I cannot get enough of stews this winter. Probably because its rained 27 out of 30 days in Vancouver. But I’m not going to think about that, and instead, think about how delicious this Moroccan stew is. It has all the warming spices, and sweetness from dried apricot. I’ve been experimenting with more vegetarian recipes as Sienna, my oldest, has never been a fan of meat. Plus, its a healthier way to eat, so I’d like to do at least 1-2 dinners a week with vegetarian sources of protein.

The flavors of this stew are amazing, and I really like the combination of lentils and chickpeas. I decided to use green lentils as they hold up better in stews compared to other types of lentils.  I also opted for yams instead of white potatoes for extra sweetness and nutrition.

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Chocolate chip cookies are a childhood favourite by many, including myself!  Its hard to beat the nostalgia and taste of a chocolate chip cookie still warm out of the oven. I wanted to keep this recipe as traditional as possible without seeming “healthy”. These cookies definitely achieved that. I only made a few tweaks to a traditional recipe my mom used quite often. These small tweaks of adding in a whole grain flour, using less sugar and chocolate chips. This recipe is not gluten-free. If you are looking for a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe I highly recommend my Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Chip Slab Cookies

I love getting the girls involved when I’m making cookies. They’re right in there dumping in the ingredients, and smiling at their handy work. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool a little when they come out of the oven. These cookies have a perfect crisp on the outside and soft chewy center. In this recipe I used spelt flour as the “healthy” flour. But I did mix it with all-purpose so you couldn’t tell it was there. Spelt flour tends to be lighter and less grainy than whole wheat flour. So if you’d like to use whole wheat flour, I’d recommend using 1 1/2 cups all purpose, and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. More than that will weigh down the cookie and change the texture.

 

This recipe is adapted from the Hershey’s Chipits recipe. My mom used this recipe quite often (that was on the back of the chocolate chip bag). Now to think of it, I think I have an old Chipits bag from about 1976 in my moms old recipe book! I don’t think that traditional recipe has changed in all these years though.

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Hi all! Its been a really really long time since I posted a recipe (gulp, like….seriously guys, its been almost a year!). As with many of you, life has gotten really busy. In March of 2016 I went back to work full time. Previously I had been doing social media work part-time and also managing this blog, which was my third baby for quite a few years. I made the tough decision to step aside from the blog to focus on my career. I expected to be able to continue blogging part-time, but between work, the girls and managing a household, I never had any time leftover to blog. I do tend to update my Instagram quite a bit (a mix of family and food), so I’d love if you joined me there too!

Surprisingly though, I’m still making many of the recipes on the site here. Since we’re in summer, some of my favorites include….the Black Bean Summer Salad, Creamy Macaroni Salad, Goji Berry Chickpea Salad and Light Caesar Potato Salad

So now that I’ve given you a little update, lets chat about this delicious Quinoa Tabbouleh I made the other night. The flavors in here are so fresh and light and perfect for summer!  If you’ve never had tabbouleh (pronounced tab-booli, or tab-boo-lay…I’ve heard it both ways!) now’s the time to try it. Its very simple to make, the only work really is the chopping of the veggies and herbs as you want them chopped up into small pieces.

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No Bake Birthday Cake Protein Bars_4

Birthday cake….and sprinkles. Probably one of the most enjoyable treats that exist! So I figured it was about time to put it into a protein bar.

The texture of these bars are amazing. Soft, and easy to eat. You’ll want to keep them in the fridge as they’ll get quite soft at room temperature.

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My homemade quest bars are one of the most popular recipes on the site. More people seem to be getting familiar with vitafiber, which is a sticky sweet syrup that is high in fiber and low in carbs, and is the key ingredient in many store-bought protein bars.

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Salted Caramel & Chocolate Dairy Free Frozen Pie

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Hi friends! Its been a while since you’ve seen a new recipe from me. Sorry about that! Life has taken me in a new career direction, so all is great, but just extra busy (I know most of you can relate!). I have missed blogging so much and am trying to find the time to […]

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Easy Chickpea Spring Salad with Citrus Dressing

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Spring is in the air, and this season I’m looking to get more vegetarian and vegan sources of protein. I love having beans incorporated into my lunch meals, so this chickpea salad is great for taking in a packed lunch. 1 cup of this salad boasts 7.4 grams of plant protein! Add some additional veggies […]

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