Chicken Noodle Soup

I am worried that I am falling prey to the influence of a hideous stomach flu that seems to come and go every so often. I understand the dangers of the flu season, and with some of the precautions I at times take to avoid it, catching a bug like I did three days ago…

Keto Pizza Dough (So, So, So Good!)

So yes, I started Keto about two weeks ago, and my body has reached Ketosis. If you have no clue what I am talking about, refer back to my Keto chocolate cake recipe blog post (I explain it as best as I understand it, there!). So far, I feel great! The headaches are gone, and…

Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant, Butternut Squash, and Red Pepper

Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant, Butternut Squash, and Red Pepper with Yogurt, Tahini Sauce Recipe Total time: 60 min (roasting time included) Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups of water 1 Tbls. Italian seasoning 1 Tsp. Olive oil 1 medium eggplant 1 medium red pepper 1/2 of a small butternut squash For the…

Cream of Mushroom Soup (Healthier Version)

I have never made cream of mushroom soup before but this was a successful attempt. I substituted the full-fat cream to a non-fat one (still loved it). It was simple, yet delicious. Also, I added some of my homemade garlic herb croutons that I made and bagged a couple of months ago. What an addition!…

A healthy deconstructed Lasagna (noodle-free)

  I know what you’re thinking: Deconstructed? what does that even mean in relation to food? … but actually, that’s not what you were really thinking. You were thinking “A healthy lasagna that’s also noodle-free?” come on. I don’t blame you. I have previously danced to the drums of recipes that swore their low-fat, low-calorie, or…

A Comprehensive Guide to Eggs (methods, tips, cook time)

Upon my arrival to Canada my uncle greeted me with his first words to me: “I bought two carton of eggs for you and they are sitting in the trunk” (true story). My reputation surpassed my nine young years, and in both hesitation and perplexity, I smiled. It was foreign: the thought, the country, my…

My Niece’s Circus Themed Birthday Party (turning one)

I wrote an entire post about my niece, Eleanor, who a few days ago just turned one, and then I deleted it. I was beginning to philosophize the theory of ‘building memories’ with children, and I went on and on about the idea of how children change us for the better, at least temporarily, until…

Fluffy Pancakes (Healthier, too)

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for [September] eves! – Humbert Wolfe Fluffy & Delicious Pancake Recipe Total time: 10 minutes (for a healthier option, check ‘Lessons Learned’ under) Ingredients 1½ cups all-purpose flour 3½ tsps baking powder ½ tsp salt ¼…

Fresh Pasta

Making fresh pasta for the very first time could make any amateur cook feel as though the opened gates to experienced cookery have respectfully allowed them in. It was a great experience making fresh pasta for the very first time, one that I reckon I might recall years to come as my mother’s face of delight and…

Post-workout Asian-Inspired Salad

I have been determined to drop those last (very stubborn) 15 pounds. So, I have been sticking to a very serious workout regime (cardio, HIIT training, weights, and..my favourite yet, boxing). For someone who loves to workout, sticking to a regime wasn’t such a challenge. But, doing it six times a week is! What I did…

A Delicious Greek Lunch

I came home from teaching, and as my routine dictates, I often make a healthy lunch that lasts me for the next two days (…that is if I didn’t chug it down all at once:D). I didn’t overthink this- one click to Pinterest and I was all Greek inspired. I love greek food- I also think…

Bread Cones

Once I saw this on Pinterest, I immediately pre-heated my oven. I love creative recipes…and bread. So, it was no surprise I had to try it! What I love most about this recipe (besides the arts & craft that goes into making the cones) is that it is quite simple, and yet simply delicious. This recipe can…

Roast Chicken

I’ve finished my research paper!!! It feels liberating, refreshing, and quite scary all at the same time. I’ve immensely enjoyed my research experience, though it undoubtedly came with a few bumps (as naturally any vigorous thesis-writing experience entails) you’re always an amateur right until after you’ve finished and submitted a 130 page research. Key word: after. You never…

Home-made Gnocchi & Tomato Sauce

Gnocchi Recipe Recipe taken from: http://aseasyasapplepie.com/how-to-make-gnocchi/ Total time: 35 min Ingredients 1 kg (2.2 pounds) russet or desiree potatoes 3 cups minus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour Pasta sauce (tomato, pesto, rose, etc.) Semolina flour to dust the trays/baking sheets Process Wash the potatoes (don’t peel them!) and place them in a saucepan. Cover with cold water…

14-day Vegan Diet Challenge

Oscar Wilde once said, “Everything popular is wrong”—which is perhaps ironic for a man whose words graced the covers of an adequate amount of greeting cards, or even the bio description of many social media wits.  But perhaps his declaration is mainly due to his overlooked legacy after his six famous publications in the late…

Pineapple Avocado Salad

When it comes to writing articles, I always wait for the moment where I am incredibly genuine about my words—and sometimes that takes a while, a long while, as I dislike the idea of overthinking—again, my philosophy of innate writers is a clear indication of my writing struggle (or motto). But when the idea does…

A Flower Cheese Pie

I know I keep disappearing. And like always, upon my return, I confess my admiration for blogging. I haven’t been teaching (Academic English to International Students) lately, as the semester was put on hold, and all I could think of is how much I want to write. You see, when I was teaching full-time, I would make…

My 50th Blog Post: High ‘tea’ sandwiches to celebrate

I wish I knew prior to making these sandwiches how delicious they would turn out …and perhaps, just perhaps, that would have persuaded me from eating the entirety of this display picture in a day and a half I have been slightly busy lately with preparing my thesis and teaching in the mornings. I thought I would…

Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous with Lamb and Yogurt Sauce

I LOVE watching cooking shows and food documentaries. I am currently watching Masterchef Australia (when Masterchef Canada isn’t on). I love this competitive show because I learn so many cooking techniques from it, and I get inspired to try some of the recipes. I actually did not know that you can make cauliflower that tastes and looks…

Shrimp Dumpling

Aside from my having culinary inspirations and being an avid food documentary viewer, I am a full-time language instructor with a thesis paper to write for my masters. I think that part of my daily food inspirations definitely come from my students who come from various linguistic and cultural/ethnic backgrounds. I have to admit that, having…

Home-made Sushi!!

