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Yeast-Raised Waffles

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water 2 tsp. (10 mL or 1 pkg.) active dry yeast 2 cups (500 mL) warmed milk (regular or soy) 1/4 cup (60 mL) melted butter, non-hydrogenated margarine or canola oil 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour (or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat – I usually...

Mac & Cheese With Bacon and Chard

I can’t imagine a better way to get my leafy greens than tucked into a bed of pasta with warm, melting cheese. For a gluten-free version, use brown rice pasta and rice flour to thicken the sauce, and swap the bread crumb topping for more cheese. Ingredients: 1 lb (454 g)...

Breakfast Bean Cookies

These are substantial, not too sweet, have an amazingly tender texture, and keep longer than other low fat cookies. Puréed, you don’t even know the beans are there! INGREDIENTS: 2 cups (500 mL) oats (quick or old-fashioned, not instant) 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose or whole-wheat flour 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder 1...

Kale Chips

Kale chips are a revelation. Turns out roasting is the ideal cooking method for tougher kale leaves, which usually need a little more cooking time than spinach or chard. Tossing with oil and salt and cooking at high heat produces crispy, nutty kale ‘chips’ that smell like popcorn and...

Oat, Almond and Apricot Breakfast Biscotti

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour 1 cup (250 mL) oats 3/4 cup (185 mL) sugar (white or brown) 2-4 tbsp (30-60 mL) ground flax seed 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 cup (half stick or 60 mL) butter 1/4 cup (60 mL) plain yogurt 1/4 cup (60 mL) milk...

Broccoli Pesto

If you can’t pass off broccoli as tasty ‘trees’ or douse it in enough cheese sauce to make your kids like it, try roasting it. Roasting rids it of any cabbagey bitterness, making it sweeter, nuttier, and with delicious crispy edges. Eat it straight up, sprinkled with a little...

Lemony Parsley Hummus

Ingredients: 1 small bunch of parsley (curly or Italian), chopped (discard stems) 1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil 19 oz (540 mL) can chick peas, drained Juice of 1 lemon 1 garlic clove (or 1 head roasted garlic) 2-3 tsp (10-15 mL) sesame oil Pinch salt Directions: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the parsley and...

Spinach Tomato Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Canola or olive oil, for cooking 1 bag baby spinach, washed 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 19 oz. (598 mL) can diced tomatoes, undrained, or any kind of tomato sauce Salt, to taste DIRECTIONS: Heat a drizzle of oil in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat; tear the spinach into the pan and...

Spinach Meatballs

I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love meatballs. They make perfect delivery vehicles for spinach and other greens, and while you’re at it, no one will notice a little added ground flax seed. Omit the breadcrumbs if you want them to be wheat-free, or substitute ground oats....

Black-market junk food hits schools

With schools cracking down on unhealthy foods, some kids are taking advantage of the situation.

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