Category Archives: vegetarian meals

Fresh Green Bean and Zucchini Salad with Balsamic Dressing

If you live where I do and you have a garden, you’re likely experiencing a similar problem of “too much and all at once” with this hot and sunny weather we’re enjoying. Two short rows of green beans in our … Continue reading

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Asparagus-Avocado Salad with Peas and Radishes

Even though I’ve lived in this valley all my life, I never tire of its beauty. Neither, apparently, does my daughter who is on a work-away on an olive farm in Tuscany right now. The closing line of her last … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Quinoa Salad

Rhubarb with quinoa? These sound like odd companions, but the combination of flavours and textures in this salad seems to work. The tiny bit of honey is just enough to temper the tartness of the rhubarb and contrasts with the … Continue reading

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Matcha Mint Smoothie

My matcha green tea had been languishing in my tea drawer until yesterday. I had forgotten about matcha and its amazing benefits until tossing it in a smoothie was recommended to me (thanks Kirsten!) I had a look around my … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Smoothie

What do you serve for Christmas breakfast? A search of Pinterest boards dedicated to Christmas breakfasts brings up fat and sugar-laden dishes:  cinnamon rolls baked in the shape of a Christmas tree, Monkey Bread dripping with eggnog drizzle, baked French … Continue reading

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Greek Salad on a Stick

Kids love anything on a stick, and the kid inside all of us does too. These mini Greek salad appetizers are fun to eat and they offer a healthier alternative to all the high calorie finger foods we often find … Continue reading

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Pan-Seared Balsamic Butternut Squash with Parmesan

Stormy days demand warm comfort food. Today we woke to the sounds of the backyard creek rushing, the waves crashing in the bay, and the wind blowing the rain sideways onto the windows. Welcome November! It was a hunkering down … Continue reading

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Weekend Favourites

I spent a lot more time at home this weekend than I usually do. Besides getting caught up on a lot of things that I have been meaning to do forever, like getting to the very bottom of the laundry … Continue reading

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Apple Pear Slaw

I don’t know what the climate is like where you live, but here on the west coast of Vancouver Island our gardens are still producing like crazy. Yesterday I had great plans to put my vegetable garden to rest, but … Continue reading

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Thai Coconut Rice

We like to serve this rice with Thai dishes, but it is good with just about anything. It has a subtle coconut flavour and it always seems to turn out perfectly. It also freezes well, so you may wish to … Continue reading

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What to do with ALL THAT Zucchini?

If you’ve planted a zucchini, you’re probably feeling like I am right now. One tiny seed planted in the spring has produced more zucchini than I can keep up with. So today I’m creating a Throwback Thursday post. Here, in … Continue reading

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Fit to be Tried

Martha Stewart, trendsetter that she is, has a new recipe making the rounds via food blogs and Pinterest: her One Pan Pasta. Does it really work to simply arrange all the ingredients in a pot and heat it up? Yup! … Continue reading

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Chia Seed Jam (and what’s a CAPTCHA?)

Did you know you’ve been part of a huge online project? What does this have to do with chia seed jam? Hang on, and I’ll get to that soon. You know that little box that pops up with words that … Continue reading

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Garlic Scapes: What do you do with them?

If you grow your own garlic, the scapes are likely ready to be harvested now. Scapes are the long flower stalks that rise from the bulb. Some gardeners believe that they must be cut off once they curl to allow … Continue reading

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Strawberry Feta Salad with Baby Kale

With unusually warm weather here lately, the garden is sprouting and some plants are producing already. Our kale tripled in size this week, so I decided to harvest some of the leaves while they were still unbelievably tender. Baby kale … Continue reading

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