I'm always on the hunt for the next healthy dessert recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth. These Pumpkin Oat Protein Bars definitely made it into my book of healthy dessert recipes! They have the perfect amount of sweetness and are super healthy and packed with goodness like Ontario Grade A Maple Syrup, Oats, Pumpkin, and Eggs! And they are just so yummy.
I honestly think that I have chocolate once a day, whether it's a piece of dark chocolate from ChocoSol or Ambrosia , one of my Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies or a piece of my Almond Banana Bread with Whipped Honey Frosting. I need chocolate in my life. I like to think everything in moderation is okay, including indulging daily in a piece of something that sweetens your soul. And these bars are now part of my rotation of sweets during the week.
Super easy recipe to whip up too! Nothing scary or overly complicated and you will love and enjoy every last bit of the end result.
Every time I cook, I swear I become more vegan/vegetarian/plant based/whatever term you want to call it. I honestly never thought I would love eating dishes with no meat but its hard not to when you come across delicious recipes like this butternut squash risotto!
This is one of the most delicious things I've ever made, seriously. I'm not joking. It's that good! Even my sister was asking for seconds and she never eats anything I make!
With this recipe, I wanted to take advantage of the winter vegetables I had acquired in my last farmers market run and I also wanted to make something new and interesting that anyone (a meat lover and a non meat eater would love and enjoy). I found this recipe online and tweaked it a little by adding nutritional yeast and mushrooms to add a source of protein to the dish.
Ahh coffee time.
It’s probably my favourite time of day—yes, even over breakfast and brunch! Or at least on par. It’s such a treat which is why I love it. Specially If it has been a rough day, then coffee time is just what I usually need.
Nothing better than a cup of freshly made coffee with something sweet to add a little love to your day. Seriously when 4 o’clock rolls around, or sometimes after lunch time (if I’m too impatient), I get ready to have my coffee and a sweet treat.
This recipe will not only satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt but will make a lasting impression on your friends and family during your afternoon coffee/tea time!
It’s hot—like really hot in Canada right now. If you didn’t know the date, you would think we were in July.
But no, we are in September, end of September and Fall is nowhere to be found in this intense heat. I am sitting outside typing this recipe for you guys and I am literally dripping sweat, refusing to go inside because you just cannot not spend days like these outside.
Since its hard to think about the Fall Harvest and crave squash and pumpkin flavored anything in this heat, I came up with this fresh but hearty salad; perfect for odd in-between seasons weather like we are experience right now. Read more to get the recipe!
I love soup—like really love soup. I can have it at anytime of the day, during any type of weather (yes even Summer!), for me it’s always a good time for soup.
Having lived in Peru for most of my childhood, I grew accustomed to the traditional ways of my household. At my house lunch was always served with soup first before the main meal—no light lunches here, ever.
So naturally, I grew up loving soup and when I moved to Canada it was no different, I always craved that warm feeling I got when drinking my soup.
And I am not talking about canned soup or the store bought ones either—I’m talking about real soups. Ones whose flavour comes right from the simmered garlic and onions and brewed stock from all its ingredients.
I don’t know about you but I have this deep attraction to Mediterranean food; I crave and marvel at the species, the curries, and the culture that comes with it.
I really think that it was my trip to Morocco last year that made find a greater appreciation for its culture, ultimately making me fall in love with the cuisine.
The streets, stores, and the atmosphere was something else in Marrakech. Everything is bright and exotic; the streets crowded with food stands, shops, vendors, and people. As you pass by the streets, so many spices fill your senses with wonder--as every spice is so complex with its own characteristics.
I couldn't bring back Morocco with me but I could bring some its spices. They have been my source for venturing into new unexplored territory in my cooking. This Tumeric Roasted Cauliflower Soup has subtle Mediterranean notes.
I love pancakes—who doesn’t? It just brings back childhood memories of going to your favourite diner for breakfast on a weekend or waking up on a Sunday to smell the scent of your mom’s pancakes on the breakfast table.
Okay, I’ll be honest with you, I never really had that (since I’m Peruvian and in Peru we don’t do pancakes) but I always watched it in the movies and terribly wished that it was me eating those fluffy pancakes on a Saturday morning!
Naturally, over the years, I developed a love for brunch and I would always search for the perfect extraordinary pancake combo. After numerous brunch dates, I’ve found some like Beast in downtown Toronto and Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville that have unique pancake creations. They have been the source of my inspiration for both decoration and combinations of ingredients when developing my own pancake recipe.
I also love making almond milk because you really get your money's worth. Almonds and nuts in general don't come cheap so you obviously want to make the most of them.
Which is why the other thing I love about making almond milk is because of the leftover almond pulp. You can do so much with it. You can dehydrate it and turn into almond flour or almond meal. But my personal favourite recipe is using them to make the yummiest and most filling energy balls ever!
They are a great snack to have in the afternoon when you are craving something sweet and need that energy boost.
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Meatless Mondays are about what can you eat but also what you can drink.
You see for me Meatless Mondays goes back to honouring the food you are eating. Sure it’s about not eating meat but it doesn’t mean eating just any food that isn’t meat.
There a lot of foods out there that aren’t meat, that isn’t necessarily good for you. So my approach to meatless Mondays is really being as plant based as I possibly can.
One of the many great things that plant based brings us are nuts! There is so much you can do with nuts. So much.
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