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Easy Pumpkin Spice Vegan Latte
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Family Friendly Fish Tacos…Ole!
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Smoothie Cereal For Picky Eaters
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A Healthy Meal For The Whole Family
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PANCAKEZzzzzzzz

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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Family Friendly Fish Tacos…Ole!

I am NOT a Foodie. But I do love food, and taking pictures of food, and exploring new recipes, and collecting/hording beautiful cookbooks, and Vining clips of meals in the making, and sharing photos of the food I’ve made, and…holy Havarti, I may be a Foodie after all! Okay, nah. I’m not. I take crappy blurry photos with my iPhone and make a huge mess of the kitchen and occasionally burn things, spills things, and omit key ingredients… So I may not be a member of the Foodie club, but occasionally I like to share a recipe that works well for our family. These shareable edibles must be: fairly easy freezable or suitable for leftovers healthy-ish tasty budget friendly One of our family faves….a meal we enjoy at least twice a month is this Costa Rican Rice Bowl.  A new favourite is Fresh Baja Fish Tacos (not to be confused with Bah ha Fish Tacos which are tacos made with clown fish…..sorry, a true Foodie would never make such a lame joke). I recently received this DELICIOUS cookbook called 200 Easy Mexican Recipes: Authentic Recipes From Burritos to Enchiladas by Kelley Cleary Coffeen. Along with the fish tacos I’ve also[…]

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Smoothie Cereal For Picky Eaters

  The only silver lining to being hit with a virus is possibly shedding a few unwanted pounds. Unless of course, you’re a teeny, at-the-bottom-of-the-growth-chart tyke like my little girl, who doesn’t have an ounce to spare. So when she’s sick, maintaining her hydration level and caloric intake is essential. Two weeks ago she caught that nasty bronchial infection going around — cough, fever, no appetite, no energy. For a child who is a picky eater on a good day, getting her to eat when she’s unwell is a major struggle. If only she would suck back a healthy smoothie. I’ve tried many times… unsuccessfully to entice her into enjoying a yogurty, fruity concoction served in fun glasses with funky straws. Total bust. Mind you… pitcher of untouched smoothie + coconut rum = a tasty caregiver cocktail. For later in the day. I do not drink Pina Colodas for breakfast. Or while getting caught in the rain. Yesterday, I had a stroke of brilliance. It happens so rarely, I thought I’d share. Avery loves her cereal so piggy backing on that, I replaced the milk with a calorie packed smoothie.   Yes. It does look like someone threw up in[…]

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A Healthy Meal For The Whole Family

Outside of mac and cheese, cereal, eggs and toast, and cheddar cheese, there aren’t many meals that make my children’s mouths water. This recipe however, though it may not make my kids swoon, makes their bellies full and my heart happy to know they have something HEALTHY in their tummies. My best friend brought this recipe home with her from Costa Rica. It’s delicious and SO quick and easy! Makes great leftovers for lunch the next day too. Costa Rican Rice Bowl Cooked rice 1 can black beans, rinsed 1 small red onion, diced 1 or 2 red peppers, diced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tomatoes 1 ripe avocado lime juice feta cheese crumbled (vegans omit) 1 plantain, fried* So good! Directions: 1. Rinse, then cook rice. 2. While rice is cooking, sauté garlic, onion and red pepper in coconut oil (or your cooking oil of choice). 3. Spoon rice into a bowl. Cover with a layer of beans.Top with garlic, onion and pepper mixture, feta cheese, avocado chunks, tomatoes, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.  4. Top with fried plantains (not shown because I uh, burned them).   * Slice the plantain in about 2 cm thick circles[…]

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PANCAKEZzzzzzzz

PANCAKE POACHER..CAUGHT IN THE ACT!   Some mornings, it takes a good hour for me to fully regain consciousness. In the meantime, I slog through the a.m. routine in autopilot; Get up…get dressed…wash face…feed dog…rouse kids…and stumble toward the kitchen, with one eye on the coffee pot and the other on the clock, trying to determine how late we actually are. (Depending on how far apart the coffee maker and clock are, this can be relatively painful).    As I check my email, a morning ritual which takes no more than a few minutes (I’m not that popular) I contemplate breakfast. Ah breakfast that sweet, welcome break to the nightly fast. When my brain and body are a little more sluggish than usual, cereal with bananas and yogurt and a teaspoon of Salba is the best I can muster. But, if I’ve been on the ball the week before, I can reach into my freezer to retrieve some freshly frozen blueberry pancakes, thus earning respect and adoration from my breakfast lovin’ children. If you’re making pancakes or waffles for the family on the weekend, triple the recipe. Flash freeze  the extras on a cookie sheet (so they don’t stick together),[…]

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