dinner

  • recipe for a buddha bowl! September 22, 2015 - i have really gotten into making buddha bowls, before i even knew their name i was layering healthy, delicious ingredients in my pretty blue bowls and serving them as dinners to my family. they’re a great way to fill your family with lots of vitamins and minerals, while using all sorts of yummy foods and […]
  • the best of summer in a watermelon salad! July 6, 2015 - today is the first monday of summer vacations at home. the boys and i have a few errands to run. we need to go to a few farm markets to buy fresh strawberries and other locally grown yummy produce. we need to buy new waterbottles (again) as lion keeps losing his! the kids both go […]
  • vegetable puff pastry bites. May 20, 2015 - i have only recently discovered the fun of butter puff pastry! i know, i know i admit i have been under a rock of sorts!    truth be told, i thought they were full of all sorts of yucky ingredients, but it actually isn’t. i found some easy all-ready-to-go frozen puff pastry  at the grocery […]
  • yummy roasted chickpeas. April 29, 2015 -   i made a carrot ginger soup for my weekly soup exchange and i wanted to include something yummy with the soup, other than my usual parsley or cilantro garnish… and then it hit me.. KAPOW… roasted chickpeas! it’s the easiest, yummiest add-on ever!  ok, so here we go. i was pretty generous with my […]
  • delicious fish tacos! March 15, 2015 -    fish tacos are pretty popular these days. I LOVE THEM! i decided to try and make my own and they turned out AWESOME! there was a lot of cutting, slicing and chopping involved for the mango salsa and the guacamole i also made. but, it was so worth it! i love the look of my […]
  • minestrone soup recipe February 1, 2015 - my neighbourhood soup exchange is going strong! here is another favourite soup recipe that i have added to my repertoire! a few weeks ago i was on pinterest looking for soup inspiration and i found this amazing 30 minute orzo minestrone soup recipe from julia’s blog, a cedar spoon. i loved the pictures of the hearty […]
  • wontons for dinner! January 9, 2015 -   after all the sweet and heavy foods of the christmas holidays, my taste buds have been craving all kinds of other flavours and textures. so, after surviving the the saturday after new years at the grocery store, i decided to spend two hours on the kitchen preparing food for my family. i’m not a […]
  • mouth watering cranberry recipes! December 15, 2014 - i love cranberries! they are such a wonderful tart flavour and can be used in so many different kinds of foods.  during the holiday season cranberries are especially popular in all sorts of goodies. here is a wonderful round-up of cranberry recipe ideas, ranging from butters to bars to salads! cranberry butter   the view […]
  • quick veggie stir fry. November 4, 2014 - with our kitchen under renovations making dinner has become tricky. we have eaten out a few times, but that gets old and expensive quickly.   this how things look at out house these days… there aren’t tools all over the floors all the time, but our walls are all open, there are no counters and […]
  • fave soup round up! October 2, 2014 -   we here in southern ontario we have enjoyed a lovely fall with warm temperatures making things feel more like summer! but, it seems as though things are taking turn now as cooler temperatures are settling in, grey skies are taking over. this kind of weather makes me want to pull out my crock-pot and […]
  • the best potato salad recipe…EVER! July 18, 2014 - now that bear is back to eating eggs, i can make my favourite potato salad recipe again. potato salad is one of those foods that i connect with summer BBQ’s and eating outside. my recipe has pickles and red onions in it for some extra flavour, which everyone LOVES!     INGREDIENTS: 4 medium red […]
  • sweet potato & carrot soup. May 22, 2014 - i made this soup the other day for my kids and they LOVED it. bear is happy to take warm soup in his thermos for his school lunch. INGREDIENTS: 4 sweet potatoes 4 medium/ large carrots 3 garlic cloves 2 bouillon cubes 8 cups water 2 tblsp olive oil 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp cinnamon […]
