Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

Makes 12 Ingredients 400–450g homemade or store-bought refrigerated pizza dough 2 cups tomato sauce or tomato passata 1/2 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp salt pinch pepper 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 100g sliced pepperoni Preparation Preheat oven to 400 F […]

Birthday party snacks can be awesome, and healthy

Five ways to reduce the sugar spirals and keep the party hopping  By Karen Kerr, registered holistic nutritional constant Kids love their birthdays. My daughter starts planning her party months in advance. In a child’s little lifetime, it’s a big deal and worth the time and energy it takes us to plan, organize, shop, set […]

It’s a pandemic and I’ll party if I want to (safely, of course)

Families find a new normal in all routines, including birthdays By Lindsey BuninPhotos by Bruce Murray/VisionFire Blowing out the candles atop the cake is just one of many birthday party traditions that went by the wayside over the past two years. As the pandemic evolved, so did creative ways of celebrating birthdays. Drive-by parades of […]

Little Dippers

Fun finger foods for your spring festivities Recipes by Chef Andrew FarrellPhotos by Bruce Murray/VisionFire Easter is perhaps the sweetest holiday of the year but too many chocolate bunnies, mini eggs, and marshmallow chicks and you have the perfect ingredients for gooey meltdowns.  If you are trying to stave off the Easter weekend sugar crash […]

Let them eat pizza

Nutritious and delicious any way you slice it By Melanie Mosher Deciding what to have for meals each day and preparing them can become tedious. The task becomes more challenging with a picky eater. Rachel Waugh, a recent grad from MSVU’s school of Applied Human Nutrition who did her internship in pediatric dietetics, gives advice […]

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Shepherding in new dinner ideas

This favourite comfort food casserole will warm up even the most confirmed carnivore By Crystal Murray We’ve long associated mealtime, especially dinner, with an animal protein as the core of the meal. Ask a vegetarian or vegan what they are having for dinner and the answer generally involves more creativity.  But plant-based meals don’t have […]


Almond Chocolate Cranberry Chia Bites

Recipe adapted from: Christy Wilson, RD Serving: 1 bite Recipe makes: 35, one-inch sized bites Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients • 1.5 cup rolled oats • ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut • 1 tablespoon chia seeds • ¼ cup 72% cocoa dark chocolate, roughly chopped into small pieces • […]


Mexicali Bowl

Here is a recipe with lots of flavor, textures and colour. This style of meal is often called a Buddha Bowl; so appropriate for this mindful eating article. Ingredients • Cooked brown rice or quinoa • Cooked black beans (if canned: drained and rinsed) • Cooked corn kernels • Diced green, yellow, red peppers • […]


Spring Rolls

Ingredients • Spring roll rice paper wrappers (in international section of supermarket) • Rice noodles (vermicelli), cooked according to package instructions • 2-3 veggies, such as avocado, sliced; carrot, grated; cucumber, cut into sticks; purple cabbage, finely chopped; sweet peppers, cut into sticks • Strips of cooked chicken, tofu, or another source of protein Directions […]


Vegetable bean soup

Every child needs to learn how to make soup from scratch. Here is one that is customizable and has tasks for everyone. Recipe and photo by Edie Shaw-Ewald, RD Ingredients • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 onion, diced • 8 garlic cloves, minced • 4 large carrots, diced • 4 cups chicken broth […]

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