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pasta frittata with veggies & ham

For every cup of leftover pasta, whisk in an egg or 2, and I mean any pasta (and any eggs) – whether it’s loaded with vegetables, spicy sausage, succulent seafood, smoked chicken, meatballs – and whether it’s sauced with tomatoes, cream, pesto, olive oil – it’s all fair game to morph into a frittata.

split-pea soup with herbes de provence

split-pea soup with herbes de provence

Classic split-pea soup is one of the easiest and healthiest dishes to make, and if you’re not making it on a regular basis, you should be! It is the base for many wonderful flavour combinations.

sweet potato fritters

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Don’t get me wrong – peeled, boiled, smashed and mashed is a lovely way to prepare sweet potatoes, (especially at Thanksgiving), however there are other ways, like 100’s of them, and this is a great place to start! First, these can be made ahead and reheated just before serving, and second, I’ve just discovered that my…

lemon summer squash soup

lemon summer squash soup

Lemon summer squash soup is fast, delicious and a great addition to your soup repertoire!

corn on the cob with garlic & lime

corn roasted in a pan with citrus

Corn and the cob can be enjoyed like it came hot off the grill, but didn’t! Thanks to a hot pan, you can roast it to caramelized perfection, as if it did. It sears up beautifully right on your stove-top, ready for whatever you’d like to throw at it.

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

popcorn with maple syrup & salt

It doesn’t get any better than this! Popcorn, maple syrup, brown (and if you have it, maple) sugar, maple extract & salt. Talk about addictive. I make popcorn in the microwave using brown paper lunch bags, make the maple coating in a measuring cup, pour it over the popcorn, stir to coat and bake it…

chicken cooked whole in a crockpot

Hands down, the easiest way to cook a whole chicken. Lose the is-it-done-yet fear factor for good, cause this’ll be the moistest, fall off the bone, cooked to perfection chicken you’ll ever produce.

zucchini bread with lemon zest & almonds

zucchini bread with lemon zest & almonds

Quick breads come together in no time, freeze beautifully and best of all – you can load ’em up with all sorts of powerhouse ingredients. Think carrots, zucchini, kale, squash, spinach – all sorts of vegetables can be hidden in a delicious quick bread packed with all things tasty– chocolate chips, dried fruit or toasted nuts.

black bean soup with pork & veggies

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If you’re not a black bean lover, what are you waiting for? And black bean soup is the perfect place to start to convert you for good! Throw in a ham hock and you’re in smoky hog heaven!