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Barbecued Sittin’ Chicken

Nutritionist Lauren Follett says once you have a ceramic chicken roasting dish, you can enjoy delicious, easy, healthy barbecued chicken all summer long!
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Best Recipes: Southwestern Chicken Roll-Ups

Share your recipes! We love love love  to find out about your favourite recipes — the ones your whip up for your family and friends. We want to try them too. And to share them. Thanks so much to reader Claire Ducharme for … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Soup

  Take this soup for a spin, and then try the Thai variation. Created by the dieticians at Blendtec, it’s nutritious and can be quickly made in a blender — For the Win and the YUM! Ingredients 1   large butternut squash  … 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

Chewy Toffee Bars

Ingredients: ¾ cup unsalted butter, plus extra for the pan 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder Pinch of salt ¾ cup pecans, chopped 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 3 MACKINTOSH TOFFEE bars, smacked Method: … Continue reading

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Squares

When your youngest, full of hope, texts you a recipe for squares, what do you do? Make them for Easter dessert, of course! Continue reading

Comfort Food: Bake Something Delicious

Bake up some delicious, nutritious goodness for this November day with a recipe for Butternut Squash Maple Walnut Scones. #nomnomnom Continue reading

Cooking Up Some Love

It's magic for your family when you create in the kitchen together. Not sure where to start? Here are some great ideas to get your family in the foodie mood.

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Corn with Sass

Looking for an easy side dish to spice up your Canada Day barbecue tomorrow? Try this tasty corn; it’s a jazzed up seasonal treat!  Prepare corn on the cob as usual—barbeque, boil, microwave or oven roast. After it’s cooked to … 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

Delicious Fun for Maple Season

Maple season is a great excuse for a family outing to the sugar bush for tours, tree tapping demonstrations, wagon rides, pancakes and fun activities. Continue reading

Eat Healthy on a Budget

Still looking for a recipe book that will ensure your family is eating healthy but on a budget?

Look no further than Healthy Meals For Less by Jonni McCoy.

Jonni McCoy
Bethany House
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Entertaining at Home

  How about celebrating spring by welcoming guests into your home for a memorable dinner party?  There’s no better inspiration than hostess with the mostest Karen Preston. This lovely mother of two is a talented foodie who enjoys gathering friends … Continue reading

For Chef Michael Smith, cooking for family is the real deal

Renowned Canadian Chef Michael Smith is called many things: Nutritional activist. Television host. Cookbook author … But he’s firmly focused on family, food and friends. Continue reading

Get Cooking with Kale!

by Lauren Follett, BA, RHN, Registered Nutritionist As you know, kale is a superfood. For a while it was considered a trend in the nutrition industry, but with all of it’s amazing health benefits and versatility, this green isn’t going anywhere. Kale … Continue reading

Ginger Lime Cookies – Raw Mountain Inc.

Recipe by Raw Mountain Kitchen. For more recipes, raw products and advice on how to live raw, follow Candace at rawmountainkitchen.com and on facebook at facebook.com/RawMountain. Continue reading

Halloween Treats: Coffin Crisp Mummies

Want to have some spooky Halloween fun with the kids in the kitchen? This recipe for COFFIN CRISP Mummies will have your little goblins gobblin’ and calling, “More, mummy! More.” Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time:  15 minutes  Ingredients: 20 … Continue reading

Halloween Treats: ScAERO Spider Brownie Pizza

Halloween + pizza = YUM, right? But what if you add spiders to the equation? EEK! Fear not, spunky parent. Your goblins and gobblers will love helping to make the “spiders” on this ScAERO Brownie Pizza. Ingredients: 12 (7.3 g) Nestlé ScAERO … 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 Cottage Snacks

For me, the perfect cottage weekends are filled with morning runs or bike rides followed by swimming in the lake, tanning and reading mags on the dock with friends and family, kayaking, boat cruises at sunset, camp fires, and of course delicious meals and snacks. 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 Holiday Desserts

  by Lauren Follett, BA, RHN, Registered Nutritionist At this time of year, desserts and sweets are everywhere: gingerbread, chocolate, shortbread, Nanaimo bars; they can be difficult to avoid or resist. These traditional desserts are typically high in refined sugar, white … Continue reading

Healthy Muffins FTW

Those big coffee-shop muffins? They’re cake shaped as muffins. You can have your muffin & eat smart with Lauren’s healthy Whole-Wheat Banana Muffins recipe. Continue reading

Holiday Baking: Millionaire’s Shortbread

  Shortbread, caramel and chocolate in the same bite? Yes. This is bliss in a holiday recipe. Sometimes called Millionaire’s Shortbread, Chocolate Caramel Shortbread is worth every last burpee or minute on the treadmill you need to work it off — … Continue reading

