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Free Meal Plan: 5 Make Ahead Meals

I’m away at a conference for most of this week – Monday I’ll be at home, but Tuesday-Friday the boys will have to fend for themselves. Not to generalize, but I know in this case it means KD, pizza and eggs on toast, so I’ve chosen some meals that can be prepared ahead of time and either frozen or refrigerated, then assembled at the last minute. Fortunately summer means not a lot of heavy meals – no big roasts or stews or long cooking times. I think they’ll survive. […]

Free Meal Plan: 5 Meals from the Garden

Things are starting to grow! Fields of asparagus outside the city are ready for harvest, and spinach is popping up all on its own in the raised beds in our back yard. I’m diving right in, starting to use ingredients as they become available – at their brand-new, green and growing peak. […]

Vegetarian Recipes: Lentil and Spinach Salad with Roasted Tomatoes & Feta

A smallish, healthy dinner early means we can go out later for pizza, wings, or whatever it is we’ll be craving on the patio. […]

Vegetarian Recipes: Chickpea and Spinach Swimming Rama

When I lived in Vancouver my favourite takeout was from a teeny Thai restaurant called Thai Away Home – they had Swimming Rama with chicken and spinach I could have eaten every night of the week. I made an impromptu version with chickpeas recently that was a hit – inexpensive and quick to prepare too, which is exactly what I want on Fridays. […]

Free Meal Plan: Fridge-Cleaner Frittata

It’s a short week, thanks to Easter, and we’re settling into our longer days and sunny mealtimes. I’m feeling more creative these days, enjoying the sun coming into my kitchen, and am in the mood to expand my culinary horizons and think summery thoughts with crispy fried shrimp sandwiches, mint-ginger chicken kabobs with spicy raita, and fall-apart beer brisket. We’ll practice summery dishes and dream of a few months ahead. With any luck, we’ll be dining al fresco! Maybe. […]

Free Meal Plan: 5 Kid Pleasing Recipes

April! How did that happen? With Easter arriving early this season, and spring break late, the kids seem to be home from school a lot these days. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) There are plenty of kid-pleasing recipes on this week’s menu – fajitas, creamy chicken with noodles, sloppy Joes and meatballs – but all are upgraded in their own way to appeal to grown-up palates too. […]

Free Meal Plan: Pulled Pork Tacos

Spring has almost sprung, and although we’re still waiting for those first tips of green to poke through the ground, we still gotta eat our veggies. I’m a little jaw-weary of root veggies and winter squash though, and so will shake things up with a vegan veggiepalooza quinoa fried rice, springy leeks baked with salmon and a side of (yes, imported) sugar snap peas, and even a wintry turnip… baked with chicken and lentils into an easy and hearty one-dish meal. […]

Vegetarian Recipes: Double Cheese Veggie Quiche

This long Easter weekend features a big family brunch, as usual. Quiche is always a crowd pleaser; especially veggie-based ones – they’re colourful and easy to serve in small slices, as necessary. If I double the recipe (and maybe even toss some crumbled sausage, chopped ham or some such into one) I have have one pie for dinner (with soup and/or salad), and a second to stash in the fridge to bring along on Saturday or Sunday morning. […]

Winter Vegetables with Couscous and Feta

The best way to cook winter vegetables – think root veggies, squash and onions – is to roast them. Tossed with simply made couscous and crumbled feta, it makes a great meatless main, or substantial side if you want to add a roasted chicken – there’s no shame in picking one up from the grocery store. Try sweet potatoes, squash, beets, red peppers, zucchini, asparagus… whatever you like or is in season. Try swapping other grains – rice, quinoa or barley all work well – for the couscous, which is actually little bits of pasta. […]

Free Meal Plan: Creamy Carrot Orange Soup

The crunch is on. Families are traveling, making last minute preparations for the big day. Weeknight dinners tend to be more an afterthought than at any time of year. Takeout is a popular option as so many of us spend after-work hours in malls and shopping centres. This week calls for recipes that are simple to make and/or can be taken to go on evenings occupied by Christmas concerts, parties and other festive events. Keep calm, carry on! […]