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.

Homemade tomato sauce | Meal Prep hacks | Maple and Marigold
Meal Prep with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce as a meal hack? When I first made it, it almost seemed too easy. “It’s just tomato sauce,” I thought! Stay with me for a moment here. Simmered with spices like fennel, turmeric and garlic, this sauce is full of flavour and is so good for our health. Prep it on Sundays […]

Squash and Lentil Curry | Maple and Marigold
Squash and Lentil Curry Recipe

For as long as I can remember, Kaddu ki Sabzi {traditional Indian squash curry} has been a staple in our home. This recipe is my version of squash and lentil curry. It is big on flavour, uses pantry staple lentils and makes a delicious and wholesome one-pot meal. Traditionally, Kaddu ki Sabzi is a sweet, […]

Assortment of seeds
What’s the Deal with Seeds?

They say that good things come in small packages. And no ingredient is smaller than the topic of this post – seeds! But don’t let their size fool you. These tiny seeds are full of energy and have incredible health benefits. And you don’t have to eat a large quantity to take advantage of those […]

Super Simple Tahini Dressing | Good Mood Foods | Maple and Marigold
Super Simple Tahini Dressing

I love quick recipes that use healthy ingredients and work for family dinners in a variety of ways. This simple tahini dressing is just that – easy to make, simple to customize and oh so delicious on just about everything. What is Tahini? Tahini is a paste made with sesame seeds, ground and then stored […]

What's the deal with Barley | Good Mood Foods | Foods that Heal | Maple and Marigold
What’s the Deal with Barley?

In India Barley is a widely popular whole grain under its Hindi name Jau but I wasn’t familiar with it till years after I moved to the other side of the world to Canada. And even then I wondered, “What’s the Deal with Barley?” What is Barley? Well, it’s a grass that grows and looks […]

Seriously Delish Quinoa Salad Recipe | Good Mood Foods | Maple and Marigold
Seriously Delish Quinoa Salad

Quinoa often has a “health food vibe” that puts many meat and potatoes kind of people off. This recipe though that I call my seriously delish quinoa salad is not only well, delicious, it also elevates this often underappreciated food to one that kids and adults will love. Quinoa is a pantry staple in my […]

Ingredient - Quinoa
What’s the Deal with Quinoa

Raise your hand if Quinoa was not in your vocabulary, let alone in your pantry till a few years back. Raise your hand if this still feels like a mystery ingredient, even after you have eaten it multiple times in restaurants. Somehow, it tastes better or more exotic in a restaurant setting. Many of us […]

Barley Pulao Recipe | Good Mood Foods | Foods that Heal | Maple and Marigold
Barley Pulao

Barley is an awkward food, right? I never know how to “sell” it to my kids. But once I started cooking with it there has been no turning back. If this whole grain is as new to you as it was for me then start with this pot barley recipe. Barley pilaf (or as I […]

Simple Tuna Salad Recipe | Maple and Marigold
Simple Tuna Salad

Canned tuna has been a pantry staple for as long as I can remember but in the beginning, it took me a while to get used to this humble ingredient. What did help was how my kids took to it, and this simple tuna salad became one of their favourite lunches. Canned fish comes in […]

Homemade Baked Beans| Instant Pot Baked Beans | Maple and Marigold
Homemade Baked Beans {Instant Pot Beans}

Baked Beans make for a delicious quick meal or an even better side dish. Here is my version of traditional, English Baked Beans, made somewhat speedily, in an Instant Pot. My Dad loved Baked Beans on toast. It might have been his English boarding school upbringing or perhaps because the beans straight out of a […]

Golden Salmon Patties with Oats
Golden Salmon Patties with Oats

Canned Fish is a pantry staple in our home for a number of reasons. Tuna, sardines and of course salmon, the options are endless. These salmon patties are imho the most delicious and easy way to use canned fish. It is my version of a traditional shami kebab made with canned salmon instead of meat. […]

Pantry Staple Lentils | Maple and Marigold
Lentils: What’s the Deal with Dal?

Millions of us grew up eating dal or lentils on the Indian subcontinent. Lentils are such a huge part of the staple Indian diet that no meal is complete without them. But when you eat something everyday, how do you make it interesting? I wondered aloud while writing this post. And pat came the reply, “By […]

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