Hot Stuff: Instant Pot

How about some Shrimp and Pork Dumplings? New York Cheesecake, Broccoli Soup or Easy Mac and Cheese? You can make all that and more with an Instant Pot. Continue reading

Just Peachy

Go ahead and eat the first three or four baskets of peaches. Really – how can you resist?
After that, it’s time to get cooking some sweet, peachy stuff in the kitchen Continue reading

Melting for Chocolate

Chocolate has also been linked to a number of health benefits, particularly reduced risk of heart disease. Read on for some delicious chocolatey recipes that will bring smiles to the whole family. Continue reading

Nourishing Change during Nutrition Month

For Nutrition Month in March, Dietitians of Canada is encouraging all of us to make small changes, one meal at a time. These tips and recipes will help make it easy. Continue reading

Recipe to Love: Lentil Bolognese

Looking for a yummy recipe to start the weekend off with mega-fuel and nutrition — so you can whip down the canal or the ski and sliding hills? Have we got you covered!  This yummy recipe from TummyThyme fits the … Continue reading

School-day Smarts: Breakfast Muffins FTW!

Start the day the easy way with these nutrient-packed muffins, created by nutritionist and dietary consultant Shirley Plant . Yum! 3 cups rolled oats 2 tbsp ground flaxseed in 6 tbsp hot water 2 tsp baking powder ¾ tsp baking soda 2 … Continue reading

Sensational Mango Salsa

Looking to jazz up your weekend menu? Whether you’re planning a barbecue, a picnic or a family dinner on the deck, this recipe for mango salsa will dress up your menu–and your table–beautifully. It’s colourful and pretty to look at … 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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Smoothie Goodness

by Shirley Plant High Protein Smoothie 2/3 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1 tbsp cashew butter or almond butter 1/4 slice of avocado 3 tbsp hemp seeds 1 tsp ground chia seeds 1/2 small banana (optional) 2/3- 3/4 cup of … Continue reading

Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

By Lauren Sytsma This pasta recipe is healthy, easy & delicious, and provides a creative way to add raw leafy greens to your family’s diet! Instead of store-bought pasta sauces that are high in sugar, salt and preservatives, this homemade … Continue reading

Strawberry Quinoa Kale Salad

Looking for an easy make-ahead salad for your Canada Day celebration? This strawberry quinoa kale salad is as simple to prepare as it is delicious. It’s full of nutrition too! Ingredients Salad 2 cups baby spinach 2 cups kale, chopped
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Summer Recipes: Sweet and Salty Salad

Looking for an easy Canada Day or summer salad recipe that’s a cinch to make, nutritious and delicious? Even the kids will lap up this Sweet and Salty Salad. Continue reading

Taco Tuesday

There’s a reason the #tacotuesday hashtag is popular. Tacos are loved by all ages. They can be loaded with super-healthy, fresh ingredients and adults and kids can serve themselves. That means everybody’s happy and well fed. These shrimp tacos are … 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

Time for a Snack Attack!

Actively planning for healthy, well-balanced snacks is the key to ensuring you get the benefits of a snack between meals without any of the downsides. Continue reading

Tradition…. Tradition. Passover at Our House

The best brisket? Amazing frozen lemon meringue cake? Beloved family rituals? Mara Shapiro serves it all Continue reading

Weekend Eats: Lemon Chicken

When Mother Nature tosses you a few lemons – by way of a frigid weekend forecast – what are you going to do? Make Lemon Chicken, of course. Continue reading

WFD: Sweet Potato Stew!

Wondering what to cook for dinner? This tasty, nutritious sweet potato stew hits the “sweet” spot. You and the kids will be clamouring for seconds. Continue reading

Yum Files: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

by Lauren Follett, BA, RHN, Registered Nutritionist Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is an all-time favourite in my house. The best part is telling people it’s good for them! Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Ingredients ¾ cup coconut oil, melted ⅔ cup honey … Continue reading

YUM Files: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

  It might be too early for holiday baking, but it’s a perfect day to slide a wholesome treat out of the oven. And your whole family will appreciate a batch of freshly baked cookies. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies 1/2 … Continue reading

Yummy Summer Recipes with Avocado

Flatbread with Shrimp, Grilled Red Pepper, Arugula and Avocado 
 Ingredients: •  1 naan flatbread 60 ml Alfredo sauce 1 grilled red pepper, sliced into strips 15 ml olive oil 5 raw shrimp, peeled 1 Avocado from Mexico, quartered A few arugula leaves Fleur de sel … Continue reading