  • pita pizza’s for dinner! April 27, 2014 - this is such an easy dinner for when everyone is tired from the day. it’s also one where if the kids want to help they can get busy! we love to make pita pizza’s. using pita bread instead of store bought pizza dough is healthier, as they have less preservatives and weird ingredients. for our […]
  • teriyaki salmon dinner. March 25, 2014 - i made this teriyaki salmon for my family, in the hopes the delicious teriyaki sauce would encourage my bear to eat his fish. he loves salmon, but only when it’s raw, which is a great thing, but i think it’s necessary to help round out those taste buds.     INGREDIENTS: salmon fillets (1 per […]
  • butternut squash beet and quinoa: a warm salad! March 16, 2014 - we had some good friends over for dinner and i felt like making something super yummy for dinner. i wanted to make a meal that was colourful and light, so i made this wonderful butternut squash, beet and quinoa served as a warm salad. it was amazing! (serves 4-6) INGREDIENTS: 1 butternut squash 7 whole […]
  • vegetable bok choy soup! March 8, 2014 - i started a neighbourhood soup exchange with some friends back in the fall. it started because i find wednesday’s to be the hardest day of the week, and then to plan a dinner just makes it that much more torturous! so, every wednesday at after-school pick-up, there we are, the soup club mama’s with our […]
  • vegetarian thanksgiving menu! November 5, 2013 - don’t be fooled that thanksgiving is just for meat eaters, because there are lots of wonderful, interesting and delicious vegetarian menu options out there!     below i have compiled recipes that look appetizing and will get your mouth watering! i love all the textures and colours; you can almost smell the scent of the […]
  • vegetarian crock pot recipe round-up! September 24, 2013 - this time of year, my crock pot is in full action. i use it a couple of times a week, for chili or soup or even for a hot breakfast! here are some delicious and healthy vegetarian crock pot recipes ranging from breakfast, soup to entree. YUM!   bean and spinach enchiladas from real simple […]
  • autumn vegetarian squash recipes! September 10, 2013 -     i love squash. so does my whole family. this time of year is harvest season and all the gourds and squashes are ready for the picking! here is a round-up of various vegetarian squash recipes. some recipes are vegan too!   roasted butternut squash with goat cheese from anja’s food 4 thought   […]
  • perfect fall apple recipes! September 4, 2013 - fall has arrived. the kids are officially back to school. the trees are starting to slowly change colour and lose their leaves. people are taking about going apple picking and there’s even a crispness in the air on some mornings, oh yes, fall has definitely arrived. this time of year i like to use my oven a […]
  • 10 delicious asian foods! July 10, 2013 - we enjoy asian foods at our house. the kids will devour sushi, udon soup, fried rices and various forms of cooked tofu. stir fries are so easy to throw together; vegetables, herbs and a protein and you’re good to go. some people like to add rice noodles, soba noodles (japanese buckwheat noodles), quinoa or rice as a […]
  • butternut squash soup recipe! March 25, 2013 - i have shared several soup recipes already, but we really are a soup kinda family! my kids adore soup and it’s such an easy dinner to make. here’s another family favourite of ours, butternut squash soup and this time i added some kale to it for an extra kick of health! INGREDIENTS: 1 butternut squash […]
  • make your own sushi! March 17, 2013 - many people are very surprised when i tell them that sushi is my families favourite food. bear, in fact, hates cooked fish and refuses to eat it, but will happily gobble up raw salmon in a flash. strange? perhaps, but i don’t mind. it’s healthy and the benefits of salmon on his wee body are […]
  • holy moly, guacamole! March 4, 2013 - is there such a thing as too much guacamole? i don’t think so. today for a family dinner, we were asked to contribute some guacamole, which i was happy to make.is this not the most perfect avocado you have ever seen? INGREDIENTS: 2 ripe avocado’s1 tomato1/4 of a lemon’s juice1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp paprikagenerous sprinkling of black […]
