Nicole MacPherson: Meatless Mummy Con Carne

Sep
22
2016

Crispy Pan-Fried Chickpeas

A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO ADD PROTEIN TO ANY MEAL

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If you search this blog for the word "chickpeas" you will get a lot of results. It's no secret how much I love chickpeas; I'm always experimenting with them and writing about them and making big heart eye emojis at them. They're so versatile, inexpensive, and easy to store - not to mention that they are high in fibre, protein, and iron. Plus, they're shaped like little butts. What could be better?

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Sep
14
2016

Read This: The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

The truth behind the fairy tale of Romanian Gymnast Nadia Comaneci

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

When I was nine, my friend Melissa and I watched Nadia, a made-for-television movie about the Romanian gymnastic prodigy, Nadia Comaneci. We would watch it over and over on her VCR, laboriously rewinding our favourite parts, and then we would run to her backyard and play at being Nadia in the 1976 Olympics. Melissa was an actual gymnast, whereas I could only really turn a somersault, but no matter.

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Sep
07
2016

Oatmeal Snack Bars

A SNACK THAT WILL FUEL YOU

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Well, here we go - jumping with both feet into September. In my house, we are juggling two different schools with two very different start and end times, intenstified karate practices for both boys, requests for school volunteers, and the usual increased work load that September tends to bring. Oh, and did I mention I'm in the thick of yoga teacher training? I am. 

It is a busy, busy season, but I'd much rather be busy than bored, wouldn't you? Fortunately for me, there's no chance of that happening. 

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Aug
29
2016

Facing My Fears in the Kitchen, One Pie at a Time

CAN SHE BAKE A CHERRY PIE? YES, SHE CAN.

Best Cherry Pie Ever | YummyMummyClub.ca

I remember it clearly, from my junior high home economics days: Miss H, with her Dorithy Hamill haircut, her home-sewn brown smock dress, and her sensible shoes was teaching us the basics of baking. Pie pastry, she said, is very tricky and you need to be an experienced baker to make it.

What I heard was Do Not Attempt.

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Aug
17
2016

Chewy, Nut-Free High Protein Granola Bars

THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS LOVE...AND LENTILS

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I have two tween boys, and the sheer volume of food that they can put away really makes me fear for the teen years. What is going to happen when they hit their real growth spurt?  We go through snacks like nobody's business around here, and because of my reluctance to purchase many packaged items, I am always baking something for them to nosh on. Lately I've been focused on making snacks that are high in protein, so the boys are satisfied for more than twenty minutes at a time and so I can go for more than one day between baking marathons.

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Aug
10
2016
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Where I live, it has been a rainy, cold summer. I have been inundated with photos of friends in other parts of the country, in pools and waterparks, trying to keep cool during these past few hot months. I will admit to feeling pangs of jealousy, as I turn on the oven to make pizza, not being concerned if the house temperature goes up a few degrees, because I am wearing fuzzy slippers and a long-sleeved shirt.

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Aug
04
2016

Magically Delicious Chunky Monkey Bites

When you're GOING BANANAS FOR BANANAS

Your kids will go bananas for this chocolate covered frozen treat that makes the perfect little snack. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

"Wow," said the lady behind me at the grocery store. "You must really like bananas."

I smiled and said, "I guess I do!" as I piled six bunches on the checkout counter. 

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Jul
14
2016

Use These 5 Meal Planning Tips This Summer and Everyone Gets Fed

IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE HEAT, FOLLOW THESE STEPS FOR SUMMER DINNER BLISS

Making Summer Meal Planning Easy | YummyMummyClub.ca

I know how it is; I really do. Summer can be packed with activities; maybe the kids are at camp while you're frantically trying to get your work done in time to pick them up, maybe you spent the day at the splash pad with a preschooler and a toddler and now feel like you're on the verge of collapse, maybe you took the tweens to the amusement park and you feel like you lost your mind in the process. It's hot, you're sweaty, and the last thing you feel like doing is making dinner. 

