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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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Instant Pot Dulce de Leche aka Caramel

I've had the Instant Pot for a while now but it's only recently that I've actually started to have fun with it. This delicious, gooey Dulce de Leche, aka — caramel recipe is just that — fun! It also makes a fabulous hostess gift or a little bit of indulgence on a cold wintry evening. I promise I won't judge. What is Dulce De Leche? A caramelized sweetened condensed milk, dulce de leche literally means "sweet" of milk. It's popular around South America and often found in pies and flans and is also used as a base for a multitude of...
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Turkey Keema Matar Curry – Traditions Old and New

Keema Matar curry is a ground meat and peas curry that's very popular in South Asia. Traditionally in India, this slow-cooked dish is made with mutton and is served at special occasions. I have reworked the traditional recipe, taken a couple of shortcuts and used my favourite protein, turkey mince.  Make extra and freeze some of this turkey keema matar curry, and you will have two easy meals with the effort of one. Keema Matar curry can be spotted on Indian restaurant menus around the world. While popular across the South Asian sub-continent, you can trace this dish's roots back to the Mughal empire courts to a time...
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6 Genius Hacks to hosting a stress-free Diwali party

Diwali is a festive time for many people around the world. Homes are cleaned and decorated and lights are put up. Rangoli - coloured art with powder - is drawn on the floor to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Who doesn't want more of that? Food is a big part of the celebration. Communities and families come together to prepare traditional dishes to ring in this festival, and menus are decided well beforehand. Cousins and aunts and uncles all pull together, Diwali back in India is a collective effort after all.   So when I moved to Canada I...
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Apple Peda | Indian Sweet with a Canadian twist

Recently I was invited by the Ontario Apple Growers to visit apple farms around Toronto. On that day not only did I learn how hard Ontario farmers work to bring their fresh and local apples to city folk like us, I also learned how ideal the weather is in the Great Lake region for apple farming. So if you drive an hour out of Toronto you are likely to bump into a fruit orchard or two. Thanks to Karen Ahmed of Kravings Food Adventure for taking this picture.  Did you know that Ontario is the largest fruit-producing province in Canada? I...
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Warm Potato Salad | Potatoes with Fenugreek Leaves with an Instant Pot shortcut

If you've tasted butter chicken, you have eaten fenugreek leaves. The flavour is warm, slightly bitter and immediately transports you to the villages of India. This warm potato salad with turmeric and fenugreek leaves is my secret weapon. The flavours are perfect for chilly days when I yearn for Indian food but don't feel like putting in the effort into an entire meal. What is Fenugreek? The fenugreek plant is important in Indian cuisine and around the Middle East as well. The seeds and leaves (in fresh form and dry) are widely used in Indian dishes often with potatoes and...
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Choosing the Right Cooking Oil

For a long time, Canola was the oil of choice in my mom's kitchen in India. What I didn't know then was that it had likely been imported all the way from Canada. Choosing the right cooking oil is tough. In this article I share my four criteria for simplifying this decision.  Last month I was invited to attend a #CanolaConnect interactive culinary workshop organized by the team behind Canola Eat Well. The evening was spent learning the story behind Canola, how the oil is produced and of course its benefits. I was glad to have the company of other foodies and food...
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Packing a School Lunch For Kids

School at lunchtime is no fun. Ours is normally served in the gymnasium, a large smelly room with no air circulation. So I'm not surprised to hear that children are skipping eating lunch and lunch boxes are returning home unopened! Here are some tips to pack a school lunch for kids that they will actually eat!  Packing a School Lunch Kids spend 7+ hours in school, five days a week, and they need fuel to get through their day. A well-balanced meal is critical to not only provide energy but also to regulate moods. Did I win you over with...
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Instant Pot Meal Prep for the Week – 6 Meal Ideas and Tips

Meal prep is just one of the ways I stay sane. And when nothing else works as it should during the week, I know this – everybody is hungry at the end of the day. Since the Instant Pot came on the scene, my Sunday meal prep has become a whole lot more enjoyable….and speedy. Every Sunday afternoon I spend a couple of hours in the kitchen to get ready for the upcoming week. A little bit of preparation means I reduce my stress during the week. Less stress means less yelling, and school lunches and dinners are made easier...
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The Healthiest (and most delicious) Way To Cook Brussels Sprouts

Vegetables often get a bad rap. People tend to cook the hell out of them and then when the texture and flavour disappear, people grumble that they taste like nothing, and that kids don't like them. Duh! So I thought I will share with you how I got my kids to love brussels sprouts. My easy - 'cuz that's how I roll - and by far the healthiest way to cook brussels sprouts. This dish will inspire your kids to try this humble vegetable....and LOVE it. Mine do! Brussels sprouts is one of those vegetables that has over the years...
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5 Instant Pot accessories you need to buy….and 3 that you don’t

It took me a while to love my Instant Pot. But now that I do - truly, madly, deeply - comes the next big question. What accessories do I need to go with my favourite kitchen appliance? Instant Pot Accessories - Do you need them all? There a ton of options out there, and if you go onto one of the hundreds of Facebook forums you will see what I mean. But going through lists of other people's "top must-have Instant Pot Accessories," I wonder if I really need all this extra stuff in my kitchen. Just...
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7 Tips to Motivate Picky Eaters

Packing school lunches day in and day out is a tough job and if you're reading this you know you are stressing out about what your kids eat....or don't eat, every day. Add into the mix picky eaters and kids' lunch boxes returning home still full every day, and you need to read this. 7 tried and tested techniques that are (so far!) encouraging the picky eaters in my home. Motivating Picky Eaters My youngest used to be what most people would call a "good eater." She has my oldest as a role model afterall who has an adventurous palate. As...
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Easy Dinner Recipe With Red Lentils (Crispy Fritter Recipe)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored as part of the Lentils.org #GetPrepped #LoveLentils campaign. The opinion and narrative is all mine.  Dinner time driving you crazy and looking for an easy dinner recipe? Cooking a wholesome and delicious meal is easy when you have lentils in your pantry. Double the ingredients in this crispy lentil fritters recipe and your kids can enjoy it for school  lunch or even a quick weeknight meal. I enjoy cooking. I love the act of making nutritious and delicious dishes and then watching my family tuck in. But I'm not one to spend hours in the kitchen,...
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