Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Monday, January 18, 2016 1 0
Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

SOUP. I could eat it every day for both lunch and dinner – and I often DO eat soup for lunch every day at work, but never for dinner because J doesn’t think soup constitutes enough of a meal. (I’m working on that one, trust me!)

This soup has all kinds of good-for-you veggies in it: sweet potato, carrots, and red lentils.

Wait a sec, lentils are actually part of a category called “pulses.” (I just learned about pulses the other day because Pulses are now the food trend of the year. Seriously.) Pulses are lentils, beans and chickpeas – they are high in protein and fibre and low in cost! Seriously, trade in pulses for meat a couple of nights a week for a significant slash on your grocery bill.

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Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Sunday, December 6, 2015 4 0

Try baking Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies for your holiday cookie swap this year!

Do you participate in a holiday cookie swap? I loooove trading holiday baking. It’s the best way to sample all the treats of the season! I especially love sampling all the different shortbread recipes – last year I tasted a rosemary shortbread that was really amazing. Chocolate cookies are always a hit at a cookie swap. Make them double chocolate and add a hint of espresso – and you might just be crowned the favourite baker of the year.

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Homemade Eggnog

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 0 0

It's not as difficult as you think to make Homemade Eggnog!

I’ve been sneakily listening to Christmas carols the past few days – when I made this eggnog on Sunday, I pleaded with J to let me play Christmas carols while I made the ‘nog and he grudgingly agreed. Usually he doesn’t let me listen to Christmas carols until December 1 – WIN! 

I originally posted my Homemade Eggnog recipe last year, but I snapped new photos and decided that the recipe is just too good not to re-post! I’ve circulated this recipe to so many friends who’ve asked – it’s amazing how simple it is to make your own eggnog! And more delicious! I also love that I can control the ingredients and prefer to use high-quality organic eggs and organic milk and cream.

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Carrot Spice Muffins

Thursday, October 22, 2015 0 0
 
These carrot spice muffins are packed full with carrots, spiced with cinnamon and ginger, sprinkled with cranberries, and laced with healthy coconut oil. 
 
Okay, this – THIS – is my favourite carrot muffin recipe.
 
These Carrot Spice Muffins are packed full with carrots, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, sprinkled with cranberries, and laced with healthy coconut oil. The muffins are moist, spicy, not too sweet, and an excellent grab-and-go breakfast. As I’ve mentioned, we have an excess of carrots from our roof garden this year, so I’ve been trying to use them in as many recipes as possible, and drinking as much Apple Carrot Ginger Juice for breakfast as I can ;)

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Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots

Monday, October 19, 2015 0 0

When J and I first started dating, the concept that a guy would like to cook was foreign to me. Until that point, I’d never dated a guy who wanted to hang out in the kitchen with me, much less cook together. I can remember being in awe the first time we cooked a dinner together because he actually enjoyed it. These honey ginger glazed carrots were one of the first recipes we cooked together, and now they are an autumn staple in our house. In fact, we cooked them so much at one point that we got sick of them!

A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, these carrots remain one of my favourite vegetable recipes. We’re trying to eat through the carrot haul from our garden this year and there are still so many more to go! I sense some more carrot recipes coming up on the blog (pssst – my favourite carrot cranberry muffins!) 

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Apple Pie Roll-ups

Saturday, October 17, 2015 2 0

Apple Pie Bites are made with slices of apples rolled up in homemade pastry sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. A great recipe for entertaining!

Apple pie bites! What is more cute than that?! Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts. Especially for a holiday celebration like Thanksgiving. Forget the pumpkin pie, I’m all about the apple pie! And mini apple pies?! Even better!

My mom was the one who pointed me to the idea of apple pie roll-ups (hi Mom!) I’m still so proud of her whenever she finds recipes on the internet, so when she linked me through to the Blonde Chef’s recipe for Apple Pie Bites, and then baked them the next day, I knew I had to create my own variation.

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