Category Archives: salads

Beet and Walnut Salad

beet and walnut salad

I like beets in a salad. I had a very nice one with cheese, beets and hazelnuts in one of the local restaurants lately. However, I bought a very large back of walnuts at Costco the other day, and I fancied using them in my supper tonight.

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Orange Fennel Salad

orange fennel salad
orange fennel salad

This very tasty salad is my take on one of Chef Michael Smith’s salads. It is sweet and tangy, with a liquorice aftertaste. Very refreshing.

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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

spinach and strawberry salad

This quick and tasty spinach and strawberry salad only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.

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Seven Fast Dinner Ideas for Singles

One of the reasons I started this blog was when I read an article in the Globe and Mail about a young woman of 20 who was babysitting some children overnight. Their parents had asked her to make them Kraft Dinner for their supper, and she couldn’t even manage it…she didn’t drain the pasta, resulting in a watery pasta soup. Her own parents said they had never taught her to cook. It made me think about the number of young people who do not or cannot cook, and I wanted to help them. So this is 7 simple supper suggestions for young people who are in a hurry and don’t want fast food (or Kraft Dinner).  All should take about 20 minutes or less.

Pita Pizza

pita pizza

  • 8″ pita bread
  • 2-3 tablespoons tomato or pizza sauce
  • whatever you like for topping (I like artichokes, spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese. My daughter likes ham, mozzarella and pineapple)

Bake at 400F for 10 minutes. Check. If cheese has melted, it’s ready. If you want it browned, put it under the broiler for a minute.

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Crab Salad

crab salad

You cannot make a more simple meal than crab salad.

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

watermelon cucumber salad

Today was a little bit hectic first thing in the morning…getting the recycling out to the curb, emptying the dishwasher, making my breakfast and prepping a lunch. All of a sudden it was time to dash, and I rushed out of the house and was halfway to work before I realized I hadn’t taken anything out for supper. By the end of the day, I was tired and hot, so I decided to buy a cooked chicken , fry some potatoes and experiment with this watermelon cucumber salad.

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Strawberry – Blueberry Salad

strawberry blueberry salad

The loveliest thing about summer is the delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables that are available at local farmer’s markets and in the grocery stores. So much more flavour that those that have been picked before their peak and shipped thousands of miles to grace our tables out of season. I like this strawberry blueberry salad because it takes advantage of the local berry crop.

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Broccoli Grape Salad

broccoli grape salad

This broccoli grape salad won’t win any prizes for beauty, but for taste and simplicity? Win!

I threw this together last night to have with some leftover chicken curry for my lunch today. I happened to have some leftover peanut lime dressing, so I added  a bout 1 1/2 tablespoons of the dressing to 3/4 cup broccoli florets and about 1/3 cup red grapes. It was very tasty.

If I were to make this for dinner, I think I would add apple slices, diced celery and some nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts or pecans).


Fiesta Salad

fiesta salad

My daughter decided to help out again, and sent me this tasty recipe for fiesta salad. It is very colourful and bursting with flavour.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

strawberry spinach salad

Spinach strawberry salad is very quick to prepare, tasty and eye-catching. It is also nicely nutritious:)

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