Oatmeal & Date Cookies (Heart Healthy?)

Oatmeal & Date Cookies (Heart Healthy?)

These are what I call 'Heart Healthy Cookies' ... inspired by a recipe of the same name that my mother-in-law used to make. They are quite flexible and also often work for me as a light breakfast. No, I don't usually eat cookies for breakfast. But these have enough...

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is EASY and tasty! I was looking for a way to use up leftover meat from frozen rotisserie chickens that I had thawed. I made a big batch of chicken soup for the freezer ... 15 containers! And still had more chicken left over. (I had leftovers from roughly...

Easy Sourdough Bread (With A Touch Of Yeast)

Easy Sourdough Bread (With A Touch Of Yeast)

For a little more than a year I've been making sourdough bread. I've loved it but getting the extra rise that makes it a nice sandwich bread has been difficult. So, I decided to test out adding a bit of yeast to my sourdough recipes and the difference is night and...

Red Curry Chicken, Thai Style

This Red Curry Chicken recipe was inspired by the Thai Red Curry Chicken recipe by Jennifer Segal of Once Upon A Chef. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so tinkered to make it my own. We loved it! Ingredients for Red Curry Chicken, Thai Style 15 ml (1 Tbsp)...

Delicious Brownies Made With Chickpeas

Delicious Brownies Made With Chickpeas

A while back a friend introduced me to chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas. They were so good I decided to try whipping up some brownies made with chickpeas. This recipe is the result! (Modified and improved in July 2021 from original 2015 version.) They are...

Sourdough Starter From Scratch

Sourdough Starter From Scratch

Making sourdough starter from scratch is so much easier than I ever thought it was! I've bought sourdough starter in the past, although I have only recently really begun to make sourdough bread. Until recently, I hadn't had a lot of success. I think this was largely...

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

My mother-in-law's recipe for Nanaimo Bars. Easy to pull together and delicious. A Christmas favourite! Ingredients for Nanaimo Bars Nanaimo Bars Base - 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter 1/4 cup (60 ml) white sugar 5 Tbsp (75 ml) cocoa 1 egg 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla 1 3/4 cups (425...

Swedish Loop Cookies

Swedish Loop Cookies

I've had this recipe for Swedish Loop Cookies for years - and for the life of me can't remember where it came from. A good Christmas Cookie recipe that is super easy to make with lots of options. Very similar to a shortbread cookies, but not. Sprinkle or roll cookies...

Date-Rhubarb Squares

A healthy snack or quick breakfast! A great way to use up rhubarb from your garden without adding any extra sugar. The dates add all the sweetening needed. Full of good stuff and very little added sugar! Easy to prepare and will last several days in the fridge. You...

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies have only recently become a favorite of mine. Over Christmas, I tried one at Anita’s Organic in Chilliwack. They were so delicious and for weeks I’d been thinking of making Ginger Cookies … and finally did yesterday! After doing some Ginger Cookie...

Easy, Delicious Baby Back Pork Ribs

(I remembered to take a photo before I popped the ribs in the oven, but forgot afterwords. Our friends, Jenny and Steve, introduced us to this easy way of cooking delicious pork baby back ribs. My husband and I love ribs, but while we'd eat them out they seemed like...

Flo’s Homemade Salsa

Flo’s Homemade Salsa

My mother-in-law, Florence, has made jars of salsa for me each year for closer to twenty years, until last year. Last year I decided it was time for me to start making my own, using her recipe. The main difference between Mom's recipe and mine is that I don't peel the...

Caesar Salad

A variation of Garlic Lover’s Caesar Salad ... and my new favourite Caesar. An easy to prepare and tasty Caesar Salad recipe. Ingredients - 2 - 3 anchovie fillets 6 to 8 garlic cloves 2 egg yolks 1/2 - 3/4 cup (125 - 185 ml) olive oil 1 tbsp (15 ml) Dijon 2 tsp red...

Homemade Apple Pie

I use Tenderflake for the pastry, using 25% wholewheat or Einkorn flour and 75% all-purpose flour. I find this adds a bit of goodness (whole wheat) to the pie while not impacting the flakiness of the crust. The Tenderflake recipe gives me 3 double (top and bottom)...

Caramel Popcorn

This recipe for Caramel Popcorn comes from my brother-in-law, Ken Smith. Ken has been making this Caramel Popcorn at Christmas for over 20 years. It's a huge hit  and something my husband and I look forward to receiving every Christmas! Ingredients for Caramel Popcorn...

Butter Tarts

This delicious and simple recipe for Butter Tarts originated with my mother-in-law, Florence. A favourite at Christmas! You can make the Butter Tarts with nuts and raisins or make Butter Pecan Tarts, by adding more nuts and eliminating the raisins...

