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To get fish on the dinner table, think of using a pouch

The health benefits of eating fish two or three times a week are well-documented. So, as a mom of four kiddos, I’m always looking for creative ways to add fish into our weekly menu. I love Alaskan cod especially this time of year because it’s in season, it’s loaded with omegas and lean protein, and …

Can a healthier angel food cake still have flavour? Sure.

Is there anything dreamier than the tender crumb of a light-as-air angel food cake? I’ve loved angel food cake ever since I first tasted it as a child. It reminded me of cotton candy. No wonder: angel food cake is essentially a fluffy blend of a super-sugary meringue laced with just enough flour to give …

How the cauliflower can morph into movie night snack food

Years ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine’s disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favourites. Who doesn’t love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy caramelized golden edges? She loved artichoke – pulling apart the leaves and scraping them on her …

How the cauliflower can morph into movie night snack food

Years ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine’s disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favourites. Who doesn’t love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy caramelized golden edges? She loved artichoke – pulling apart the leaves and scraping them on her …

Coconut milk and curry paste take chicken to new heights

Boneless skinless chicken breasts save the day for so many busy folks who want to get a lean, protein-filled, affordable dinner on the table in a hurry. I always have a package or two in my freezer – I buy them when they are on super-sale (which they are once every 4-6 weeks in my …

Shrimp paired with pineapple brings elegance and sweetness

After all the cooking and shopping that the holidays inspire us to do, I’m looking forward to pulling out some easy recipes that use pantry ingredients that I keep on hand. One of my favourite items to keep in the freezer is frozen shrimp. I keep both cooked and uncooked versions. Raw shrimp cook up …

Pair carrots with the warmth of harissa for a bright dish

I first tasted harissa when I was 19, and I travelled on a lone adventure to Tunisia after spending a semester abroad in France. I browsed the open markets, with their appealing drapey white cotton clothing – I wore billowy pants from that trip for years to follow. I was particularly drawn to the fragrant …

Correction: Food Healthy Shepherd’s Pie story

The weather is getting colder and we’re tucking into comfort food over in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favourite challenges. Today, I’m taking on a wintertime classic with my Lightened Shepherd’s Pie. Typically, shepherd’s pie is made from fatty-and-filling lamb, which is turned into a flavourful slow-cooked heady …

A berry tart in under an hour, using a olive oil cake base

During the holidays, we could all use a fantastic tart recipe in our hip pockets. Tarts are a perfect festive end to any dinner party, and they make a lovely gift for a neighbour. If the thought of making homemade crust intimidates you, or if you just prefer not to take in so many fat calories densely …

Don’t blanch: The secret to sauteeing vegetables is a boil

Every weeknight, 6 p.m. rolls around, and across America, we scramble to find something to feed our families. Our end-of-day creativity is sapped, and we turn to our core repertoire of recipes that we make over and over. And this isn’t a bad thing: having a handful of go-to dishes in our hip pocket that …