Tiger Nuts – Review

When I heard that the folks over at Tiger Nuts USA wanted me to review their product, I was really excited. First of all, I had never heard of tiger nuts before and was curious to see what they were like. And secondly, they sounded like a pretty healthy and vegan-friendly snack – something I’m always on the lookout for.

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Cheesecake Shooters (No-cook, No-bake Recipe)

Silk Route Chef

Serves 20

I love shooters of all kind.  They’re miniature works of art and absolutely delicious.  Cheesecake shooters are one of my favourites and this non-alcoholic version can be enjoyed by the whole family.  This is a super easy, festive, chic, scrumptious shooter.  It’s so sweet-savory, creamy with a nice tang provided by the berry topping that when I get to the bottom, I can’t wait to grab another one.  It’s great for parties, BBQs, potlucks and best of all people of all ages can enjoy them year-round.  This amazing recipe is adapted from The Pioneer Woman and made 40% less in calories for a guilt free dessert!  Let’s get started.

Cheesecake Shooters

Cheesecake Shooters – Recipe


  • ½ cup of graham cracker crumbs (or 8 whole graham crackers, crushed to a smooth powder)
  • 2 Tbsp. melted margarine, melted
  • 2 tubs of low fat cream cheese spread, good quality*
  • 1/2 to 1…

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Christmas dog biscuit recipes

Jack hopes to bribe santa paws with some of his favorite cookies.
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Don’t forget to pamper your pet this holiday season! Here are a couple of my dogs’ favorite biscuit recipes which are really simple to make. You can even mix the dough in a food processor with a dough hook to speed up the process. Our dogs give us so much love throughout the year, here’s a really simple way to love them back by baking something special for them!

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Breaded Cauliflower

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For some reason, there seems to be a lot of cauliflower haters out there. If you happen to be one, be forewarned: I have made more than a few converts with this dish – yet another family recipe passed down through the generations, this cauliflower gets covered in melted butter and then generously coated with seasoned bread crumbs. This recipe is super easy to make and is a delicious side to any meal. Continue reading

Pecan Bars

Honeybee's Patisserie


Christmas is just one week away and I have yet to finish my Christmas shopping. Surprise Surprise. I am however a lot closer to being finished than previous years. That is either because I have been more organized this year or because I less to spend on presents and therefore I am not buying as much and I finish quicker. I choose to look at it positively.


This will be the first Christmas for my daughter and I am quite excited. She will be 11 months old on Christmas Eve and she has been “helping” me in the kitchen as she walks around yelling and giggling trying to pull anything and everything out of the refrigerator as it is open. I can’t help but laugh.


Today I will share with you my Pecan Bars. If you didn’t get a chance to eat Pecan Pie at Thanksgiving or are just an…

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Mushroom Calamari

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In my mind, this is the perfect appetizer. I love fried foods, and these mushroom calamari are delicious! The breading comes out nice and crunchy and the house seasoning, which I borrowed from Paula Deen’s fried chicken recipe, is perfectly balanced and tastes great. An interesting thing happens when you deep-fry mushrooms – they tend to lose that ‘rubbery’ texture that turns a lot of people off from them. Instead, they seem to have the same mouth texture as  moist, white meat chicken. These mock calamari are great served with either marinara or aioli. Continue reading

Recipe Box// Butternut Squash Quiche

Love, Jamie Lea



It is freezing cold outside, ice sickles hang from the tree, and every commercial you see as you are curled up on the couch in a giant sweatshirt has some sort of giant buttery treat tempting you to comfort yourself with a warm dish that offers you another layer of fat to stay warm through the winter.  SNAP OUT OF IT! You want to spend spring break lounging by the beach not sweating out butter at the gym, right!? Offer yourself some tasty comfort food that will give you a powerful punch of veggies to keep your immune system rocking, and won’t add inches to your waistline. Here is my new favorite recipe for Butternut Squash Quiche, adapted from toneitup, that I just can’t get enough of.

  • makes 4 servings
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced…

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Meatless Stuffed Mushrooms

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These stuffed mushrooms have been a staple at all of our holiday get-togethers throughout the years. Traditionally, the filling would include crab meat or sausage, but this vegetarian version is every bit as delicious! Wonderful with a flute of champagne (or a glass of beer), these mushrooms make a perfect appetizer for any party.

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Strawberry Santa

These strawberry Santas are too cute!



1 dozen strawberries
1 cup whipped cream
a handful of chocolate sprinkles


Using a pairing knife, slice the leafy end off each strawberry so they stand up evenly. Then slice the tip off to make a little hat.

Using a spoon or a large icing tip, place a large dollop (about 1-2 tsp) of whipped cream on top of the strawberry base. Plop the little hat on top. Add another small drop of whipped cream to the tip of the hat to make a pom-pom.

Place two chocolate sprinkles on the face for the eyes. Using a toothpick, place two very small spots of whipped cream down the front of the strawberry for buttons.

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Cranberry Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal

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A twist on traditional oatmeal, this recipe calls for tart fresh cranberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you like chocolate-cherry combinations, you will love this recipe, as the flavors are very similar. Continue reading