Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Spinach and strawberries pair nicely together - both taste-wise, and nutrition-wise.  Strawberries provide a boost of vitamin C, which helps our bodies better absorb the iron found in spinach.  This salad also contains pumpkin seeds which provide an extra kick of iron.

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Plant-Powered Pumpkin Lentil Soup

Plant-Powered Pumpkin Lentil Soup

This soup creation is adapted from and inspired by my mom, who made a large batch when she was visiting right after I had my daughter. It provided warm, cozy comfort during those first chaotic, anxiety-filled, sleep-deprived weeks of motherhood. I have enjoyed variations of it ever since. It also freezes beautifully. An added bonus is that this is now one of my 4-year-old daughter’s favourite soups as well!

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Canada 150: PEI Roasted Mini Pesto Potatoes

Canada 150: PEI Roasted Mini Pesto Potatoes

Food industry is big in PEI and is the most important contributor to the province’s economy. Apart from the delicious seafood and fish that swim in the waters surrounding the island, potatoes are the star attraction growing in the rich red soil.Prince Edward Island’s largest cash crop are potatoes and the island is the largest potato-producing province in Canada.

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Canada 150: Saskatchewan Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

Canada 150: Saskatchewan Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

The rich farmland in Saskatchewan is part of the “bread basket” of Canada, producing many of the cereal crops including barley, wheat, oats and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). This label may have to change soon to “pulse pot” of Canada, as exports of pulse crops, such as lentils, are matching canola and non-durum wheat exports. Saskatchewan produced approximately 96% of the Canadian lentil crop in 2014.

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5 sensible strategies to enjoy a splurge-worthy Easter

5 sensible strategies to enjoy a splurge-worthy Easter

This weekend marks the Easter long weekend, which for many will involve larger holiday meals with turkey or ham, potatoes and all the trimmings … and lots of sweets including chocolate Easter bunnies, eggs and other traditional delicacies. I often get asked how I keep my weight in check over these treat-filled holidays. Truth is, I have no fancy tricks up my sleeve. What I do have are some sensible strategies that I apply to my eating throughout the year, which allow me to fully savour my conscious indulgences without guilt.

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Back to Basics - Part IV: A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

Back to Basics - Part IV: A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

At last! We have arrived! This is the last post of my four-part blog series on Getting Back to the Basics. Since they always say to "save the best for last" I thought I would follow through on that wisdom and save, what I would consider to be the most important aspect of healthy eating, for last, which is meal planning. 

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Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Grab your apron, it’s time to cook!

Now that you have a good assortment of the kitchen gadgets and healthy food on hand, you need to know what to DO with them to make them work FOR you, not just become a space-occupying lesion in your home! Don’t worry if you aren't the greatest cook or burnt the piece of toast you had for supper last night. Cooking is like anything else in life, it's best learned by diving in! Who knows? You may even discover a new-found passion or talent!

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Leek and Sausage Fusilli

Leek and Sausage Fusilli

I get my inspiration for new dishes from various sources, including restaurants, my favourite blogs, my collection of recipe books, and eating at the homes of friends and family. This recipe caught my eye however as I was glancing through my free one-year subscription to Canadian Living Magazine! 

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