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Balsamic Salmon

28 May

This is my most favourite salmon recipe ever!  It is so easy and SO delicious.  I’ve tried lots of others but none can replace this old standby!  All I needed to do to clean it up was swap out the brown sugar for some maple syrup and it’s perfect.  I love making it with fresh garden dill, mmm mmm!

Balsamic Salmon

  • 3 or 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill (or 1/4 tsp dried dill)Method
  1. Line baking dish with tinfoil (leaving enough overhanging to seal over top) and place salmon in it
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the salmon
  3. Flip salmon over to make sure both sides are well coated
  4. If time permits allow it to marinade at room temperature for 15 mins
  5. Seal tinfoil over salmon
  6. Baking at 450 F for approximately 15 min (cooking time will vary depending on thickness of salmon.  The fish should flake easily when cooked and be less red and more pink)
  7. Uncover and let it broil for a minute longer
  8. Shove it in your face!

Haystack Cookies

25 May

ImageI was craving chocolate something fierce the other day and had NOTHING to snack on.  Not even the ol’ standby of a handful of chocolate chips (or morsels, as my husband lovingly refers to them as).  Babies were napping (or at least trapped in their cribs!) so I couldn’t go to the store and get myself a treat.  To the computer I went and looked at some treats I had recently “pinned.” When I spotted this little number from The Little Red House.

We grew up eating these bad boys under the name of “Haystacks” or “Lois’ (my mama’s) Favourite Cookies”

So here they are, with just a couple little changes of my own.

Haystack Cookies

  • 1/2 C raw honey
  • 1/4 C + 1/8 C *cacao powder* (or cocoa)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C almond butter
  • 2 C rolled oats
  • 1/3 C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Image* cacao is cocoa in its purest, unrefined form, which is milled at a low heat to maintain all of its nutritional benefits.  It is an excellent source of antioxidants, magnesium and iron.  Pretty much, you’re doing yourself a favour to make and eat these cookies!  I have been using the brand Navitas Naturals.









  1. mix honey and cacao together in small sauce pan, over medium heat
  2. add almond milk and coconut oil, continue stirring and bring to boil
  3. boil for one minute, remove from heat
  4. stir in remaining ingredients
  5. drop by heaping spoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets
  6. put in fridge (or freezer if you’re really impatient!) to set
  7. shove it in your face!

Tuna Salad

23 May

tuna saladOnce upon a time I used to have a day where I either had no desire to cook anything, had nothing in the freezer/fridge/cupboards to cook, or got so busy with the kids I ran out of time to cook.  That still happens, quite frequently.  BUT I no longer allow myself to fall into the trap of letting my husband pick up fast food, or frozen pizzas from the grocery store.  I found myself in this very situation last night, and realizing I had a couple of cans of tuna, googled “clean tuna salad” to see what came up.

I found a recipe on the fantastic website, The Gracious Pantry, and set about to make some up before I lost the tiniest bit of motivation I had to prepare a healthy dinner!  I made a few slight changes, and we ended up putting our tuna salad onto whole wheat roti with a bit of grated cheese on top and making tuna melts.  There are endless options on how to serve this- a basic sandwich, in a whole grain tortilla with lettuce, served over greens for a nice salad etc.  So NO EXCUSES!  Easy, healthy, quick meal!  (This pep talk is really for myself!)

Tuna Salad

  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1/3 C plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 small carrot, shredded
  • small handful of grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 chives, (or a green onion, scallion, etc.)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1/4 tsp dijon
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. drain cans of tuna
  2. mix all ingredients together in medium bowl
  3. stuff it in your face!