Real Food

I believe the heart of the family beats in the kitchen. Food fuels our body and nourishes our soul.

I share here real food made using whole ingredients with big flavour, fresh herbs and health-boosting spices, all influenced by my roots in India and my travels. That’s what you will find here. But I’m also not one to spend hours in the kitchen, as you can tell from my healthy shortcuts and tips in every post. My kitchen is a little complicated — we have a number of food sensitivities in the family — so I tend to make food that is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and tomato-free. Often but not always.

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Good Food, Healthy Planet

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Decadent No-Waste Carrot Halwa

Of all the halwas that my mother makes, this used to be my least favorite. And then a few years ago, well after my 40th birthday, one day sitting at my mom’s dining table in India, something changed. I remember thinking, “Wow, how could I have ever disliked carrot halwa?” It’s not just the luxuriant, mellow flavours, it’s also that this dish is made with CARROTS. That’s it! Carrots. And if you’re a juicer, as in you juice vegetables every morning for a smoothie, you can even make this decadent dessert with spent, wrung-out, leftover carrots. Watch my TV segment,...
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All kinds of Stuffed Peppers

My mom used to make stuffed peppers for dinner all the time. Peppers are one of the veggies that grows quite easily and is available aplenty in season. She would stuff them with a mixture of spiced potatoes and then top with cheese. I loved the little bit of crispiness that a quick broil would bring to these stuffed peppers. So, when I started to make these peppers a few years ago I tried the recipe out with leftover rice and it worked like a charm to add a delightful crunch to every bite. Watch my TV segment, Cook Once,...
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Pink and Lovely Beet Raita

This pink-tinted, beet-forward raita has over the years become a steady favourite. It's absolutely gorgeous, impressive enough for company, and downright easy to make on a busy weeknight. Watch my TV segment, Cook Once, Eat Thrice, on CTV's The Social for tips about this recipe. Pink and Lovely Beet Raita 2 medium beets, skinned, roasted and finely chopped1 cup yogurt1/4 tsp cumin powder1/2 tsp salt to tastepinch of red chili powder, optionalwater to dilutemint leaves for garnish Whisk yoghurt to loosen it up. Stir in a little bit of water if needed to dilute the texture to make it a...
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Top 10 Foods to Stay Cool This Summer

food can either have a heating effect on our bodies or the reverse, a cooling effect. Here is my Ayurveda-Inspired list of Top 10 cooling foods this summer. There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of stew on a cold winter's night. It never fails to make me feel warm and cozy as the temperature drops. But with rising temps, the sun beating down and sweat trickling between the shoulder blades, a bowl of hot soup is probably the last thing on your mind. That's when you need something crisp and refreshing to cool the palate and the body....
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Masoor Daal Kebab | Red Lentil Fritters

An Indian classic, Masoor Daal Kebab is made with red lentils, steamed broccoli + turmeric! Split red lentils or Masoor Dal (dhuli) is one of the more underappreciated lentils in India. They have a delicate and sweet flavour, break down really fast during cooking and a simple, healthy, delicious meal can be ready in way less time than it takes to order takeout. Masoor Daal Kebab | Red Lentil Fritters with Turmeric and Broccoli (Vegan, DF, GF) For the Daal2 cups split red lentils1 cup water1/2 cup chopped shallots or mild red onions1/2 tsp turmeric1/2 tsp saltFor the Fritters | Kebab2 cups steamed...
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Rotisserie Chicken: Unexpected Weeknight Rockstar

Watch: CTV The Social — Rotisserie Chicken: The Unexpected Rock Star of Weeknight Dinners. Three meals that transform an accessible grocery staple into multiple weeknight dinners that taste great and benefit the health of people and the planet. Rotisserie chicken is a cheap and cheerful item that most people have on their shopping lists, after all it helps ease the stress around weeknight dinner, right? In this segment, I would like to share how this readily available grocery store staple can help transform our weekly routine and create soul-satisfying, mood-boosting meals using ingredients that have a lower environmental impact, protect personal...
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Chicken Soup

An easy way to use rotisserie chicken! Homemade, made from scratch chicken soup is blissful comfort cooking at its best. In this case, we are using the broth made earlier after shredding the rotisserie chicken, add in rice or barley from the night before. Transform this ordinary bowl into scrappy cooking at its best by using bruised carrots and wilted spinach and other greens from the bottom of the crisper and fresh window-sill herbs like basil and mint. Pasta works too. Serve with grilled cheese or garlic toast on the side. Homemade Chicken Soup (for the soul) 1 tbsp olive...
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Build-a-Chicken-Bowl

An exciting way to use rotisserie chicken! Inspired by a traditional Mexican breakfast that is normally served with eggs, my version of Chilaquiles are flavourful and comforting like the original but also easy to pull together on a busy weeknight. Without fail, this is a dish that will soothe and transport you to sunshine and warm skies. Make these with toasted tortillas soaked in a garlicky, cumin-scented tomato sauce, mix with black beans, top with shredded chicken and cheese along with a dollop of sour cream or yoghurt on top, and dinner is ready, on the table in <30 mins....
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Baked Chicken Chilaquiles

A great way to use rotisserie chicken! Inspired by a traditional Mexican breakfast that is normally served with eggs, my version of Chilaquiles are flavourful and comforting like the original but also easy to pull together on a busy weeknight. Without fail, this is a dish that will soothe and transport you to sunshine and warm skies. Make these with toasted tortillas soaked in a garlicky, cumin-scented tomato sauce, mix with black beans, top with shredded chicken and cheese along with a dollop of sour cream or yoghurt on top, and dinner is ready, on the table in <30 mins....
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Easy Salmon Recipe with Orange and Cilantro

Delicious salmon everyone loves! Salmon is on the menu in our home every couple of days. But there was a time when my kids thought fish was just “ewww.” That changed with this easy salmon recipe made with orange and coriander. My husband is a big meat and potatoes fan and so fish was rarely if ever on the menu. Since the kids came along a number of things have changed including our menu plans. And while they don’t agree on a number of things, the kids are united on one front – they love salmon. As a result this...
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Double Your Veggies with Sweet & Sour Broccoli Stir-Fry

Broccoli is often on top of my Good Mood Food list, and for good reason. It's rich in Vitamin C and fibre. It's great for our gut health and mental wellbeing. And best of all with the right combination of ingredients and technique, it can be totally delicious. Yes, this Sweet & Sour Broccoli stir-fry is exactly that — totally delicious. I'm a fan of broccoli. It's one of those veggies that can take a lot of spices and still holds on to its own texture and flavour. It's why you'll often see broccoli in one form or another on...
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Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

Save Your Watermelon Rinds and Orange Peels! Big on flavour but with few ingredients, this dish fully represents good food — food that tastes good and is good for us. In this dish with my earth-savvy tips and using food that would normally be thrown away like orange peels and watermelon rinds, we are doing our part to reduce food waste and support the planet. In addition, this sweet & spicy family favourite halves the meat, replacing with black beans to add in fabulous texture and flavour in what is already a new classic in our family. Sweet & Spicy...
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