Kale Chickpea Snack Mix (Gluten Free)

Appies & Snacks, Gluten-Free

For those moments when you crave something salty and crispy, this does the trick!  You can bake the chickpeas if you want, but they just don’t get as crispy. This is a great fall snack, and is best served right away as the chickpeas lose their crispness.  You could add some cayenne pepper (at the same time as the garlic … View The Post

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes

By now you’ve probably realized that I’m obsessed with all things lemon ricotta.  In my defence, what is there not to love? I decided to remain predictable and created these delicious, perfectly moist and sweet muffins.  We are constantly on the hunt for healthy nut free snacks to pack in Charlie’s lunch, so I held my breath and crossed my … View The Post

Coconut Curry Mussels

Appies & Snacks, Gluten-Free, Main Dishes, Recipes

The older and busier I get, the less time I want to spend in the kitchen slaving away for hours while everyone else relaxes and visits.  Call me cranky, but I just want to have a good time!  I’ve always marvelled at steamed mussels (when done right), but am embarrassed to say that I have never cooked them as I … View The Post

Granola Bars (Gluten-Free)

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Gluten-Free, Recipes

Finding a healthy snack isn’t always easy.  I have always loved granola bars, but struggle with the fact that many store-bought granola bars overly sweet and full of ingredients that I would rather not have in my food.  So…I decided to make my own. I spend a lot of time lingering over Barefoot Contessa’s recipe books, and stumbled upon a terrific recipe for … View The Post

Banana Bread

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes

I started making this banana bread when I was 13 years old, and it has been a family favourite ever since.  The recipe was originally from my Aunty Mary straight from New Zealand and handed down through the generations.  I admittedly tweaked it a bit to reduce the sugar and fat (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup butter and … View The Post

Pumpkin Muffins

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes, Snacks

Judging from my recent posts I’m clearly addicted to all things pumpkin.  Truthfully, I’m constantly looking for ways to hide vegetables in my two year old son’s food.  After all, he is my toughest critic!  These are perfect for a snack or breakfast on the run and freeze beautifully.  You can substitute gluten-free flour blend for all of the flour to … View The Post

Heirloom Tomato Salsa and Guacamole

Appies & Snacks, Recipes

  Our go-to summer appetizer is homemade salsa and guacamole.  You simply can’t beat the fresh garden flavours.  This salsa is best made an hour or two before serving to allow the flavours to come together.  Serve with the best tortilla chips you can find. 2 ½ c. finely chopped heirloom tomatoes (or regular tomatoes can be substituted) 1 seeded … View The Post

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Appies & Snacks, Gluten-Free, Lunch, Main Dishes, Recipes

One of my all-time favourite summer meals!  These lettuce wraps are packed with flavour, fresh veges and protein: really a perfect lunch or light dinner, and so easy to make. Here’s how you do it: Ingredients: 1 lb ground chicken, turkey or pork 1/2 chopped small yellow onion 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tbsp. grated ginger 2 tbsp. soy sauce … View The Post