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My Spin on Things

These posts are part of Mair’s “My Spin on Things” blog.

mairlyn is holding a whole grain snack bar

Snack Bars (recipe from Peace, Love and Fibre)  Makes 24 bars It’s 4:00 pm and you’re hungry, crabby and angry. If someone even dares to look at you the wrong way, having a full-blown tantrum a la a two-year-old seems like a normal option. You’re hangry; trust the Urban Dictionary to come up with that […]

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Blueberry Salad with Barley and Dill

Barley and blueberry salad with fresh dill

Makes 4 cups This easy to make summer salad using fibre rich cooked barley and seasonal local blueberries is a cinch to make. Bonus, if you are following WW (Weight Watchers) it’s only 4 points per serving. Add a 3 oz. serving of grilled chicken or turkey breast and some steamed green beans and dinner […]

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How to Get Invited Back to a Cottage

lake muskoka

This year marks the 29th summer that my husband and I will be driving up to Lake Muskoka to spend most weekends with my BFF Michale and her husband Lutz. Weekends with an s not a weekend, as in a one off. Everyone can get invited to a cottage once, the trick is to get […]

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Honey Vanilla Ice Cream

mairlyn is holding a spoonful of homemade vanilla ice cream

Serves 8-10 Michael Pollan’s famous quote, “Eat anything you want ~ just cook it yourself” is music to my ears. I love that simple statement, because we need to get back into our kitchens and cook from scratch. We have such easy access to all foods, from gourmet ice cream to ready to cook pizza […]

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Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Bites

Makes 40 two-inch cookies Gluten free and Lactose free   Oh, the perils of recipe developing. The warm Spring day I was developing these wee chocolate morsels a squirrel, who I expect was tempted by the chocolate yumminess wafting through my screen door, somehow pried his way through the screen and into my kitchen while […]

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TexMex Roasted Vegetables and Tofu

Serves – 4 This easy to make heart healthy roasted vegetable dish is a sheet pan dinner, everything gets roasted on one pan. It’s prep, toss, roast and dinner is ready in about 40 minutes. Don’t like tofu? This recipe will change your mind. My husband, a self proclaimed tofu abstainer, eats this tofu, and […]

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Grilled Corn Chowder serves 8

corn chowder using grilled corn

This is a sneak peak of one of my recipes in my upcoming cookbook Peace, Love and Fibre over 100 fibre-rich recipes for the whole family Every February and March I forage my freezer. It’s my way of making sure that the food I buy and store in the freezer doesn’t get wasted. I found […]

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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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