, whole soybeans (you can learn more about soy here), and as per the 2017 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy, soybeans as well as sesame are a common food allergens that are encouraged to introduce to infants around 6 months of age....


Baby Friendly Salmon Cakes

Baby Friendly Salmon Cakes

Omega 3 fatty acids are an important essential nutrient that we must attain from foods (our bodies cannot make omega 3 fats). Fatty fish, like salmon, is a good source of the omega 3s DHA and EPA, which play a role in brain and eye health as well as reducing inflammation throughout the body....


Warm Lemon Garlic Kale with Parmesan

Warm Lemon Garlic Kale with Parmesan

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

Truth bomb - kale has never been a favourite leafy green vegetable. In fact, I've often struggled to find a way to enjoy kale. So for a very long time I simply didn't even try. And it's totally okay NOT to like kale (or any "healthy" food for that matter) regardless of how much hype and...


Thai Red Coconut Curry with Tofu

Thai Red Coconut Curry with Tofu

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Entrees / Vegan

Having travelled to Thailand, I know that this dish is by no means authentic. But it certainly adds a whole new set of flavours and textures that may brighten up a boring supper routine. While this dish uses some convenience items, it still offers a host of nutrients and fibre. If you're new...


Harvest-time Lentil Stew

Harvest-time Lentil Stew

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Entrees / Vegan

October is Agriculture month in Saskatchewan so it's a great time to appreciate the farmers hard at work harvesting their crops, and to celebrate our local agriculture. This stew couldn't be closer to "local food" - this time of year it is easy to find all the main ingredients grown...


Grandma's Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Grandma's Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Dessert

Nothing says Fall, harvest time, or Thanksgiving 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 appreciate her use of whole, locally-grown...