Cauliflower, Grape, and Lentil Salad – Spring

This salad caught my eye recently.  Now that it's spring I am starting to get back into eating more raw veggies and salads with leafy greens.  I tend to refrain from these colder foods during the winter months, but the cherry blossoms are now popping, so it's a sign!  This salad seemed like a great crossover for early in the spring with the cold raw leafy greens, and the warm curried cauliflower.  This is what's for dinner at my place tonight.  Insiders tip:  I will leave some of the ingredients separate so that my 7 yr old might try like roasted cauli, some leafy greens, lentils, and grapes.  A layered meal is how we roll when introducing new foods at my house. Enjoy!

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.