Prawns and Mango Salsa in Butter Lettuce Cups

My brother loves to tease me that lettuce cups are just a salad in a salad. But they are light and refreshing and do feel slightly different than just eating a large salad; I prefer to think of them as extra healthy tacos. For the base here I used butter lettuce, its soft texture and delicate taste earn its name, it is almost buttery. It is tender enough to easily bite into but when doubled up it is sturdy enough to not fall apart, creating an ideal base for these cups. Continue Reading →

Bruschetta Endive Boats

Endive leaves are the perfect shape for one- or two-bite appetizers, they are like edible spoons that can be filled with whatever your heart desires. I topped these with a quick bruschetta mixture for a colourful and easy option. To make it even faster, some chopped tomato can be tossed in an already prepared pesto sauce or a fresh salsa from the deli can be used. Continue Reading →

Mini Bites Greek Salad

Since I like my salads to last for a few days I’ve been experimenting on different ways to make them stay as fresh as possible. I find that smaller cucumbers and tomatoes like this tend to stay more intact because they are still encased in  their skins even when chopped, versus larger versions that get diced and have more exposed surface areas. Continue Reading →

Hummus Avocado Potato Bites

These are a simple appetizer, side dish or snack based loosely on potato skins. They feature small potatoes with thin skins so the flesh doesn’t need to be removed, they are a good finger food size already. This makes them easier to prepare, plus their toppings make for a much healthier option that still has lots of flavour and feels like comfort food. Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash and Chestnut Soup

Butternut Squash and Chestnut SoupButternut squash and chestnuts are both sweet, dense and full of nutrients. Butternut squash, with its vibrant orange flesh is a good source of many nutrients, in particular it contains significant amounts of the antioxidants that maintain vision. Chestnuts are high in fiber and a good source of monounsaturated fats- an ideal combination for combating LDL (bad) cholesterol. They are also high in B vitamins and vitamin C as well as several minerals including potassium and manganese. 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 →

Avocado Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Avocado Tuna Salad Stuffed TomatoesTuna is such an easy and economical source of good protein and healthy fats, and it doesn’t need much to become a full meal. Here I added in some mayonnaise, a traditional ingredient in tuna salad, along with a small avocado to reduce the amount of mayo but not sacrifice the creaminess. The avocado adds in more healthy fats and fiber to make the dish extra filling. Then, a bit of dijon mustard, green onion and pickles add a lot of flavour without a lot of complication. Continue Reading →

Cherry Tomato, Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Cherry Tomato, Cucumber and Chickpea SaladFor both omnivores and vegetarians alike, we can all benefit from consuming more legumes, or beans and lentils. Chickpeas have a subtler, nutty flavour so they’re a good option for those who are new to these foods or who don’t find them too appealing. Legumes are wonderful because they are high in fiber as well as protein so they help us to feel full and keep the digestive system working efficiently. However, when it comes to fiber it is best to adjust slowly and a salad like this with legumes and raw vegetables needs to be chewed well and portion controlled. Continue Reading →

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted TomatoesRoasting tomatoes maximizes flavour even when the tomatoes used are more on the bland side. It may not be the most practical way to prepare them, the roasting takes a while and the volume is severely decreased, but oh they are delicious. For such a simple vegetable dish it really packs a lot of flavour and can bring something special to a whole range of meals. It is great on toasted crusty bread or english muffins, perhaps with some avocado or some freshly grated parmesan. It can also liven up pasta and eggs or create a base for sauces, soups or stews. Extras can be portioned out and frozen for easy access. Continue Reading →