caesar roasted broccoli with orzo

Caesar roasted broccoli with whole-wheat orzo and almonds is one of the easiest dinners you’ll ever make!  Easter is one of my favourite times of year. It’s not just that the children dress as witches and go trick or treating, a tradition I adore (they’re such cute little witches!), or that people hand you gigantic… 

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Asian {veggie} noodle salad

An Asian-inspired vegetable noodle salad with tofu. Vegan, gluten-free, and super quick and easy, this makes a great light lunch. During the week my husband and I eat in a very routine way. If you’re a regular reader, you already know that, and you might even know that because today is Monday I’m going to be… 

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winter citrus breakfast salad with quinoa and toasted walnuts

Tangy grapefruit and blood oranges are paired with peppery arugula, tiny pearls of quinoa, creamy avocado, and crunchy walnuts for an easy, healthy, and delicious breakfast salad. Winter, it seems, is a time of year many of which many of us would rather sped by, transporting us forward to longer days and balmier weather. I,… 

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Indonesian gado gado

A twist on a traditional Indonesian dish. Steamed vegetables, cubes of fried tofu, and hard-boiled egg come together with a spicy peanut sauce for dipping. When Paul and I arrived in Bali in December, a day late and with no luggage, we were greeted at the airport by a man holding a sign with our… 

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orange-carrot-miso-ginger sunshine sauce with steamed edamame and veg

Lately I’ve been feeling like I need a big old dose of sunshine. Living where we do, that ain’t going to happen for many (oh man, so many) months now, so I’ve got a 3-part plan in place. 1) Get back on the vitamin D, 2) work on a winter getaway, and 3) fill my… 

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kamut and zucchini fritters

It always takes me a bit of time to shake off my vacation. Or maybe it’s shimmying back into work life that takes a bit of effort. Whatever it is, it’s nice to be getting back into a bit of a routine. Part of our routine, for now, is heading to the farmer’s market on… 

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glorious garden gazpacho

Is summer still summery where you are? If so, lucky you. The seasons always change so quickly here, and it catches me off guard every time. Although summer still technically has another month to go, there is a bit of a nip in the air already. The good news, though, is that the summer was… 

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mediterranean chickpea salad

For many years I thought that I didn’t like Greek salad. Too salty! Too oniony! Too briny! Swimming in dressing! Fortunately I came to the realization that I’d been eating crappy Greek salads and totally changed my tune. Over the course of my MSc program in nutrition, my cohort of international nutritionists hosted many potluck… 

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breakfast salad {with maple coconut bacon}

You know what I was thinking the other day? We make green smoothies all the dang time, but why aren’t we eating breakfast salads? I mean, breakfast salad! Toss up some greens and some fruit and some veg if you please, and you’ve basically got a deconstructed green smoothie. I pretty much thought I had come… 

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no-noodle pad Thai stir-fry

I keep getting asked what I’m doing with all my free time now that I’m done my degree. In a word: sleeping. Some things are inevitable. Death, taxes, and an immune system crash the second you finish something important. And so it was. I defended my thesis last Thursday, flew to London on Friday for… 

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bodacious burger bowl

I’m quite fond of a good salad meal. The kind of meal where the salad is the star of of the show, not a sad little side vying for attention. You know what I’m talking about – it usually comes in a bowl the size of your head, and is filled to the brim with all kinds… 

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miso veggie soup in a jar

I spend a chunk of my Sunday planning and packing breakfasts and lunches for the week. It isn’t a chore I enjoy, but it’s never a chore I regret having done. When I’m done, our fridge and freezer is filled with convenience food, my way – meals that are ready to grab and throw into… 

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grapefruit and fennel salad

I have this notebook. It’s old and ratty, butter stained, and filled with the years of this blog. The things I’ve made, the things I want to make, recipes, notes, and post ideas. Sometimes, more often than I’d like, the season gets past me before I manage to post a recipe. My grandmother’s applesauce cake,… 

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five minute feel better coconut curry soup

I recently read this article about why being busy isn’t respectable anymore, and it made me think a lot about what I’ve got going on right now. I’ll be defending my thesis in 134 128 127 125 days. That’s 134 128 127 125 more days of a full time MSc thesis plus a full time job, which is, depending on when… 

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kale and butternut squash salad

Yesterday morning I was enjoying a champion breakfast of tea, cold pizza, and a backlog of low-quality advent calendar chocolates, when it occurred to me how unbelievably close to Christmas we are. Between a run of epic thanksgiving dinners thrown by my American expat friends, the company Christmas party, festive drinks happenings, and holiday potlucks,… 

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lemony roasted cauliflower

Does anyone else feel like time has been speeding up lately? The weeks seem to be whipping by at breakneck speed. We’re now well into the Circle of Darkness – the period from mid-November till mid-January – where things are dark all the time here. All. The. Dang. Time. Perhaps one explanation for my sped… 

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brown rice sushi bowl

Today I’m be finishing my last day of work before the summer holidays, typing furiously on my laptop while sitting on a train speeding towards the airport. Talk about down to the wire! Then just a hop, a skip, and a jump (read: 17 hours in transit) and I’ll be back in Vancouver for a… 

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Honey Dijon Broccoli Salad

I just finished an exercise, in the name of science, where I was required to weigh everything I ate or drank (except for water) for three days. Let me tell you, this is an experience I do not care to repeat. Not only is it incredibly annoying to have to lug a digital scale everywhere… 

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cauliflower pea soup with mint and lemon

I’ve mentioned before that we always make soup for our Sunday supper, and as such last Sunday saw me flipping through a newly acquired cookbook looking for inspiration. I bought the cookbook, Anna’s Mat, after a conversation with my Swedish teacher, who frankly scares the crap out of me, and is also probably the most… 

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