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Homemade_Ranch_Dressing | YummyMummyClub.ca

Every once in a while, a new plant-based product comes around that piques my interest. Normally, I'm fairly immune to the charms of packaged foods proclaiming that they are vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, high in fibre, high in protein, high in iron, chock-full of Vitamin C, Omega-3-enriched, and/ or filled with magical unicorn dust and granulated rainbows. But every now and then, something catches my eye and I feel the need to try it.

The other day I was at the grocery store, and I noticed this product:

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Etta and Otta and Russell and James | YummyMummyClub.ca

I admit, I'm a sucker for a good debut novel, and I'm especially partial to those that keep me guessing.

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This recipe was born from two very different dining experiences, in two very different places. 

Last year my husband and I were in Las Vegas, celebrating a friend's 50th birthday with three other couples. The guys were out doing manly things (car racing) while us ladies hung out by the pool. We ventured inside to grab some lunch and I had the most incredible arugula and quinoa salad, with slices of sundried tomatoes. I thought about that salad incessantly for months after and tried to recreate the dressing, without huge success.

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Jun
07
2016

Roasted Potato Salad With Avocado Dill Dressing

SERIOUSLY THE BEST POTATO SALAD YOU WILL EVER EAT

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If there's one thing I've learned in life, it is that people have strong feelings about potato salad. Here's the thing: I have never liked potato salad. I do not like boiled potatoes, and COLD boiled potatoes are even worse. It doesn't matter what kind of dressing is used or what else is in the salad, I have a very strong aversion to it. This has caused much angst for the people in my life who do like potato salad, and who want to convert me.

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May
31
2016
Gorilla Killed after child falls in enclosure | YummyMummyClub.ca

Several years ago, an intoxicated man snuck into the Calgary Zoo after hours and climbed into the Siberian tiger enclosure. The man scaled a 15 foot fence, complete with barbed wire, and then jumped over the second safety fence so that he was directly next to the tiger enclosure. The startled tiger snagged the man's arm with his claw, which resulted in a loss of that arm.

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May
18
2016

Skor Bar Layer Cake

Skor Big with your family!

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A few weeks ago I was in my favourite local grocery store, and I noticed they had a number of items on sale in the "Baking Needs" aisle. I am a person who loves to bake and who also likes a good sale - I may or may not save my grocery receipts just to show my husband and/ or mother just how much I received in promotional discounts on any given day. What can I say, I like praise.

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May
10
2016

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos With Avocado Cream

IN THIS CASE, "TACOS" JUST MEANS TACOS

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Okay. So I'm not the hippest girl in town. I'm not always down with the scene, I still say things like "That's the bomb!" like it's still 2009 and "It's steeped!" a la the un-hip mom in that old Tim Hortons' commercial.

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May
04
2016
Confessions of a Pulled-Together Mom | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know those moms who look totally put together at school drop-off? The ones who are wearing coordinated, stylish outfits, with blow-dried hair and lip gloss? The ones wearing wedge heels at the playground; I repeat, heels at the playground, for the love of god?

Don’t you hate those women? I mean, how much time do they have on their hands anyway? Who has time to doll themselves up like that for school drop-off? Can they hear their children crying for them over the sound of the blow dryer?

I have a confession to make: I am one of those moms.

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Apr
29
2016

The World Looks Bleak and Grim Without a Dyson Hair Dryer

SOMETIMES YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING IN LIFE UNTIL IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was uncharacteristically offline for a while yesterday, and when I finally logged in, I discovered something incredible and life-altering.

You know how you don't realize that something's missing in your life until that something is right in front of you? That's how I feel about the new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.

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Apr
20
2016

Balsamic Glazed Baked Tofu

TOFU: THE FRIEND YOU WANT AT YOUR PARTY

Balsamic_Glazed_Baked_Tofu_With_Grilled_Vegetables | YummyMummyClub.ca

Tofu. It gets a bad rap, doesn't it? In my experience, one mention of tofu and people around you act like they just saw a mouse in your kitchen. "Ew! Tofu!"

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Apr
06
2016
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I absolutely love pasta. Pasta Night happens weekly at my house, and it is one of my favourite nights of the week. For one thing, pasta is quick and easy to prepare, and for another, everyone in my family loves it. You just cannot get better than that!

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