Category - recipes

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Halloween Treats For Baking Cheats
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Happy Planet Soup Will Make You A Souper Star!
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Easy Pumpkin Spice Vegan Latte
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Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”
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Kid Friendly Breakfasts
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We’re Fancakes of This Pancakes Song
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iCloudy With A Chance Of Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
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The Best Indian Butter Chicken Naan Pizza This Side of Mumbai
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Chimichurri Garlic Bread
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Merry Halloween — What To Do With Left Over Candy

Halloween Treats For Baking Cheats

It’s not that I can’t bake. It’s just with all the precise measuring and following of directions I’d rather not. I’m more of a culinary free spirit.  But, when my daughter decided to throw a ‘Haunted Halloween Hip Hop Dance Party,” I knew we’d need wicked good (possibly baked) treats. I let my little party animal choose a few treats from Pinterest. Then I adapted them to make them as easy and baking-free as possible. I’m a witch like that. Here’s what I whipped up in my cauldron (aka double boiler which I haven’t used in a bat’s age):    Chocolate Bar Mummies: Unwrap mini chocolate bars (I used Coffee Crisps) and eat at least four.  Melt white chocolate or white candy melts (also called moulding wafers) in a double boiler. Do not look at the ingredients in candy melts. The horror…  Drag the melted candy over each chocolate with a fork (the tines make nice mummy wrapping lines) or drizzle.  Add two chocolate chip eyes.  Rice Crispy Monsters: Buy a box of rice crispy squares from Costco.  Eat as many free samples as you can before you check out.  Unwrap a dozen or so rice crispy squares and set aside. You[…]

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Happy Planet Soup Will Make You A Souper Star!

Did you ever imagine adult life would be this busy?? We could easily compare who’s busier, but that would take time and frankly I just don’t have any extra to spare. If you’re not too busy, I whine more about that HERE.  It doesn’t help that I’ve never been great at time management. Did you see my grade school report card post? Spoiler alert…I got an Improvement Needed in “Makes Good Use of Time.” Now that I’m a parent of busy kids this impediment has only gotten worse. My kids have full schedules—rep sports and lessons and classes every day. It’s capital B busy.  I’m not complaining (out loud). I happily accept my duty as a parent to deliver my children to these things. Since I work from home I’m also in charge of starting dinner most nights. And most nights I do. But some days (you know the ones) I throw my arms in the air and wail, “I don’t wanna!”  That’s when I’m temptated to veer into the nearest drive-thru. Never underestimate the allure of french fries wafting into hangy nostrils. I try to remain strong because as great as it smells, I know McFried food isn’t the best choice. When I’m[…]

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Vegan Latte

I know I’m late to the PSL party, but I’m here now. And this vegan pumpkin latte is so, so good. And healthy-ish. And easy! Preface… pumpkin pie is my second favourite food. I also enjoy a coffee (who doesn’t?) so you’d think a pumpkiny coffee would be my jam. However, I bought my first ever PSL from the coffee shop (you know which one) and I was underwhelmed. It was a hundred dollars and way too sweet. So I made my own version at home. Just sweet enough. Free. Vegan. And yum.  A few of my kin have pumped me for this easy pumpkin spice latte recipe, so here it is. ? ☕️    

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Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

Ask any former meat eater and they’ll likely have an achilles heel—the one dish that makes them involuntarily salivate whenever they smell it. For me, it’s spicy chicken wings. It’s not the chicken, but the sauce that gets me. As a vegan-ish person I was thrilled to discover these Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” at a local pub. I ate a few. Okay, I ate enough to actually hurt myself.  I made them at home to serve at a party recently and they were gone in seconds. Even my carnivore friends loved them. I’m definitely making these again. But I’ll pace myself this time. 

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Kid Friendly Breakfasts

  As my children get older, life gets easier. The dogs get fed, dirty laundry actually ends up in the hamper, and the recycling gets taken outside. And not by me. It’s thrilling. It seems kids are good for more than a laugh, a cuddle and unconditional love. Hard labour folks—this is what I’ve been waiting for. My son, and little assistant have added “breakfast making” to their morning chore repertoire. Or course, safety is a concern. No stovetop access or sharp knives allowed. Did you know bagel cutting is the fifth most dangerous kitchen activity?     So what’s a kid to make for breakfast SAFELY while mama flat irons her hair? 1. Cereal. They especially love this Smoothie Cereal.      2. Pancakes (Premade & frozen. Kids just pop them in the toaster).  These fluffy ones are delish!   3. Breakfast Sandwiches. We have a handy little Breakfast Sandwich Maker that’s really easy to use.       4. Toast and Fruit Salad.               5. And their current favourite…Yogurt Granola Parfaits!   The layers don’t actually matter. They’re just fun and fancy. Other ingredients the kids have added include: raisins, honey, cinnamon,[…]

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We’re Fancakes of This Pancakes Song

