No-Sugar-Added Granola

I think commercial granolas and most granola recipes are wayyyyy too sweet (more so in granola bars because they use the sugar to bind everything together - but recently, even just plain granolas are too sugary for me.) x.x My cousin says it's a sign of aging. -.- Anywayyyysss, I make granolas without added sweeteners …

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Hummus

Hummus is one of those things that I could just eat by the spoonful.  It's so delicious and great for you, it's on pretty much every single nutritionist's blog out there.  I tossed it into three categories: Snacks, Dressings and Sides because I'll have it with raw veggies. Ingredients: 1 can (15oz) chickpeas 1 1-inch x …

Avocado Spread

So easy.  This is so easy. I generally don't like too many 'things' muddying the taste of my avocado, so about 95% of the time, I just season it with a bit of sea salt.  Knowing full well that that isn't really a 'recipe', lol, I also left some ideas on which spices work well …

Brussels Sprouts

I didn't have Brussels sprouts until my twenties and it was the best thing ever!  I didn't understand why people wouldn't like them because they were delicious to me. And then I had a couple rounds of super bitter sprouts and I 'got it'.  Since then, I've been trying to figure out what made them …

Spinach Salad

Eat spinach to be strong like Popeye.  At the risk of sounding like my mother, I'm going to say, "It's good for your eyes".  Unlike my mother, I'm going to explain why.  It's high in lutein, which is needed to prevent eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration (you know, amongst other benefits). I tossed …

Pork Dumplings

This recipe was heavily based on a "Pork Pot Sticker" recipe from Spice Route that I saw in an old notebook.  The changes started when I misread the ingredients list and ended with my mom giving me suggestions on making it better, "more authentic" she said. She would know, she's Chinese 😀 Serves 3-4 Ingredients: Dumpling wrappers …

Edamame

Edamame is one of my favourite things to snack on.  And it's so simple to make, I feel a bit ridiculous calling this a "recipe".  But, I realize that the "trick" with edamame - it's in the freezer section.  If this was obvious to you, sorry.  If it wasn't, you're not alone - I've sent …

Fresh Spring Rolls

Growing up, one of my fondest memories was being in the kitchen rolling these and eating them at the same time: My mom came in one time, took a look around and asked incredulously, “Judy, you’ve been in the kitchen for half the day and you’ve only rolled five??!?!” Dad laughed and replied with, “Don’t …

Mango Smoothie

I like to keep things simple, so really - this recipe is just liquid and mango blended up. You can create a thicker drink or thinner, depending on your preferences and mood.

Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa is a protein-rich way to start your day and is packed full of various B vitamins as well as anti-oxidants like quercetin. Serves: 1 Ingredients: 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa 1 cup water Handful of fresh berries (I used cherries and blueberries) Maple syrup (Optional) Preparation: Rinse quinoa a few times to remove bitter saponin flavour. …

Sunrise Smoothie

You definitely don't have to separate the colours and just mix everything together, but if you want something a little different, these can be prepared in advance - but the colours may combine over time.

Breakfast Oats

Growing up, I never liked oatmeal.  It was soft and porridge-y and I didn't enjoy the mouth-feel at all.  I'm not sure I really ever ate it until we got those packets of instant oats loaded with several types of sugar in each serving.  Because of course, sugar makes everything appealing.  Still, it was never …