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Healthy Ice Cream

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t call this ice cream, but it’s a really good fake
I adapted this recipe from Snack Girl, and I had trouble falling asleep last night thinking of all the endless possibilities for this treat. Continue reading

5-Day Meal Plan

It’s officially fall, and the easy, breezy days of summer have become a distant memory. Everyone is back at work and kids are back at school, which means adjusting to busier schedules & new routines. Continue reading

A Taste for Quinoa

Have you tried Quinoa? It’s Gluten-Free, Tasty and Nutritious

Serve this Vegetable Quinoa Salad for supper and they’ll be asking for seconds

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Apple Oatmeal Muffins with MACKINTOSH Toffee Streusel

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 1 batch prepared oatmeal muffin mix* (12 muffins) 1 small apple, peeled and finely chopped 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (60 mL) … Continue reading

Apple Sausage Raisin Strata

Make cinnamon and raisin a gourmet feast

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Burgermeister Muffins

Are they burgers? Muffins? These Burgermeister Muffins are both. The whole family will lap them up! Continue reading

C-c-crazy for Cranberries

Don’t wait ‘til Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy cranberries. Ruby-red gems, they’re nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. These yummy cranberry muffins serve up a taste of the season as well as a major hit of nutrition. Pop them in the freezer, in individual containers, and pull them out for lunches next week. Continue reading

Cabbage Lasagna

by Helen Mitri
If your ditching the carbs these days or at least trying, like I am, this is a recipe you may want to try. It contains an abundance of fresh vegetables and just a good amount of quality red meat. Continue reading

California Dreamin’ Chicken Taco with Peach Slaw

Add a new twist to a family classic. Include canned California cling peaches as part of the topping and you will boost the number of fruit servings, creating a healthier meal. Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Lately I’ve heard a few people say they’re in a dinner rut. They make the same go-to meals every week and have run out of ideas. In truth,  there is a variety of seasonal vegetables available at this time of year that you shouldn’t forget about! Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Move over, spuds. Next time the fam damily is craving mashed potatoes, shake up the dinner fare by using cauliflower instead. Continue reading

Cherry Upside Down Cake

The simplicity of this cake can’t be beat. Slightly caramelized sweet juicy cherries sit on a super moist vanilla cake. Continue reading

Chewy Crunchy Fruit and Nut Bars

Managing hunger levels is one of the keys to weight loss and maintenance.

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Chicken & Veggie Baked Burritos

Pantry staples like canned beans and pasta sauce are combined with fresh shredded veggies to create a delicious and nutritious baked burrito that kids and adults will love. Continue reading

Chipotle marinated grilled rib eye & creamy Ontario greenhouse cucumber slaw

Chipotles are smoked jalapeño peppers. They generally come two ways, in a can with adobo sauce or simply dried. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s better than good old-fashioned ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookies? Continue reading

Cluck Cluck Yum! Savory Chicken Crepes

Question: What came first – the chicken or the egg?

Answer: They both take centre stage in this yummy recipe that’s ideal for a weekend treat. Continue reading

Cocoa snack for kids made healthy

Yummy Orange Chocolate Crispy Bark is low in sugar and high in anti-oxidant flavanols – it’s also yummy and kid-friendly! Continue reading

Creamy Balsamic Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad

Say hello to Spring with a Spring Chicken Salad! Continue reading

Crockpot Shredded Beef

It’s perfect weather to enjoy warm, hearty meals. This family-friendly version of roast beef is super easy and always a hit with the kids.  Prepare it in less than 10 minutes, stick it in the crockpot  to cook for the day – and you’re done. Continue reading

Curried Chicken, Asparagus and Grape Salad

Are you tired of mayonnaise-laden chicken salad? Try this modern approach with Indian flavours and fresh-tasting grapes and asparagus.

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Dip Into Delicious

Quick, Easy and Crowd-Pleasing, These Dips will Disappear in No Time Continue reading

Does Your Cereal Pass the Test?

