Recipe, Turkey Butternut Squash Chili, Easy, Weeknight, Quick, Simple, Fast, Homemade, Gluten-free, Gluten Free, Dairy-free, Dairy Free, Healthy, Mexican, Cinco de Mayo, Comfort Foods, Bowl, Ground Turkey, Butternut Squash, Veggies

Weeknight turkey butternut squash chili

This is supposed to be a post about chili—and we’ll get to that—but first. I got stung by a bee this week! If you haven’t been stung lately (and I hadn’t in 25+ years…that’s right, I was practically a baby when it last happened…harumph),…

October 27, 2016
Four Tips for Dealing with New-To-You Ingredients, Weeknight, For Beginners, Tips, Cooking Tips, Organization, Grocery List, Grocery Shopping, Ingredient Substitutions, How to Substitute Ingredients, Alcohol Substitutions, Minimalist Cooking, Simple Cooking, Minimalism

Four tips for dealing with new-to-you ingredients

It happens to me almost every week. I’ve found a recipe (or two, or three, or twenty) that I’m reeeaally excited about. I start reading the recipe in detail and then it happens. Ah snap. A new (to me) ingredient. Depending on the situ,…

October 13, 2016
Recipe, Easy Salmon and Broccoli Bowl, Easy, Weeknight, Quick, Simple, Fast, Homemade, Gluten-free, Gluten Free, Healthy, Comfort Foods, Bowl, Salmon, Rice, Broccoli, 7 ingredients or less

Easy salmon and broccoli bowl

It was an indulgent weekend. And by indulgent, I mean delicious. We were in the Yarra Valley, Melbourne’s wine region, for a 6km “fun run” (two words that I wouldn’t put normally together but anyway…). The incentive, of course, was that the run was in…

September 28, 2016
Recipe, Lemony Lentil Bolognese, Easy, Weeknight, Quick, Simple, Fast, Homemade, Gluten-free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Meatless, Dairy-free, Dairy Free, Healthy, Italian, Comfort Foods, Lentils, Pasta, Veggies, Mushrooms, Carrots

Lemony lentil bolognese

This post is brought to you by lemon, aka one of many foods I’ve become obsessed with since moving to Australia (including, but not limited to, avo, coconut yogourt, fresh herbs, Grain Waves, Pilpel’s hummus, etc.). Previously, I never really took notice of lemons.…

September 15, 2016
Easy Meal Plans for Back-to-School, Weeknight, For Beginners, Template, Tips, Cooking Tips, Organization, Meal Plan, Meal Planning, Meal Planning Ideas, Menu Plan, Menu Planning, Grocery List, Grocery Shopping, Back-to-School, Back to School, Sample Meal Plan, Dinner Ideas, Minimalist Cooking, Simple Cooking, Minimalism

Easy meal plans for back to school

Most people remember their wedding as one of the happiest and busiest times in their life. I’m no exception. Back in oh-ten, I was… Living in Toronto but working in Waterloo, which meant an almost 3 hour daily commute Organizing two (small-ish) weddings in Canada…

September 1, 2016
Recipe, Lime Grilled Chicken and Coleslaw, Easy, Weeknight, Quick, Simple, Fast, Homemade, Gluten-free, Gluten Free, Dairy-free, Dairy Free, Healthy, BBQ, Chicken, Lime, Coleslaw

Anytime lime grilled chicken and coleslaw

Until recently (like, last week), I forgot how good food is on the bbq. As condo people (so far), our grilling experience has been limited to a camping-sized bbq on the balcony which….isn’t the same as a proper, badass bbq that we were fortunate enough…

August 25, 2016
Commuter Cook, Food Blog, Dinner Done, Minimalist Cooking, Flexitarian

Say hello to the new Commuter Cook

One of the funny (funny ‘weird’, not funny ‘haha’) things about me is that I have a thing about dates. Not dates that you eat (although I love Medjool dates) or dates with your boyfriend or girlfriend (although I love a cozy dinner date).…

August 7, 2016
10 things I love about my oven

10 things I love about my oven

(Not) newsflash: I still don’t have an oven. It’s been since March 1st—more than a month ago—which means that it’s gone from inconvenient to maddening. Basically, we’ve gone through the five stages: Denial: “I’m sure this will work this time if I just push the…

April 7, 2016
Recipe, Carbonara with Zucchini Noodles, Easy, Weeknight, Quick, Simple, Fast, Homemade, Healthy, Italian, Comfort Foods, Pasta, Zucchini, Zoodles, Eggs, Pancetta, 7 ingredients or less

Healthier weeknight carbonara with zucchini noodles

Much as I love to cook, I also love it when someone else cooks for me. Specifically when it’s the husband. It’s just…such a treat. Probably because it’s not exactly a common occurrence, which is a shame since he’s a pretty good at it…

March 24, 2016
Recipe, Lemony Goat Cheese Stuffed Burgers, Easy, Weeknight, Quick, Simple, Fast, Homemade, Healthy, Comfort Foods, BBQ, Ground Turkey, Goat Cheese, 7 ingredients or less

Lisa’s lemony goat cheese stuffed burgers

Today I’d like you to meet my sister Lisa. Lisa: Say hi to the nice people of the blogosphere. There are many things to know about my sister but for today’s purposes, you only need to know that 1) she loves to cook (like…

March 17, 2016