  • cod chowder soup recipe February 27, 2013 - i’ve always loved a good fish soup. i grew up in finland where fish is a huge staple in the diet and is cooked in a large variety of ways. INGREDIENTS: approx. 1 lb fresh cod (frozen is ok, fresh tastes better)2tbsp butter4-6 yukon potatoes1 yellow onion1 small red pepper2 stalks of celery2 carrots2-3 tbsp […]
  • skillet gnocchi with sundried tomatoes January 19, 2013 - since finding out about bear’s egg allergy almost a year ago, we have had to modify our food intake. my meal planning hasn’t really changed that much, but there are some tings that we really miss. like pasta. normal durham wheat pasta. i don’t buy it, as most of the packages say may contain eggs so i […]
  • oven roasted brussel sprouts & new potatoes! January 14, 2013 - i love oven roasted veggies for dinner. especially during the winter months, when eating lots of earthy foods feels so right. i also love cranking up the oven, as it warms the house a bit more too!i often make veggies in the oven for my family, the boys love ’em!INGREDIENTS: potatoesbrussel sproutscarrots1 tsp sea salt1/4 […]
  • slow cooker vegetarian chili January 9, 2013 - i love me a good chili, especially during these cold winter months.  this is my own version of a veggie chili. there are lots and lots of recipes out there, and sometimes it’s good to try something different with an old favourite. but, here is my tried and tested vegetarian chili recipe. INGREDIENTS:1 can of […]
  • recipe for : coconut milk & shrimp stir-fry : caused a fight. October 25, 2012 - it is so confusing to me how one week the kids will love one food, and despise it the next. it is all so random and probably not even about the food, but about power instead. last night, i made a super-duper fabulous coconut milk & shrimp stir-fry, which bear refused to eat. as soon as he got […]
  • potato & leek soup. October 22, 2012 - fall is the perfect season for enjoying a bowl of yummy soup! this particular soup is a family favourite and has been in on our regular dinner rotation for years. it’s fast, delicious and there’s always room for creativity! we started with the original recipe from “the joy of cooking”, but through the years we […]
  • carrot, apple & cranberry salad. October 18, 2012 - i usually do my groceries on a tuesday morning with lion as my co-captain. that means, on monday i often end up scrounging ingredients for dinner. this past monday was no exception. then i found some yummy, seasonally perfect ingredients for a quick and yummy salad! INGREDIENTS:SALAD:2-3 carrots 1-2 apples1 small bunch of parsley1 handful of […]
  • butternut squash & ricotta pizza pie! October 12, 2012 - dear hubby has taken on the sunday dinner responsibility around here. since buying a bread maker from a friend a few months ago, he has started making his pizza dough in the maker. it’s easy for him, as long as he just has to plan it ahead of time.this past weekend, dear hubby made a […]
  • healthy quinoa patties for dinner! September 17, 2012 - i have been looking on pinterest for more interesting lunch ideas for bear. he loves wraps and sandwiches just fine, but they look pretty plain and no amount of avocado will jazz things up enough! while pinning, i stumbled upon this recipe for quinoa patties from an aussie food blog, cook republic. yum! we have […]
  • camping. camping. camping. July 16, 2012 - we went on an overnight mini camping extravaganza vacation with friends this past weekend. it was one night of laughs, booze, camp food and lotsa fun!  because our area of canada is experiencing an unusually dry and hot summer, there was a fire ban at the grounds. there have been lots of forest fires, so i completely understand the […]
  • moose for dinner! June 5, 2012 - we had some super silly pasta for dinner, thanks to IKEA. they were moose shaped! the kids loved it and bear said “i love to eat moose”, which we found especially funny as we’re vegetarian!  i’m really enjoying my cast iron pan again and since our naturopath told us bear was iron deficient i’ve been […]
  • pinaattiletut/ spinach crepes. April 9, 2011 - *pinaattiletut or spinach crepes finnish style* this is where i get my recipe for pinaattiletut. the finns (like most of the world) use the metric system for measuring ingredients and luckily for me i have my mummo’s old measuring cup to help. i did all the conversions and translated the instructions! and, no worries if you don’t have […]
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