Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup for the Crockpot

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup for the Crockpot

So at the very last-minute, as I’m running out the door before the slue of games scheduled for the day, I threw this soup in the slow cooker. I call this a “what do I have on hand?” soup. Sometimes those are the best.

Multi-grain pumpkin muffins with brown sugar streusel topping

Multi-grain pumpkin muffins with brown sugar streusel topping

When someone says bake something I just naturally go for muffins. And given that it’s that time of year where I find myself overstocked with pumpkin puree, these are pumpkin muffins. Vegan. Whole-grain. And I added a little extra brown sugar streusel on top for fun.

Arugula and Edamame Salad with Beets and Dates

Arugula and Edamame Salad with Beets and Dates

This salad. This salad was a total surprise. Edamame, seeds, tomatoes, sweet vinaigrette and dried fruit. Dates! Yes, dates. I’ve never considered adding dates to a salad and I tell you, I have been adding them ever since.

Apple Cinnamon Hot Breakfast Cereal

Apple Cinnamon Hot Breakfast Cereal

Admittedly, I used a hot cereal mix. But it was Bob’s Red Mill and so I feel good about that. This is a pre-sweetened mix so I only added extra sugar on top when serving as it has plenty of flavour on it’s own.

Letting the cereal soak overnight in a portion of the liquid allows it to soften and shortens the cooking time in the morning. Which means you can totally do this during the week.

Carrot and Sweet Pepper Soup #MeatlessMondays

Carrot and Sweet Pepper Soup #MeatlessMondays

A light all veggie soup. I’m normally not a fan of dill, but in this soup it really works and adds a nice freshness. I used super sweet mini peppers for this soup. Stick with yellow or orange peppers to complement the colour of the carrots in the final dish. The honey helps bring out the sweetness of the vegetables, only a touch is needed and I don’t suggest you skip it. I used water for the base of this soup. Just plain water lets the veggies shine through.

Whole Wheat Couscous with Roasted Pumpkin

Whole Wheat Couscous with Roasted Pumpkin

I often forget how easy couscous is to cook. It is literally ready in minutes. Which makes it easy to mix with roasted veggies at the last minute and turn them into something really special.

Back to School: Vegan Zucchini Carrot Bread

Back to School: Vegan Zucchini Carrot Bread

I love this make-ahead loaf for packing in the kids lunches. It’s packed full of veggies and vegan. Freezes well too. Zucchini and Carrot Bread. At the side of the house I remember that my mom grew these ginormous zucchini every summer. She said they liked it...
Funky Monkey Pancakes

Funky Monkey Pancakes

Chocolate pancakes filled with bits of banana and extra crunchy from chopped nuts. Pancakes are not for busy weekday mornings. Or even busy weekend mornings when there is soccer games to go to or yard work to get done. A day-off requires pancakes.  Pancakes are for...
Orange and Cilantro Slaw

Orange and Cilantro Slaw

I ran 10 miles this weekend. Farthest I have ever, ever ran. I thought my knees were going to fall out. I hear Ottawa is a hilly place and I understand hills are hard on the knees. There are no hills where I live. It’s as flat as a pancake. So...
Lunchbox food: Oatmeal and Molasses Cookies

Lunchbox food: Oatmeal and Molasses Cookies

There are very few boxed treats I will buy to throw into my kids’ lunch. I find that what I would consider the healthier alternatives are not appropriate for lunches because of the nut-free thing and well, let’s face it most are little more than candy bars anyway.   I...
Breakfast food: Vegan Raspberry Pecan Muffins

Breakfast food: Vegan Raspberry Pecan Muffins

A few words about these muffins before I begin. 1) My daughter requested raspberries, which were only available frozen this time of year, meh results – while the flavour was good, they bled purple juice throughout the muffins. I don’t like the purple streaks. 2)...