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Make-Ahead Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole

Make-Ahead Enchilada Casserole |

There has been a conspicuous radio silence around here the last few weeks. I blame the spring—which has given us a reason to do something other than sit inside and eat! Between working my day job, taking care of two little ‘uns, and trying to get outside as much as possible to enjoy the fresh spring air (finally), I’ve been relegating cooking to a sort-of last minute whatever’s-in-the-pantry type of thing. And hey there’s nothing wrong with that, right? In fact, I’ve rediscovered the beauty of canned beans and curry powder (blasphemy, if you ask my Indian husband), pasta with bolognese, and the more-than-occasional breakfast for dinner routine (which, not surprisingly, the kids adore). And after shelving this Pantry Pasta with Kale, Chick Peas and Sun Dried Tomatoes for a couple of years, I recently added it back to the rotation, shocked that I had managed to go so long without it. Continue Reading →

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Crispy Baked Homemade Granola Bars

Crispy Baked Homemade Granola Bars |

I’ve found no recipe more elusive than the granola bar.

There are no shortage of granola bar recipes out here, granted, but none that did exactly what I wanted them to.

First and foremost I wanted something healthy—more of a snack than a dessert—that I could pack in lunch boxes and tote on road trips without feeling like I was feeding my kids half a bag of cookies. So recipes calling for a cup or more of sugar (and there are a LOT of these recipes out there) were immediately disqualified.

Of course it couldn’t TASTE like a healthy granola bar. Oh no. Chocolate and dried fruit were inevitable. Continue Reading →

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Cilantro, Ginger & Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto |

When you have a kid with a nut allergy, you learn to love pumpkin seeds. Not just love them but REALLY love them and use them in quantities that would have been unimaginable in the BA (before allergy) days.

This last week alone I used pumpkin seeds in a batch of granola, a couple of salads, some granola bars, and this cilantro pumpkin seed pesto. And I’ve got a good 3 or 4 pounds down in my basement pantry waiting to be transformed into countless other delicious things.

Sure we may not be able to eat nuts around here, but we take our pepitas very very seriously. Continue Reading →

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Fridge Clearing Veggie Chili

Fridge Clearing Veggie Chili |

Maybe you noticed that I totally played hooky on the blog last week. I had grand plans to share a really awesome waffle recipe, but after a particularly busy week of lawyering, snow shovelling, and little-nose wiping, I chose wine over writing. You get it, right?

While I was taking a break from blogging, Wiarton Willy or Punxsutawney Phil (or whichever personified groundhog in which you place your trust) apparently forecasted six more weeks of winter. Which suggests that I can expect plenty more busy weeks of shovelling and nose-wiping before we get any spring-like respite.

In the meantime I’m still on a serious soup, stew, chili rotation over here in the K&B Kitchen. And perhaps the only upside to prolonged winterdom is that I get to share even more of our one-pot favourites with you guys. Continue Reading →

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