the big salad… how to build a meal-worthy salad

Mango Quinoa Nourish Bowl

Have you ever eaten a salad and then felt hungry again fifteen minutes later? Then you may suffer from Small Salad Syndrome! A big salad won’t leave you hungry, and it’s a tremendous way to help you meet your daily servings of veggies. A plate-sized salad could equal 4-5 servings of veggies! Vegetables are important for nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals. Did you know that fruits and vegetables are the ONLY foods that have Vitamin C? Scurvy develops when Vitamin C levels drop very low, and until recently we thought scurvy was long gone. We’re talking about a … Read More

spicy pork with mangos and rice [VIDEO]

spicy pork with mango and rice

Stir-fry spicy pork with mangos and rice – easy, sweet, spicy, loaded with fruit and veggies, protein, and healthy carbs.  When our son was born we were blessed with many delicious dinners brought over by loving family and friends. One such dish, brought over by my mother-in-law, was the inspiration for this recipe. It’s been in the back of my mind ever since so this recipe has really been four years in the making!  I can’t decide what I love best about this dish: the tangy pork… the sweet mango…. the hit of cilantro… or how the rice soaks up … Read More

japanese cabbage salad -healthy and easy

japanese cabbage salad

Sesame and almond flavours dominate this Japanese cabbage salad filled with plenty of veggies and healthy plant proteins and fats.  We’ve been eating this salad literally everyday for the past week.  Because it’s THAT GOOD and we can’t get enough of it. But, also because there’s enough here to feed an army and we’ve only got 2 1/2 people in our house…. Make sure you have a large bowl ready for this one! It’s a perfect recipe to bring to a potluck and feed a crowd. Because it’s THAT BIG. But, also because it tastes best on the first day. … Read More

healthy teriyaki chicken noodle bowls -featuring NuPasta

teriyaki chicken noodle bowls

This post was developed through a sponsored collaboration with NuPasta.  However, all opinions are mine! Sometimes I overhear conversations like this in my home: My four year old to my husband: “We’re having teryi-YAK-i for supper!” My husband: “Are you sure it isn’t teri-ELEPHANT-i?”  Our family often rates dad jokes on a scale of 1-10. Despite being a groaner, I actually LOL’ed on this one, so I’d give it a 5.  teriyaki chicken special Apparently “teriyaki” isn’t really a name for a sauce, it’s actually more a style of preparing meat. You prepare meat “teriyaki style” when you broil or grill meat that … Read More

tomato bean pasta bake

tomato bean pasta bake

Feed your whole family for less than $5 with this hearty, delicious pasta bake! If this were the 70s I’d happily call this a casserole, because let’s face it, that’s what this is. But I just can’t seem to call a recipe a casserole. It’s this weird hangup I have with the word. I’m just going to go and blame it on how I hated when the food on my plate mixed together when I was a kid so casseroles were the ultimate food to be feared.  Speaking of fear, don’t be afraid of this short list of ingredients! On the surface, it … Read More

freezer breakfast burritos (vegetarian)

black bean salsa egg burritos

Keep these breakfast burritos in the freezer for a quick, filling, and nutritious breakfast! 20g of protein in each burrito! When a baby is born everyone thinks of doting on the mother and the baby.. but what about the dad?  It’s the mom who’s checked in at the hospital so she gets the comfy bed and meal service. The dad gets a little fold out chair to sleep on (if he’s lucky).  The baby is closely monitored to make sure he or she is eating well. But who’s making sure the dad gets something to eat?  The day before my … Read More

freezer meal: hawaiian farmer sausage

hawaiian farmer sausage

If you enjoy ham and pineapple pizza, you’re going to love this farmer sausage dish! It’s a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and smoky.  I held my very first hands-on freezer meal workshop last week! And I’m just getting around to blogging about it now because….. was I ever exhausted! It was a ton of fun but also a ton of work. I had full intentions of taking photos but in the busyness of the whole event, I completely forgot!  People keep asking me when the next one will be….. and I don’t have an answer yet. I know I … Read More