Recipe: Moroccan Meat Parcels

We were craving something new, something spicy and something we hadn’t eaten much of before. It sounds like a challenge but I scoured recipes online until I found a few easier ones to attempt first.
An adapted Moroccan phyllo roll “cigar” recipe by a nutrition expert, dietitian Emma Train from Calgary, Alberta.

‘Good For You’ doesn’t have to be Fresh.

We need to get back to the basics, stop blaming single factors for diseases and help people have a healthy relationship with food. This healthy relationship is multifaceted and includes but is not limited to cooking meals at home, eating with others, learning new cooking skills, eating less ultra-processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables and being food secure.
Processed food is a buzzword, all processed foods aren’t unhealthy. A processed food is a food that has either physically or chemically been transformed or altered from its original state. Stop yapping about how awful processed foods are, you’re either missing the word ultra or not helping. No one needs to be afraid of frozen blueberries because they’ve been processed.

Recipe: Mini Curried Lentil Pies

I created a curried lentil burger and then decided to turn it into a mini glutenfree pie for meatless monday with my friend who has celiac disease. The lentil pie was such a huge hit I had to post an online recipe to share it.

Top this quick and easy homemade veggie burger with labneh and microgreens. A great way to have a meatless BBQ or Braai.
Check out my other gluten free and meatless recipes.

A School Teacher Shares Her Thoughts On Barriers To Healthy Eating. 

I asked Ali for an interview because I knew that she had recently transitioned from one school to another, giving her a broad perspective of what kids are facing when it comes to healthy eating. She’s worked with recently immigrated children, which I think gives her an insight that we might not all have.

She hit a home run with these answers.

What barriers to healthy eating do you see children in schools face?

Some schools have access to food banks and free healthy meals but there are many that don’t have the access. There were students at a school I worked at recently who weren’t fed breakfast or given snacks for recess time. Then they would go home to eat [and have] very little at lunch which would affect their behavior and performance in school.

This school had a breakfast program but many parents were too proud to send the children to accept the food.

School nutrition programs are a crucial part of providing Canadian youth with adequate food. Presently, Canada is the only G8 country without a national school nutrition program.

What Do Grocery Store Dietitians Think About Nutrition?

Vanessa and I spoke about the accessibility of unhealthy foods and the perceived higher cost of unhealthy foods. The marketing of foods can influence what we purchase, Registered Dietitians in retail settings are there to help people choose the healthy foods.

Vanessa told me about trying to keep food and nutrition simple rather than overcomplicating it.

Vanessa gives me her educated opinion on what nutrition and healthy eating means to her as a Registered Dietitian in a retail setting.

Make my low’ish carb lasagna tonight!

An easy recipe to follow for a professional tasting lasagna that doesn’t even have pasta in it.

You won’t miss lasagna noodles after you try this.

Serve it with homemade bruschetta.

In this recipe you’ll also find my secret pasta sauce recipe. The 2 tsp of sugar I add help take away some of the acidity from the tomatoes.

The Eight Best Ways to use Turkey Dinner Leftovers

My top seven meal ideas for using your holiday dinner leftovers. From brussels sprouts au gratin to BBQ chili nachos I’ve got tasty, fast creative ideas for your leftover turkey.

The turkey, cranberry and brie melts are sure to please the foodies in every family.

My leftover brussels sprouts au gratin is made in a glass casserole dish or pie plate with a bottom base of chopped sprouts followed by a light dusting of grated parmesan cheese. Next we layer chopped turkey, mashed potatoes, onions and cheese onto the sprouts. We top the dish with green onions and ham for a colorful finish that provides a wonderful flavor palate and texture.

Recipe: Bobotie

Bobotie is a South African curry style dish that is inspired by Cape Malay and Cape Dutch backgrounds. The curry used in the simple dish is a yellow malay curry and you can add more spices like Jeera and Panchpuran if you own them.

Bobotie is typically served with a yellow rice and perhaps a salad on the side. I like to serve it with sweet potatoes, beets and peas!

Please enjoy my Bobotie recipe, my husband from Cape Town just loves it!

Itinerant Thai Travels Part 3: Chiang Mai

We left the land of temples, Ayutthaya, and headed North for Chiang Mai, a small Northern city known for bustling markets and good food.

Then we met Aim. She taught us how to cook Thai food while laughing. Seriously, my face hurt when I left Momma Noi’s Cookery School.

Momma Noi even tried my homemade green curry and said it was so hot!

Menu planning for dinner parties

A short guide on how to begin planning for dinner parties. When you host you must first plan, purchase, and then prepare for ultimate dinner party and hosting success.