Meyer Lemon Chicken

Meyer Lemon ChickenBaked chicken is a versatile meal that can be made year round in small or large batches. Adding in some bright citrusy flavours with meyer lemons, sumac and lemongrass along with some pungency from an onion and fragrant earthiness from thyme creates a fresh, light main dish with little effort. Simply layer the ingredients and let them do their magic while the chicken bakes. Continue Reading →

Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

Japanese Sweet Potato FriesJapanese sweet potatoes are the newest addition to my list of vegetables that actually taste really good. I always assumed that their pale coloured flesh was indicative of less flavour than vibrantly orange yams but if anything they are a bit sweeter. They are also a bit drier, which is a nice attribute for baking or roasting and they taste very, very similar to roasted chestnuts. Continue Reading →

Strawberry Banana Snake

Strawberry Banana SnakeThis fruity snake is basically a restructured fruit and yogurt bowl. It takes a few extra minutes to make but that time is well worth it when it comes to getting picky eaters to willfully eat some fruit. A different way of plating food (and adding some chocolate googly eyes) can make even the most basic ingredients a little extra special. There are a lot of popular diets that focus on taking foods or whole food groups away but one of the best changes we can make to our nutritional habits is adding in more fresh produce whenever and however possible. Continue Reading →

Digestive Tea

Digestive TeaLong before we had modern medicine we discovered how different plants could alleviate certain ailments. Many of these folk remedies’ power to cure may simply be a placebo effect- studies have shown that when people take something they think will cure them, it surprisingly can, even if it is just a simple substance without any curative properties. However, there are some items in nature that have been proven to have positive effects that come from their vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The spices used in this tea- cumin, coriander and fennel- are spices we have used for thousands of years to strengthen digestion  Continue Reading →

Teriyaki Salmon

Teriyaki SalmonTeriyaki is a Japanese glaze made from boiling down soy sauce, mirin (rice wine) and a sweetener like sugar or honey into a thick sauce. It bestows a distinct sweet and salty taste and pairs well with pretty much all fish, meat, tofu and vegetables, though it can be particularly complimentary to the rich, buttery flesh of salmon. There are many good pre-made versions available but since it takes only five ingredients and ten minutes to make, a fresh, homemade version is hard to beat. Continue Reading →

Maple Pecan Banana Smoothie

Maple Pecan Banana SmoothieBananas are a very popular smoothie ingredient because they add density and create a nice texture. If they are frozen prior to being used they become even sweeter and create a thick, creamy smoothie. Nutritionally they are a well known source of potassium, an electrolyte that balances sodium and has been shown to help lower blood pressure. They also have notable amounts of vitamin C for strong immunity and wound recovery as well as vitamin B6 for maintaining hormone balance and forming red blood cells and transmitters in the nervous system. Continue Reading →

Honey Mustard Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Honey Mustard Bacon Wrapped ChickenAdding some bacon to a dish always betters the overall flavour and along with some fresh herbs and a glaze made simply from honey and mustard it makes an easy-one pot chicken meal with just a few ingredients. The extra fat from the bacon enhances the potatoes (or any desired vegetables) as they cook but everything crisps up better (and is healthier) if most of it is removed at the halfway point and then again near the end. Continue Reading →