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Eggplant and Chickpea Soup

a bowl of eggplant and chickpea soup

This recipe was inspired by my love of Baba Ganoush, a Middle Eastern eggplant dip, and the fact I had two eggplants in my fridge that were close to being past their Best Before moment. (I find being frugal often leads to inspiration.) Baba Ganoush gets some of its amazing flavours from oven roasting the […]

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Spicy Chocolate Popcorn

popcorn in a brown paper bag

Popcorn is a whole grain and healthy, it’s what you put on it that can catapult it into the World of Junk Food. Three cups of plain popcorn have 3.6 grams of fibre, not too shabby. I’ve added spicy red chili oil and chocolate to spice it and sweeten it up without sending it into […]

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Breakfast or Snack Grab-and-Goes

Each Grab and Go is loaded with great ingredients that supply you with complex carbohydrates, three forms of cholesterol-lowering oats, flaxseed, dried fruit, and a tiny bit of chocolate for your soul. Big note – these aren’t very sweet so if you are expecting a great big sweet cookie, then you are barking up the […]

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Irish Soda Bread using whole grains

This quick bread is a great addition to a night when you’re making a pot of  soup for dinner. While the soup is cooking, make this whole grain bread. And you can catch me on Facebook Live Wednesday at 8 pm EST baking this in real time. Search @mairlyn.smith on Facebook to find me. Dry […]

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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

bowl of soup

One of my favourite winter soups is African Peanut Soup, a combination of stock, peanuts, sweet potatoes, onions and some heat. There are many variations of this soup, but in general it’s a very thick, hearty, slightly spicy main course soup that is usually served with rice. Peanuts are widely available in Africa but with […]

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National Farting Day

There’s a National Zucchini Bread Day, National Cream Puff Day, and National Vinegar Day, just to name three of the ever-burgeoning list of National Food Days– so I say – why not give a shout out to your gastro-intestinal tract and celebrate National Farting Day with one of my favourite healthy foods – pulses, aka […]

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Blueberry Crumble serves 8

I love to use frozen fruits and berries in the middle of winter. It really makes me feel like a bit of summer is in the house. To glam this blueberry crumble up serve it warm in tea cups with a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream your call. Berries: 6 cups […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies using whole wheat flour, wheat germ, oat bran and rolled oats. ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted non hydrogenated margarine (see baking note below) ½ cup (125 mL) dark brown sugar, packed ¼ cup (60 mL) granulated white sugar 1 omega-3 egg 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract […]

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Cocoa Season

Looks like winter is finally hitting us here in the Great North! Oh, joy, oh bliss, let’s shovel snow! Always an optimist – on a positive note – the snow signals COCOA SEASON! Love my cup of heart healthy hot cocoa. Yes, depending on the ingredients, cocoa can be the perfect winter drink for your […]

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Holiday Traditions

Growing up in the Smith house Christmas was THE most magical time of the year for me. My Mom was Christmas itself. She loved everything about Christmas.  (For the record my birthday or as I like to call “It’s all about Mairlyn Day” is the other most magical day) Our house was so festooned over the […]

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