Brownies with Walnuts

This is super simple, delicious and relatively healthy (coconut oil, flax, oat bran, nuts).  A great recipe for times when you crave something sweet and don’t have a lot of time to bake. Ingredients for Brownies with Walnuts 3/4 cup (185 ml) coconut oil or butter 2...

Making Bread!

(Looking for the bread recipe, skip my ramblings and go to the end of the page for the details.) If you'd like to try sourdough, click here to check out the recipe. The sourdough is now my go to bread recipe. Over the years making bread is something I've often...

Easy Pesto Recipe

This is an easy Pesto recipe! Simply toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and process on low speed. A bit of pulsing the contents can help the basil work it's way throughout the mixture a bit more easily too. Easy Pesto Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups (500 ml)...

Sweet and Sour Pork

Preparing Sweet and Sour Pork is easy and the results of the recipe are delicious! Ingredients: 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or vegetable oil 2 to 4 pork chops, or a pork tenderloin roast sliced into thickness desired or into stew size chunks garlic powder, to taste...

Veggie Lo Mein

My sister Linda introduced me to this Lo Mein dish, and my husband and I love it! The base for the recipe comes from No-Pain Lo Mein by Rachel Ray ... and, of course, I've  made it my own. See below. I've made both Kung Pao Chicken and rice, as well as Sweet and Sour...

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

A delicious and easy to make Coffee Cake for those who enjoy rhubarb. Ingredients for Rhubarb Coffee Cake 1.5 cups (375 ml) flour (white, whole wheat) | Optional: replace  1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground flax seed 2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder 1...

Easy Kung Pao Chicken

My sister-in-law, Laura, made Kung Pao Chicken for my father-in-law's birthday dinner. She pointed me to an AllRecipes.com Kung Pao Chicken recipe and from there I created my own rendition of Kung Pao Chicken - and it is delicious! Served with your favourite rice,...

Pesto Chicken Quesadillas

This Pesto Chicken Quesadilla recipe is inspired by the Cactus Club restaurant. A friend took me there for lunch a few weeks back and we shared a salad and their Pesto Chicken Quesadilla with yam fries. YUM!! Afterwards, I was determined to recreate Quesadilla recipe...

Easy Garlic Sour Cream Dip

This is simple dip to make and works with chips, fresh veggies and quesadillas. It also lasts for at least a few days in the fridge. Easy Garlic Sour Cream Dip Ingredients: 2 cups no-fat or low-fat sour cream (works with regular sour cream too) 4 to 10 crushed garlic...

Cajun Chicken Pesto Pasta

This is delicious and easy to prepare cajun chicken and pesto pasta recipe! Flavourful and pretty straightforward to prepare - who would have thought cajun and pesto would go together!! A great dish to make the night after you’ve had a Cajun Caesar Salad --- or the...

Lemon Cheesecake (Lime works too!)

This is a relatively simple lemon cheesecake recipe. It has a creamy, light and flavourful taste that is delicious! Unbelievably good. Truly!! INGREDIENTS - BASE CRUST - 1st LAYER 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) graham wafer or Oreo cookie crumbs 1/4 cup (60 ml) crushed pecans...

Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad

This is a quick and delicious dinner salad, or lunch. Be prepared to use breath mints after eating and for the next day. There is a lot of flavourful garlic in the dressing. This recipe was made for 2 people only but there is enough dressing to make it for 6 people....

Hummus Made Easy

Hummus Made Easy

A simple and tasty hummus made without tahini. Great with cut up pita, fresh veggies, crackers, etc. Ingredients for Hummus: 1 can (19 oz - 540 ml) chickpeas, drained 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup (60 - 80 ml) olive oil 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini (optional) 3+ garlic cloves, crushed...

Cranberry Maple Baked Chicken

A spicy flavourful chicken dish.  So simple to prepare. The cooking sauce will also work for roasting a whole chicken or pork roast. INGREDIENTS - 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts kosher or sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste Cooking Sauce - 1 cup (250 ml)...

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Recently I started making my own Granola after checking out my mother-in-law's recipe and a few others online. My goal was to keep it as healthy as possible and delicious tasting. Here's the result - and it is SO easy. Goes great mixed with plain yogurt or whatever...

Quinoa Vegetable Salad

One of my favourite ways to eat quinoa is cold in a salad. This is a recently discovered favourite after having a lunch with my friend Kathleen Hatley (MyClutterCoach.ca) at the Italian Deli on Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. (It used to be Crumbs Bakery). After...

Herb Salad Dressing

This salad dressing recipe came about when my good friend Violet Sexsmith visited for lunch a while back. Violet is a phenomenal cook, a trained chef and in more recent years a Vegan. Violet and I worked up the dressing together ... but the combination of dried herbs...

