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Spicy Thai Pumpkin Noodle Soup

I came to Thai cooking many years later after mastering Indian cooking, but now I enjoy the vivid and unique hot, sweet and sour fragrances and flavors of Thai soups and curries almost as much. I keep a jar of homemade vegetarian Thai red curry paste on hand in the …

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Skillet Potato Salad with Fresh Basil and Cilantro

Potato salads are always popular no matter the time of year, but when the temperatures are soaring, as is the case currently in southwestern Ontario, salads are clearly in order. As this one is free of dairy, it makes for a good choice to take on a picnic or potluck …

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Raw Nut and Seed Chocolate Chunk Mint Energy Balls

Raw homemade nut and seed treats are perfect little bundles of protein, good fats, fiber and other mineral nutrients that can keep you going between meals or at any time of day. In fact, I can’t say anything against them … they’re easy to make, keep for a long time, …

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Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Adding nuts and dried grain flakes like oats to fruit smoothies makes them not only a quick, simple and tasty breakfast solution but also a nourishing one that will provide you with the protein and fat energy to keep you going in the morning. Blueberries and pineapple are a surprisingly …

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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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Creamy Spinach with Mung Beans

The fresh and wholesome taste of green mung beans was one of the great revelations to me when I started cooking Indian vegetarian food more than two decades ago. Light, refreshing, nourishing and slightly starchy in flavor, mung beans are a colorful and delicious platform for dry curries using spices, …

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How to Freeze Grapes

For those who adore fruit, frozen grapes are quite a treat. Slightly firmer on the outside than the flesh beneath the skin, the grapes maintain a crunchy texture with the added bonus of an extra burst of sweetness and chill — snacking on a few of these is like having …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Many of us might feel the need for a protein boost from time to time to boost our strength or reserves. Protein bars are an easy and efficient way to get this boost, but if you’re like me you might find not only that store-bought protein bars are expensive but …

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South Indian Squash Poriyal

Poriyals or palyas are spicy South Indian sautéed vegetable dishes, quite often featuring grated coconut. They are easy to prepare and a perfect choice for a meal calling out for a side vegetable dish. This poriyal is especially simple to make and delightfully sweet and spicy. I went with acorn …

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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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