Family friendly recipes and real life adventures by a mom/nutritionist


Caramelized Onion Hummus

Caramelized Onion Hummus

Oh hummus, you are saviour of sandwiches, best friend to crudités and one of my personal heroes.  I prefer to use a hummus dip for snacking because I just find it a cleaner eating option – especially if you make it yourself. Between my children and […]

Chewy Oat Granola Bars

Chewy Oat Granola Bars

My kids love those chewy granola bars, the ones that are actually candy masquerading as health food.  I can’t bring myself to buy them, so this is our compromise.  These bars make a great snack – they really fill you up and provide sustained energy […]

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

The winter of 2013/2014 will be forever in my memory as the one where winter came to Toronto.  It came as snow, it came as rain and way sub-zero temperatures, and it came as an ice storm that found us sheltering inside our cosy house […]

Gingerbread People

Gingerbread People

Do you have a favourite holiday tradition?  My fave holiday is Christmas and what I’ve grown to love most is Christmas Eve.  Our family heads down to the market for an early breakfast and we shop for ingredients for our dinner that night.  The market […]

Vegetable Stock

  I wrote most of this article from the oral surgery waiting room, as Rick had his wisdom teeth removed.  Thanks to the unsuspecting man who hadn’t secured the hotspot on his Android, my wait was a productive one!   If I remember correctly – […]

Indulgent Green Smoothie for Mom (or Dad)

Are you an emotional eater?  I would have never classified myself as one, but this morning a light bulb went off for me and I discovered that I absolutely make food choices based on my emotional state.  And judging by the many websites out there […]

Apple Picking and Calzones

You know what I love best about food (other than the whole keeping you alive thing)?  It’s the memories that go with it.  As far back as my brain can go, the big memories are associated with food.  One of the first things I can […]

Sweet Potato/Banana Pudding

Confession:  I spend way too much money on groceries.  Some people buy shoes, I splash out on organic papayas and grass-fed beef.  Once you’re aware of the effects of your food choices on your health and on the planet, it’s impossible to go back.  But, […]

Sweet Corn Chowder

Do you love corn?  I’m slightly embarrassed to say that normally I don’t (it’s just a personal taste thing and I feel very un-Ontarian saying that).  So why am I sharing a recipe for corn soup?  Because thanks to this recipe, I found a way […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

I have big love for all autumn food.  The favourite of my faves being the great pumpkin.  And my pumpkin love isn’t just about the amazing health benefits (although being a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fibre doesn’t hurt), it’s everything else that […]

Amazing Mayonnaise

I am about to say something that I never dreamed I would be saying – I made mayonnaise.   Me.  I’m still pinching myself. The journey to homemade mayo began one evening at a Holistic Nutrition workshop about naturally fermented foods.  As I helped the instructor […]

Simple Cream Cheese

This is probably not a true cream cheese by technical definition, but you’d never know.  It’s light, creamy and simply delicious.  The best part is how absolutely simple it is to make – gravity does most of the work. Plain cream cheese is a great […]