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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Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Healthy green bean casserole from scratch using real food and no canned ingredients. Fresh green beans and mushrooms cooked in the same skillet as onions for a topping mixed with Parmesan cheese and pecans. Creamy sauce made with whole milk and more Parmesan cheese. I foresee questions about substituting other milk like almond etc. You can but sauce will be less creamy and be prepared for a different taste.

Spinach Mushroom Salad

A spinach mushroom 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 Salad

Uber delicious kale blueberry salad with curly or baby kale (best types of kale for this salad IMHO), soft goat cheese, local fresh blueberries and easy homemade candied pecans. All of this goodness “swimming” in healthy poppy seed dressing I posted yesterday. If you are looking for more hearty salads with quinoa and/or kale, check out this chicken quinoa kale salad with grilled peach and avocado, and blueberry quinoa salad.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

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 pumpkin protein muffins chalky if you use good quality plant-based protein powder. My top picks are VEGA and Orgain….
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Blueberry Quinoa Salad

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 blueberry quinoa salad is one of my new whole food meals, perfect for hot summer days. This is all you might need for lunch or dinner, well maybe kale blueberry…
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Fall Quinoa Salad

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 fall quinoa salad with apples, cranberries, pecans & maple basil dressing would be perfect…
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