Julie Van Rosendaal

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Thai Chicken Soup

When outside is gross, you can always cure it with a bowl of steaming, spicy (you can totally adjust the heat) soup. With a creamy coconut milk broth and a layering of delicious flavours, this slurp is studded with rice noodles, tender chicken, mushrooms, spinach and peppers.

One Pot Mac and Cheese

In this easy mac and cheese, the sauce ingredients are added to the cooked pasta to melt and bubble through. It makes a big enough batch for several lunches — and keeps well in the fridge for a few days. Boost protein and fibre by using whole grain or legume-fortified pasta.

Fruity Multigrain Waffles

A good multigrain waffle recipe is indispensable. They freeze easily and are quickly thawed in the toaster or microwave on rushed weekday mornings.

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

When you’re in need of a quick meal, a creamy carbonara comes together in just a little more time than it takes the pasta to cook. It's a humble sauce of starchy pasta water, eggs and Parm whisked into silky submission. And, chances are, you already have the ingredients in your kitchen. We have peas in our ingredient list, but if there's a greens strike in your home, feel free to forgo them. Carbonara is easy like that. 

Hoisin Lettuce Wraps

Easy to serve family-style; everyone at the table assembles their own wraps in a soft leaf of butter lettuce, topping them however they like. Long live lettuce wraps.

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

This from-scratch tomato soup is made with fresh tomatoes as well as good-quality canned tomatoes, which are always available at the grocery store. Adding red pepper boosts vitamin C even further. Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches, naturally.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon Jam

A pot of bacon jam is an ideal cold-weather project; it will infuse your house with the sweet smell of bacon and maple syrup. Slather the sticky-salty treat inside a mess of grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Quick Skillet Jam

Who says homemade jam needs to be a big-batch project? If you have a basket of berries or a few that are too squishy for your liking, make a single jar.

Homemade Pop Tarts

Kids love making something that they’re used to pulling out of a package. Sugar cookie dough makes for a tasty pastry and you're in charge of filling c/o your fave jam. 

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Roasting strawberries first coaxes out their juices, intensifying the flavour, because science. Whisking together a simple base of sweetened berries and cream keeps this recipe easy-peasy.