Cookies, Bars, + Treats/ Gluten Free/ Vegan

Oatmeal Carob Cookies

My family loves tea time, and I’m not even exaggerating when I say that. Every-time we visit my parents, we probably each consume about eight cups a day of the traditional English black tea with milk. Growing up tea time was always used as a universal fix-it, no matter what the problem might be. Bad day at school – let’s have some tea,  Not feeling well – tea!, It’s cold in here – better put the kettle on. And this behaviour also extended into daily celebrations such as coming home from school, work, or any good news or accomplished task. And, while these days Hannah and I limit the amount of tea we consume, we still find ourselves relying on it here and there for both the good and bad times. With midterms season just behind her, there was some desperate need for ‘tea time’ in our house over the last couple of weeks. To accompany the celebratory tea time at the end of a whole day of studying, I whipped up a batch of cookies – and because these were for Hannah, I added one of her favourites to them – carob chips! Continue Reading…

Drinks + Smoothies/ Gluten Free/ Raw Dishes/ Vegan

Raw Milkshake Love

The other night I was curled up on one couch, working on the computer, while Adam was curled up on the other couch watching Pulp Fiction. I was wrist deep in writing emails, then that scene at Jack Rabbit Slims came on and my attention was suddenly caught – by  non other than milkshakes!!! I adore a good milk shake, don’t get me wrong, but I rarely get around to actually drinking them. The idea always sounds so good, but every-time I have one I find that they are too sweet, too rich, and make my stomach all unhappy. What’s a girl to do….?
I think the correct answer to that question is make a milkshake that makes you feel great! And so I did! While this isn’t no five dollar shake, it fills the void in my life that the run-of-the-mill milk shake left behind.
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Gluten Free/ Main Course/ Vegan

Eating for Hormonal Balance – Battling Stress with Tacos and Cake

 

Hormones! We all have them, but how do we deal with them? Sometimes they make us feel great (hello serotonin), other times they are imbalanced and can make us feel like garbage (I think we all know of what I mean)! But we don’t always have to suffer – there are in fact many non medical things we can do to help balance our hormones and make us feel like our old selves again, and you guessed it – this includes choosing the right foods!Some lovely blogger friends and I decided to partake in series of themed recipes focusing on hormonally balancing food (all the blogs are listed at the bottom of the page, Continue Reading…

Breakfast + Brunch/ Cookies, Bars, + Treats/ Snacks, Dips, + Appetizers

Grab and Go Breakfast Cakes

I was recently asked by a reader for breakfast ideas she could easily grab when she was late for school – something quick, easy, and of course, healthy. Then it got me thinking about my own eating habits and how when they suffer it is because I fail to plan ahead. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, but it so often gets interrupted by work schedules and early mornings. While I always make sure my weekend breakfast are pretty amazing, my weekday breakfasts are a little bit lacking – usually consisting of some fresh sour dough bread with nut butter or a muffin I grab at work. Lately, I have been in the habit of making a smoothie (like my Big Green Breakfast Bowl) the night before I have to be somewhere early, but unfortunately I don’t always find smoothies as filling as I would like them to be. Usually I eat at 5 a.m and then I don’t get to sit and eat again for another 5 and a half hours, which leaves me so hungry and susceptible to becoming hangry (a dangerous combination of anger and hunger). My need to find easy snacks, and my reader’s need for a quick breakfast got me thinking about what I could make that would be both quick, tasty, and nutritious, and I think I’ve found it in these little ‘cakes’.
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Gluten Free/ Main Course/ Vegan

Hello Dahley! My go-to Ginger Dahl

When I was in my early 20’s I lived in a big house full of other students. It was a diverse group of people, but we worked well together to create our own type of family – we had the spunky daughter, the weird uncle, the moody ‘teen’, the 80’s dad, and the overbearing mum – and of course, I was the mum. I often took on the role to feed the family, and all the other tag-alongs and vagabonds that would join us for dinner. Usually I would make one-pot dishes for easy clean up, beans to suit the vegetarians, and large enough quantities to be able to feed an average of ten dinner guests. Chilli was a common site on the menu, as was a cabbage roll stew, but my favourite was this ginger dahl. Continue Reading…