Nicole MacPherson: Meatless Mummy Con Carne

In baked goods, eggs are used as a binder, emulsifier, and a thickening agent. But what do you do if you are unable to eat eggs? Flax "eggs" are a great substitute for the real thing and they are very simple to make. Use one flax "egg" as a one-for-one substitute for recipes that call for up to three eggs. Flax "eggs" (flegs?) work particularly well in loaves, cookies, and cakes. If you find that your baked good is not rising as much with a flax "egg," increase the amount of baking powder in the recipe by 1/2 teaspoon.  

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Jun
17
2017

3 Best Juice Recipes For Detoxing And Cleansing

A DO-IT-YOURSELF JUICE CLEANSE FOR "POST-VACATION INDULGENCE SYNDROME"

Juice cleanses and detoxes are all the rage these days, but they seem especially ubiquitous coming up to the summer season. Generally, I am a person who believes in everyday clean and healthy eating and good food choices with only occasional indulgences, which really negate the need for a detoxifying cleanse.

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It's difficult to make good choices while hungry. Grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a bad idea, and to me, so is deciding what to have for lunch. It's just too tempting to succumb to unhealthy takeout options when my stomach is growling and I'm snappy and crabby due to low blood sugar.

Wouldn't it be nice if every day at noon, you could have a delicious, healthy, inexpensive lunch at the ready, to fight those takeout temptations? Well, with a very little forethought and advance preparation, you can!

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Oct
26
2016

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

THE PERFECT SOUP FOR THOSE CHILLY (AND LAZY) DAYS

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It's that wonderful time of year when the air is fresh and crisp, the leaves are crunchy, and squashes take over the produce section in the grocery store. On a chilly day, a pot soup simmering on the stove while the temperatures dip is the absolute definition of cozy. What could be better than peeling off your gloves and warming your hands and soul with a thick, rich squash soup? 

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Oct
17
2016
Why does the driving I see in school zones seem exponentially worse than anywhere else?

It was the end of September when the first one arrived in my inbox, and to be frank, I was surprised it took so long. Usually the first Student Safety/ Appropriate Parking Spaces/ Reminder to Drivers from the school arrives around Pumpkin Spice Latte time, and we all know that happens at the first sign of crisp air.

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Oct
04
2016

How to Peel an Acorn Squash So Easily You'll Actually Buy One

Plus A Tasty Recipe For Kale and Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

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I'm a huge fan of roasted squash: I love it cubed and roasted until crisp on the outside. It's great eaten hot out of the oven, or cooled with salad. My very favourite is butternut squash; I had it in my mind to make a nice kale salad topped with butternut squash and chickpeas, but when I got to the grocery store they were ALL OUT OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH.

Cue sad trombone.

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Sep
22
2016

Crispy Pan-Fried Chickpeas

A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO ADD PROTEIN TO ANY MEAL

Chickpeas are versatile, inexpensive, and easy to store. They're a meatless plant-based food high in fibre, protein, and iron. Pan-fry chickpeas for a quick, vegan-friendly way to add nutrition to your meal! | Vegetarian

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

This Lemon-y Quinoa Salad Gives You Healthy Meals in a Flash

SO SIMPLE, SO GOOD - And best of all, it'll keep your kitchen cool

Eat healthy with this Lemon-y Lentil Quinoa Salad AND save time! You can make the quinoa ahead, keep your kitchen cool, and also have a delicious meatless lunch or dinner at your fingertips in minutes. | Vegan | Vegetarian

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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quinoa_arugula_chickpea_sundried_tomato_salad

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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