Do your start your day with a bowl of Count Chococaramel Loops? Wake up to Lauren’s nutrition tips…

There are very few pre-made cereal options out there that pass my healthy cereal test.
Does your cereal pass the test? Continue reading

Double-Dipped Chocolate Orange

by rawmountainkitchen.com

Oh you know, just casually combining two of my favourite things on the planet. Oranges double dipped in raw cacao choco anyone?? I’ll take two. Or perhaps six… Continue reading

Easy Homemade Veggie Lasagna

I’ve learned to become a better cook. When you cook with whole, fresh foods more often you start to learn what flavours go together, and the options become endless. Besides, meals made from scratch taste way better than their frozen, packaged counterparts. Continue reading

Energy to Burn: Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

These muffins are a popular after-school snack. Continue reading

Fancy-Pants Caramel Pears

This fall party dessert, based on a recipe from Epicurious.com, looks as good as it tastes — and it tastes amazing! Since it can be made ahead of time, then reheated and assembled at the last minute, it’s an ideal addition to a holiday dinner menu. There’s no fuss or muss and no worry about results. It dazzles every single time.  And that’s something else to be thankful for! Continue reading

Festive Quinoa Salad

Not sure what to make ahead for your Canada Day BBQ? Try this yummy Festive Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is a grain sold in bulk or in a box in the organic section of the grocery store. It should be rinsed before cooking for the best flavour. It is a good source of protein and other nutrients, including calcium and fibre. It can also be cooked in vegetable broth and served hot as a side dish like rice. Continue reading

Four Simple Substitutions for Healthier Pancakes

Pancakes are often considered an “unhealthy” food choice, but they don’t have to be. Here are four simple substitutions to make your next batch of pancakes healthy! Continue reading

Fudge It!

Maple season is the perfect time to whip up a batch of melt-in-your-mouth Maple Pecan Fudge Continue reading

Fun with Crepes

Rolled up with your favorite fruit, drizzled with maple syrup or stuffed with savory tidbits, crepes are a surprisingly easy treat. Continue reading

Fun with Pancakes

Breakfast for dinner? Absolutely, especially when it’s Shrove Tuesday. Have pancakes—and have fun with pancakes. Continue reading

Get Your Grill On

Get Your Grill On…
Dazzle your guests with a cedar-planked appetizer Continue reading

Glazed Ontario Apple-Ricotta Tarts

Rich homemade pastry sets the stage for a creamy-sweet combination of ricotta cheese and caramelized Ontario apples. Continue reading

Go Ahead. Drool…

Maple Bacon Crunch Ice Cream can do that to you.
Make a batch and watch it disappear! Continue reading

Go Meatless Tonight with Falafels

Have you ever tried falafels? I feel like they’re underrated when it comes to healthy, vegetarian meal options. I love them. They taste like they should be bad for you, but they’re not (except if deep-fried). Continue reading

Goodness! Bake Something Nutritious and Delicious

  Here’s an easy weekend recipe that’s good in all the right ways. Enjoy! Butternut Squash Maple Walnut Scones Makes 12 Scones Dry Ingredients: 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour ¾ cup rolled oats ¼ cup coconut sugar or brown … Continue reading

Grill It, Dano!

How sweet it is, when you can serve Sweet Chili Flatbreads right from the grill

Yes, you can whip up a delicious feast on the barbecue while still enjoying the company and the conversation Continue reading

Grilled halibut with grilled bell pepper and parsley anchovy relish

Halibut can be grilled or poached in red or white wine, but it is important not to overpower its delicate flavour. Continue reading

Groovy Granola Bars

These handy snacks are easy to make, chewy and delicious. Oh yes, they’re good for you too! Continue reading

Healthy “Fried” Chicken

One of the best parts about cooking healthy food is when you make something that tastes like it should be bad for you. Continue reading

