Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

These treats look like cookies but have the texture of a carrot muffin. They are filled with oats, carrots, cinnamon, and raisins. Best of all, they come together quickly in one bowl!

Pistachio Basil Pesto

Pistachio Basil Pesto
Pistachio Basil Pesto

Fresh pesto typically uses pine nuts however this recipe has a nice twist with roasted, salted pistachios. I bought ones that were already roasted, but you can easily buy them raw and roast them in the oven or stovetop. Serve the pesto on pasta, on pizza, over cooked veggies, or in a veggie sandwich with mayo.

Cabbage Carrot Slaw With Sesame

Cabbage Carrot Slaw with Sesame seeds
Cabbage Slaw with Carrots

This is a colourful slaw recipe with purple cabbage and carrots. It has green grapes and sesame seeds as well. The dressing is not too heavy, which is what I like. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake with Yummy Chocolate Glaze

Easy chocolate cake with glaze
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

This cake is light and airy, and easy to make. The cake is dairy-free, but not the glaze (which can easily be skipped if you have friends or family members who are lactose intolerant.) The cake has cocoa and orange juice, and the glaze has chocolate, butter and sugar…it’s a recipe for success!

Lentil Salad With Spices, Capers and Raisins

The best lentil salad
The Best Lentil Salad Ever

This salad recipe lives up to its name. The reason is because of the interesting combination of spices. There are lots, so if you don’t already have the spices in your pantry, this may not be a recipe for you. 

Another fun aspect of the recipe is the capers and dried raisins. It makes a lot, so be prepared to give some away to your friends or neighbours. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Lentil Cauliflower Curry Soup

Lentil Curry Soup
Red Lentil Curry Soup with Cauliflower and Carrots

This is a satisfying soup to try because it has both vegetables and beans in it. If you’re in the cilantro camp, then pass around chopped cilantro to sprinkle on top and don’t forget to add a dollop of sour cream.

Lentil Cauliflower Curry Carrot Soup
Lentil Curry Soup with a Dollop of Sour Cream

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Moroccan Veggie Garbanzo Bean Stew

Moroccan, Veggie, Garbanzo Bean Stew
Moroccan, Veggie, Garbanzo Bean Stew

This is a delightful stew to make for a meat-free dinner. It makes a lot, so you’ll probably have leftovers the next day, which is always a good thing. This recipe is loaded with veggies, garbanzo beans and delicious Moroccan spices. Serve with the lemon couscous or crusty fresh bread and you’ve got a great meal.

Lemon Couscous

Lemon Couscous
Lemon Couscous

This is a super simple dish to serve with the Moroccan stew. It’s good as a rice alternative and also rice served with chicken dishes such as chicken kabobs.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Apple Raisin Loaf - Dairy-Free

Apple Raisin Loaf
Whole Wheat, Dairy-Free, Apple Raisin Loaf

Growing up, my son had food intolerances to dairy. As someone who liked to bake, I had to get creative with the type of fat I used (no butter) and liquid (no dairy) in my baking. 

Eliminating butter was easy, because I would use vegetable oil. To replace the dairy, I often used orange juice or, believe it or not, soda water (it was great in pancakes and waffles). 

After staying away from dairy for a dozen years or so, he outgrew his food intolerance and today regularly enjoys ice cream and buttering his toast. 

Nevertheless, I still have some great dairy-free recipes, and this is one of them. 

Teriyaki Salmon

Teriyaki Salmon
Teriyaki Salamon

I find preparing fish a simple weekday meal that my family loves. There are many marinades and rubs that work well with fish. This teriyaki option is easy to prepare and only needs to be marinated for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with rice and lightly steamed veggies.