Turkey Quinoa Meatballs – Winter

This is one of my favourite meatball recipes, and when I serve it no one realizes it is egg and gluten free.  The meatballs always come out incredibly moist and flavourful.  They can be time consuming to make, so consider a double batch (although you might have to process in shifts if your run out of room).  They are always worth it!  These meatballs freeze very well, and are on a regular rotation in my home.  We often don't bother serving them with any pasta / grains and just eat them paired with some veggies.  Enjoy!

Oh She Glows 10 Spice Vegetable Soup – Fall

This has been a go to for me for a couple of years.  My 'selective' eater will eat it in combo with a nice fresh loaf of bread.  It freezes beautifully and is not too labour intensive.  If you are in a rush, chop the veggies in advance and you can have a quick weeknight meal.  I always add the chickpeas and along with the cashew cream, they provide some protein and healthy fat to increase the nutrient density of this meal.

Zucchini Noodles with Avo Pesto — Summer

If you grew up in the 80s, Zoodles referred to a canned tomato pasta dish with zoo animal shaped noodles.  Nowadays, it has a whole new meaning.  Most people referring to Zoodles are talking about spiralized zucchini in long noodle-like strands.  I finally broke down and purchased a Paderno spiralizer and I have been off to the races ever since.  So far I have only managed to spiralize zucchini, but a quick internet search shows me there are many more options!  Zoodles are a great grain free and gluten free pasta alternative.  They taste great, and hold up well to cooking and sauces.  I like them best raw or slightly sautéed in extra virgin olive oil.  They are a great way to indulge in the summer harvest, and are kid approved!  Yum!

Easy Creamy Homemade Almond Milk — Spring

In my house we do not drink liquid cow’s milk.  We usually try to rotate our non-dairy milks to avoid consuming too much of one specific option.  Store bought dairy milk alternatives are widely available in many varieties, but they do carry some ingredients that I am keen to limit (such as carrageenan, guar gum, and a whole lot of sugar).I finally got into a regular habit of making my own, almond milk and I was amazed at how easy it is!  My 4 yr old loves to help squeeze out the milk, and I’ve even caught him squeezing it into his mouth.  It lasts only a few days, so I make it in appropriate quantities, but it tastes great, and I know exactly what’s inside!  Enjoy…

Slow Cooker New Mexican Turkey Stew — Winter

When I went back to work full time I was gifted a slow cooker.  I didn’t even open it for a little while, not knowing what exactly to do with it…  Now that the days are cold and dark, and I am working more, the slow cooker is among my go to kitchen tools.  I make this stew with dark turkey meat is more nutritionally dense than white meat (also it is way more flavourful).  I lay off the chiles as my 4 yr old will be eating with me, and he is not a fan of spice.  This is a hearty, grounding, filling, and nutritious meal that can be ready for 5:30 even if I get home not long before.  Thank goodness for modern technology.

Coconut Sunflower Paleo Porridge — Fall

As the days cool off I start to turn from raw / cold meals to more warming and grounding foods.  A warm breakfast is a great way to start the day.  This porridge has lots of essential fats, protein, and fibre to balance blood sugar, keep energy levels stable, and help with balancing moods and building neurotransmitters (such as serotonin).  It is grain free so helpful for those who can’t tolerate oats and other cereal grains.  I love it topped with frozen berries from my summer harvest.  Enjoy!