Pesto Pasta Garlic Chicken

The other evening my husband had a craving for pasta. With two chicken breasts thawed, and a desire to do something 'EASY!' I whipped up this pasta chicken recipe. It  was delicious!! According to my husband ... and me too. And bonus, there was enough left over for...

Chocolate Macaroons

Thanks to Fran Beaver for asking about Chocolate Macaroons! These are SO simple to make  ... maybe 15 minutes (at most) to put together and 15 minutes in the oven! Add more sugar if you like them really sweet. INGREDIENTS - 3 egg whites 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar (or more...

Yummy Mac & Cheese

This dish is more a winter one than a summer one but I pulled it together at the last minute on a busy day. I happened to have cooked ground beef on hand (cooked in the crock pot the day before) and some leftover cooked macaroni noodles in the freezer. I cooked up...

Coleslaw in Seconds

The key to ‘Coleslaw in Seconds’ is buying coleslaw in a bag. INGREDIENTS - 6 cups (1.5 liters) coleslaw (or equal parts grated carrots, green cabbage and red cabbage) 1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower seeds 1/4  cup (60 ml) craisins or raisins 1 cup (250 ml) apples, diced...

Fruit Crisp

A favorite of mine! The first night it’s dessert, the rest of the week, because of the good stuff in it (oatmeal, fruit, nuts), it works for breakfast. TOPPING INGREDIENTS - 1 cup (250 ml) flour (spelt, regular, whole wheat or a combination) 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) quick...

Curry Chicken

My mom introduced me to curry chicken years ago. This recipe is delicious served over a bed of rice! Easy to make and very flavorful . We enjoy it for two dinners and its even better on day 2. INGREDIENTS - 2 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut into chunks 1...

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

This is one of my favorite chili recipes. It is a flavorful, hearty and vegetarian dish that even meat lovers enjoy. INGREDIENTS - 4 sweet potatoes, skin on 1/2 cup (125 ml) onion, diced 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 cup (125 ml)...

Bow Tie Pasta With Chicken

My thanks to Evelyn Trites from Ontario who suggested the ingredients for this bow tie pasta with chicken recipe. It is easy to make, fast and delicious!! (Thanks Eveylyn!!) INGREDIENTS - bow tie pasta (or other favourite) 2+ tbsp (30+ ml) olive oil 2+ tsp (10+ ml)...

Blueberry Plus Oat Scones

These scones are easy to prepare and delicious! You can make them with blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, chocolate, whatever you like. For the rhubarb you may want to add a bit of extra sugar (I did with this recipe) to compensate for the tartness. INGREDIENTS - 3...

Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes

These garlic rosemary roast potatoes are FABULOUS and so easy to prepare. My husband's favorite roast potato recipe!! INGREDIENTS - 2 pounds (908 grams) red potatoes, quartered 4 tbsp (60 ml) olive oil kosher or sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste 2 sprigs fresh...

Asparagus Roasted

This recipe for roasted (or barbecued) asparagus originated with my brother-in-law Allan who uses the barbecue to cook asparagus - with delicious results. Oven or BBQ works great! INGREDIENTS - 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil 16 asparagus spears 4 - 6 cloves garlic, crushed...

Shepherd’s Pie

One of my favorites - Shepherd's Pie (Mom style). It remind me of my Mom when we have it for dinner.  This is her recipe. Ingredients for Shepherd's Pie 4 lbs (1.8 kg) extra lean ground beef 4 - 6 tbsp (60 - 90 ml)  Lipton's French Onion (dry) Soup mix (or season with...

Oven Roasted Fries

Super easy and delicious Oven Roasted Fries. Great with a hamburger and salad - and lots of other things. Likely much better for you than fast food too :^) INGREDIENTS - 4 medium to large potatoes, cut into thin or thick fries garlic powder kosher salt and black...

Pan Steamed Veggies

My sister Linda introduced me to this method of steaming vegetables.  It is fast, easy and, as long as you don't forget that it is cooking, will yield crisp veggies every time. All you need is a bit of water in the bottom of a frying pan with a lid.  Simple!!...

Basil Garlic Cheese Bread

One of my brother-in-law’s (Ken) favorites. Great with spaghetti, lasagna, chili, soup, salad ... the list is endless! INGREDIENTS - 1 cup (250 ml) soft butter 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup (250 ml) sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh basil, chopped...

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes with a bit of a twist - garlic! So easy and so good! Ingredients - 5 lbs (2.3 kg) red potatoes, cut into chunks for boiling 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream kosher salt and black pepper, to taste Preparation...

