Archive | January, 2014

Sage and Lentil Soup

31 Jan

I first fell in love with lentil soup when my roommate Kim made it for me in college.  Kim loved to cook and share her family recipes.  I learned so much from her!  Not just with cooking, Kim taught me many other valuable life lessons and she was a great example of an independent, driven […]


Soy Garlic Soba with Mini Sesame Shrimp Cakes

28 Jan

High protein. Check. High fiber. Check. Fights free radicals. Check. Promotes cardiovascular health. Check. Vitamins and minerals. Check. Powerful antioxidants. Check. We’re not talking about a vegetable, we’re talking soba noodles. P-a-s-t-a.  Well, OK.  Soba isn’t really pasta but it looks and tastes similar enough to be called an impostor.  Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, which is a seed […]


5 Great Ways to Use Tomato Basil Sauce

26 Jan

You probably don’t even need a list on the ways to use this amazing tomato basil sauce since you can literally eat it with a spoon and be happy (I suppose that is what I am suggesting with number 5!). Pairing your tomato basil sauce with pasta and these amazing melt in your mouth meatballs is a most […]


Swedish Meatballs in Creamy Brown Sauce

23 Jan

OK all of you out there getting ready to watch the Super Bowl or host a party!  I’ve got the ultimate Swedish meatball recipe for you and they can be made ahead of time and frozen, no excuses to order wings and pizza this year. I will go out on a limb here and guess you going to love these […]


Bay Leaf Infused Grilled Shrimp

20 Jan

Bay leaf + grilled shrimp = a perfectly delicious pair. Just a short mingle with a handful of crushed bay leaves, garlic powder, olive oil, salt and pepper transforms the mildly humble shrimp into an incredible dinner bursting with flavour. Grill them and pile them up on top of soft buttery spinach, toasty garlic chips and snappy sweet peas…. Toss on crisp arugula to add […]


How to Get the Most Out of Bulk Cooking

12 Jan

Oh how many different ways can I use thee?  Let me count the ways…. When you start incorporating bulk cooking into your regimen, it’s beneficial that you have multiple ways to make different delicious whole meals using one bulk made ingredient. A little foresight about this and arming yourself with a “bulk cooking” list should […]


January 2014: Operation How to Blog

11 Jan

Blogging sure does take a huge amount of know-how and lots and lots and lots… of practice! It looks quite simple at first glance.  But its far from it!!  Let me repeat. LEARNING HOW TO BLOG IS FAR FROM EASY. With that being said shouted, I am finding great satisfaction from learning how to blog.  It has provided me a reason […]


Feta and Pistachio Nut Pesto

7 Jan

  This feta and pistachio nut pesto is delicious over a crisp salad with a simple balsamic and olive oil dressing. It’s divine mixed into a steamy bowl of pasta and char grilled chicken or tender shrimp. So perfectly satisfying with shallot and white wine poached salmon fillets. This pesto comes together in 5 minutes. Keep it in the fridge to create […]


Lamb and Chickpea Tagine

4 Jan

It’s one of those bone chilling cold outside, “glad I have no plans, because I am feeling kinda lazy” weekend days. I just want to wrap myself in an over-sized ultra-fluffy blanket and curl up on the couch with a cup of tea in front of a blazing fire and savor my cozy comfy hideaway fort of warmth. So what […]


New Year Motivation + Easy Honey Balsamic Marinade

1 Jan

It’s the first day of 2014!  Did you accomplish all that you set out to do in 2013?  Chances are, the answer is NO.  And, that would be a GREAT answer – because that means we have a lot to look forward to in 2014. A new year is always a new beginning.  All you need […]