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Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

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Chocolate, mmmmmm! Everybody loves it, well, almost everybody. I certainly do.

Chocolate comes in many many different forms. Some good, some, not so much.

People love to grab a chocolatey snack in the afternoon. Some people grab a Kit kat, and some people, like myself, grab one of these chocolate almond energy balls.

This is a much healthier option of course, and a whole different type of delicious.

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The Best Basic Roast Potato Recipe

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Sunday nights during the winter meant one thing when I was growing up, and that was roast dinners. Gathering around a fire before dinner and then around the table “en famille” to enjoy a serious feast. Without fail, roast potatoes were part of these memorable Sunday nights.

I am not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point, while I was still pretty young, the potatoes changed. Changed for the better that is. What happened?

My dad had picked up the trick from Lucy Waverman ( in the Globe and Mail) about how to make these roast potatoes.

In my mind, this trick is the key to the best basic roast potato recipe. I say basic, because in the recipe I present to you, there is no added flavour, such as garlic or rosemary, but you could easily make that happen.

So what’s the trick you ask?

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Immune Boosting Garlic Soup

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Cold and flu season. Ugh. Many of us fall victim to it at some point or another. I have had a cold for the past week now, and it is the first time I have been sick since last November. I used to get sick several times a year, so this is quite an improvement.

I happened to come across this garlic soup recipe last week. I was not looking for a particular recipe to boost my immune system, but the timing couldn’t have been better. I found the recipe in Annemarie Colbin’s book Food and Healing. Food and Healing is probably my all time favourite book that I have read on nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition, this book is really interesting and informative.

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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

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roasted jerusalem artichokes

You may be asking yourself “a Jerusalem what?” Or maybe “a what kind of artichoke?” Not the most well known vegetable, but let me tell you that roasted Jerusalem artichokes are the bomb! Sweet and sticky goodness.

Based on the picture below you may be very confused because they look nothing like artichokes. And yes you are right, they are nothing like artichokes. Continue reading

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Sweet Root Vegetable Mash

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It’s that time of year again. The time for hearty comforting food. A sweet root vegetable mash is just the thing.

It is a great alternative to mashed potatoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mashed potatoes. Who doesn’t?

I also love this root vegetable mash. And I mean love. It just makes me feel good inside, especially on a cold fall or winter’s night. Continue reading

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Sweet Roasted Tomatoes with Spaghetti Squash

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Roasted Tomatoes

This simple dish of sweet roasted tomatoes with spaghetti squash is a perfect marriage of summer and fall. It represents the transition of the seasons, the fresh tomatoes marking the end of summer. This is the same time of year when the farmer’s markets are flooded with a vast array of different kinds of squashes, marking the arrival of the cold weather.

The sweet tastes of summer joining together with the comforting taste of fall. Both sweet and even sweeter together, flavoured very simply with garlic, a little thyme, salt and pepper.

This dish is very easy to make, but roasting the tomatoes does take a couple of hours. This is the perfect time for reading a book, watching a movie, or going for a refreshing fall walk. Use the time to do something you really enjoy doing. Take a break! We don’t always need to be rushing around. Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Muffins (Gluten-Free)

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butternut squash muffins

These muffins are screaming fall. Butternut squash and pumpkin seeds? Come on! I didn’t actually make this recipe myself. I was lucky enough to come home to an apt. smelling of delicious muffins made by girlfriend. I had been wanting to make butternut squash muffins, ever since we bought a bushel at the market a couple weeks ago. 8$ for a bushel of butternut squash! Can you believe it?

She beat me to it! That’s okay.  As someone who is constantly cooking, it is really nice when someone else makes something delicious. She found the recipe for these delicious butternut squash muffins on a blog called Kirsten’s Kitchen. Kirsten as it turns out, runs a food and juice bar in Halifax called Wild Leek. If ever I am in the Halifax, I will be sure to check it out.

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Basic Guacamole Recipe and Tostones

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tostones and guacamole

Guacamole seems to be one of the most popular appetizers around. Everybody loves a good guacamole, and it is so simple and quick to make, not to mention good for you. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to making guacamole. Some like it creamy, others chunky. Some people like lots of onion, and garlic, others not so much.

I tend to gravitate to a basic guacamole recipe most of the time. Avocado, lime, cilantro, salt and pepper with some diced tomato. More recently I have started adding a very little finely chopped shallot. Sometimes I will add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give it a little kick.

How do you like to make your guacamole?

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Vegetable Stock Recipe

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vegetable stock recipe

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.  Hopefully you ate some good food and spent time with people you love. Part of Thanksgiving is eating delicious seasonal food, which for me, means lots of soup at this time of year.

How do you improve any homemade soup you make and save money? Make homemade vegetable broth. The vegetable stock recipe here is a simple stock you can make to use in a wide variety of soups, stews, or any other dish that calls for stock.

The taste of homemade vegetable stock is far superior to the majority of store bought stocks or bouillon cubes. Feel free to make this vegetable stock recipe your own by adding other herbs or vegetables.

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Cornmeal Porridge with Dried Fruits

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cornmeal porridge

As the weather cools down, we start to crave different foods, more warming, comforting foods. As far as breakfast goes for me this means porridge. Although I still eat porridge in the summer, not nearly as regularly as during the colder months. On cold days, I tend to start my day with something warm like this cornmeal porridge instead of my daily smoothie, which is my usual summer routine. I have my smoothie later on in the day during the colder months. Post hot yoga for example.

Like many people, oats are my go to grain when it comes to making porridge. It’s what my grandmother used to make me when I would visit her. I would love waking up to watch cartoons and sit in front of the TV with my bowl of porridge. I would load it with raisins and cover it with milk and white sugar. Needless to say the oatmeal I make for myself today is a little different.

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