Entries by teresa

Whole Grain Banana Bread

When bananas get a little brown to eat out of the peel, simply pop them in the freezer to save for making banana bread (or smoothies!). You can freeze them in the peel or peeled in a freezer bag. By using whole grains, healthy fats and less sugar, banana bread is a treat you can […]

Love the Earth!

April 22nd is Earth Day and what better way to show your appreciation for our beautiful planet than by minimizing waste. We throw away billions of dollars worth of food each year, despite the fact that so many people in this world, including here in British Columbia, are going hungry. During this unusual time of […]

Stuffed Mushrooms

Kids can cook! Engaging them in the kitchen, as early as possible, helps to set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating, by increasing their food literacy and confidence in cooking. Start by getting them to participate in the menu planning and grocery list so they have some choice over what they’re making.  These […]

Managing Isolation

It’s been 4 weeks of social distancing due to COVID-19, and although the days blur together, they are each also different. I wanted us to develop a routine, but it hasn’t evolved as expected. I already do most of my work from home (blog and recipe writing, online facilitation and now teaching) so I’m so […]

Stinging Nettle Soup

Stinging nettle is a plant that emerges in the spring throughout the forests of BC and has been used by our indigenous communities for centuries. The ‘sting’ comes from tiny needles on the plant that contain an acid that irritates our skin. Gardening gloves must be worn for harvesting but once nettles are cooked, the […]

Spring Holidays & Celebrations

Spring is a time of rebirth and regeneration and many cultures around the world start it off with important celebrations. In this time of homeschooling, consider a World Cultures class and learn about celebrations and rituals in other cultures and religions. Besides just reading about them, try making a traditional recipe from that culture, to […]

Hug in a Mug

This ‘tea’ is made using all the whole spices in your cupboard and is such a fantastic way to finish a meal. Serves 2-4 5 black peppercorns 3 allspice berries 1 tsp fennel seeds ½ tsp cardamom seeds 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 3 whole cloves Chamomile flowers (or a chamomile tea bag) Combine […]

Spice it up!

The key to keeping meals exciting and avoiding food ruts is a great spice cupboard. But spices and herbs aren’t just for building flavour, they also have numerous health benefits, like antioxidant properties that help fight disease in our bodies. Spices are the seeds from a plant whereas herbs are the leaves and in some […]

Tofu Jerky

Jerky is a method of preserving a protein food, so it doesn’t need refrigeration, and has been used for centuries around the world with all types of meat. This tofu jerky uses plant-based protein and more modern-day appliances like the oven (or a dehydrator) as opposed to wind-drying or smoking, but still makes for something […]

Spring…Break in those Hiking Shoes!

What a wonderful time to see all the beauty BC has to offer! Hiking is such a great way to get some fresh air, move our bodies and spend time together as a family. There are thousands of hikes in our province, for all level of hiker. So pick a destination, pack a lunch and […]