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Pair carrots with the warmth of harissa for a bright dish

I first tasted harissa when I was 19, and I travelled on a lone adventure to Tunisia after spending a semester abroad in France. I browsed the open markets, with their appealing drapey white cotton clothing – I wore billowy pants from that trip for years to follow. I was particularly drawn to the fragrant …

Correction: Food Healthy Shepherd’s Pie story

The weather is getting colder and we’re tucking into comfort food over in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favourite challenges. Today, I’m taking on a wintertime classic with my Lightened Shepherd’s Pie. Typically, shepherd’s pie is made from fatty-and-filling lamb, which is turned into a flavourful slow-cooked heady …

A berry tart in under an hour, using a olive oil cake base

During the holidays, we could all use a fantastic tart recipe in our hip pockets. Tarts are a perfect festive end to any dinner party, and they make a lovely gift for a neighbour. If the thought of making homemade crust intimidates you, or if you just prefer not to take in so many fat calories densely …

Don’t blanch: The secret to sauteeing vegetables is a boil

Every weeknight, 6 p.m. rolls around, and across America, we scramble to find something to feed our families. Our end-of-day creativity is sapped, and we turn to our core repertoire of recipes that we make over and over. And this isn’t a bad thing: having a handful of go-to dishes in our hip pocket that …

Lighten up Shepherd’s Pie with beef and cauliflower

The weather is getting colder and we’re tucking into comfort food over in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favourite challenges. Today, I’m taking on a wintertime classic with my Lightened Shepherd’s Pie. Typically, shepherd’s pie is made from fatty-and-filling lamb, which is turned into a flavourful …

Why should summer have all the leafy fun? Try a winter salad

Summer may officially be the season of green salads, but wintertime versions have advantages that make them worth exploring. The cooler weather seasonable greens are hearty and darker green, which makes them nutrient-rich. And, these thicker-leaved greens such as kale or spinach, can hold up to the addition of warm ingredients, opening up the possibilities …

Make an eggplant Parmesan without extra breadcrumbs or oil

Make-ahead meals and cooking for the freezer, once relegated to suburban supermoms who had it more together than the rest of us, are now trendy with the healthy-eating crowd. Sure, we call it “meal prep” but it’s pretty much the same thing: Make good food in advance, so that we can eat it sometime in …

Sweet potato and Brussels sprouts hash gets a bacon blast

A chill is finally in the air, which transforms what goes on our table. Winter squash, hardy greens like kale and chard, cabbage, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes are filling the markets and my recipe-testing table. The colder weather has me craving filling side dishes to go alongside juicy roasts and festive winter meals. Baking sheets …

Cheese stars in this meatless burger that has a yum factor

As much as I love a juicy beef burger, I’ve become a little obsessed with creating veggie burgers that step in and satisfy without any meat. Usual standby ingredients include nuts, seeds, lentils, mushrooms, tofu and of course, the ubiquitous black bean. Often, I’m aiming for texture and heft and umami. If I’m honest, I’m …

Scratch the itch of Asian takeout craving with Kung Pao Cod

Eating healthy doesn’t mean there isn’t room for occasional treats like Chinese takeout or a drive-thru for our favourite one-of-a-kind cheeseburger. As long as we keep these kinds of meals reserved for true cravings, not convenience, then I can probably keep our healthy eating in check. For regular weeknights, building up a repertoire of fast, …