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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Lately, it’s been all about zucchini! The other day I picked about 8 large zucchini from my dad’s garden and have spent the past few days grilling, cooking and baking with zucchini. I found a recipe for chocolate chip zucchini bread that sounded simple to make and thought the chocolate chips may help win over the family members that are not fans of zucchini.  

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Kohlrabi – Not Another Root Vegetable!

Kohlrabi is a classified as a brassica or cruciferous vegetable, although judging by its bulbous appearance, one would assume it’s a root vegetable, but surprisingly, it’s not.  It belongs to the same plant family as arugula, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts.

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Awesome Arugula Salad

Arugula, also know as rocket or roquette in other parts of the world, is a peppery tasting, nutrient packed food that comes with many health benefits.

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Energizing Breakfasts on the Go!

Join me, Registered Nutritionist and Cooking Coach, for a fun and interactive breakfast workshop aimed at providing you with energizing breakfast ideas, samples to try, & tips on helping you establish your own breakfast routine. Recipes and a make and take breakfast sample included

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Happy Mother’s Day Mamas

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mamas out there. Here are a few recipes I have put together to help you celebrate. What I love most about these recipes is that they are easy enough for your little ones to get involved and help create a lovely brunch for you.

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Filling up on Fibre

Fibre is a carbohydrate found in plants that contributes to our well being in a number of ways. Fibre helps us feel full following a meal, helps lower cholesterol levels by absorbing and removing it, helps keep our bowels moving and helps regulate our blood sugar. Some types of soluble fibre, for example, inulin found in leeks, asparagus, onions, garlic and wheat and oats, have a pre-biotic effect on our gut.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

In February, I hosted a Warming Winter Soups “Cookshop” where a group of lovely ladies and I came together and prepared 3 delicious soups. Although all uniquie in their flavours and textures, the one I enjoyed the most was Roasted Sweet Potato Soup.

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Breakfast and Yoga Workshop

On February 23rd, 2017, join me for a fun and interactive breakfast workshop aimed at providing you with some great breakfast ideas. But, before we begin, consider joining the yoga class first!

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Upcoming Events – Heart Warming Soup

On Wednesday February 15th, 2017, join me in a private kitchen, as I guide you to make 3 delicious vegetarian soups that are good for your heart and soothing for your soul. We will divide into groups and each of you will have the opportunity to make soups to sample, with extra to take home to share with your friends and family.

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Upcoming Workshop – Foods To Feed Your Heart

On Wednesday February 8, 2017, join me at Bodhi Yoga Studio, for a fun and interactive workshop where we will explore heart healthy foods and simple ways to incorporate them into your daily diet. 9 out of 10 Canadians have at least one of the risk factors associated...

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Tips to Help Minimize Food Waste

Happy 2017!

Many of us use this time of year to make resolutions or set goals for the new year. I like to use this time to take stock of what is sitting hidden in my pantry, fridge and freezer and use it up. I also try to make a concerted effort, from this time forward, to be organized in the kitchen and minimize our food waste.

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Holiday Workshops

We have some great workshops planned for the month of December. Join us for our Holiday Baking Workshops, where you will learn to prepare delicious holiday treats, using unrefined ingredients.Choose from a morning of gluten-free baking or holiday cookies and treats. All workshops will involve both demonstrations and hands-on baking. You will leave each workshop with some delicious treats to share with your family, recipes and some new holiday gift ideas . All recipes and tools provided. Babes in arms welcome.

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Perfect Pumpkin Soup

This year for Halloween, I decided to decorate our house with smaller pumpkins that could be roasted and enjoyed in a variety of different ways. Don’t get me wrong, we did crave one pumpkin which was set out on our front steps aimed at scaring little trick or treaters. Not sure we successfully achieved that with my amateur carving skills, but we tried.

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Upcoming Event – Busy Mom’s Breakfast Workshop

Hope to see you on Friday November 4th, 2016, for this fun and interactive workshop aimed at helping you make time for breakfast on those busy mornings. Come by and sample some quick and nourishing breakfast ideas and leave with recipes to try at home. Hope to see you there!

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Pasta alla Norma – Pasta with Eggplant

This summer, while travelling though Italy, I had the pleasure of enjoying one of my all time favourite veggies, eggplant. I had pasta with eggplant, pizza with eggplant, grilled eggplant, marinated eggplant and eggplant parmigiana. You name it, I had it

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I’m always looking for a good recipe for chocolate banana bread and I think I found it. A perfect combination of moist chocolate cake and banana bread, all wrapped into one bite. What could be better! After making a few changes to the original recipe to suit our needs for something gluten and dairy free,

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Cheesy Corn Fritters

Nothing says summer like the taste of fresh corn on the cob in late July. Sweet and juicy and packed with nutrients, corn is definitely one of our family favourites. We also love leftover corn as is or cooked up into these delicious cheesy corn fritters. Here are some...

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Peas Please – Pasta e Piselli

Peas belong to the family of plants known as legumes. With most legumes, the seeds of their pods are often dried and re-hydrated during the cooking process. Peas are one exception in that the pod can be snapped open and the seed can be eaten as a fresh vegetable.

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Strawberry Rhubarb – A Winning Combination!

When I think of rhubarb, I often think of strawberries in some type of delicious dessert served with ice cream. Does that sound familiar? While rhubarb is often cooked with fruit to round out it’s tart flavour, it can also be served in a variety of savory dishes.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

I love this simple recipe for strawberry rhubarb chia seed jam, made in minutes and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. I enjoy a little dollop of it on my oatmeal, yogurt or chia seed pudding. It can also be added to pancakes, crepes or french toasted or to top a frozen treat. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Bake Table!

