• Individual Meat Loaves

    Makes 6 individual loaves

    1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
    ¼ cup packed brown sugar
    1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard 
    ½ teaspoon chili powder
    1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
    1 tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce 
    1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey (or half of each)
    1 large egg, beaten 
    1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs, baby rice cereal, or instant potato flakes 
    ½ teaspoon salt 
    ¼ teaspoon black pepper 
    ¼ cup finely chopped onion 

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 6-cup, nonstick muffin pan or line with paper liners and place the muffin pan on a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, garlic, if using, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. 

    Place one-half of the tomato mixture in a large bowl. Add the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and onion. Mix well with your hands. Divide the mixture evenly in the muffin pan to form 6 individual meat loaves. Make slight indentations in the center of each loaf and brush with remaining tomato mixture.

    Bake until nicely browned, about 20 to 25 minutes or when an instant-read thermometer reaches 170 degrees inserted into the center of a loaf. Serve hot.

  • Jalapeno Salsa

    12 or more cups diced tomatoes
    1 large, diced onion
    salt to taste
    lemon juice, fresh or bottled
    3 diced green peppers
    1 tablespoon minced garlic, add more if you wish
    8-10 sliced jalapeños, add more 

    For variety, add any of the following:
    • 1 cup diced mushrooms
    • 1 cup diced mango
    • 5-8 coarsely chopped tomatillos

    -from Susan Steele, NS Facebook post

  • Watercress Pesto

    1/2 clove garlic
    1/3 cup walnuts
    3 ounces watercress
    1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    1 tablespoons mayonnaise

    Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Pulse until a finely chopped paste is formed.

  • Watercress Soup

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 peeled and cubed potato
    1 chopped onion
    1 ½ cups chicken stock
    1 ½ cups milk
    ½ cup watercress
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    cream optional


    Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add 1 peeled and cubed potato, and 1 chopped onion of choice. Reduce heat to medium, cover for 5 minutes. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock and 2 1/2 cups of milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in 1/2 cup watercress leaves and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the cooking pot, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and season to taste. If desired, serve with a dollop of cream.

  • In Season: Asparagus

    Did you know it takes three whole seasons of growth before an asparagus plant can be harvested? Although asparagus is traditionally known as green, it also comes in white and purple varieties. Consuming only 5 spears equates to about 20 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 400 mg of potassium. They are also a great source of vitamins B1, B6, and B9.


  • Savour the Flavor: Summer Barbecues

    Summer is prime time for barbecues, yet while great fun, many barbecues are laden with health-damaging foods. That being said, great summer food doesn’t have to compromise your health. Why not try a few easy recipes that will keep your family both well and satisfied?

    Curt Hamilton, CNN
  • Gluten-Free Cupcakes

    Marble Cupcakes

    MAKES 8 
    SWEETNESS: Medium 

    Vanilla Batter
    1/4 cup coconut flour
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    2 large eggs 
    2 tablespoons grapeseed oil 
    1/3 cup agave nectar 

    Chocolate Batter
    2 tablespoon coconut flour 

    Check out Elana Amsterdam's gluten-free marble cupcake recipe!
  • In Season: Watercress


    Watercress is a great vegetable to try this summer.
  • In Season: Garlic

    Commercially available garlic is grown year-round, however the wild varieties are at their peak in March. For thousands

  • Party Time

    Ack, the holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, even the Super Bowl... The months-long celebration is often met with dread. What a shift from childhood days when the Christmas countdown began in, well, June and couldn’t arrive soon enough.

    Top chefs give their best tips for how to entertain friends and family the healthy, natural way.
    By Amanda M. Faison