Cooking with Lentils: Easy Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

Lentil-Swiss-Chard-SoupDon’t know how to cook lentils or what to do with them?  No worries, many people want to introduce lentils in their diet, but are not sure where to start.  The good news is that lentils are extremely easy to prepare and to incorporate into your favorite recipes.

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs: Fish with Homemade Pesto Sauce

23420460_sOne of the secrets to delicious cooking is very easy, cook with fresh herbs.  Buying herbs in season is always the tastiest, but you will always find an ample supply of packaged fresh herbs in the produce section of Vince’s Market.

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Holiday Gluten-Free Brunch- Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancake Recipe

19230265_sLooking for a gluten free holiday brunch option?  Try making your family or guests gluten-free pancakes or waffles.  The easiest way is to buy a premade mix like the variety of mixes from Bob’s Red Mill.  I prefer these mixes as this company uses old-fashioned stone ground flours.  They also test their flours to make sure that they are gluten-free.

Surprisingly, these mixes work just as good on the griddle or in the waffle maker as conventional flours.  They taste so good, that your guests won’t even know that they are gluten free.

Does Buckwheat contain gluten or wheat?

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Healthy Fats Part III – Which Oils Are The Best to Cook With?

8178014_sThis post continues with our discussion of good versus bad fats.  Last time we debunked the myth that all fats are bad and explored how the body needs healthy fats like Omega-3s for its survival.

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Almonds: For a Healthy Waistline and a Healthy Heart

8035450_sLooking for a healthy snack?  Whether you are trying to maintain your weight or lose a few pounds, grab a handful of almonds.  Although nuts have been traditionally thought of “too fattening” and pulled out of weight-loss programs, these attitudes are changing as more and more research shows that nuts actually help people to lose weight.  Continue reading

Healthy Party Platters: Tri-colour Mediterranean Platter & Festive Mexican Platter

Whether it is the big Grey Cup party or office holiday parties, November is packed with entertaining.  Don’t be caught empty-handed when those last minute guests drop by.  Be prepared by keeping your pantry stocked up on quick and easy appetizers. Continue reading

Superfood Sauerkraut: The Healthiest Way to Eat Cabbage

22907195_sSauerkraut is a German word that means “sour cabbage”.  It is produced by fermenting cabbage leaves with a bacterial culture.  In its raw form it is one of the original probiotic foods.  Continue reading

Good Fats, Bad Fats – Which Fats are bad for you?

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In our society of low-fat foods and diet fads, it is very confusing to figure out which fats are healthy and which are unhealthy.  In the next few blogs we will look at the best and the worst of fats and oils and learn the healthiest ways to cook with them.  So which are the worst fats? Continue reading

Pecans are the #1 Nut for antioxidants: Maple Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

23473329_sPecan Nutrition: #1 Nut for antioxidants

Pecans are a great healthy snack, rich in vitamins, minerals, good fats and fiber. Pecans are a very versatile nut that can be used in baking or cooking.  They contain vitamins A, E, and several B’s including folic acid.  Continue reading

Spooky Halloween Party Food

22485997_sIt’s finally here, the week that every kid (both young and old is waiting for). The front lawns on your friendly neighbourhood street turn into graveyards and zombie zones.  And everyone is getting the perfect costume ready for trick-or-treating or the big Halloween party.  Continue reading