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potato quiche (gluten-free)

grated potato quicheThis recipe takes the rösti, a classic Swiss comfort food, and turns it into a savoury, delicious pie.  Nearly every cook I know has their own favourite version of quiche and my mom’s quiche Lorraine recipe, a family favourite, is so darn good but I have also made a few non-traditional ones, too.  After tasting this potato quiche you might consider it a contender to rival the traditional…just sayin’. Continue Reading →

Portobello Mushroom Burger

portobello burgerBurger Week in Halifax, an annual event to help raise funds for Feed Nova Scotia, is winding down.  I was away last week and therefore wasn’t able to partake.  Because of this, I have had burger on the brain.  Initially I wanted a burger overflowing with toppings and condiments (read messy) but in the end meat wasn’t whetting my appetite.  Portobello mushroom to the culinary rescue!  Continue Reading →

Citrus Fruit Salad with Roasted Pecans

Citrus Fruit SaladWe had a glorious sun-filled weekend.  Today the morning started off with a grey sky and snow falling gently to the ground…the chunky snowflakes were pretty but more snow?  A total of 10cm (4-inches) fell with more forecasted on the way.  I’m usually more tolerant of our winters and I really don’t want to sound like a broken record, but for the love God, please stop snowing!  Continue Reading →

Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Lentil & Vegetable StewStews can take a while to cook but this lentil and vegetable stew can be ready in 35 minutes.  It’s loaded to the brim with vitamin and mineral goodness and will fill you up and keep you satiated for hours.  Lentils are slow-burning, high-fiber, and lean protein food.  Continue Reading →

Citrus Salad with Pork Tenderloin

citrus salad with pork tenderloinOn wintery, cold days a citrus salad is an easy way to bring a bit of sunshine to your dinner table.  Add roast pork tenderloin (aka fillet) and you have a meal that’s light, scrumptious, and can be easily made any night of the week.  Pork tenderloin, a very tender cut of meat, is a good source of protein, low in fat, and more B vitamins than many other types of meat…check! for all who are into the New Year with weight loss goals.  Continue Reading →

Easy-To-Make Almond Milk

easy to make almond milkAlmond milk is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while but like anything else I investigate, timing is always key and I need to be in the ‘mood’ to experiment.  When I found out just how easy it was to make and the taste didn’t put me off, I wondered why it took me so long.  Continue Reading →

Chicken, Peach and Quinoa Salad

chicken, peach & quinoa saladAs much as I like cooking a whole chicken, I can’t seem pass by a grocery store rotisserie chicken without stopping to inhale its amazing aromas.  And, how is it they’re cheaper than buying a raw one?  I bought a 4 lb. rotisserie chicken for $7.99 whereas an uncooked 4 lb. one was nearly $11.00.  From what I can gather by nosing around the internet, a supermarket sells fresh ingredients before the best-before-date and anything after that gets chopped up and sold in a salad bar and the meat is cooked and sold hot (helps minimize food waste).   Continue Reading →

Fried Cauliflower Rice

fried cauliflower riceCauliflower rice?  Ok, well of course it isn’t rice but for those trying to cut back on carbohydrates, try this recipe.  Local cauliflower is now showing up in the grocery shops and boy do they look good!  Cauliflower rice has been hitting the cyber world for over a year now and all you have to do is google it to see how popular it has become.  Any way you dress it up, cauliflower rice is delicious even with simple ingredients such as butter, salt and pepper.

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Quinoa Risotto

quinoa risottoThe classic Italian risotto is prepared with arborio or carnaroli rice but this recipe throws the ‘traditional’ rice out the window and replaces it with quinoa.  I know my Italian friends will read this and shudder but…  Continue Reading →

Zucchini Noodles and Avocado Dressing

zucchini noodle salad with avocado dressingI love pasta and could eat tons of it and not gain an ounce when I was younger – attributed to a high metabolism and being very active.  However, this menopausal woman isn’t able to boast that statement any longer without increasing my waistline.  Sooo, I cook it when I am craving it leaving me to think of ways for a pasta substitute.  Continue Reading →