Healthy Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes and Pecans

I’m slowly getting back to my normal routine here. December was mind blowing with all the Christmas craziness, hockey, Kyle’s almost pneumonia cold and skiing. Having a child born on January 1st extends celebrations well into January making 1.5 months a complete blur of who me and Alex are (more me). I still have a 6 year old’s birthday party to survive and after that when I close my eyes, I will be seeing never ending waves which are getting more and more real. For now, I’m keeping my eyes open…
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Healthy Rum Balls

Until today, if you asked my boys what are their most vivid Christmas memories besides a psychic Santa at the mall (thanks to a bluetooth ear piece) and going on a West Coast Express Santa train downtown to drink free hot chocolate and juice at daddy’s work, they would have said “Mom listening to Frank Sinatra non-stop”. And they would have also added immediately “She listens to him all year round!!!”. Every July Adam asks me “Mommy, why are you listening to Christmas music in summer?”. Well, what can I…
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Clean Green Bean Casserole Two Ways

Clean Green Bean Casserole #1 I will be very honest with you about the green bean casserole – I don’t love it. More than that I am not a huge fan of many fall vegetables and dishes. I’m just not and neither are my kids. I will cook and eat them but I much prefer fresh and juicy produce centered recipes. However, as kids are growing I want them to grow up with traditions. I want them to feel Canadian and included. Yes, I want that! I’m all…
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Sauteed Mushroom Spinach Salad with Mushroom Vinaigrette

A mushroom spinach salad that happened by a total accident. This is yet the tastiest spinach salad I have ever tried! I know there are so many spinach salad recipes and every year summer comes and goes, and I do not have a staple recipe I rely on. Just the way it was and no other explanation. Until I took my 5 year old grocery shopping with me last week… He wasn’t excited but I handed him a basket on wheels and said “Load it up”. Most kids love doing…
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Kale, Blueberry, Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans Salad

Uber delicious salad with curly or baby kale (best types for this salad in my opinion), organic soft goat cheese from pasture raised goats, local fresh blueberries and homemade candied pecans. All of this “swimming” in the Poppy Seed Dressing I posted yesterday. And all of this goodness is Clean Eating approved. It was so hard to keep the title of the recipe short but I almost did it.:) Ugh, I can’t stand long recipe names but sometimes there is no way around that. Maybe should have just said…
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Healthy No Bake Pumpkin Pie

This healthy no bake pumpkin pie…Where shall we start?! Is unbelievable! Plus it’s vegan and gluten free. After my No Bake Peanut Butter Pie was such a hit with everyone, I wanted to create something new. Pumpkin is perfect for frozen pies – it adds volume and pumpkin taste (obviously) along with many health benefits. This pumpkin pie turned out so creamy, my 8 year old believed me it was made with pumpkin ice cream! He didn’t appreciate the crust much (pecans are not a kids’ thing I guess) but gobbled the…
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Pumpkin Crumb Protein Muffins Recipe

Moist, tender and full of pumpkin flavour muffins with the most delicious crumb topping – bits of pecans (or walnuts) caramelized in maple syrup with hints of salt and cinnamon. And they are good for you filled with protein, healthy fats and sweetened with dates. Perfect for snack, breakfast and school lunches. My kids devoured these pumpkin protein muffins in minutes and they are picky with muffins. You wouldn’t find these muffins chalky if you use good quality plant-based protein powder. My top picks are VEGA and Orgain. I stand…
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Blueberry, Avocado and Toasted Pecans Quinoa Salad

  Healthy one meal salad with Lime Basil Dressing. Perfect for summer and keeps well refrigerated. Did I tell you, guys, I stopped eating any bread products? Even Ezekiel ones?! Just occasionally I would eat half a toast with peanut butter. It happened unintentionally. By eating more whole foods like grains, seeds, vegetables and fruits, I had no room left for bread. And yes, I did see a change in my body definition. This quinoa salad is one of my new whole food meals inspired by Dara’s of Cookin…
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Baby Greens Salad with Pecans, Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Mixed baby greens salad with fresh pomegranate arils, roasted pecans, soft goat cheese and zesty green onion. Drizzled with delicious homemade mango dressing. This healthy salad is so colourful, I wanted to call it a Christmas Salad. And I obviously forgot to add green onions. I made this salad past weekend for an Italian dinner at our friend’s house. It was a hit even among the kids who loved the fruity & sweet mango dressing and my kids love pomegranate. This baby greens salad is great for get…
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Quinoa Salad with Apples, Cranberries, Pecans & Maple Basil Dressing

Yesterday I went to my local farmers market and got lots of apples. Today was cooking and photo day for my new eBook – 30 Clean Dinners that comes out on January 5, 2014. Obviously, it was a daycare day for Adam. Amongst total kitchen chaos and my 2 month old broken dishwasher (again), I thought of my neighbours, and all of us of course. Our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving next week and I thought this Quinoa Salad with Apples, Cranberries, Pecans & Maple Basil Dressing would be perfect for their…
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