Granola Bars (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Breakfast, Gluten-Free

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

Spaghetti Squash Fritters

Gluten-Free, Sides, Vegetables

There are times in life when a little bacon is in order: this is one of them. Of course, if you are vegetarian you can completely leave it out, but this seems to be a case of ‘a little goes a long way’ in the splurge department. As with all of my recipes, I tried making this as lean as … View The Post

Indonesian Coconut Pumpkin Soup (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free, Soups

My first waitressing job during university was at an eclectic little bistro called the Tomato Cafe, nestled in the Cambie neighbourhood of Vancouver.  Originally owned and founded by Diane Clement (cookbook author and previous Olympic athlete), it was true serendipity that they hired me.  The Tomato has had a profound influence on my perspective on food and allowed me an … View The Post

Roasted Pumpkin, Kale and Quinoa Salad (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free, Salads

When I grew up, a salad was simply a bunch of iceberg lettuce, maybe some tomato and cucumber, and Kraft salad dressing.  Have times ever changed!  Salads are where you can let your imagination go wild.  Veggies, fruit, cheese, nuts, greens… anything goes. Now that Halloween has come and gone, I was eyeing up those unsuspecting cute sugar pumpkins pondering their … View The Post

Vegetable Soup with Pesto Turkey Meatballs (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free, Soups

This soup was created out of one of those ‘oh no, what am I going to make for dinner?’ nights.  I try to keep ground turkey on hand  for a healthy and versatile source of protein, but find that it needs some love in the flavour department.  I had recently made basil pesto (previous post) and frozen it, and a … View The Post

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding (Gluten-Free)

Breakfast, Gluten-Free

I have been wanting to make chia seed pudding for ages, and now I’m wondering what took me so long. What an EASY and yummy treat! Chia seeds, a well-known ‘Super Food’, are packed with fibre, omega-3’s and protein. Really, a Dietitian’s dream. They have a gel-like quality that gives it natural thickening properties, no cooking needed. This pudding takes … View The Post

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Breakfast, Gluten-Free

I started making these as a regular (not gluten-free) cookie, but changed my mind at the last second simply because it was so easy to make them gluten-free!  All I needed in my pantry was gluten-free oats and of course Patricia Chuey’s gluten-free flour blend  so I thought, why not?  Now, I’m not on a gluten-free diet, and I’m not a … View The Post

Banana, Peanut Butter and Date Protein Smoothie

Breakfast, Gluten-Free

I love smoothies but I admittedly get tired of the same old fruit and yogurt versions.  This one is an unexpected twist from the norm and is PACKED with protein and fibre to keep you feeling full and energized throughout the morning.  Dates and bananas are both loaded with potassium and fibre, and the whey, milk and peanut butter add … View The Post

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free)

Desserts, Gluten-Free

I confess, it’s always been the pie filling, not the crust, that I’m after. I’d say that this is especially the case with pumpkin pie, the quintessential fall dessert. The good news is that skipping the crust makes it so much lighter in the calorie department! Pumpkin is rich in fibre, carotenoids and Vitamin A, which may help improve night … View The Post

Mexican Kale Salad (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free, Salads

We can’t get enough of these Mexican flavours in our house: honestly, we cook a Mexican meal nearly once a week. This is a super healthy and filling salad that incorporates the Super Food kale into the mix to give it a bit more texture, fibre and vitamins.  In addition to only having 33 calories per cup, kale is rich … View The Post