Garlic Roasted Veggies

Use as many or as few veggies as you desire for this dish.  A great way to use up vegetables that may be close to the end of their life (still good but not so pretty :^). Be careful not to overcook - vegetables should be crisp though cooked when pulled from the oven....

Beef (or Turkey) Enchiladas

These enchiladas are very tasty and freeze nicely. This recipe was inspired by one given to me by Patricia Thompson more than 20 years ago. Ingredients - 1 lb (454 g) extra lean ground beef or turkey 1 cup (250 ml) diced celery 1 cup (250 ml) diced onion 3 garlic...

Mexican Chicken Lasagna

A delicious main course lasagna recipe for a larger group - and it’s relatively quick to pull together. Just add a salad and you are good to go. The recipe is inspired by one from ‘Savor the Flavor of Oregon’ (a great cookbook!!). I’ve changed it - what else is new -...

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry

This chicken and veggie stir fry dish provides a great way to use up excess or 'need to be used' vegetables in your crisper. Tasty, healthy and can be prepared without a lot of fuss. Ingredients - 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2...

Simple Pad Thai

An easy to prepare and tasty Pad Thai recipe. The sauce was inspired by a Pad Thai sauce recipe from the Best of Bridge. It's not the same sauce but it was the inspiration for the sauce used here. Ingredients - 3 carrots, cut into thin strips 6 green onions, cut into...

Curry Chicken Wrap

Easy to prepare (use leftover chicken breasts!) with a delicious curry flavour, crisp veggies and the sweetness of grapes and apples (or raisins, mango) wrapped in a flour tortilla. A bit messy to eat but the taste makes up for it. Ingredients - 2 chicken breasts,...

Greens, Craisins & Goat Cheese

An easy to prepare salad with a bit of sweetness from the craisins and tartness from the dressing. A favorite in our household. Dress the entire salad just before serving or have individuals dress their own. Ingredients - 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp...

Three Pepper Salad

I love it when I get creative and it turns out!! We had family coming for dinner and the only veggies in the fridge were lettuce and three peppers (red, yellow and green). I decided to try something different when I realized I also had pineapple in my pantry. Do you...

Garlic Artichoke Dip

Fast to prepare Garlic Artichoke Dip. Super easy appetizer recipe!  Serve while still quite warm - it thickens fast as it cools. Double for large groups. Ingredients - 6 cloves of garlic, crushed 6 oz (185 ml) jar of artichoke hearts, drained and diced 1 cup (250 ml)...

Guacamole

Guacamole

Simple to make. Good as a dip with tortilla chips or nachos. Ingredients - 2 avocados, peeled and mashed 1 tomato, diced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice 1/4 cup (60 ml) cilantro, chopped (optional) sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste...

Asian Style Meat Wontons

Asian Style Meat Wontons

A tasty appetizer, dim sum dish or as part of a meal of Asian dishes. Like the Veggie Wontons, except with meat. The Sweet Chili Sauce dip adds a contrast to these and enhances the overall flavour. Ingredients - package of wonton wraps 2 tbsp (30 ml) cornstarch 1/4...

Asian Style Veggie Wontons

Asian Style Veggie Wontons

A tasty appetizer or served as part of a meal of Asian dishes. The Sweet Chili Sauce dip adds a contrast to the wonton and enhances the overall flavour of these little guys. Ingredients - package of wonton wrappers 2 tbsp (30 ml) cornstarch1/4 cup (60 ml) water 2 tbsp...

Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Another one-dish easy to prepare pork tenderloin meal. The prosciutto adds flavour and keeps the meat moist. It adds a nice touch to the finished look too. Ingredients for Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin: 2 lb (1 kg) pork tenderloin kosher or sea salt black pepper...

Grandpa’s Fudge

My Dad used to make Fudge at Christmas and to this day it remains one of my favourites at Christmas. It is simple to make and you can do it with or without a candy thermometer. The thermometer makes it a bit easier to tell when it is done. Ingredients for Fudge 4 cups...

Chocolate Trifle

A delicious and light tasting Chocolate Trifle dessert. Layer in a glass bowl for presentation. Use low fat products to cut down on calories, or not. Ingredients - 1 - 9" square pan of brownies or chocolate cake 2+ cups (500+ ml) chocolate pudding 2+ cups (500+ ml)...

Chocolate Biscotti

An easy to make, and very tasty Chocolate Biscotti. Not too sweet but sweet enough. The red of the craisins adds a little Christmas colour to these. A small plate of these make a nice gift for a friend, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bit of ribbon....

BBQ Chicken Breasts

Like Pesto? You'll love these. SO easy. INGREDIENTS - chicken breasts pesto, homemade or store bought kosher sea salt and black pepper, to taste PREPARATION - Use a mallot to tenderize chicken breasts. Place chicken in a ziploc bag along with enough pesto to marinade...