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Seasonal Recipes

Squash Season

Roasted Butternut with Turmeric and Cracked Black Pepper This is my go-to squash dish. The combination of the turmeric and the cracked black pepper make it spicy with a fabulous golden orange colour. Good for your brain, your immune system, your heart, and your taste buds. Top part of a butternut squash 2 tsp (10 […]

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Apple Chips

Your house will smell amazing after baking these in your oven! The first time I made these, our friends and fellow actors Jill and Larry were coming over to watch the Golden Globe Awards with us. The whole house was permeated with apple cinnamon smells while the apple chips cooked in the oven. While they […]

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Grilled Eggplant with Tapenade

I love the different varieties of eggplant available at my local farmer’s market. No need to salt – they’re all young and tender!   1.5 lb (750 g) assorted varieties of eggplant 2 -4 large cloves garlic 12 sun dried black olives, pits removed 4 large sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil 4 capers […]

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Blueberry and Tomato Summer Salad for One

  There is a time around the middle of August when the fresh local blueberries and the summer tomatoes both hit their peak. This is the only time to make this salad. This salad only serves one but feel free to double, triple, quadruple… I plate the salad which is chef-speak for: I prepare each […]

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Grape Tomato Salad

Let’s face it, tomatoes really only taste like tomatoes when they’re in season. If you live in Edmonton a tomato that rode up on the bus from California in the middle of December isn’t really going to taste like a summer tomato. It may look like a tomato but that’s where it’s going to end, […]

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Hedgehog Watermelon

I carved a watermelon hedgehog on Cityline. It was hilarious! You’ll have to take my word for it because sadly the video from Cityline is no longer available, but here’s a video on how to make your own hedgehog watermelon.                                […]

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Spring Asparagus and Quinoa Salad

This light salad combines the fresh flavours of  local asparagus and fresh herbs. Makes – 6 cups (1.5 L) Serves = 1 cup (250 mL) Salad: ½ cup (125 mL) whole grain quinoa, well rinsed and drained 1 cup (250 mL) water 1 lb (500 g) fresh local asparagus, rinsed, trimmed 2 cups (500 mL) […]

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Tex-Mex Black Bean Salad Spring/Summer

Bean salads are one of the easiest dinners to make on a hot summer day. Open a can of beans, drain, rinse, put into a bowl, add some other stuff and toss. Serve this one with some heart healthy avocado on the side and a handful of unsalted corn chips and dinner is ready. Dressing […]

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French Toast Stuffed with Walnuts and Banana

This nutrient dense vegetarian entrée is great for breakfast or dinner. One serving has 18 grams of protein. Serve with a glass of milk or soy beverage and you’ll be getting about 26 grams of protein for this meal. You are in the zone. 4 omega-3 eggs ½ cup (125 mL) skim milk or organic […]

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Lemon Mousse

What do you serve for dessert after you’ve eaten every chocolate egg and bunny in your house? Mairlynized Lemon Mousse. This healthier version of my favourite lemon curd and whipped cream dessert is tart, creamy smooth, and only has 3.2 g Total Fat per serving versus on average 30 g Total Fat per serving of […]

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