Almond-Date Squares

I hope you like almonds because these (sugar-free, no-added fat) almond-date squares contain three forms of them. Almond meal from grinding the nuts, almond extract, and sliced almonds. It’s a party in your mouth, if you ask me. P.S. You can experiment with this recipe by substituting the raw almonds with other nuts. I made …

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Oatmeal-Flax Pancakes with Creamy Apple Sauce

I used to make these oatmeal pancakes every other weekend. Do you remember? I’d get up late, as usual, slowly make my way to the kitchen, and start making the batter as my body awoke. I knew the recipe by heart. I love how versatile pancakes are. They’re great with pretty much any topping in …

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Zucchini Spice Loaf with Toasted Coconut

    I’m constantly striving to find alternatives to sugar and I’m taking you for the ride. I hope you don’t mind. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with apple butter and so far I’m quite pleased. Sure, the end result is never as sweet as sugar or honey, but that was never the goal anyway. The …

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Turnip Frittata with Double Garlic

I was never a fan of turnips growing up. Its (sometimes) fibrous texture was a real turn-off. Given that my parents grew turnips in the garden, my mom served them regularly. That meant she often had serious convincing to do. It would go like this: “Mange tes navets. C’est bon pour la gymnastique.” “Eat your turnips. It’s …

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Blackberry-Ricotta Parfait with Steel-Cut Oats

  If seeing the word parfait made you think this recipe is unhealthy, think again. Let’s walk through this together. We’ve got ricotta cheese and plain yogurt, both low in fat and high in protein. We’ve got fresh mint and blackberries – no problem there – and we’ve got steel-cut oats, for whole-grains and fiber. All that naturally sweetened with maple …

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Spicy Braised Greens with Poached Egg

Spring is here! Every March, I get the recurring urge to grow stuff. Unfortunately, apartment living means that I’m limited to a balcony, so my dream of having a full blown vegetable garden has been on hold for many years.  When I moved into this place, I was thrilled to find a community garden right across …

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Healthy Maple Granola

    Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadian readers! What are you up to for the long weekend? I’m off to Toronto for a friend’s wedding. You might know that Action de Grâce is not really celebrated among French Quebecers. Actually, it’s not until I moved to Toronto in 2001 that I became aware of how different this holiday is …

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Overnight Bircher-Benner Muesli

Muesli was first created by Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867-1939), a Swiss physician who was a pioneer in natural nutrition. What is now being commercialized as muesli is not exactly what he had in mind. His formula is much lighter than the sugar-added grain and dried fruit mix you eat with milk, but it still gives you …

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Homemade Yogurt

Did you know that one of the bacteria used in yogurt was first discovered in Bulgaria (hence its name lactobacillus delbruecki bulgaricus)? In Bulgarian, yogurt is called kiselo mlyako, which translates to soured milk. Yogurt constitutes an integral part of Bulgarian cuisine. While in North America, it is most often consumed at breakfast, as a snack or a dessert, in …

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Banana-Buckwheat Pancakes

Perhaps I should have named this blog Craving Whole Grains. I do secretly wish I was an artisan baker, so I could promote the virtues of whole grains one loaf at a time. Sigh. Back to reality, you’ve probably noticed that I only use grains and flours that are unrefined in the recipes I make, …

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