Paula Roy: Whole Foods in Half the Time

Mar
22
2017

Salmon Cakes with Mango Salsa

A kid-pleasing condiment makes this fish dish a winner

by: Paula Roy
Mango salsa is a kid-friendly condiment that makes this fish dish a winner with the little ones who might not be persuaded otherwise! | Recipe | YMC

For years, I struggled to get my kids to enjoy fish. A proud Maritimer, I love cooking, serving and eating fish and seafood as often as possible, but it was a hard sell on the little ones. Adding bacon as part of a crispy topping in this fish dish worked wonders, but I knew there had to be other ways to train their young palates to appreciate all the delicious nutrition that fish offers.

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Mar
20
2017

Why You Should Teach Your Kids This Homemade Baguette Recipe

Making Bread Is a Life Skill Kids Knead to Know

by: Paula Roy

Most of us have many things we are grateful we learned from our mothers. My own list is long, but near the top is my love of food and cooking, which I definitely inherited from her. Growing up, we spent a lot of time in the kitchen together and one of her lessons that really stuck with me was what a joy it is to make bread. Until you’ve tried it, you might feel daunted by bread baking but fear not! It’s actually quite easy to turn out a delicious loaf with great texture and I’ve provided a very detailed step-by-step for you to follow.

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Mar
13
2017

Tasty Taco Personal Pizzas

A fun twist on two family-favourite foods

by: Paula Roy
Let the kids take charge of dinner with this easy recipe! Taco pizza is perfect for a birthday party, sleepover, or even a playdate. | YMC

Tacos and pizza have long been two go-to meals in our house. Everyone loves them, they’re delicious, and if you throw enough veggies on them, they can even be quite nutritious.

On their own, each is terrific, but put them together and it’s a match made in heaven. Use store-bought flatbreads (regular or gluten-free) as the base to speed things up plus they make it super easy for kids to take charge and add whatever tasty toppings they like to craft their own personalized taco pizzas.

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Feb
27
2017

Cute & Delicious Lion Cupcakes

Delight your family with this fun, festive treat

by: Paula Roy
Adorable lion cupcakes are as easy to make as they are delicious

I love cupcakes, especially for a party. Faster and less messy to serve than cake, cupcakes lend themselves to about a zillion easy decorating possibilities too.

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Feb
21
2017

Quick Rollup Pizza Biscuits

Ready in just 30 minutes thanks to no-rise dough

by: Paula Roy
These buttery delicious pizza rollups are ready in just 30 minutes thanks to a biscuit dough recipe. And they're light as biscuits as a result, too! | YMC | Food

This recipe combines a few of most people’s favourite things into one delectable, unforgettable savoury delight. They’re a magical combination of buttery biscuit dough laced with pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings, and I could honestly eat these things all day long.

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Feb
16
2017

Apple Oatmeal Muffin Waffles

These 5 minute healthy muffins are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast.

by: Paula Roy
Feb
13
2017
Self-Employed? Here's Why Retirement Doesn't Have to Be An Elusive Dream

I'm usually a gigantic fan of getting a solid eight hours of sleep, but occasionally, I find myself restless at 4am. I try to put this unanticipated block of thinking time to good use, which means I typically run through new recipe ideas and plan what I want to cook in the hours and days ahead. I’ve recently thought up some pretty great recipe ideas, but it wasn't always about food and recipes. What used to occupy my thoughts in the dark was my worry about retirement.

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Feb
08
2017

Creamy Seafood Chowder

A perfect Date Night dish

by: Paula Roy
Rich and creamy, this hearty chowder recipe is packed with seafood and vegetables and is super quick to prepare. Make this with  just fish, just seafood, or a combination of the two, and this easily becomes gluten-free with the substitution of sweet rice flour! | YMC | Food | YummyMummyClub.ca

Rich and creamy, this hearty chowder is packed with seafood and vegetables and is super quick to prepare. As you’ll see, the recipe is quite flexible and can be made with just fish, just seafood, or your favourite combination of the two. Note that you can even make this gluten-free, if preferred, plus you can make it ahead and gently reheat. Serve it with baguette and a green salad for a perfectly pleasing meal, ideal for two but even better for sharing with friends.

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Ingredients

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Feb
02
2017

Sealed With a Kiss Cookies

A sweet treat that screams "I love you!"

by: Paula Roy
These Kiss Cookies have a super simple recipe. You can make this sweet treat that screams I love you! in no time, flat. | Valentine's Day | YMC | YummyMummyClub.ca

Aren’t these just the most adorable looking cookies? The good news is, they’re also super delicious and really easy to make.

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Feb
01
2017

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

A family favourite that’s fast and flavourful

by: Paula Roy
Turn a store-bought rotisserie chicken into this Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas recipe for a tasty Mexican meal for the Super Bowl... or any occasion! | YMC | YummyMummyClub.ca

I’ve been making this Enchilada Dip so often that I almost forgot about making actual enchiladas until my son requested them the other day. This recipe takes just a few minutes to put together, especially if you use leftover roast chicken (storebought rotisserie chickens are ideal).