Healthy Apple Crisp

As you know, apples are in season in Ontario right now, so it’s time to start taking advantage of them! Royal Gala and Honeycrisp are my personal favs for snacks, while Cortland, Empire and Granny Smith are tart and perfect for baking. Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Baking

If you’re in the baking mood I have a great list of delicious and healthy Christmas baking recipes that you’ll be eager to make and share this Christmas season. The best part? You can tell people they’re healthy, and they won’t believe it! Continue reading

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing

I always encourage my clients to make their own salad dressing instead of buying it at the store. Most pre-packaged, store-bought dressings are full of preservatives, sugar, salt and unhealthy oils. Continue reading

Healthy Popcorn

I recently discovered something truly amazing –  how to make my own healthy microwave popcorn using organic kernels and a brown paper lunch bag. Trust me. This is really exciting for all the health-conscious popcorn lovers out there. Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Crunchy Kale Chips

Bring a big bowl of kale chips as your appetizer this weekend, and watch them disappear! Continue reading

Holiday Leftovers

Compiled by R. Legault.
What on earth am I going to do with them? Well, when life gives you chicken carcasses and beef bones, you make pot pie! Continue reading

Holiday Treats: Peppermint Bark

Great taste, three ingredients and festive flare: what’s not to love about Peppermint Bark? It’s a delectable holiday treat. Santa himself probably hopes you’ll leave some out for him instead of the regular cookies. (If it lasts that long… ; … Continue reading

Island Style Peanut Butter Cookies

Our studio apartment in Barbados is small, and the kitchen is even smaller.

When I stumbled across this simple cookie recipe the other day I thought it would be the perfect way to break in my kitchen. This recipe only requires five ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen right now. (if I do, than you definitely do.) Continue reading

Keen For Quinoa

What’s all the fuss about quinoa?

Chefs, foodies, healthy eaters and home cooks are mixing it into everything from granola to sushi. Pronounced KEEN-wah, the grain-like seed is a star on the recipe scene, probably because it’s versatile, naturally gluten-free and super nutritious. Continue reading

Let’s Bake Gingerbread

Baking seasonal treats is part of the holiday tradition – and not only is homemade gingerbread a crowd pleaser at any function, the spicy aroma is bound to inspire budding bakers as well. “Holiday baking is fun for the whole … Continue reading

Let’s Make Lemonade

When life gives you lemons – or a whole lot of hot weather – it’s lemonade time!
Skip the can of frozen syrup.  It’s way more fun to make your own. Let the kids have a lemonade stand and let them help you make this liquid gold in the kitchen. You’ll all enjoy the fresh, tart burst of summer. Continue reading

Mamma Mia, Let’s Make Pizza

What’s for Dinner? Homemade Pizza! (They’ll Love You for it…)

Get creative with your toppings. For example, use pesto as your pizza sauce and top with leftover grilled chicken, roasted vegetables and feta cheese — delicious! Continue reading

Maple Baked Beans

Maple Baked Beans

Mmmm…. Maple Baked Beans earn lip-smacking reviews from everybody at the table  with or without the bacon.  Continue reading

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon

Planning to invite people for a barbecue? Unless it’s the Little League team (avec siblings), skip the burgers and dogs. Treat your guests and yourself to this irresistible salmon that’s a cinch to prepare and always a hit. Continue reading

Mini Ice Cream Sliders

Burgers for Dessert? Absolutely!

