French Green Bean and Potato Salad

French Green Bean and Potato Salad This potato salad is easy and healthy and guaranteed to be a hit at this long weekend’s BBQ. I know this weekend marks the end of summer but this is such an amazing time for farm-fresh produce, especially in Southern Ontario where our farms produce the most amazing veggies all year! Serves 6 680 g (1½ lb) ... View Full Recipe

Spiced Zucchini Muffins

Spiced Zucchini Muffins This recipe is dedicated to everyone who has a friend begging to give away the ample zucchini from their garden this summer. I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of zucchini but there’s no way I could turn down home-grown produce, really, is there anything better? Makes 12 muffins 2 Cups whole wheat flour 2 ... View Full Recipe

Basil Chimichurri

Basil Chimichurri Summer is slowly coming to an end and a great way to celebrate the fact that it’s still here is to enjoy the abundance of fresh herbs in the garden and to barbeque a delicious steak (and yes, we barbeque in the snow and fresh herbs are available all year round but there’s something magical about this time of year!), this dish is ... View Full Recipe

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad When is pasta salad not a good idea!?! This has been an amazing summer for BBQ’s so I’ve been loving lightening up traditional BBQ accompaniments using Ontario’s farm fresh produce. Seriously. I LOVE this time of year :) Serves 8 ½ Cup fat free sour cream ¼ Cup light mayonnaise ¼ Cup low fat (1%) buttermilk ¼ Cup ... View Full Recipe

European Pot Roast

European Pot Roast I’m calling this a European Pot Roast because I couldn’t decide if the flavours were more French or German and also because Pot Roast is American in origin (it is, I googled it!).  My family and I always come back to a homemade pot roast; the aroma in the house as it’s cooking is definitely one of my favourite things about ... View Full Recipe

Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Boil My parents went to the farm market and bought a basket of new potatoes and corn was on sale. I had a craving for seafood and my mother didn’t want to use the oven or use the bbq for dinner because we are in the middle of a heat wave. Those were the parametres that lead to this yummy, yummy dinner. Serves 6 16 Cups of cold ... View Full Recipe

Creamy Buttermilk Potato Salad

Creamy Buttermilk Potato Salad The summer is threatening to leave us, at least in Southern Ontario where we live but really it’s still only mid-august and we can all use another low fat potato salad recipe.   All I have to say (along with my parents and Mike) is yum! Serves 4 680 g (1½ lb) mini red potatoes (rinsed, skin on) ½ Cup fat ... View Full Recipe

Pantry Green Beans in Black Bean Sauce

Pantry Green Beans in Black Bean Sauce In honour of my Chinese take-out love affair this is another yummy dish I always enjoy. I couldn’t find Black Bean sauce in my local grocery store so I used Hoisin Sauce in it’s place and this was pretty good if I may say so myself! Serves 4 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce 1 tbsp sodium reduced soy sauce 1 ... View Full Recipe

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad This is another variation of Mike’s mother’s delicious broccoli salad. I must sound like a crazy person but I actually do get this excited about yummy food! Here I replaced the raisins with fibre-filled peas: yummy and healthy! Serves 6 ¼ Cup light mayonnaise ¼ Cup fat free sour cream (or Greek yogurt) 1 ... View Full Recipe

Bean Sprouts Stir Fry (Chow Mein)

Bean Sprouts Stir Fry (Chow Mein) My guilty pleasure used to be ordering a yummy pizza but I really don’t like takeout pizza as much as my homemade pizza (shameless plug) anymore, so what to do? Well, Mike LOVES Chinese takeout so now I find myself studying the Chinese menu and trying to figure out how to make it healthier!! I love the chow mein! ... View Full Recipe

Potato – Cauliflower Gratin

Potato – Cauliflower Gratin  I know, I know, there’s been a heat wave and a drought but cauliflower is in season and I couldn’t resist! This is such an incredibly yummy dish that allows you to enjoy potato gratin in much lighter way and with all of the added benefits of farm-fresh cauliflower. Serves 8 2 Cups milk (I used 1%) 2 tbsp whole ... View Full Recipe

Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

Chicken and Waffle Sandwich This is another ‘putting it altogether’ recipe; I love making a sandwich using homemade waffles because it’s something a little different and absolutely delish (did I mention the little squares hold more yummy sauce?). Serves 4 2 Anna’s Waffles with Chives (1/2 waffle per sandwich) 1 Medium vine ripened tomato, ... View Full Recipe

California Fusion Sandwich

California Fusion Sandwich This is a ‘putting it altogether’ recipe, this is important because it’s what cooking is, taking parts and pieces of your favourite recipes and making a meal and how Mike and I actually eat and how we stay healthy! Serves 4 4 Whole Wheat Brioche Hamburger Buns (or any whole wheat bun) 1 Medium vine ripened ... View Full Recipe

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