The first day of September screams fall to me, even though summer isn’t technically over yet! Walking into Starbucks this time of year means being bombarded with delicious scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin – and while I usually enjoy my Americano with a bit of cream, I can’t resist the temptation of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Have you read this recent post from Food Babe about the ingredients in a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? It gave me some added incentive to create my own recipe to make at home! View Post

I feel a bit guilty to admitting this, but I often use food to make my family feel better. I believe that when someone has a cold, a good cup of tea will make them feel better. If you’re having a bad day, a slice of coffee cake or a home-baked cookie and a coffee or a hot chocolate will make you smile. Emotional eating at its’ finest!

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So when my daughter came down with an ear infection this week, I immediately thought to make her a bowl of chicken soup – her favourite! But she had different ideas – she wanted chicken wings!

Dieting and chicken wings don’t usually go together, and my usual chicken wing recipe involves battered chicken wings being drowned in a deep fryer and coated with buffalo sauce or homemade honey garlic sauce. They are what delicious pub dreams are made of.

So instead, I tried to make a healthier version – baking, instead of deep-frying. And using spices and olive oil for flavour instead of battering them and dousing them in sauces. I still wanted to have a crispy chicken wing, and this recipe delivers just that.  View Post

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I’ve taken a big interest in the foods we eat as a family lately, and I’ve started incorporating whole wheat breads, lot of vegetables, foods rich in nutrients and fibers, and eating less meat.

If you’re curious how you can change your family’s eating habits, the first tip I can give you is to plan your meals and snacks, and make a shopping list based off of your plan. This limits the amount of snack foods and times where you have no idea what to make – if you at least have a plan and healthy ingredients to back those plans up, you can easily make snacks and food when you and your family is hungry.

I use Pinterest when I’m planning my meals, it’s easy for me to pin a recipe and then access it on my iPad or phone while I’m cooking or shopping for ingredients. I have a Pinterest board called Healthy Meal Planning where I post recipes that I am looking forward to making.  View Post

Summertime is perfect for playing outside, lounging in the sun, and grilling on the barbecue. There’s nothing I love better than the scent of grilling meats and veggies on a warm evening. Barbecues seem to bring our family together – it’s not just mom (ie. me!) cooking in the kitchen and calling everyone to the dinner table. When I’m grilling, suddenly my husband gets involved, the kids are watching and hanging out, and it feels like a family activity.

As a Blue Dragon Ambassador, I’m discovering how to add some Asian flair to everyday meals, and I’ve found that it’s so easy to add a bit of spice and Asian-influence to any dish! Here I share with you three different ways to make an Asian-style barbecue.

Blue Dragon is also hosting an amazing giveaway right now, enter to win one of five Easy Made Easy prize packs loaded with delicious Blue Dragon products!

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When we first moved into the new house, I’ll admit we ate more fast food and take-out pizzas than we should have. It was bad for our bodies and our bank account! I’ve started planning out our meals again, which helps me purchase the right things at the grocery store, and gives me time to experiment with new foods that are just as easy to make.

Spring Rolls are always one of our favourite items to eat at restaurants, so I decided to make a baked version instead of deep frying. The trickiest part of this recipe is handling the spring roll wrappers, but after making a couple of rolls you’ll get the hang of it!  View Post

We are a home of Nutella lovers. Since I was a little girl I’ve been eating Nutella on toast as a snack, or for breakfast, or for dessert… & when we discovered that my daughter was allergic to peanuts, she too became a Nutella-holic. While kids are eating PB&Js elsewhere, we eat Nutella.

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Since there’s usually a large amount of the chocolate hazelnut spread found in my house, I try to find new and different uses for it. Some are quick and easy – adding a spoonful to a latte, spreading it on crackers – while some are a bit more adventurous – Brie & Nutella Panini, anyone?

Here I present to you 80 Ways to Eat Nutella!   View Post

With a batch of chili stewing in my slow cooker right now, I thought I would share with you my absolute favourite, go-to chili recipe. Even with children invading your kitchen, you will find this super easy to make, and on these cold winter nights, a warm bowl of chili soothes the grumpiest of people!

Delicious to eat Slow Cooker Chili - easy to make in a Crock Pot! Thanks to @west_coastmama

Confession: Growing up a daughter of Polish parents who had just immigrated to Canada, I only ate chili on a very rare occasion, and it came out of a can! In my twenties when I was learning to cook, Jay & I experimented with a ton of recipes before we struck gold. We’ve tried vegetarian, turkey, chicken, beef – all types of recipes, but when I found this one a few years ago, it just stuck.

It uses a chili seasoning mix that you make yourself by mixing basic spices that you most likely already have. I also find this recipe very versatile because I change the recipe a bit each time I make it, and it always comes out perfectly delicious.

The secret to this recipe is the can of red kidney beans that is completely blended/processed until smooth. It adds a richness and thickness to the stew that I love.

You can easily make substitutions by switching up the meat (or forgoing it completely), adding in vegetables like celery, carrots, mushrooms – whatever you wish! I also sometimes add in different beans – whatever I have lying around. You can also add more of the seasoning mix if you like it more spicy! View Post