Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad Growing up in a European household I was never really exposed to typical Canadian or American food so when Mike’s mom made her Broccoli Salad I didn’t what to expect but it was AMAZING!!! I loved it! I immediately got the recipe and I made it and it was AMAZING!!! The only problem? A lot of sugar and full fat mayonnaise :(  With her ... View Full Recipe

Herbed Mayonnaise

Herbed Mayonnaise I’m so not a gardener but I’d love to be! Every Mother’s Day (well, 3 so far) Mike buys me a ton of fresh herbs from the Garden Centre and then he plants the herbs for me... and he keeps them alive all summer long! So thanks to Mike, I have a ton of fresh herbs that inspired this Recipe Redux theme of “Fresh From the Garden”.  ... View Full Recipe

Light Summer Pasta with Fresh Herbs and Peas

Light Summer Pasta with Fresh Herbs and Peas Speed and efficiency are my motivating factors these days! I’m back to work full time, Mike is ALWAYS at work and we have two babies in diapers!   This dinner celebrates all things summers and comes together by the time the pasta is cooked. Serves 4 ¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil 4 Cloves garlic, ... View Full Recipe

Chewiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewiest Peanut Butter Cookies In case I haven’t been clear, I’m an absolute chocoholic, I love it and I’d eat it every day. With that said, I must say I love peanut butter too! My idea of decadence is anything peanut butter with more peanut butter!!!! These cookies have the consistency of a soft fudge with an incredible peanut butter ... View Full Recipe

Caprese Pan Pizza

Caprese Pan Pizza This pizza is so yummy and so easy! I must warn you, I’ve been re-bitten by the pan-pizza-bug and you will be seeing many, many more recipes; I love this method. I love the summer fresh basil and tomatoes here.   I made this for a few friends for lunch and they gave this recipe a big thumbs up. Serves 4 1 tbsp extra virgin ... View Full Recipe

Lemon-Blueberry-Banana Muffins

Lemon-Blueberry-Banana Muffins This is another breakfast muffin I baked for my mornings at work. These muffins are ooey, gooey and chewy thanks to all of the fruit and lemon juice. I should also point out that even though I used whole wheat flour, the muffins are light. Makes 12 Muffins 2 Cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 ... View Full Recipe

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings I love taking really naughty pub food and making it practically guilt free, you still need a little restraint here, portion control and not eating the skin is key (sorry!). Serves 4 ¼ Cup honey ¼ Cup cold water 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp sriracha sauce 6 Cloves garlic, ... View Full Recipe

Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff This is a great variation of the classic Beef Stroganoff, just a little lighter!   This is perfect for a busy weeknight because the dish comes together by the time the pasta is cooked. I love cooking with mushrooms because they add such a decadent depth of flavour that is low calorie and completely fat free and they are a great ... View Full Recipe

Cumin Grilled Chicken

Cumin Grilled Chicken I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner! This is easy-peasy and really delicious, perfect for a (weeknight) summer night meal. We had this with my Creamy Potato Salad and Roasted Asparagus (yum!). Serves 4 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 1 tbsp oil 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3.5 ... View Full Recipe

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna This dish is for everyone who loves lasagna as much as I do but usually craves it after a really long day at work.   Here, this is low fat, healthy lasagna that will be on the table in under 45 minutes, dare I say about 30 minutes???? Serves 6 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 400 – 450 g extra lean ground beef 1 Medium ... View Full Recipe

Tomato, Onion and Spinach Tart

Tomato, Onion and Spinach Tart Tarts and doughs are usually associated with sweets but this savoury dish is absolutely incredible. This is vegetarian and yet it is completely satisfying (Mike didn’t even notice!). This is great for lunch, brunch or dinner; serve with your favourite green salad to make it a complete meal. Serves 4 1 ¼ Cup ... View Full Recipe

Spicy Burger Sauce

Spicy Burger Sauce This is a spicy kick to my rendition of the incredible big mac sauce. There. I said it; I love big macs. Always have. Always will. They’re delicious. Only problem? They’re not too good for your waistline although in terms of fast food, I think McDonald’s is one of the healthier options out there. So here I’ve taken my favourite ... View Full Recipe

Chicken and Broccoli with Mushrooms

Chicken and Broccoli with Mushrooms This is a quick stir fry inspired by the classic Chinese Dish, Beef and Broccoli. This is incredibly filling and delicious, oh and fast cooking; what more could you want!?! Serves 4 4 Cups cooked rice (2 Cups uncooked, prepared according to package directions) ½ Cup sodium-reduced Beef stock ¼ Cup ... View Full Recipe

Chewy Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookie Bars

Chewy Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookie Bars I’ve always advocated life in moderation and this is the second full fat yummy treat that I’ve posted (the other is my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies). Eventually I’ll have a full section on my site for that but when you advocate life in moderation, more decadent recipes are going to take some time! These ... View Full Recipe

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Healthy Breakfast Muffins As of Thursday my maternity leave is officially over. I’m sad but I’m looking forward to getting back into the working world where I’ll see and interact with adults. With work though comes the need to pack a lunch and in this insane economy, a breakfast too. These muffins are moist, spicy and yummy and let’s not forget: ... View Full Recipe

Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken

Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken With barbeque season here, we can all use more recipes for lean and delicious, skinless chicken breasts. Chicken breasts are high in protein and low in fat and marinating them adds virtually no calories to the dish while providng the most incredible flavour. Serves 4 1 Cup beer (whatever you have on hand, I ... View Full Recipe

Good Old Fashioned Chicken and Rice Soup

Good Old Fashioned Chicken and Rice Soup I mentioned in my previous post that I was deflated over this Global Warming crisis; to soothe my soul I made this pot of soup. This was without a doubt THE most delicious soup I have ever made and not to toot my own horn, I’ve made a few  delicious soups! (Modest-schmodest). So in the event summer is ... View Full Recipe

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing This is an incredibly gentle salad dressing; you get such creaminess from the avocado and a hint of onion flavour from the scallions. This would also work as a dip or a spread on your favourite sandwich. I’m feeling deflated as I write this recipe; I created it when it was hot and the sun was shining but now there is rain ... View Full Recipe

Linguine in Lobster Dijonnaise

Linguine in Lobster Dijonnaise We had this for Mike’s birthday dinner the other night and it was a big hit! This recipe was inspired by my Mussels Dijonnaise recipe, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, man the French can cook! Using smaller amounts of butter and cream still gives you the rich flavour but by stretching the sauce with milk ... View Full Recipe

Anna’s Waffles with Chives

Anna’s Waffles with Chives This recipe was inspired by Anna Olson’s savoury waffle recipe; they can be used in place of bread or English muffins, topped with yummy sauces (such as My Answer to a Hollandaise Sauce), proteins and veggies. Delicious and satisfying! Serves 4 1 Cup whole wheat flour 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ... View Full Recipe

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce I’ve mentioned that my father is Italian and my mother is Swedish so growing up most (if not all) of our food was European (98% Italian!) so Japanese was something that my sister and I introduced to our parents through the take-out menu. I absolutely love teriyaki sauce but had no idea how to make it. Slowly through my blog ... View Full Recipe

Baby Potatoes in a Dill and Scallion Vinaigrette

Baby Potatoes in a Dill and Scallion Vinaigrette This potato salad was inspired by my Warm Potato Salad. I love this dish because the flavours are incredible and it’s soooo easy! I like to let the dill and scallions sit in the vinaigrette to let the flavours develop and infuse. The heat from the potatoes mellow the garlic and you’re left with the ... View Full Recipe