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Healthy Moroccan Style Quinoa Salad

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This Moroccan style quinoa salad is a perfect example of how healthy food can be full of taste and flavour, as well as incredibly simple to make.

Quinoa is combined with apricots, almonds, and raisins to make a very tasty salad. The addition of flax oil provides a healthy balance of Omega 3s. Lemon juice and mint round out the yumminess of this salad.

The recipe is inspired by a couscous recipe from a Williams-Sonoma cookbook titled Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking. The book is loaded with delicious recipes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, The Middle East and North Africa. Such a nice variety. I don’t think the book is available new anymore, but you may be able to find a used copy on amazon or somewhere else. Continue reading

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Vegan Mushroom Risotto

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Vegan Risotto? I know a lot of you may be skeptical, but give it a chance. On top of the lack of cheese and butter that traditional risotto is made with this one is made with short grain brown rice! Vegan mushroom risotto with brown rice. “Can’t be good” you are probably thinking to yourself, especially if you don’t like mushrooms.

Well it is! Take it from someone who would not even eat mushrooms as a child. It’s a delicious dish made with healthy short grain brown rice, meaning you can feel good about eating it! Serve it with some steamed kale on the side and you really have a healthy and first rate meal.

Making risotto is not difficult, although it does take a little bit of time. I personally find the process quite relaxing. The more love you put into your risotto, the yummier it will be. Continue reading

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Spicy Sesame and Ginger Bok Choy with Bean Sprouts

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sautéed bok choy & bean sprouts

This simple recipe of bok choy and bean sprouts is a great healthy side dish. It packs lots of flavour thanks to the chilies, ginger, garlic, and of course sesame oil. How yummy is sesame oil?

I had some bok choy and bean sprouts in the fridge. Some of the ingredients I had a few nights earlier for a stir fry.  I wanted to create a recipe to share on the blo,g but didn’t have much to work with.

I love putting myself in the kitchen, and getting creative with what I have. Even if it is quite limited. Some of my favourite recipes were born by just surrounding myself with ingredients ,and creating on the fly, experimenting. This is something that many people aren’t very comfortable with, that is creating vs following a recipe. It is a great way to improve your cooking skills. Get creative.

I love looking at cookbooks and other blogs for inspiration as well, but often the best inspiration for deliciousness are the ingredients themselves.

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Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe

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Let me tell you how I came to make this Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe.

This dish was a result of my fridge being pretty much empty. I had some cabbage, a few carrots, and not much else. Sad, I know.  Maybe I am exaggerating a little but believe me, it was pretty bad.

However I did manage to take this sad state of my fridge and turn it into something delicious. At first, I lacked inspiration. Stuck. Couldn’t come up with much. There is always a way though…

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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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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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Vegetables for Breakfast? – Sautéed Breakfast Veggies

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sautéed breakfast veggies

Vegetables for breakfast? Why not?!  Breakfast doesn’t have to be toast or cereal. It can be real food! Like a whole bunch of vegetables.

We have been conditioned to think that we must eat certain foods for breakfast. If it’s not toast or cereal, it’s probably bacon and eggs. It doesn’t have to be!

My go to quick breakfast, especially when I am short on time, is a green smoothie. Give this Kale, Peach and Mango Smoothie a try for yourself. 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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Easy Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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I am back! It has been quite some time since I last posted. Probably the longest I have gone without posting since starting Health is Happiness. I spent the last month or so dealing with finding a new apt and moving. I am extremely happy to say that I am settled and back to creating delicious meal to share on the site!

For those of you that have moved before you know what it’s like. Your everyday routine gets thrown out the window and your life can feel like it’s a little all over the place. One of the meals that kept me a float during the whole process was rice and beans. It was so easy to throw together in a hurry and is delicious!

This quick and easy red beans and rice recipe is by no means a 100% traditional or authentic rice and beans recipe. Caribbean and South American countries have different versions of this classic dish. Rest assured this recipe is equally delicious, nutritious and comforting.
There are different types of beans, and a variety of spices used.  The beans are small red kidney beans. They aren’t as easy to find as the large ones. Most ethnic grocery stores will carry them in canned and/or dried form. Although I generally prefer and recommend using dried beans, I always keep a variety of canned beans on hand. Continue reading

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