Today is Shrove Tuesday—also known as Fat Tuesday. *looks down at muffin top in shock and awe* We’re not Catholic. As far as religion goes, we fall in the “heathen” category. When people tell me to go to hell, I grin smugly because I know there is no such place. Other than Costco on a Sunday at noon. Obviously. But whenever there’s a holiday or special occasion attached to a religion, we gladly latch on. Especially if there’s maple syrup involved. Or presents.  So tonight we’ll be making pancakes. And singing this Making Pancakes song. Repeatedly. Like, the entire time we’re making pancakes because once you get it in your head it will be stuck there for eternity. #pancakepurgatory Additional Random Pancake Facts: We don’t actually eat bacon. I haven’t had pork on my fork since 1989. This song is my son’s morning alarm ring tone. I hear it EVERY. DAY. We love this pancake recipe: Fluffy Pancakes Fluffy Pancakes sounds like a stripper name.  This is our fave “healthier” pancakes recipe: Breakfast of Champions Pancakes Pancakes were invented in 1794 by a serf in rural France named Jacques. They were so well received they caused quite a flap. Hence the[…]

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iCloudy With A Chance Of Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

   I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING. It’s exhausting, boring, requires pants and possibly brushed hair, and it’s mind numbingly repetitive — buy food, make food, family eats food, repeat… Something I’ve found to help get me in and out of the grocery store quickly, thus getting this chore done as fast as possible is a clear and precise shopping list.  I’ve tried them all—basic pen and paper lists, cutesy notepads and all kinds of grocery apps. Some of have been good-ish, but I’ve recently started using something new that is easy and effective. The video below is a ridiculous demo of me explaining (in a disgusting head cold, post nasal drip voice…sorry) how to use the FREE iCal Reminder folder on your iPhone to make an organized and easily updatable and revisable grocery list. Why is this brilliant? You can sync your list via iCLOUD to the other iDevices in your home so everyone can view and make changes to the current version of the family grocery list. Soooo, if your husband drinks the last of the coffee he can quickly update the list on his phone. This is much more pleasant (and less violent) than finding out there’s no coffee[…]

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The Best Indian Butter Chicken Naan Pizza This Side of Mumbai

Naan naan naan naan, naan naan naan naan, hey hey hey…. pi-itz-zzaaaaah! Yes I did actually, truly, in-real-life sing that over and over while making dinner the other night. My family may find me annoying at times, but then I serve them Indian Pizza and all is forgiven. By combining the best qualities of two styles of cooking, you get the best of both worlds. From Mexican Lasagna to Indian Pizza, Fusion Food rules.  Indian Pizza is one of my family’s new favourites. Add it to your next “Make Your Own Pizza Dinner Party!”  Naan naan naan naan, naan naan naan naan, hey hey hey…. pi-itz-zzaaaaah!

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Chimichurri Garlic Bread

  Hello chimichurri sauce. Where have you been all my life? We first met at a restaurant and you had me at the first savoury mouthful. Then I made you at home and put you on my chicken breasts. (That sounds wrong somehow, but at least I didn’t say pork loins!). Then I spread you on a warm loaf of garlic bread and introduced you to my girlfriends at Games Night. You made us swoon. You’re one little hottie of an appetizer, but it’s also possible that I got slightly carried away with the red chili pepper flakes… Chimichurri Garlic Bread Ingredients: garlic bread loaf, homemade or store bought 2 cups fresh parsley and/or cilantro 6 cloves of garlic (more or less depending on how garlicky you like it) 1/4 of a small red onion 1/2 cup olive oil splash of red wine vinegar (optional) 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice kosher salt  red chili pepper flakes, to taste diced fresh tomato 1 ripe avocado, cubed Method: Pulse garlic and onion in food processor until finely chopped.  Add parsley and/or cilantro, and pulse briefly.  Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, lime/lemon juice, vinegar and stir.   Season[…]

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Merry Halloween — What To Do With Left Over Candy

Halloween is terrifying. I’m not talking ghosts or ghouls or gore — I’m referring to the other G-Word — gluttony. Specifically mine. If there’s a Kit Kat or Coffee Crisp bar within a 500 foot radius, I will find it and I will put it in my mouth. So what are we “willpower challenged” to do at Halloween? Of course I buy treats that hold as little appeal to me as possible in case of left-overs. But then there’s the problem of the kids’ treats they bring home. Away at school all day, me at home…their candy calls to me seductively like a mythological siren. So in an attempt to limit my junk intake (because let’s get real… I AM  going to steal their treats) here are five ways to re-purpose candy for the next big holiday…Christmas!              If you think that keeping your paws of the candy for fifty-five days is a tad unrealistic (which for me, it probably is) then you might try one of these alternatives. 1. Host a “Build Your Own Sundae” party and set the candy out in bowls to use as toppings. 2. Add a little to trailmix or[…]

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