Yes, I made sushi. Finally. I’ve been hesitant of making sushi for a while now because I always hear mixed stories about it. Some say it’s simple and some say that the rice is complicated to make. However, I decided to go for it last night! And? well? IT WAS AMAZING! I promised myself that…

Authentic Indian Samosas (but with a healthy twist)

I love Indian food! My fiancé and I order Indian food all the time (OK, not all the time :))- but whenever we do order Indian food (especially from descent Indian restaurants), it’s usually a heightened, enjoyable experience. I am not sure why ordering food with a loved one is a heightened enjoyable experience, but it just…

Spinach ‘Asian-inspired’ Salad with Marinated Chicken

I initially began this blog as a way to digitally store great recipes to revisit them in the future and recreate them- sort of like having a recipe book, but online. So I like to blog sometimes about the complex recipes I attempt, and also about the super, super easy ones that are a no-brainer. But…

Healthy Middle Eastern Okra with Couscous

I went grocery shopping after work today and sometimes I like to go in without a plan of what I am going to cook that evening, but more with the idea of picking up fresh ingredients that I would enjoy experimenting with. In the Middle East (where I am originally from) Okra is a popular…

Best Beet Salad Ever.Ever.

I love beets! I love the way they look, the tint they leave, the color they turn the pot into, the taste, everything! I was searching for a great summer beets recipe and I came across one that is truly remarkable. It’s super easy and quick to make (except for the time you wait for…

The Addictive (Super Healthy) Pancakes

I am not exaggerating when I say that I am extremely addicted to these pancakes. I have always loved pancakes, but when you’re eating healthy and exercising, it’s hard to think of pancakes as ‘healthy’. Maybe it’s just me. But before I discovered these pancakes, I used to leave eating pancakes only to my cheat…

Breaded & Baked Garlic Chicken with Stuffed Mushrooms

I recreated one of my all time two favorite recipes: breaded and baked garlic chicken (Parmesan Style) and stuffed mushrooms!! I absolutely love this recipe and the combination was just perfection; do give it a try! I baked the chicken because of the calories (of course :p) and I stuffed the mushrooms with light cheese…

Pasta, Please

I LOVE Pasta! I mean, who doesn’t? But I, really really really love it. I am a sponge to all-things-carbs. Unfortunately. I have been really taking advantage of summer; biking, reading. I can’t tell you the immense joy I receive from my daily adventures. I truly enjoy nature, and I love nothing more than to…

Low-fat, Low-carb, Protein pancakes….that actually taste good!

I haven’t posted since the holidays because school is back, and it is going GREAT! The new and final semester is finalizing just beautifully…I am actually finally starting to enjoy more, and worry less about grad school! ..Also, it is mainly because I am excited about so many things to come after this …Spring, to…

Quinoa Salad

My friend and I are constantly cooking together, and that means lots of new healthy recipes that we come up with on a daily basis. She is the same friend who gave me the black bean idea to incorporate into my tuna salads, and now I can’t go back. So, she just introduced me to…

Low-Fat Fruit Parfait

I literally have one day left before I attend my meet and greet grad orientation on Wednesday. Though I’ve started in the summer, I was the only one in my program who got an early enrolment into the program; I figured I’d get a head-start this summer, and it wasn’t such a bad idea. In fact,…

Healthy Bean and Tuna Salad paired with Eggplant Dip

My friend was telling me this morning about some bean recipe that she recently got from her co-worker that sparked my interest to have bean for lunch! I find myself growing bored of my daily healthy food routine (eggs; salads; etc.) that I was eager to try something new (anything!). I really do love beans,…

Healthy Egg Benedict: Eggplant and Feta Cheese

It’s Friday and I am on my day six of healthy eating! I really feel good about it, so I will experiment making my favourite foods a little on the healthier side. I have began adopting the idea of a healthy lifestyle, giving in to indulges in moderation–I will update how that goes 🙂 In…

Greek Inspired Stuffed Chicken with Feta Cheese

Hello 🙂 It feels so nice to post again! I began this blog with the intention of cooking my way out of grad school but seems like grad school cooked its way out of me…ha! But, I did happily complete my first research paper and I’m halfway on to completing the second…feels great to get…

Chicken Parmigiana

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I miss it! My research paper has taken up all my time, researching and preparing to write the final paper, there’s little time to enjoy cooking like before. But, today I thought I’d break a little, and enjoy this wonderfully amazing and delicious Chicken Parmigiana! I absolutely love…

Stuffed Mushrooms

I am having such a great night cooking and baking for the people that I love! Though school readings have cooled down a bit, I am still pressured with the thought of my research paper lingering in the back of head…but right now, who’s got time to think of that? I devoted this evening to…

Julia Child’s ‘Italian Inspired’ Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

I can watch documentaries all day and all night and not get bored! I absolutely love documentaries! There is something so magnificent about documentaries and the kind of information they can offer you; the trip you get to go on to explore the world; the information you receive within a click of a button; and…

Downton Abbey inspired “Cheese and Chive Scones”

I’ve been having a great couple of days reading and catching up! My research papers are coming up and my mind is currently on these cheese and chive scones. A research paper on food is not likely to pass for a grade, right? too bad. I could probably begin a hypothesis on the affect of…