Orzo Salad with Herbs

Orzo Salad with Herbs

When the weather gets warmer I am craving salads. I was inspired to make this Orzo Salad with Herbs after eating a similar one at a local food store. It's expensive to buy and you don't get a lot of it. My recipe makes a big batch. My son brings it to school with a side of protein like chicken or hard boiled eggs. For lunch today I served this salad on top of healthy greens: spinach and kale. If you never bought kale you should, it's one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!

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Chocolate Energy Balls

Chocolate Energy Balls


These energy balls are ready in less than 10 minutes. Prepare a batch on Monday and you will have a snack ready, in the fridge, all week. I like to eat one of these as a pre-workout snack. It's also nice to satisfy your sweet tooth after a meal. In this recipe I have one secret ingredient in them and it's red lentils. You can't see or taste them but they add nutritional value to this treat. I like protein packed snacks. I am using cooked, mashed dates to add sweetness and dark chocolate chips.

Feel free to experiment and replace the chocolate chips with dried fruits and top your energy balls with coconut flakes. 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

We still have a week to shop for our family and friends for Christmas.

I am sharing with you my Holiday Gift Guide 2016.


COOKBOOKS:

Lemon Cookbook
Lemon is a cookbook written by Isabelle Lambert from Les Gourmandises d'Isa.  I have been following her blog for years and all of the recipes that I have tried from Isabelle have been a hit in my house. In this cookbook you'll have 100 delicious recipes using this fragrant and essential fruit. You will find recipes for appetizers, main courses, sides dishes as well as desserts and drinks.

Get your copy at Amazon.




Ricardo Slow Cooker Cookbook

I said it many times on this blog that I like Ricardo's recipes. I tried some of his slow cooker recipes and they were all delicious.  He is back with another slow cooker cookbook, Slower is Better: From a Taco Fiesta to Chocolate Pudding Cakes. This would be a perfect gift for a busy person, a student, a new mom and everybody on your list. 

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Old-Fashioned Doughnuts Recipe

Old-Fashioned Doughnuts Recipe

On Sunday my three children were home and we had a nice brunch together. We then spent the afternoon making Old-Fashioned Doughnuts. At this time of the year, I crave holiday food. I like to listen to Christmas music and bake. Creating delicious comfort food and having my two hands in dough is so therapeutic for me, and the smell of baked goods reminds me of childhood memories.

Years ago, I would make these doughnuts with my cousin Michel, it was our own tradition. Since he passed away, I miss it and I am so thankful that I can bake and cook with my children now. I hope we continue this tradition for years to come of baking together for the Holidays!

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Green Juice Recipe

Green Juice

I spent the past two weeks traveling. My husband sent me a message from Norway, two Saturdays ago, to tell me to book a ticket for the next day. He was in Stavanger for a business trip and his boss told him that he had to spend one more week working over there. I had less than 36 hrs to plan and pack my suitcase for my trip. I spent seven days in Stavanger. The weather was very nice and warm, the locals told us that it was unusual for this time of year. We even had the chance to walk on Sola beach one night. After my week in Norway, we went to Quebec City for four days. My son had a conference and we decided to drive him and take a vacation. I always liked Old Quebec City, it's so charming. 

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Let's work together to STOP Illegal Tobacco!

Growing up, I remember going to family gatherings and entering houses full of smoke. At the time, everyone around me was a smoker, except my dad. We grew up in a smoke-free house but it was not the case for the rest of my family. Since my dad had 14 brothers and sisters, during the holidays there were a lot of people smoking. My grandpa would sit by the wood stove and light one cigarette after the other. Around the age of fifteen, I smoked my first cigarette, and for a couple of years I became a social smoker. I am glad that I quit smoking for good before my three kids were born. I remember going to the corner store, not being of legal age, and being able to buy a pack of cigarettes. The cashier would never ask us for ID.

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Chicken Curry with Red Peppers and Coconut Milk Recipe

Chicken Curry with Red Peppers and Coconut Milk Recipe

This Chicken Curry with Red Peppers and Coconut Milk is delicious. I like to serve this dish over basmati rice. It does not take long to prepare and much better than take-out. Curry is always better the next day because the spices continue to release flavour overnight. This curry freezes well but make sure that you eat it within three months. We like to bring this meal when we go camping. I freeze the curry in small portions with the rice. After a day of hiking it's always nice not to have to cook and to have a gourmet meal for supper. This recipe is from Ricardo. Most of his recipes have been a keeper for us.

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15 Must Try Strawberry Recipes

One of my favorite summer fruit is strawberry. Not too far from my home there is a small vegetable/fruit stand along the road. They have strawberries from Île-d'Orléans until September. They are the most tasty strawberries that I had ever tasted. Enjoy these 15 strawberry recipes:

Maple & Strawberry Galette

Maple & Strawberry Galette - In Search of Yummy-ness


Strawberry Nectarine Smoothie

Strawberry Nectarine Smoothie  - Real Food by Dad



Strawberry, Lime and Mint Infused Water


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#MPChickenHero Twitter Party and Contest

Did you know that since 1992, Chicken Farmers of Canada has served nearly 10,000 sandwiches on Canada Day? This happens every year at the Great Canadian Chicken BBQ at Major's Hill Park in Ottawa.

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Weekend Links

Tulips Ottawa

Last Monday I decided to spend the day at Major's Hill Park to take pictures of the tulips. We have over a million tulips in the National Capital Region, in 50 varieties. It was a relaxing day to stroll along this beautiful area. I like to walk around and admire the various colours and views.

Here's a link to some of my pictures on Flickr.

LIFE:
This weekend I will be walking the 10k with my son at the Ottawa Marathon. My sister and brother will also be running. The reason I'm walking is that I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knee. The specialist does not want me to run. Since it is a degenerative disease there is not much I can do about it. I can't wait to participate but I'm nervous because I know that it will not be easy on my knee.

Some of you may know that I have been a volunteer at my local food bank for years. On Wednesday, I visited the Ottawa Food Bank, where they talked about their Community Harvest Program. One part of the program is that they grow their own crops specifically for donations. They have a new, seven-acre site at Black Family Farm and they need volunteers. If you are interested in helping you can find the information here

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Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins Recipe

banana chocolate chips muffins

I have been using this recipe for Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins for years, it's a family favorite. Today, I bought ripe bananas at a discounted price at the grocery store. It's amazing what you can do with bananas!

Try these recipes, they are triple-tested and so delicious:

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Shakshuka with Red Peppers and Cumin

Shakshuka with Red Peppers and Cumin

I work from home and I enjoy making meals from scratch three times a day. I also like to eat a variety of things throughout the week. As much as I can, I challenge myself to try new recipes and to include healthy and vegetarian meals, as much as I can. It's not always easy to do so because my family likes to have meat for lunch and supper, I often end up making two recipes for our dinners. For breakfast and lunch, I find it easier when everyone makes what they want to eat. It saves me time in the kitchen.

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