Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless + Win a copy!

Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless + Win a copy!

I want to say it’s been a real sheetstorm cooking from Raquel Pelzel’s new Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless: 100 Surprising Vegetarian Meals Straight From the Oven but it’s actually been a breeze and delicious too. From soups to pastas, beans, breakfasts, breads and dessert, these one-pan wonders are packed with all of the nutritious goodness you get in dishes with veggies in a starring role and offer plenty of variety for our vegan and gluten-free friends. I tried three recipes and have one to share here with you, plus a copy for one lucky winner. (Thanks to Thomas Allen & Son, who sent me a copy to review.)  Continue reading “Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless + Win a copy!”

Green & Black’s chocolate pumpkin brownies recipe + A giveaway!

Green & Black’s chocolate pumpkin brownies recipe + A giveaway!

I know it’s like 1,000 degrees outside and the last thing a lot of us want to do is turn the oven on and bake, but bookmark this recipe to make when the heat wave breaks because you’re going to want to eat these chocolate pumpkin brownies all Fall. Developed by natural foodie Regina Braun of LeeLalicious for Green & Black’s chocolate, they’re a fudgey, not overly sweet treat, easy to make for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving or whenever. Green & Black’s sent me some bars to give it a try, plus a selection for one lucky reader.  Continue reading “Green & Black’s chocolate pumpkin brownies recipe + A giveaway!”

Make mom’s day with Green & Black’s Farmhouse Chocolate Banana Bread + A giveaway!

Make mom’s day with Green & Black’s Farmhouse Chocolate Banana Bread + A giveaway!

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After packing house and downsizing a couple of times over the past few years, my mom insists there’s few things she wants or needs. That’s not to say she doesn’t light up at a little sparkly somethin’ to draw attention to her impossibly delicate wrists or ample bosom (oh she does!) but usually she says “If I can’t eat it, drink it or read it, I don’t want it.” I likely won’t see her for Mother’s Day (we live 500 kms apart) but she’s planning to visit a couple weeks later and I know just what I’ll give her: a steaming cup of tea, a slice of homemade chocolate banana loaf and my undivided attention (provided the kids are outside or something — and even then they’ll be in and out the door every two minutes, you know how it goes) while we take some time to catch up. And I think she’ll be happy. Green & Black’s did a Mother’s Day survey and 57% of moms said that spending time with family and loved ones is the most valued gift, followed by 32% saying that feeling appreciated is really what they want. (Only 1% said receiving a luxurious gift was the most important.) So maybe join me in making something sweet for the special mom in your life (your mom, your neighbour, your buddy) and make the time to enjoy it together. I’ve got just the recipe — Green & Black’s Farmhouse Chocolate Banana Bread — and a little giveaway to go with.  Continue reading “Make mom’s day with Green & Black’s Farmhouse Chocolate Banana Bread + A giveaway!”

The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!

The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!

You know when you climb into bed with a great cookbook and wind up equal parts ravenous (‘tho too lazy to get up and fix yourself something), inspired, and more than a little bit charmed? That was my experience with The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing by Emma Knight (with Hana James, Deeva Green and Lee Reitlelman), and I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be the same for many of you too. It’s the first book from the creators of Toronto’s wildly popular cold-pressed juicery, The Greenhouse Juice Co., and features 100 plant-based, gluten-free meals and drinks that promise to nourish and energize with nutrient-dense delicious goodness anyone can make and adapt (vegetarians and omnivores alike). Penguin Canada was kind enough to send me a copy and allow me to share one of my favourite recipes from the book, the Tuscan White Bean Soup with Dinosaur Kale.  Continue reading “The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!”

Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day + A giveaway!

Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day + A giveaway!

I’m not exactly a hard sell when it comes to all things pumpkin, so I was delighted when I heard Allison Day was working on a pumpkin-packed follow-up to her wonderful first cookbook, Whole BowlsPurely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen came out last week and it’s the most gorgeous ode to one versatile and nutritious fruit. There’s sweet and savoury pumpkin breakfasts, desserts and everything in between — think sharp cheddar, pumpkin, and pecan scones; vegan pumpkin, onion, and spinach lasagna with white bean ricotta; gingerbread pumpkin cheesecake with pecan oat crust; classic pumpkin pie (naturally!); and several better-for-you takes on the beloved pumpkin spice latte. Read on to learn a little more about the book, get Allison’s ah-MAZE-ing recipe for morning glory pumpkin muffins and enter for your chance to win a copy of the book.  Continue reading “Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day + A giveaway!”

A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw

A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw

Summer entertaining should be as easy as the day is long with little time in the kitchen and lots of time in the pool. Especially when you’ve got a pretty flamingo floatie like this fella to play with. I paired up with my friend Emily from The Best of This Life for a pool party earlier this week and really, the hardest part was choosing which recipes to make. Our inspiration: Lick Your Plate, the fun and colourful new cookbook with 160 family-friendly meals from Canadian sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat of Bite Me More. It’s designed for busy bodies who want fresh and healthy (and sometimes healthy-adjacent) meals and desserts they can prepare in a flash. There’s everything under the sun from appetizers you can eat with your hands to quick and satisfying pasta, rice and grains and more salads and veggie dishes than you can shake a carrot stick at (‘tho I’m not sure why you’d do that). Julie and Lisa share tips for saving time, swapping ingredients and using leftovers and they’re funny too. (Funny ha-ha, not funny strange.) Today Emily and I are sharing two of Julie and Lisa’s recipes and a little decor inspo from the book. Let’s take the flamingo a go-go and get to it! Bonus: you won’t have to lift a finger, except maybe to scroll. Continue reading “A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw”

Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float

Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float

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You know what they say: Birds of a feather drink watermelon cotton candy slushy floats together! Or something like that. This recipe is all delicious goodness — you can totally wing it and you won’t go wrong. Serve with feathers. (Oh I know some of you have them already!) Continue reading “Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float”

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and Cauliflower + A giveaway!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and Cauliflower + A giveaway!

Kissan Butter Chicken Indian Cooking Sauce

Do you hurry for a curry? Adore the tandoor? O M Ghee — Indian food! So comforting and so delicious. So why don’t we make it more often? Well partly because I’ve got a fussy eight-year-old who’d sooner go hungry than try something new. So imagine my surprise last night about an hour after supper and halfway into Nanny McPhee when she piped up out of the blue, “That Indian food was so good!”  Continue reading “Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and Cauliflower + A giveaway!”

PROTINIS Prosciutto and Provolone Quiche Cups + A Giveaway

PROTINIS Prosciutto and Provolone Quiche Cups + A Giveaway

PROTINIS Prosciutto and Provolone Snack and Quiche Cup

I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten so many Halloween treats that I don’t even want to look at another mini Twix or Twizzler. I’m ready to turn over a new leaf (yet another new leaf! I’m forever turning over a new leaf) and snack on something much healthier, something that’s going to keep my energy up throughout the day. Maple Leaf Foods sent me some of their new PROTINIS meat, cheese and cracker snacks to try and after sampling them for a few days, I’m having fewer cravings for sugar and the spikes and dips that come with it. I’m also much more satisfied. Prosciutto and provolone and wholewheat crackers with chia seeds? This is next-level snacking, mes amis. Continue reading “PROTINIS Prosciutto and Provolone Quiche Cups + A Giveaway”