30 Minute Meal: Soups ON

Want a healthy, fast meal that is highly adaptable? I mean, really, who DOESN’T…right? Soup checks all the boxes: it’s fast, healthy, delicious, adaptable and can often be made with standard pantry items. You (or your kids) can master this 30 minute meal. It has white beans to give it some fibre, balance the acid in the tomatoes and give …

Mango Black Bean Salad

My general rule is: if I make something, I want it to last at least a couple of days. Traditional leaf salads — while delicious, can easily get soggy and it’s not uncommon to have to chuck any leftovers. But not with black bean salad. It’s healthy, hearty has a great balance of flavours (sweet, salty, savoury and a little …

Fresh Spring Rolls

When it comes to entertaining, it’s essential to land on an item that can feed lots of different palates with not lots of extra work. Enter, the fresh spring roll. It’s gluten free. It can be easily modified for vegans or carnivores. It’s pretty and your kids can help you make them. Versatile, fresh, healthy and no need to turn …

Easy, Healthy, High-Protein Snacks!

If your kids are anything like mine, their go to, “healthy” snack is carbs. Thousands of orange goldfish have floated through our cupboards over the years. The key is healthy, high-protein, kid-friendly snacks. The problem with these, and any carb-heavy snack really, is that they satisfy your hunger for a short time and always leave you wanting more. As we …

Time is the Mother of Cooking Innovations

Necessity is the mother of invention and there is no better place to apply this than the kitchen. Vegan burgers, soy milk and cashew cream are great examples of this. (Not so subtle hint: I’m running a vegan cooking class tomorrow night.) Invention is also inspired by gaps in equipment and time. Rule of thumb says we make pasta by …

10 Hacks to Reduce Lunch Bag Let Down

Who loves making lunches? Anyone? Anyone out there? I grew up in a big family. Huge really by today’s standards. Five sisters and three brothers. I remember my mom filling the top of the dishwasher (portable kind) with slices of bread and just filling them with cheese slices. Gross. You bet! Did I eat them? Not a chance.

Ready, Set…Bake!

The truth is, there is no one, way to cook anything. In fact, if history teaches us anything, it is that at some point we will look back at our best practices and deem them WRONG.

Top 10 Tips for Making Candy at Home

If you’ve ever considered making your own chocolates or candies, but put it off because you assumed it was too hard or complicated, I’m here to tell you it is neither.

Quick, Vegan Chili

In keeping with the theme of more legumes, less meat, I bring you an easy, tasty vegan chili recipe you can knock off in 30 minutes (no fooling).