Homemade Flavoured Oatmeal

Homemade Flavoured OatmealIt was dark and rainy this morning, and there was a cold breeze we haven’t felt in months. I love the food this time of year because we still have freshly ripe and juicy fruits but as the temperatures drop we start incorporating more hearty items. Warm oatmeal with lots of fruit is an ideal breakfast for transitioning into autumn and fuelling us through long days. Continue Reading →

Bacon Wrapped Frittata Muffins

Bacon Wrapped Frittata MuffinsFrittata muffins are one of my most depended upon meals to prepare in advance. They are basically eggs, a great source of highly absorbable protein and important nutrients, and whatever other ingredients you have available to add in. I made these ones for my family so I wanted them to be as filling and enticing as possible. The eggs are mixed with sweet potato for some density and complex carbohydrates, thyme and red onion for flavour and tomatoes for some extra vitamins. A salty cheese like feta and a wrapped piece of alder smoked maple bacon makes it seem more like fun food than healthy food. Continue Reading →

Grilled Peach and Chicken Salad

Grilled Peach and Chicken SaladThere are a few tricks that can make salads delicious while keeping them healthy. Fresh, seasonal fruits add in some sweetness and juiciness, or in colder months dried fruits can be good too. Cheese or avocado adds in some creaminess and makes it more satiating and satisfying. Spice crusted meats and bacon (or roasted chickpeas for vegetarians) greatly increase the protein content and bulk up the salad. Bringing it all together with a fresh vinaigrette adds another layer of flavour but keeps it light. Continue Reading →

Cedar Planked Lime Salmon with Peach Salsa

Cedar Planked Lime Salmon with Peach SalsaFresh wild salmon cooked on a cedar plank over the grill creates the centre for a really healthy, nutrient dense dinner for hot days. This method imparts some smokiness from the BBQ and woodsy flavours from the cedar. Adding a fruity salsa on top keeps it light and fresh and the sweetness of a fruit like peaches compliments the richness of the salmon. Continue Reading →

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the CobCorn on the cob has been a summer staple in my family as far back as I can remember. It was one of my favourite foods to eat when I was little because we had cute little handles to insert on each end; I don’t recall even enjoying any other vegetables, never mind looking forward to eating them. The natural sweetness in corn makes in an appealing side dish even for picky eaters and compliments heavier, meat-based summer BBQ foods like steaks and sausages well.  Continue Reading →

Chorizo and Wild Rice Bowl

Chorizo and Wild Rice BowlAn easy stir fry like this with Spanish flavours can be on the table in 15 minutes using some leftover rice, cured Chorizo sausage (or any other desired variety including veggie options) and some chopped vegetables. For this dish I used a wild rice blend with some brown rice, it has a nutty flavour and firm texture that holds up well- making it a good option for batch cooking. Even for those more comfortable with white rice, a dish like this with lots of flavours and colours can distract from a transition to healthier, more wholesome varieties. Continue Reading →

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta SaladI love a big bowl of Greek salad in the summer and adding some whole grain pasta and chickpeas bulks it up and transforms it into a filling meal. The fresh vegetables offer impressive ranges of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins while the pasta and chickpeas greatly increase the fiber and protein of the dish. Fresh food like this is what gives the Mediterranean Diet the fame it has in the nutritional world. Such fresh, vibrant, nutrient dense ingredients, with so little modification, are integral to keeping a strong cardiovascular system and maintaining a healthy body weight. Continue Reading →

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh FruitMaking big batches of whole grains is a necessity for me to be able to throw quick and healthy meals together. Sometimes I like for it to be a big pot of slow cooked hearty oats, this stage is the more involved part because it requires a constant eye and regular stirring. But it makes the following mornings much easier when I can pour some of the leftovers into a baking dish, top it with fruit and bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is warm and golden and the inside is warm and gooey. Continue Reading →