mixed party nuts nut butter

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Mixed Party Nuts Nut Butter

You know the can of mixed nuts that surfaces at Christmas gatherings after you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey? The entire family can be feeling sick because they’re so full, but the chocolates, caramel corn, and mixed nuts still have to come out, right? Well, this nut butter tastes EXACTLY like those mixed nuts! It’s like Christmas ALL YEAR LONG! Why It’s A Smart Choice I keep a large stock of various kinds of nuts in my kitchen. They’re all so delicious and have different nutritional profiles, so I don’t want to just stick with the same old nut. I’m already committed … Read More

thai red curry hummus

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Thai Red Curry Hummus

I almost always have a bean-based dip in our fridge. One of my go-to lunches is to get out the dip and serve it alongside veggies, cheese, tofu, crackers, etc. Since I’m a gluten-free girl right now (don’t ask; it’s complicated) I can’t rely on easy staples such as sandwiches or wraps. Have you ever tried the gluten-free versions of those things? They’re generally gross and not very nutritious.  But I get tired of the same old hummus or black bean dip. I love getting creative with adding new flavours to spice things up! This is one of my latest favourite … Read More

curry coconut butter

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Curry Coconut Butter

This is probably my toddler’s all-time favourite food. The other day I gave him a nice little selection of foods at lunch that he typically enjoys: cheese, tofu, cucumbers, and sourdough seed bread topped with this curry butter. All he ate was the curry butter. He didn’t even eat the bread, he just kept scooping the curry butter off the bread and asking for more. But I can’t really blame him; this butter is so good even I might shun cheese its favour. When you buy curry spice in the store, what you are actually buying is a blend of … Read More

roasted tomato pizza butter

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Pizza Butter

This is a super-flavourful spread for crostini, crackers such as Ryvyta, or whole grain rice cakes. It could also be used on a sandwich with chicken breast, mozza cheese, lettuce, and tomato.  Why It’s A Smart Choice Sunflower seeds contain a large amount of antioxidants, which can protect your cells from free radical damage Each 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds has 8 g of protein and 4 g of fibre. This combination will help to curb an early return of your appetite Sunflower seeds are a great source of Vitamin E. A 1/4 cup will give you over 2/3 of your … Read More

BBQ chipotle butter

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BBQ Chipotle Butter

I post a lot of recipes with chipotle peppers but I only recently found out that they are not a distinct pepper variety. They are simply the ubiquitous jalapeƱo pepper that has been smoked.   So if you were the type of person who smoked food, you could make your own chipotle peppers. How awesome would that be? Especially since there seems to be a chipotle pepper shortage in my city these days.   Why It’s A Smart Choice Almonds Almonds have several things going for them: good doses of magnesium, calcium, iron, & potassium 1/4 cup contains 4.4g of fibre, … Read More

mediterranean layer dip

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Mediterranean Layer Dip

 Spring is in the air. But will it stay? I shouldn’t get my hopes up but it has still been so nice to walk outside and not have to bundle up to the extreme. And I forgot how much fun puddles are. I’m so thankful to my little guy for reminding me! What are you looking forward to this Spring? I have to admit, as excited as I am for the warmer weather to arrive, a part of me wants it to stay Winter so that I can hibernate forever and not face one of my life’s greatest challenges: getting things to … Read More

3 anti-inflammatory nut & seed butters in savoury flavours!

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3 Savoury Nut & Seed Butters to boost your health

I started out making nut and seed butters to mix in with my baby’s cereal, fruit, purees and yogurt. Since whole nuts are a choking hazard I couldn’t give them to him until he turned 4! But I wanted him to benefit from the nutrition they have to offer. I like to call nuts and seeds nature’s multi-vitamin!  Even though I was making them for my son, I soon became addicted to them myself! I’ve mostly done neutral or sweet flavours such as: Vanilla & Toasted Pecan  Coconut Cashew Dark Chocolate Hazelnut (a healthier version of Nutella!) Sweet n Spicy Pumpkin Seed Lemon … Read More