Southwestern Sweet Potato and Black Bean soup

There can never be enough bean and lentil soups in my kitchen as I like to make big batches and eat them for lunches during the week. They are filling, nutritious and easy to eat cold if it is one of those days. This soup is of the easy mostly from a can variety, but come July I make it with fresh corn and tomatoes and certainly the beans can be cooked from scratched if you are well prepared ....more

Braised Lamb Pasta with Mushrooms and Crispy Kale

Kale season is here again and hopefully another good garden year creates a flood of new kale recipes. (My kale plants seem to have tiny caterpillars on them which isn’t a great sign, any tips?) Now, if you don’t like kale we have also successfully made this recipe with Brussels sprouts instead. Either way you want that crispy caramelization and strong cabbage flavor to come through against the lamb ....more

Spring Pea and Arugula Soup

While I have a baby who isn’t a picky eater I am trying to fully enjoy each second by making recipes we can both enjoy like this spring vegetable soup. Luckily arugula becomes far more mild when cooked and is appropriate for a delicate palate. Locally, the peas aren’t in season yet so I am still using frozen ....more

Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad

If salad is for dinner, it had better be interesting and filling enough that I don’t feel the need to make a grilled cheese an hour later. (Seriously, it happens.) Thankfully this chicken and cabbage salad recipe, loosely inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine will have you reaching for seconds and keep you full – at least until dessert. You could even omit this chicken and still feel satisfied – maybe add some roasted peanuts? ...more

Roasted Pepper and Tomato Pasta with Sausage

Since becoming a mum and trying to coordinate an adult dinner with a baby bedtime that inevitably coincide, I have really embraced the technique of roasting. Not only does it create wonderful concentrated flavors, but it is easy to leave someone else in charge. (Try a few salmon fillets, some asparagus and some quartered red potatoes, a bit of timing finesse and you can do it all on one tray.) This pasta sauce recipe is made almost entirely in the oven ahead of time and designed to reheat when you cook the pasta ....more

Grilled Whole Trout with Cilantro & Lime

Unlike many grilled fish filet recipes this whole trout is less likely to stick to your grate or dry out because it is intact. Plus, the presentation is spectacular. While wonderful with cilantro, lime and scallions please consider this recipe merely a guideline and a beginning to heaps of other aromatic combinations ....more

Roasted Vegetable Chicken Soup

It’s spring already but cold season isn’t over yet so try using a bowl of this hearty and restorative chicken soup flavoured with the richness of roasted vegetables to combat those nagging germs. You can easily modify it to suit your tastes and whatever vegetables you have on hand as almost nothing is the worse for roasting. Why not try fennel or tomatoes and omit the garlic for a variation? ...more

Linguine with Spinach, Chèvre and Ground Chicken

Another weeknight pasta recipe for your arsenal, rather than spaghetti with beef and tomatoes try this linguine with ground chicken and goat cheese. Plus, if you are anything like me you can count this the entire meal as with all that spinach who needs a salad – am I right? ...more

Orange Sweet Potatoes and Kale

I keep hearing that the kale trend is over but as I have never actually been hip you can rest assured that you will continue to see lots of kale recipes in the future. You just can’t go wrong with it’s bitterness and texture when cooked. This kale and sweet potato recipe is quite sugary especially with the addition of balsamic and orange juice, so keep that in mind when you pair it with a main course ....more

Slow Cooked Chicken Ragu

As a favorite recipe in our house a real Italian bolognese sauce gets made often and when it does, it gets made in bulk to be eaten for future meals. This twisted bolognese uses the same principles but is done instead with chicken leg meat, white wine and no tomatoes. That said, nothing wrong with making a little extra for your freezer ....more