Parmesan Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Sides, Vegetables

You either love them or hate them.  Yes, I’m talking about brussels sprouts.  And I confess, until recently I was in the ‘hate them’ group. I had been subjected to years of the mushy cold version (aren’t all veggies cold on the Christmas table by the time we get to them?), so I really had no clue how yummy these … 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

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

Peach Raspberry Muffins (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Breakfast, Gluten-Free

Eating gluten-free can be a challenge, especially when it comes to baking. Enter my friend and long-time mentor Patricia Chuey.  When faced with the same food challenge, she stepped up to the plate and created her own gluten-free flour blend that knocks the socks off of any other gluten-free flour on the market.  I love the fact that it is … View The Post

Hearty Lentil Soup (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free, Soups

As soon as Fall arrives I get this urge to make soup every day.  There is something so cozy about a pot of soup, full of vegetables, simmering on the stove.  Lentils are packed with fibre and protein, making this a perfect vegetarian dish to add to your repertoire of quick meals.  Here is my take on lentil soup that … View The Post

Garden Italian Meat Sauce

Main Dishes

My aunty Becky once told me that there are some things you don’t mess with (ok, she put it a bit more colorfully), and for me, a meat sauce is one of them. I like it to taste like I just stepped into Italy and load it up with heaps of fresh basil from the garden and a healthy dose … View The Post

Heirloom Tomato Salsa and Guacamole

Appetizers

  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

Appetizers, Gluten-Free, Main Dishes

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