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No-Bake Blueberry Bars

The advent of blazing southwestern Ontario summer heat means that it’s time to enjoy refrigerated treats and the refreshing taste of summer berries … or better yet, refrigerated berry treats! I’m especially partial to blueberries and wholesome and nourishing raw treats, so these two-layer no-bake raw blueberry bars combine the …

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Sun-Dried Tomato Coconut Quinoa and Bean Burgers

Creating and making different dishes stimulates the creative part of me and keeps me interested in working in the kitchen. We all must eat to survive, and that being so, it is beneficial to focus, keeping a positive and open mind when planning and implementing meals for the week. Why …

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Homemade Fruit and Nut Maple Granola

There is nothing quite like homemade granola as I can now assert with confidence, having finally made my own. It’s not something I eat all that often, but it does make for a healthy treat, quick breakfast or travel along snack. Granola is especially delightful served up with a good …

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No-Bake Trail Mix Energy Bites

My approach to eating is to focus on small balanced meals and wholesome snacks and treats that can be enjoyed throughout the day. I always focus on variety and quality ingredients to ensure that my digestive system is not overly taxed and additionally that I’m getting a wide range of …

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Hearty Vegetarian Beet Borscht with Lentils, Quinoa and Fresh Dill

Pretty much anytime I serve up a hearty bowl of borscht, I am again convinced it is one of the healthiest and most comforting soups to be enjoyed during the winter months. However, I enjoy it so much that I would never refuse a bowl, no matter the time of …

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Savory Corn Fritters {Vegan}

Paring down the cookbook shelves has its advantages. As much as it pains me to let go of books, cookbooks or otherwise, so often the experience is one of renewal and discovery. I looked through books that I hadn’t opened for a while, salvaged some recipes from those marked for …

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Teff Cookies

Teff is one of the smallest and oldest known grains on the planet, and it sure is one of the mightiest. Native to Ethiopia, teff is used in a wide variety of ways, enjoyable just cooked up as is into a porridge, shaped into savory cakes, incorporated into soups, or …

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Aromatic Chana Dal Kitchari with Saffron

After seasonal feasts, it not uncommon to crave more cleansing and nourishing dishes such as kitchari (or kitcheree or khichdi). Essentially a one-pot Indian meal, the common feature of a kitchari is a digestive aiding combination of split legumes, rice and spices and often vegetables. Such preparations are open to …

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Guacamole Rice

Avocados are something I usually have on hand. They keep well if purchased when firm and they are simply wonderful just sliced and served up all on their own, just as is for a snack or as part of a meal as a nourishing and refreshing side. They also happen …

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Hearty Mushroom and Barley Soup

Just like the animals in the field (or the squirrels in the backyard, as the case might be), we humans feel the need to “stock up” on nutrients as fall turns into winter. For me and many other vegetarians, this often takes the form of thick, hearty and nourishing soups. …

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