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The Tastiest Vegetarian Meatballs {with spinach, mushroom & quinoa}

IMG_9036IMG_9050IMG_9051Quinoa, Parmesan & Panko make these meatballs everything you love about their meaty sisters. Tender but firm, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Packed with nutrients and flavour provided by spinach, mushroom and red pepper. (more…)

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Rosemary Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples

IMG_8835IMG_8862There are certain cold October evenings, after all is said and done, that you just need the smell and warmth of a roasted meaty meal coming from the oven.On these certain nights, you might also need to enjoy a glass of cab sauv, followed by chamomillee tea in a blanket with Netflix.

We are upon the precipice of some of the most beautiful days of the year in Ontario. Days sunny and colorful, nights refreshingly chilly enough to break out last years christmas sweater. These are the kind of days you have to stop and smell the flowers for, soak them up with all you have. A perfect way to end off a day of all adventure, or pick you up after a busy day at work, is a roast pork tenderloin with all of the trimmings.  (more…)

Mini Brown Sugar Plum Tarts

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OH the lowly plum! Overshadowed by its little sister the grape and its cousin the mighty apple.

The only time I have eaten plums in my life has been in the form of a german plum streusel cake baked by my Oma. And i’m fairly certain I picked out most of the plums. But hey, they are pretty delicious! Buttery and sweet, they pair perfectly with a crispy pastry and brown sugar sweetness.

Visiting with my Oma last week inspired me to create  a treat that would remind us all over her staple plum squares. As her mobility in the kitchen has declined, her craving for old favorites still comes back in waves. It was a pleasure to bring her a taste of her past cooking conquests that had inspired me so much growing up. (more…)

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle {Gwyneth Paltrow}

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Dang Gwyneth girl, you make a good soup!

Described as ‘the perfect soup’ by Ms Paltrow herself, this spicy creamy mouth explosion is likely to be your new fall go-to. Flipping through ‘Its All Good’ cookbook, I was immediately pulled in by my favourite word (chipotle) in one of her ‘Vegan and Elimination Diet friendly’ soup recipes. A lil smoky sweet goes a looong way in my bowl.  (more…)

Crunchy Apple Crisp Granola

apple2apple1You know when you make an apple crisp, and you start to pick off the crunchy top first, and wonder who needs the apple filling anyways?

I could eat that crumble topping for lunch. Its the dangerous and irresistible crisp factor that occurs when you meld butter and cinnamon and oats. Its rare and almost only happens when your making an apple crumble so you have to savour it. (more…)

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins & Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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1378189_10151713201346089_2082244233_nPumpkin joy is infectious, its everywhere!

Today was the epitome of a fall day in southern ontario. The leaves are reaching their climax in colour-changing, the sun was warm, and the farmers markets were stocked with crisp apples and pumpkins for the taking. Farm country in the fall is a dream. Today we went biking through Paris, Ontario (26 K to be exact!) and finished it off with half a dozen freshly fried apple fritters from the Brown Dog Cafe. It doesn’t matter what diet your pretending to be on, there is never a reason to turn down a freshly fried apple fritter.  (more…)

Hearty Kale, Quinoa & Chorizo Soup

1378141_10151709057021089_1634837869_n539127_10151709055891089_1394935508_n2 wrongs don’t make a right, but 2 healthy items + 1 gluttonous item fuse to make a soup no one can say no to. And its totally healthy. But healthy in the way that your kale-challenged man friend will eat it

This is the fall day, sunny outside, yet crisp air soup. We ate it on my back patio with some cold beer. Then the next day for lunch with some toasted olive bread. It has a smoky backdrop from the chorizo that is irresistable. Go for it. The ‘oohs and ahhs’ you get with this guy are awesome. (more…)