Weekday Meals

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,...


Whole Wheat & Chickpea Flour Pineapple Bran Muffins

Whole Wheat & Chickpea Flour Pineapple Bran Muffins

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / PCOS

I am new to baking with chickpea flour and feeling really behind the times! Truth be told the first recipe I tried with chickpea flour (another muffin recipe) was really disappointing and I did not like the taste of it at all. But I love the idea of using chickpea flour in my baking because...


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...


Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

My son who's now 18 months old, will no longer eat cooked oatmeal. This is no surprise to me as I was well prepared for things to change. With toddlerhood also comes changes in growth, taste preferences, and acting picky around food all of which is normal. I knew that although he doesn't seem to...


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...


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...


Overnight Oats with Blueberries & Pepitas

Overnight Oats with Blueberries & Pepitas

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Vegan

Overnight Oats (ONO) are a great option for people who feel rushed in the morning and the last thing they have time for is deciding what to have for breakfast. ONO are prepared ahead time so it not only frees up your morning, but starts your day with a filling and nutrient-dense meal. This...


Global News Morning - It's Pear Season!

Global News Morning - It's Pear Season!

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Snacks / Salads / Media

Today I joined Jackie on Saskatoon Global News Morning to share my ideas for using pears! Pears have a short season, starting with California pears (sponsored) from late July to late August, leading in our Canadian pear season. So much nutrition and so many great ways to enjoy pears! Check out...


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...


Global News Morning - Low Sugar Summer Cocktails

Global News Morning - Low Sugar Summer Cocktails

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Beverages / Media

Today on Global News Morning Saskatoon, I was in studio sharing some of my favourite, low sugar summer cocktails of the season. A lot of trendy products on the market and I share a few of my top pics! Check out the segment...


Pineapple Coconut Summer Cocktail

Pineapple Coconut Summer Cocktail

Posted in Weekday Meals / Beverages / Media

So now that baby boy is over 3 months old, I have been happily enjoying a few cocktails of the season - wine spritzer, sangria, mojito - but I have just discovered my new favourite! Playing around with the tropical flavours of pineapple, coconut, and rum this light and refreshing cocktail is...


Tofu Sunshine Bowl with Miso Dressing

Tofu Sunshine Bowl with Miso Dressing

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

This bowl is such a welcome change to our usual dinner routine, whether we're in a mid summer melt-down, or feeling the mid-winter blues. I eat with my eyes and I love all the colours of this dish, which makes me think of sunshine! With all that colour comes loads of nutritients too -...