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Lighter Pumpkin Pancakes

This recipe was inspired by the pumpkin pancakes from the Quinoa 365 cookbook, which are delicious and decadent, but are a pretty heavy breakfast. I've created this lighter healthier version based on the more traditional paleo pancakes I whip up quickly in my blender. 

Homemade Holy Crap Muesli

A whole-food breakfast that's high fiber and nutrient dense, not to mention quick and easy. Add it to yogurt and fruit or pour steamed milk over it and let it absorb some of the liquid and it's really good! Make a batch and keep it in a jar in the fridge - it'll keep for months. 

Grilled Asparagus and Portabellos

Light and flavourful, with an asian kick, this side will have you gobbling up your greens! Perfectly ripe asparagus is so tender, sweet and flavourful, especially when it's in season in the spring. The chewy mushrooms and light asian sauce add texture and flavour without being too heavy. 

Shaved Papaya Salad

This shaved salad combines delicate thai flavours - papaya, anise, red onion with lime and fresh herbs. Slightly sweet with a little bit of crunch, it's a nice variation from traditional western green salads. I like this salad best paired with seafood - fish or prawns. The flavours are light so it goes well with spicy or stronger sauces. 

Silky Chocolate Pie (Penelope's Passion)

Who doesnt' love chocolate, and this decadent dessert is full of chocolatey goodness! it's lighter than traditional cream-based chocolate pies, silky smooth in texture and doesn't involve any cooking! Also gluten-free and dairy-free :) Our family friend never eats desert, but she loved this one so much she had second helpings at Christmas and at Easter and requested that I name it Penelope's Passion!

Sweet Curried Butternut Squash

Sweet squash pairs wonderfully with curry, and this dish is always a hit at potlucks and dinner parties.  A lot of people tell me they like the idea of squash, but don't really know what to do with it - well this is a good place to start! Pair with a protein and simple green salad for a great balanced meal!

No-Cook Overnight Oats Two Ways

Now that spring has sprung it's ok to eat my cold version of oats in the morning, so I wanted to share this recipe with you! Oats are a power-breakfast: whole grains + soluble fiber beats any breakfast cereal, especially when you include some fresh fruit and good protein. But, one of the biggest troubles people tell me they have with breakfast is that they don't have time to cook in the morning. Solution? Make breakfast easy and delicious so all you have to do is grab and go before work. 

Simple Roasted Baby Potatoes

These crisp, colourful potato nuggets make a great side for anything from your Sunday roast to a casual weeknight meal. The whole cloves of roasted garlic give little pops of flavour that add to the dish, which I love. I've also included some ideas for additional flavours if you prefer your potatoes spiced up a little!

Smoothie Building 101

Smoothies are big these days, but how do you build a well-balanced smoothie? Some smoothies are really balanced and nutritious, but some end up really high in sugar, and packed with way more calories than we give them credit for! Follow these steps to ensure you have a well balanced smoothie that works as a meal or a snack, won't overload you with sugar, and packs a healthy dose of nutrients.