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

Baking and desserts

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

Something smells good in here, besides the scent of a freshly cleaned house without kids in it, that is!  We’re celebrating the first day back at school with some home-baked after-school treats.  It’s pouring rain outside and I love being a homebody on a rainy […]

Blissful Blueberry Orange Bars

Blissful Blueberry Orange Bars

Does this ever happen to you?  You go shopping with a carefully planned grocery list and the items that make their way into your cart were not part of the plan?  I’m guilty of this, especially when it comes to food shopping.  I thought I […]

Better For You Brownies and other healthy bake sale ideas

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a potluck dinner with 40 other holistic nutritionists.  It was a kale and quinoa delight for the senses, a whole foods smorgasbord!  And the next morning I found myself in what seemed like the opposite end of […]

Sweet Potatoes Stewed in Coconut Milk

So I’ve been a bit of a slacker about posting recipes lately.   I have a camera full of lunchbox delights that somehow haven’t made it onto the computer with the words and recipes to accompany them.   One can only get by on good intentions […]

Whole Grain Seed Bread

My friend Dee taught me how to bake bread almost 20 years ago.  I didn’t yet own a cooling rack or know the delight of kneading dough until your forearms ached, but I was immediately hooked!  Every time I make bread I feel like I have a […]

Very Banana Berry Spelt Muffins

When I was asked to provide a recipe for one of Sam’s playgroups years ago, I came up with a muffin recipe that was low in sugar and high in goodness.  It was adapted from the cookbook Looneyspoons by Janet and Greta Podleski.  I’ve been making […]

Crispy Brown Rice Treats

You won’t find any marshmallows here!  But what you will find are simple, healthy ingredients that you can whip together in minutes to create a favourite lunch box treat.