May is Celiac Awareness Month, so I thought I would post a few gluten-free baking tips and some of my favourite go to recipes that are gluten or grain free and kid approved!

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Happy Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, why not treat your mom to a delicious stack of whole grain pancakes topped with an easy to make blueberry chia seed jam. Whether you are making brunch for your own mother or having brunch made for you, this recipe is easy enough for anyone to follow, including little ones eager to serve you brunch!

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10 Tips to a Greener Kitchen

With earth day upon us, I thought I would share with you some tips and tricks to help you be greener in your kitchen. These are just a few simple suggestions, on top of reducing, reusing and recycling, that I try to incorporate as often as possible, some more consistently than others. Have fun with it and let me know what you do to be greener in your kitchen!

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Mini Granola Cakes – An Easy Snack to Try with Your Kids!

The first time I tried making these granola cakes was during one of my summer cooking camps. I decided to make them into the shape of a cupcake rather than a bar, which certainly went over well with the campers. We also played around with the recipe and added brown rice cereal for added crunch, ground flax for some extra fibre and shredded coconut and chocolate chips for flavour.

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Green Mango Smoothie Bowl

When pressed for time in the morning, a smoothie or smoothie bowl is an easy way to ensure you are getting a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables, especially when that smoothie is green. I will be the first to admit that I prefer to have my greens in a salad, on my pasta or accompanying my meals. Until I tried this deliciously green smoothie that is.

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Breakfast – Off to a Good Start for National Nutrition Month

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, I thought I would use this month to share some nutrition tips and recipes. Today, it’s all about breakfast and helping you get off to a good start. If you are someone who does not regularly eat breakfast, here are some reasons why you may want to begin including it into your daily routine

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Sprouting Made Simple

This week I decided to teach my children about sprouting seeds. I thought it would be fun to have them water the seeds, over the course of 1-2 days, and watch them grow. Many of our friends asked why we were sprouting beans.

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Be Good to Your Heart

This month is heart health awareness month, so I thought I would share some of my favourite heart healthy foods, snacks and drinks with you.  Try incorporating 1, 2 or more of these suggestions into your diet, to help you maintain a healthy heart. Dark Chocolate Yes,...

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Banana Buckwheat Muffins

Today I made banana muffins using buckwheat flour for the first time in my baking. Super moist, delicious and kid approved. This recipe was adapted from a recipe for Blueberry and Banana Muffins I came across quite awhile ago. I simply substituted coconut oil for vegetable oil, coconut sugar for regular sugar and opted for a gluten-free flour blend.

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How to Eat Well on a Budget

Many of you by now have heard about the rising costs of food, so I thought I would provide you with some simple solutions to help keep cost down at the grocery store, while continuing to feed your family healthy satisfying meals. Now I realize that some of these...

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The International Year of the Pulse

It’s official, 2016 is the year of the Pulse! What’s a pulse you ask? Well, a pulse is the edible dried seed of plants that belong to the legume family. Common pulses include beans, chickpeas and lentils. Pulses are quick and easy to prepare and absorb the flavours...

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

This week I decided to bake up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Muffins. With Halloween behind us, I thought it would be a good way to use up some of the pumpkins I still had lying around the house. With this batch, I made my own pumpkin puree by roasting a pumpkin in the...

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Roasted Delicata Squash

I received 2 medium sized delicate squash from my food bag last week and quite honestly, did not know what to do with them. So, I thought I would try roasting them.
First off, let me tell you what I learned. Delicata squash is a winter squash that does not grow as big as other varieties of squash such as acorn and butternut.

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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

To make this recipe, I combined one of my favourite recipes for quinoa salad with a recipe for a stuffed acorn squash I found at www.food.com. Below you will also find some of my other substitutes for this great autumn dish.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is the time of year I begin to crave warm bowls of soup made from fall vegetables that are in abundance this time of year. One of our family favourites is Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. Butternut squash is considered a winter squash. There are many types of winter squash including buttercup, butternut, spaghetti and acorn, to name a few

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Organic, To Buy or Not

September 19-27 is Canada’s National Organic Week. A week aimed at raising awareness of buying organic food and products, and of course, organic farming. Buying organic comes with it’s challenges for many, including concerns about cost and about what or what not to...

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Sweet Summer Tomato Sauce

Nothing marks the end of summer to me like the age old tradition of making tomato sauce, or rather tomato passata. Like many of my friends and family, I spent Labour Day weekend, sorting, washing, cooking, pressing and canning fresh fragrant tomatoes, for consumption during the cold winter months. Nothing like the sweet smell and taste of freshly made tomato sauce in the dead of winter!

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Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

Garlic scapes are the soft green flowering tops of the hard-necked garlic, similar, I think, to the shoots of a green onion. They are removed before the garlic bulb is fully developed, so that the plant diverts its energy to developing the garlic bulb. They are...

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Sweet Summer Strawberries

There is nothing like biting into a sweet, juicy Ontario strawberry this time of year. This bright red fruit is packed with valuable vitamins, minerals and is rich in antioxidants. Strawberries are known for their vitamin C content. Just one cup of strawberries offers...

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Asparagus Spears

            Asparagus – Spears from the Market Asparagus, a sure sign of spring and one of the first vegetables I notice at the farmer’s market! Apart from it’s great taste and beautiful colour, asparagus offers a variety of nutrients...

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Springtime Colds

Spring is the time of year I look forward to, as I am sure many of you do. I am ready to say good bye to heavy winter coats and boots and hello to sandals, shorts and tees. I love to watch the buds appear on trees, my grass grow greener and to enjoy a cool refreshing...

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Hi, my name is Linda, I am a holistic nutritionist and cooking coach with a passion for cooking and eating well.

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