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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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Vietnamese-Style Pho: comfort food that my kids love

The weather is cooling down and that means soup's often on the menu in our home. And with kids who have opposite tastes, I'm always experimenting with delicious AND healthy soup recipes that the entire family will enjoy. Recently I discovered Pho. Pronounced - fuh - it is one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes, right up there with Banh Mi. If you knew my past addiction to these Vietnames sandwiches you would know how much I love Pho. A hearty soup with rice noodles, a light broth topped with herbs, fresh vegetables and tofu - what's not to love. And with the...
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Yellow Lentils | Moong Daal | Easy Lentil Recipe

WATCH: EASY LENTIL RECIPE FEATURED ON APRIL 24 SESSION OF THE SUNDAY COOKING CLUB. Protein is such an important part of our diets. It helps build muscle, keeps us full, longer, and helps build a strong healthy body. But those are just a few of the reasons I'm a big fan of lentils. Yes, they are a rich source of plant-based protein but they are also DELICIOUS and easy to cook. My version of yellow moong daal is an easy lentil recipe made from ingredients that you may have already and it that makes for a filling, family-friendly meal. Dal...
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4 Easy Homemade Diwali Sweets and Snacks

As a child, the festival of Diwali was always about the celebration of food, friends, shopping and of course Lakshmi Pooja. Praying to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity is a big part of this festival.  And because India is such a diverse country there are many stories surrounding Diwali.  Communities around the world have their own traditions but the one common thread is delicious food. Diwali sweets form a big part of the celebration. I remember how a few days before the start of the big festivalmy mom would make festive treats to share with friends and family. ...
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Simple (and Delicious) Candied Pumpkin Seeds

You know the word "hangry" - I think it was made for me. I get angry when I'm hungry, and my mom knew the best way to handle that. Snacks! Growing up my mom always made sure there were enough snacks around the kitchen, and they were usually the healthy kind - mostly roasted nuts and salted chickpeas. There was also always fresh fruit in the fridge. Watermelon and cantaloupe were popular during the warm Indian summer months. But they served another purpose. Towards the end of the season, my mom would start saving the seeds. She would spread them...
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Festive Favourite: Rustic Indian Peda With Roasted Pistachios

Diwali is around the corner and there is much to love about this festival. New clothes, fun with friends and family, the feasting, and of course the fireworks. This season is a big celebration for more than a billion people around the world, and though there are many stories connected around this festival the main theme is always the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness. It is also considered a great time for new beginnings and many communities in India celebrate the Hindu New Year. My hubby and I have lived away from India for many years...
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Roasted Acorn Squash With Goat Cheese, Mushrooms and Rice

My mom makes some of the most delicious food I've EVER eaten. As a child I remember being drawn in by the aroma into the kitchen, and wondering what was on the menu that day. And you could bet it would be something fresh and delicious. Surprisingly even though I lived in India my favourite was always Continental cuisine. The phrase 'from the continent' is a reference to mostly English cuisine that has been re-worked over the years to suit the Indian palate. England's colonization of India has been rightfully assigned a lot of blame but I consider Continental cuisine one of it's blessings...
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Three-Cheese Baked Jalapeño Poppers

I like my food hot! If the dish isn't spicy then I look for heat on the side. Even hot sauce usually isn't enough, and it's chilli peppers all the way. Oh Yes! Hot IS my favourite flavour by far. And when I saw these babies at my local super market I knew I had to have them. Fresh from a local farm not far from Toronto, these chillies hadn't spent very long on a truck so I knew they would be full of flavour and nutrients. Sadly I didn't have a plan for them. And after a few days of crunching...
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19 All-Season Homemade Burger Toppings

Summer is over! I noticed it Sunday night when I saw the maple tree in our neighbour's yard get a hint of autumn colour. One of my favourite things during the all-too-brief warm summer months is eating outdoors - whether it's picnics by the lake or just BBQ in the backyard. And while there's a lot of barbecuing that can't be done as the weather cools down, there's no reason to give up on burgers. And I know my burgers. I've tried many varieties out there - beef, fish, chicken, lentil, soy, mushroom patties etc. There was also that time when my...
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Comfort Cooking: Vegetable Pilaf Topped With Crispy Brussels Sprouts

I love to cook and try out new recipes, techniques and flavours but only if I know my kids will eat what is put in front of them. That's a tall order and it's even more of a battle on days when there are only vegetables on the menu. Thankfully there are a few vegetables that my kids will eat with only a little cajoling. Carrots and Brussels sprouts are top of the list. This quick and easy rice dish incorporates these two headliners in a delicious one-pot meal that is perfect for rushed weeknights or when you crave comfort on...
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#CleanYourFridge Fried Rice

Exactly what the title says. This dish is perfect for those weeknights when you open your fridge and stare blankly at the shelves. A dish that you can throw everything at or make your own special tweaks if you're in the mood, and the end result will be lip smacking. It also comes in handy on days when open suitcases and clothes and favourite toys and books cover every empty surface in our family room. Long flights with kids to the other end of the world suck in so many levels. I start making my lists and prepare ferociously for our annual...
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Gluten-Free & Crispy Eggplant Fritters

Indian cuisine has a long and interesting history of cooking with obscure vegetables. That makes sense when you realise that more than half the nation is vegetarian. From bitter gourd and apple gourd to snake squash, there is a recipe out there that is undoubtedly full of flavour, wholesome and unmistakably spicy. Eggplant or as it's known in the rest of the world, aubergine is unusual on the menu in North America but is an integral part of Indian food. This humble and long under-appreciated vegetable is low in calories, and high in dietary fibre and antioxidants. It is one...
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15 Meal Prep Ideas To Help You Survive The Week

Scarface and the hyenas had it right in "The Lion King" as they sang "Be Prepared." Planning is the key to survival especially in the summer! Many moms agree meal preparation is cumbersome, and with 3 meals and 2 snacks to prep and cook every day it can be a blessing if done right. And with lunch boxes and brown bags and kids underfoot, there isn't always enough patience to go around. With two kids of different ages and interests, I need a plan to tackle the holidays and the back to school rush. Realistic meal prep ideas are top...
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