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 …

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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 …

Quinoa Taboule

Looks like I might've gotten a little carried away with the quinoa and didn't put enough parsley, lol.  Traditionally, taboule is a parsley  salad...plus, it's "supposed to" be bulgar-wheat-soaked-in-lemon-juice, not quinoa-drizzled-with-lemon-juice.  But that's the thing about food, *you're allowed to make substitutions*. I'll be the first to admit that not all substitutions turn out palatable, …

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 …

Lentil Salad

This recipe is from one of my former instructors, Susan.  I never had lentils before her class but they were pretty good and I knew I needed to save the instructions!  Lentils are super inexpensive and fill you up with their slow releasing sugar and fibre.  I usually make this salad over the weekend and then …

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup was one of my favourite things growing up. It was my go-to when going to Chinese restaurants and well, it was probably loaded with MSG. So that stopped, lol.

Chickpea Salad

This recipe was based on one from What's Up Magazine, Summer 2009 issue - the original was awesomely tasty, I just improvised some ingredients I was missing, LOL. Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 sweet red pepper 1 sweet orange pepper 1 19 oz can of chickpeas 1 bunch parsley Drizzle of olive oil Drizzle of red …