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Jan
30
2017

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Comfort food gets faster and more flavourful

by: Paula Roy
This delicious and hearty meal can be on the table in just 30 minutes thanks to the Instant Pot and this recipe. | YMC | YummyMummyClub.ca

It was exciting to see a Canadian-made culinary innovation rocket to the top of the charts late last year. The Instant Pot, invented in my hometown of Ottawa, was a runaway success on Amazon throughout November and December, leaving lots of folks looking for recipes adapted for this newfangled cooking appliance.

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Jan
23
2017

Sweet Potato Nacho Bowl

A healthier version of a family-favourite meal

by: Paula Roy
Crispy Sweet Potato Chips are the perfect base for this healthy nacho bowl

My family has a bit of an infatuation with nachos. I’m not sure what they love most; some days it seems to be the cheese; other times it’s the toppings.

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Jan
13
2017

Amazing Honey-Garlic Cauliflower Nuggets

An easy way to get your kids to eat more vegetables

by: Paula Roy
Cauliflower Recipes for Kids

If your kids are like mine, one of the easiest ways to get them to eat more vegetables is to add a delicious sauce. These cauliflower nuggets are easy to make (the kids can even help with the prep) and while they’re yummy on their own thanks to the crunchy coating, the honey-garlic sauce means they’re just bursting with kid-friendly flavour! 

Ingredients

Cauliflower

1 small head cauliflower
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
 

Honey-Garlic Sauce

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Dec
20
2016

Delicious Comfort and Joy Cocktail

A delicious winter drink to chase away the cold

by: Paula Roy
A delicious winter warmer of a cocktail made with coffee liqueur

This cocktail is reminiscent of the flavour of Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Note: The recipe below calls for not too much booze as my homemade coffee liqueur (which is fabulous and so easy to make) is 180 proof. If you’re using commercially prepared Kahlua or Tia Maria, you may want to increase to four ounces per two cocktails.

Ingredients

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Dec
18
2016

Homemade Decaf Coffee Liqueur           

Big-batch copycat Kahlua perfect for gifting and sipping

by: Paula Roy
homemade decaf kahlua

What’s not to love about coffee liqueur, most famously known as either Kahlua or Tia Maria? I remember my mom making this homemade liqueur when I was younger and thought it very clever of her to do so. I've updated her classic recipe my preparing it with decaf coffee (hers called for instant coffee granules....shudder....) so I don't have to lie awake all night after enjoying a cocktail or two in the evening. You can add this liqueur to your favourite hot beverage, pour it over ice cream or transform it into delicious adult drinks.

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Dec
05
2016

10 minute Chai-Spiced Shortbread Cookies

A delicious twist on a holiday classic

by: Paula Roy
Scrumptious shortbread cookies flavoured with chai spices take just 10 minutes to make

I am not sure whether it’s the delicate taste or the melt-in-your-mouth texture of shortbread cookies that made me fall in love with them when I was a little kid. They’re a holiday staple in my house; we probably make at least 10 batches every year as they’re great for gifting. This year I decided to shake things up a little and added some chai-inspired spices to my favourite quick shortbread recipe. What a hit! I’ll be making dozens more as the quality control officer (my husband) plowed through most of the first batch in record time.

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Nov
29
2016

A Twist on Pickles: Sweet & Spicy Pickled Apples

A fun and flavourful way to enjoy fresh fruit

by: Paula Roy
Pickled apples are a delicious and versatile treat

If you’re a fan of traditional pickles, maybe it’s time to branch out (pun intended) to pickled fruit. Not only are pickled apples fast to make and delicious, they add a bright burst of colour to any meal. I love this recipe because you can make just one jar or several and once the brine has worked its magic for a day or two, the apples are ready to be enjoyed. My kids love putting them in grilled cheese sandwiches while I enjoy scattering them over salads or munching with a handful of nuts for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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Nov
27
2016

Great for Gifting Maple-Whisky Grainy Mustard

A better-than-store bought condiment that's great for gifting

by: Paula Roy
Homemade maple whiskey grainy mustard is easy and delicious

Gourmet condiments are all the rage these days, including specialty mustards. Did you know it’s super easy to make your own delicious mustard at home?

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Nov
24
2016

Addictive Sweet & Salted Honey Holiday Bark

An edible gift that’s as fun to make as it is to eat

by: Paula Roy
Delicious salted honey bark makes a sweet gift for anyone on your list

This delightful confection is both sweet and salty. While most people are familiar with salted caramel, salted honey is even more appealing and makes this treat recipe a little healthier than ones which include a lot of refined sugar. Kids can easily get in on the fun of helping to make the bark – they can crush the crackers, stir the honey syrup (with supervision) and sprinkle the toppings on as well. Part snack, part candy, this bark makes an ideal teacher or hostess gift.

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