Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots

2017-03-24 - Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots1I made this as a salad topping for this week – they were delicious! The salad had mixed greens, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, diced avocado and about 1/3 a cup of these roast carrots. Toss with a dressing of sesame oil and balsamic vinegar, and the whole thing was very filling.

There’s one tiny trick to roasting glazed carrots. You want the carrots to be fully roasted, but you don’t want the maple syrup to burn. The solution is to roast the carrots without the syrup, and then add it for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Easy!

For visual appeal, I used a crinkle chopper knife. This made everything bite-size and attractive. If you were to make these carrots for a fancy side dish, you could cut them into strips. Continue reading “Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots”


Red Lentil Hummus

hummusLike any health conscious person, I try to eat a lot of vegetables. Unfortunately, there are only so many carrot sticks I can eat before I swear I’m going to turn into a rabbit. To keep the rabbit syndrome at bay, I like to make healthy dips.

This week, I made hummus with red lentils and lots of garlic. It’s super easy to make and you can portion it out and keep in the fridge for quick grab & go lunch sides. 1/2 cup of dry red lentils makes a little more than 1 cup cooked, so one serving of this recipe is about 1/4 cup – plenty for all your cucumber and carrot stick needs. 😉 Continue reading “Red Lentil Hummus”

Banana Bread Chips

banana-chips1I had to call these “Banana Bread” chips, because calling them just “banana chips” would be doing them a disservice. I’ve had store-bought banana chips before and they were…ok, so I was totally amazed when I tried these and they tasted exactly like homemade banana bread with lemon glaze.

These are easy to make, there’s no sugar required and they vanish with shocking speed. 😀  I meant to bring some to work to get other people’s opinions… but they just didn’t last that long. Apologies to my co-workers – you guys missed out. 😉

I used a dehydrator to make these, but an oven on the lowest setting will work just as well. To keep things hassle free in the oven, use a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper.


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Apricot Red Lentil Soup

Apricot-red-lentil-soupA while ago I had “high tea” with a friend and her mother. (Hi N!) If you’ve never had high tea, I highly recommend it, it’s a great way to sample new foods and teas. One of the foods I instantly fell in love with was the red lentil and apricot soup. It sounds like a weird combination, but OMG it was delicious.

Sooo, I had to figure out how to make it. After much research and testing, I’ve come up with the recipe below. If you’d prefer a vegetarian version, feel free to use vegetable broth and omit the sausage. Both ways taste great. 🙂

Extras freeze well and can be reheated in a slow cooker on low.  Goes well with a bread roll.

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Homemade Pet Treats

Insert theme music from “Jaws” here.

My Kitchen Helper will be 19 years old next month. He’s turning into a sleepy old grump… except when there’s food. For treats, he’ll climb any leg, jump onto any sofa or run down any hallway to tackle, kill and eat whatever kibble dared attempt to escape.

Last week I decided to make liver treats for the grump. He said thank you by climbing my leg, gnawing my fingers, purring loudly and making sure I was completely coated in fur. Hey, it’s March and still kinda cold, so the provider-of-food should be kept warm so she can keep providing food.

Although this was made for my cat, this is a good treat for dogs too. It’s also much cheaper than the “fancy” liver treats you buy in the store, and you know for sure what’s in it. I keep any extra in the freezer so they last forever. To make sure they smell like treats, I warm them up either with the microwave for 5 seconds or between my palms. Continue reading “Homemade Pet Treats”

Easy Honeyed Apple “Cream Cheese” “Pastry”

apple-biscuitsI’ve been eating these for breakfast for a week and OMG what a treat.  They freeze well and warm up in the microwave easily – perfect for work.  My co-workers are jealous when they smell them…  😉

This is a sweet variation of the Quick Biscuits I posted last week. I wanted something easy for breakfast that tasted like it was off the diet radar.

The easy part is that they’re quick to make and you can make them ahead of time and freeze them.  The “yum” part is the honey and cardamom – they’re a nice hint of sweet and spice without being overwhelming.

The secret to the diet part is plain non-fat Greek yogurt; the extra thick yogurt cooks like soft cream cheese without all the extra calories. The other diet secret is that this uses biscuit dough instead of puff pastry. Trust me though, no one will notice. 😉

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Slow Cooker: Butternut Squash, Lentil and Gnocchi Casserole

gnocchi-casseroleI have no idea what else to call this but a casserole. It was an amalgamation of things I had in the fridge or freezer and it turned out really well. The parmesan kicks up the flavour, the red pepper and spinach pump up the visual appeal, and the creaminess of the squash contrasts nicely with the bread crumbs. It also happens to be healthy and easy, so bonus points all around. 🙂

I had some quick gnocchi that I’d made earlier and froze, and some roasted butternut squash (also made ahead of time and frozen). If you don’t have gnocchi handy, just skip it and serve with rice, and if you don’t already have some roasted squash, just toss it in the crock pot raw. Continue reading “Slow Cooker: Butternut Squash, Lentil and Gnocchi Casserole”