Category Archives: Kitchen Essentials

How to Hard- or Soft-Cook Perfect Eggs Like a Pro

I just returned from a long weekend trip to Ottawa. Whenever I travel (and I travel fairly often, usually for short stints that often involve work and occasionally pleasure), I always find the days before and after I am away to be busy and hectic. My best-laid food plans can get derailed faster than I […]

Make Planning Weekly Meals Easier with these Free Meal Plan Templates

Weekly Meal Planning PDF templates

Earlier this month I published All About Meal Planning: 10 Key Do’s and Dont’s. I realized quite soon after that it’s one thing to give you tips and advice for getting your meal planning done (and hopefully have a little fun with it), but sometimes you need a helpful tool you can follow like a […]

How to Make Fresh Homemade Juice without a Juicer (+ juicing tips & health benefits)

Do you enjoy liquid nutrition? By liquid nutrition, I’m of course referring to smoothies and juices (though other forms of liquid such as water… ahem… are equally healthy!). The big difference between juices and smoothies is that with smoothies, most of the fibre remains. You simply add cut up fruits, vegetables, liquid and/or other foods […]

5 Super Easy Ways to Eat Better (while saving TONS of money!)

5 Super Easy Ways to Eat Better (while saving tons of money!)

Want to eat healthier but not sure if your budget can handle it? Join the club! Fortunately, it’s often a myth that eating healthy has to cost a lot of money. Or, at least that eating well costs a lot more than eating junk. With processed foods looking attractive to anyone on a budget ($1 […]

Homemade Applesauce (for your little ones and you!)

Applesauce making

I have a confession to make…I’m a bit of a rebel. You see, I rarely ever peel my fruits or vegetables. I know it’s not quite the scandal you were expecting, but it’s true. I often leave the peel on for a couple reasons: I like the nutrition (fibre, antioxidants, and other nutrients that usually hang […]

How to Make Deliciously Creamy, Decadent Almond & Other Nut or Seed Milks at Home

Almond and non-dairy milk

Almond milk is one of those kitchen staples that many of us rely on as an easy substitute for all things dairy. You can drink it, turn it into yogurt, make ice cream or ice pops, even turn it into mouth-watering cheese! Essentially anything you can do with cow’s milk, you can do with almond […]

4 Easy Ways to Make Gourmet Flavoured Coffee at Home (and ditch artificial flavours!)

Coffee with filter and mug

Sometimes there is nothing better than a strong, steaming cup of coffee. I occasionally like to spoil myself with flavoured coffees like French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Caramel. But as much as I like flavoured coffees, I equally dislike all the artificial ingredients in many grocery store products. I love being able to innovate (and save […]