Put a tantalizing twist on National Hamburger Month Continue reading

NomNoms: Tasty, Nutritious Weekday Dinner

#WFD: What’s For Dinner? If you’re wondering what to put on the table tonight or tomorrow night, these stress-free recipes are filling and packed with goodness. You can easily modify both of them to suit your family’s tastes. Continue reading

Nutella Valentine

In honour of World Nutella Day today and Valentine’s Day next week, whip up some love! These delectable—and super easy— Nutella mini-cupcakes will have your family thinking you’re Cupid in the flesh. Or at least Martha Stewart. Continue reading

Nutritious with Fortylicious

by: Dini Cohen BA, RHN, KickStart Nutrition

Three simple and healthy no-cook appetizer dishes that are sure to please your holiday party guests. Includes instructional video! Continue reading

Ontario Apple, Caramelized Onion and White Cheddar Pizza

Frozen puff pastry makes this elegant crowd pleaser as easy as (pizza) pie!
You’ll love the flavour complements of sweet Ontario apples, mellow caramelized onions, tangy aged cheddar and fresh thyme. Cut into small squares for an appetizer, or serve with a crisp green salad for a light lunch. Continue reading

Peach Apple Crisp Hits the Spot

Celebrate the Sweet Bounty of the Season
Yummy Peach Apple Crisp is simple to make and always a family hit Continue reading

Power Packed French Toast

  This wholesome recipe by nutritionist and dietary consultant Shirley Plant will help you kick off the weekend with lots of energy.  French Toast 6 slices sprouted whole grain bread or your favourite gluten-free bread 2 eggs ¼ cup milk … Continue reading

Put a Little Heaven on the Barbie!

This chicken is delicious and tender if you don’t overcook it on the barbecue. Try grilling on a piece of foil to prevent burning. Buttermilk is low in fat yet thick and creamy. It is acidic so it’s perfect for marinating. Use up leftover buttermilk in mashed potatoes, muffins or pancakes. Continue reading

Put the Kids in Charge of Dinner

This easy pasta salad recipe is fun to make and tasty Continue reading

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are really good and good for you. If you’re new to quinoa, this recipe is a great introduction. Enjoy! Continue reading

Raw Cashew “Cheese” Cake

This is my favorite raw food recipe. The consistency is creamy and light, with a soft chewy crust, a little tang and just the right amount of sweetness. It may even be better than real cheesecake! Continue reading

Rib Eye Steaks, Smoked, Seasoned and Sensational

From his newest cookbook Weber’s Smoke, author and chef Jamie Purviance dazzles readers with this steak recipe that absolutely sizzles on your patio grill Continue reading

She’s travelling, studying, writing and bursting with good health tips

Follow Ottawa Family Living’s Food for Life blogger, Lauren on her International Wellness Journey.

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Shepherd’s Pie For The Win (FTW)!

Winter sports season is in full swing. That means kids are burning energy and need to refuel with nutrient-dense foods. This shepherd’s pie fits the bill perfectly. It’s full of protein, veggies and carbohydrates… For The Win (FTW)! Continue reading

Six Steps to Healthy Dinners

Cooking an easy, healthy meal doesn’t have to be complicated; it’s all about how you approach it. You can put together a different healthy meal every night simply by switching up your combination of ingredients. Continue reading

Smoothie Celebration

It was Number 13 on the Birthday List:
Berry and Fruit Smoothies from the Kitchen

By Pam Dillon Continue reading

Souper Friday: Enjoy a Bowl of Goodness!

  There’s nothing like soup to warm you up after a session of skating, sliding, skiing or walking Fido in the wintery outdoors. This easy Souper Friday soup recipe is packed with nutrients and wholesome goodness. It’s kid-approved and a … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Create a gourmet pasta dish in minutes

Canadian chef Stefano Faita is all too familiar with the challenges surrounding balancing a hectic schedule and pleasing a hungry family. Continue reading

Squawking for Guac

My kids (big and bigger) devour guacamole. Yes, they squawk over who gets the rest of the bowl; that’s why I often make a double batch. You’d almost think it was junk food. Instead, it’s loaded with healthy goodness, so I serve it often. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Potato Soup

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, serve your family this yummy (and lightened) potato soup. It’s perfect for this cold day and a tribute to the history of the Irish, who could do wonders with spuds. Continue reading

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Classic gingerbread as fun to bake as it is to decorate
Nothing evokes the holidays quite like the smell of freshly baked gingerbread. The warm, spicy scent fills the home, drawing friends and family to the kitchen where they can decorate gingerbread houses made with this classic recipe. Continue reading

Summer-wonderful Smoothie

Are You a Little Fruity? And Nutty? Me Too!

