Dara Michalski

Dara is the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind the blog, Cookin' Canuck.  Her blog is packed with innovative, easy and healthy recipes, as well as entertaining anecdotes and eye-catching photos. 

My Blogs

Jicama, Black Bean & Corn Salsa Recipe

Whip up this jicama, black bean and corn salsa for a healthy, low calorie snack or serve it over grilled chicken or fish for an awesome meal! As much as I love hummus and veggies, there’s only so much that one gal can eat. Afternoon is snacking and grazing time and I need to spice things up a little, otherwise I start thinking that a bag of puffy Cheetos is a good idea ....more

Quinoa, Blueberry & Avocado Salad Recipe

Punch up the flavor of a healthy quinoa salad with fresh blueberries, avocado, feta cheese and a tangy lime vinaigrette. It’s the perfect potluck salad! My kids are trying to nail me down on one particular question and I refuse to commit to an answer ....more

Top 10 Healthy Barbecue Side Dish Recipes

Spice up your next barbecue party with these healthy side dish recipes. Your guests will never know that these tasty dishes are light on calories! It’s summer barbecue time and all I can think is, “Does that mean I have to stand outside in the blazing heat?” and “Will anyone notice if I make a beeline for the air-conditioning?” Seriously, I am the biggest wimp when it comes to anything above 90 degrees F ....more

Skinny Dijon Potato Salad Recipe

Serve up this skinny potato salad at your next backyard barbecue or potluck. It’s dressed with an easy, light Dijon vinaigrette and can be made ahead of time. I get a little nuts when it comes to sports ....more

Vegetarian Pesto & Olive Pizza Roll-Ups Recipe

Surprise your family or guests with these fun vegetarian olive and pesto pizza roll-ups. They’re great for snacking! Thank you to California Ripe Olives and Kitchen PLAY for helping me to share this recipe with you ....more

Half-Marathon Recap and Muscle Recovery Success

Running a half-marathon is never easy, and this one was full of successes & struggles. Plus, we found a great trick for muscle recovery! Thank you to Choose Cherries for helping me to share this recipe with you. ....more

Salmon & Avocado Salad Recipe with Miso Lime Dressing

Creamy avocado and salmon are a match made in culinary heaven. An easy miso lime dressing adds a pop of tang and saltiness to this dinner salad. Thanks to California Avocados for sponsoring this post and helping me to share this recipe with you ....more

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing

Everything is better with Gorgonzola cheese! Perk up this healthy, crunchy kale salad with creamy Gorgonzola, roasted red peppers and an easy Dijon yogurt dressing. It was a proud parenting moment when I found my younger son (T) sitting on the side of our raised garden beds, chewing on a raw kale leaf ....more

Tart Cherry & Coconut Milk Popsicles Recipe

These refreshing, dairy-free tart cherry and coconut milk popsicles are only 65 calories each and are perfect for a post-workout treat or a hot day in the sun. Thank you to Choose Cherries for helping me to share this recipe with you. This is my plan for Saturday afternoon: sit in our reclining outdoor chair, eat at least three of these popsicles and stare at the mountains ....more

Asian Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe with Chicken & Vegetables

If you’ve never tried sweet potato noodles, now’s the time! This Asian noodle recipe with chicken and vegetables is a breeze to cook, and has fantastic flavor. The story this week is carbs and more carbs…and some good, lean protein ....more