Creamy Barley with Tomatoes and Greens

It takes a lot for a recipe to make it into my regular repertoire. As the years go by, it seems that there are more and more hurdles a dish has to jump over before I’ll make it on a consistent basis. In grad school, my criteria were delicious, quick and easy (though during exam … Continue reading

Supermarket Survival Guide: Cereal Aisle

  One of the trickiest aisles to navigate in the supermarket is the cereal aisle. This is because, like yogurt, cereal has a “health halo”, which is food industry-speak for the aura of health that sounds a particular food (whether it deserves it or not.) People often think it’s a lot healthier than it is.  Another reason it’s … Continue reading

How to Avoid Big Food Marketing Pitfalls: Grocery Shopping Shortcuts

After my last post discussing the reality of food marketing, reader The Job Hunter asked a great question about whether there were any short cuts to analyzing products in the grocery store (especially once you are exhausted from a long day at work.) Hey, I hear you. I have a crazy one year old will … Continue reading

Confessions of a Processed Food Marketer; or What You Need to Know Before You Set Foot in a Grocery Store Again

  Have you gotten your grocery list pimped yet? That’ right, send me your grocery list, and I’ll give it a free healthy makeover! Details are here! I’ve worked in the processed food industry for several years, up until I had my son last year. Although I liked the challenging environment and the people I worked … Continue reading

Ingredient Spotlight: Chia Seeds

  Move over, Chia Pet. Make room, Chia Hair. Chia seeds have graduated from cheesy eighties gag gift to the new superfood on the block. I had heard rumblings about the benefits of chia seeds for a while, but frankly, they seemed too ‘healthy’ to me – I generally shy away from buying peripheral health ingredients … Continue reading

Creamy Amaranth Porridge

I’m of the opinion that if you live in Canada, you have two choices. You can bitch and moan about how hot it is in summer, or you can bitch and moan about how cold it is in winter (I guess a third choice would be not to bitch and moan about the weather at … Continue reading