Truth is, we moms are on the brink of the annual offspring onslaught. Yep. This week school’s out, the brood is home and the (full) fridge is empty – they’ll say. It will be fun. Summer-wonderful, hectic and memorable. So brace yourself for the vacation ride with this yummy Raspberry Almond Smoothie. You deserve it, mom. Continue reading

Superfood Discovery: Cabbage

I recently discovered another blockbuster veggie in Buenos Aires: cabbage. It’s cheap, readily available and packed with goodness. Continue reading

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Lime Chili

Talk about hot stuff! This vegetarian chili is packed with nutritional pizazz. High in vitamin A, the sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and the black beans are great for the digestive tract. Continue reading

Taste of Summer

If you like peaches, you’ll love this Peach Smoothie
It’s bursting with sweet summer goodness Continue reading

Tea Time Fun

Let’s have a tea party! Treat the kids to some fancy-shmancy fun and introduce them to grown-up manners Continue reading

Tex-Mex Potato Coins

Crunchy on the outside, tender inside, this snack has just a hint of the Tex-Mex spice that kids love. Continue reading

Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe

I think most of us feel a little sluggish at this time of year and we could certainly use a break from rich, heavy food. Continue reading

Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with Sesame Peanut Dressing

The other day I bought an awesome new kitchen gadget: the OXO Julienne Peeler (available at The Bay for $10.99). It works like a regular peeler, but the blade is serrated to form long, skinny strips of whatever you’re peeling. Continue reading

The Canadian, Eh?

Mmmmmm… The Canadian Hits The Spot

Sweetened with Maple Syrup, Hot and Potent, The Canadian is the Perfect Drink for Grown-Ups to Enjoy and Salute the Start of March Break Continue reading

Think Outside the Salad Box

Here’s a recipe I made a couple days ago for lunch. I ate it warm, and it was so tasty & satisfying. Feel free to switch up any of the veggies, herbs or use another bean or whole grain –use whatever’s leftover in your fridge or garden – think outside the salad box! Continue reading

Time to Detox

Everyone is interested in detoxing at this time of year. You’ve overdone it over the holidays, and want to rid your body of built-up toxins. I’ve put together an awesome smoothie recipe that includes fresh, raw ingredients that will do the trick. Continue reading

Try this Whole Grain: Spelt

I’ve been experimenting a lot with healthy baking up at the cottage, and the other day I used spelt flour to make some healthy cookies. Continue reading

Turkey Butternut Chili

Making a big pot of chili on a cold day is just perfect. When I’m cold, I definitely don’t crave salads.  I want something warm, healthy and satisfying. It’s even better when I can use seasonal winter vegetables! Continue reading

Vinny Might Like Eggplant Parm

There are loyal Sopranos fans in these parts, so in honour of the new pooch and “membro della famiglia” here’s a recipe for Eggplant Parmigiana straight from The Sopranos Family Cookbook. (It’s good. Really!) Continue reading

Walrus Tusks

The kids with be ROARING for these quick and easy snacks Continue reading

Weekend Bliss: Strawberry and Chocolate Crepes

Crepes are easy to make and stuff with yummy fillings. They’re also a perfect spring weekend treat. Your family and friends will love this scrumptious recipe, from Egg Farmers of Ontario. Crepes: 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp … Continue reading

Yes Peas!

I’ve been feeling inspired to cook lately, and with the cold weather keeping me indoors more I find I actually have time on the weekends to visit the market, cook and try new recipes. Continue reading

Zoodles can be Healthy!

Zucchini is really low in calories, and high in vitamins and minerals.

If you love pad thai & peanut sauce, but want a healthy version without all the calories, sugar & fat – try this version instead. You’ll love it. Continue reading