Vegetables and Sides

Brown Rice Low-Maintenance Mushroom Risotto

This dish is loaded with those umami-boosting ingredients. Mushrooms – check. Parmesan – check. Soy sauce – check (optional.) It’s oh so flavourful! Best part, it uses whole grain brown rice and my awesome no-stir risotto technique! This is not a true “Risotto” where you have to spend a long […]


Healthy Brown Rice Butternut Squash Risotto

This dish is so stunningly delicious! You will not believe the aromas your kitchen will be filled with! Roasted squash, fried onions, garlic, optional wine, nutty smell of toasted rice and some fragrant sage! Unreal! This is not a true “Risotto” where you have to spend a long time over […]

Pasta al Limone

As with all simple dishes, it’s all about the technique! This pasta could be put together in minutes yet be equally satisfying for a simple weeknight dinner as it could be for a special dinner occasion. It’s stunningly delicious (not light on calories, however.) I’ve seen recipes that add olive […]

Wheat Berry Salad

First, let’s talk about the taste. It’s mighty delicious! The texture of the wheat berries is just so fun! It has a slightly chewy bite with earthy and nutty flavours. But when we add everything else – such as grilled corn with a smoky flavour to it, crunchy celery, nuts, […]

Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips

I just love these! You can eat them as is, you can season them with your favourite spices and you can top just about anything with them, making them the pièce de résistance of any dish. Sweet potato’s composition is tricky. Lots of moisture, making it hard to crisp up […]

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

For the longest time I have been convinced that there is no way to make good sweet potato fries at home. One of my chef friends, who’s restaurant makes THE BEST sweet potato fries EVER, once walked me through all of the steps needed to get those fries crispy. And […]

Arugula Basil Pesto

This is my go to summer pesto. I love adding arugula and the kick it brings to the dish. Also, often arugula is easier to come by than basil in large quantities. With respect to nuts – you can use anything you have, including walnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower […]