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Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate?  Healthy for my body?  Yessirree!  Well, let’s talk about what’s healthy about cacao first before you jump on over to the nearest gas station and start loading up on Kit Kat 2 for 1 deals.   The first important thing to know is that a […]

Trail Mix 2.0

Trail Mix 2.0

As a kid, I always enjoyed a couple of handfuls of trail mix as I headed to skating practice.  That was many decades ago when peanuts were welcome at school along with almonds and walnuts.  At that time, even M&Ms seemed to be an acceptable […]

Arugula and Macadamia Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Arugula and Macadamia Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Arugula and Macadamia Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (The “No-Brainer” Brainy Salad) Nitric oxide doesn’t sound like something that should be good for us. You might be thinking it sounds pretty close to those nasty cancer-causing chemicals found in things like deli meat and bacon (nitrates). […]

Baked Black Cod with Sweet Miso Sauce

Baked Black Cod with Sweet Miso Sauce

Most of us have heard that salmon contains omega 3 oils–a very good thing for your body. Maybe less of us know the specific benefits but we eat it anyway believing in its mystical healthy powers.   If that’s all you ever know about it, […]

Grain-Free Grass-Fed Butter Cookies

Grain-Free Grass-Fed Butter Cookies

Ever since I found out my daughter had a mild sensitivity to dairy, butter has been literally off the table.  I felt really bad doing so because many times she’s remarked with a big smile on her face that butter is her favorite food.  And […]

Honey Miso Vinaigrette with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Honey Miso Vinaigrette with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Back in the nineties, I think I ate more salads for meals than anything else.  That seemed noble and ultra-health conscious at the time and I was supremely proud of myself to have such fortitude and vigilance in the face of university parties and family […]

Waldorf Kale Salad

Waldorf Kale Salad

641.5 is my happy place in the library (the Dewey Decimal stamp of all things cooking).   You can imagine my thrill when I came across a cookbook, The Wikaninnish Cookbook (641.5971 to be exact), straight from the place my husband and I spent our honeymoon!  […]

Brains and Brawn Salad (Kale, Spinach, Avocado and Eggs)

Brains and Brawn Salad (Kale, Spinach, Avocado and Eggs)

    If you’re a bit like me, when I eat a salad, I have this smug little look upon my face that says, “look at me, eating this salad and getting all healthy.”  Well that’s not exactly what I’d say but I do congratulate […]

Blueberry and Pistachio Kale Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Blueberry and Pistachio Kale Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette

Well here we are again!  Gearing up for another school year.  Coco begins grade 3 in just a few days and I’ve been reflecting on her growth over the years–oh how her personality has blossomed into a feisty, independent, creative and centered child.  I have […]

East Meets West Meatballs

East Meets West Meatballs

The title of these tasty dinner treats are intriguing, right?  It’s a pretty simple concept though.  Take something that westerners love…like meatballs and add in some amazing healing spice that originated in the east…like turmeric.  What you get is an upgraded downhome-style culturally diverse culinary […]