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Oven Roasted Kale Chips

Kale Chips ready for the oven

I confirmed what I had always believed about myself this past month. I am a stress eater. I threw caution into the wind and settled into a December filled with chips, doughnuts and other fried foods. Let’s not forget the countless desserts and copious amounts of bread that I ate either.

But with 2012 behind me and 2013 and an unacceptable scale reading facing me in the mornings, I am getting back on track with more reasonable food choices. So, I thought that the first thing I would share with you is my new potato chip substitute, Kale Chips.

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Cauliflower Rice

I think that cauliflower is an amazing vegetable. You know how every time you turn around the media is boasting the benefits of a new super fruit (Açaí Berries, Blueberries, Pomegranates, Pineapple, etc), but rarely do you hear the call of a new super vegetable.

Now, I don’t know if this is because all vegetables have been discovered or that we already know that vegetables are awesome, but I want to throw it out there that cauliflower is our super vegetable of choice.

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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I spent this Saturday taking a cooking course from Le Cordon Bleu.  The ingredient du jour was pumpkin and other fall harvest vegetables (spaghetti squash and butternut squash).  I was very excited to take this class, as I love cooking with pumpkin.

The class didn’t disappoint!  I came home with Béchamel topped ham stuffed with pumpkin and Emmental cheese and spaghetti squash topped with Alfredo sauce.  Needless to say, I consumed a lot of cream, cheese and butter this weekend 😉

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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Appetizer, Baking, Candy, Leftovers

 

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Curried Carrot Dip

I had a bag of carrots in the fridge that I was supposed to use to make a soup, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. I am normally not a big fan of carrots, unless I am using them to dip into homemade hummus. Hmmmm, dipping carrots into hummus, I wonder if I can make carrots into a dip? Of course I can! Anything is possible, especially when you have a large collection of cooking magazines to browse through 🙂

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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

I am back with yet another Hummus recipe 🙂  I still can’t believe that I used to buy this pre-made.  It is so easy to make yourself.  I must have thrown hundreds of dollars away on prepared product.  Yikes!

I was in the grocery store, when I saw a jar of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes.  The idea struck me to make this into a delicious hummus, and to incorporate some of the oil from the jar of tomatoes into the mix.

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Appetizer, Condiments, Hummus, Lemons

 

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Black Bean & Corn Salsa

When Cherie gave me her guest post for Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies, it dawned on me that I haven’t shared with you my world famous Black Bean & Corn Salsa Recipe. Now I say world famous, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But, this salsa is quite popular among our friends and co-workers. It is a pot-luck staple that I have been making for over seven years.  Everytime I bring this to a party, people want the recipe!

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Potato and Bacon Salad

One more salad recipe!  Since summer is still with us for a few more weeks before we fall into September, I thought that I should offer up another staple for your salad repertoire.

Potato salad is one of those things that everyone has their favourite recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation.   There are so many variations: Chunky or Creamy; Skins On or Off; Eggs or No Eggs; Pickles or No Pickles.

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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Appetizer, Bacon, Salads, Side Dishes

 

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ever since I have discovered how incredibly easy it is to make your own hummus, I have been making it on a pretty regular basis.  Store bought hummus used to be a staple in my grocery cart, but now that has changed and my new go-to grocery store item is a can of chick peas.  I have a reserve in the pantry, so I can satisfy that hummus craving any time I want!

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Black Bean & Caramelized Onion Curry Dip

*Just looking at the title lets you know that this is going to be pretty flavourful! 🙂

I love to dip. There, I said it. There is something just so fun and carefree about standing around and dipping your vegetables, crackers or pita bread into a communal dip (No double dipping allowed!). Get togethers just wouldn’t be complete without an assortment of dips to share and enjoy.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Appetizer, Condiments, Curry

 

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Spicy Hummus

Now that the weather is nice, it is time to start to think about BBQ’s, picnics and the many types of food that go along with these outdoor events. Fresh vegetables are always a favourite of mine, but sometimes just eating raw vegetables gets a little boring. I find myself scouring the picnic table looking for something to dip my cucumber slice into. Then I see it – Hummus!

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