Thanksgiving

Keep It Wild This Thanksgiving: Try Some Yummy Seafood

Yes, it’s Thanksgiving and this is a special occasion to enjoy some tasty seafood. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has teamed up with chef Charlotte Langley to inspire new traditions around the Thanksgiving table, all centered around eating more mindfully and keeping it wild with certified sustainable seafood. Historically focused on celebrating the fall harvest, […]

Top Ten Tips To Slow Down

Hey you – slow down! It’s never been easier to connect with someone on the other side of the world, yet it’s so easy to feel disconnected from the people closest to us. We have more tools than ever to simplify tasks and accomplish more things quickly, yet our to-do lists have never been longer. […]

Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes

Summer Delight: How To Make Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes

End of summer is nearing but there is still loads of time for family gatherings and BBQs with friends. Sick yet of the endless same old burger and hotdog routine? No problem, I have created a summer recipe that you can use this season to spice up your taste buds, leaving you both nourished and […]

Social Media Self Esteem

How to Not Allow Social Media to Impact Your Body Image And Self Esteem

Often time’s magazines and television are blamed for portraying an ideal body image that causes many people to question their looks and to lose self-confidence.  But how has social media affected the way we perceive ourselves? Does it play a role in manipulating our attitudes towards the way we look and ultimately our self-confidence? The […]

Greek Pasta

How To Make A Greek Inspired Sweet Potato Zucchini Pasta

Love a pasta salad but want to get more veggies into your diet? If you haven’t tried your hand at a new tool called a spiralizer yet you are really missing out. This sweet gem turns veggies into spiralized noodle like portions. For this recipe my KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer does double duty with a […]

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Coming to a Grocery Store Near You

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte will soon hit the shelves at local grocery stores. Yes, it’s great news indeed. Many of us are still sojourning through the dog days of summer but we’re close enough to Fall where we’re thinking about our first cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte, with hints of fall scents like cinnamon, nutmeg, […]

Change

Embracing and Honouring Change

As living beings we are always changing, growing and evolving. Change is inevitable and Change is good. Everything in the world experiences change at one time or another.  For example, every few months the seasons change and that creates a whole slew of other shifts that are important and necessary.  When the weather gets cooler […]

Summer Dinner Menu

A Complete Summer Dinner Menu for Entertaining Your Guests

Are summer recipes on your mind? I’ve rounded up some of our favourite Vitalize recipes to create the perfect Summer Dinner Menu. You can either enjoy with friends or yourself! The option is yours, although we think you’re going to want to keep these all for yourself. Yum! Then again, it’s good to share some […]

Hey Canadian Moms! Stream Time is the New “Me Time”.

It’s the summer and Moms across the country are feeling the pains of having the children at home around the clock. So in today’s day and age, how are moms de-stressing?  According to a recent Canadian study from Netflix,  “stream time” is the new “me time,” with 9 out of 10 Canadian mothers saying that watching great TV […]

BBQ Corn

BBQ Corn With Butter, Parmesan, Lemon & Tahini 

There are so many fun ways to dress up super sweet summer corn, but this is a favourite of mine. No need to pre-cook the corn; roasting on the BBQ for BBQ Corn does it perfectly. BBQ Corn Serves 4 Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients 4 fresh corn with husk on (makes for a great handle) 2 tbsp unsalted butter ¼ cup […]

Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp With Beans & Edamame Recipe

“I don’t know if this Chili Shrimp with Beans and Edamame is Asian or Italian, but I do know it’ll make your mouth dance.”  Chili Shrimp with Beans and Edamame Ingredients 2 cups medium-sized shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 cups green beans, cut diagonally lengthwise 2 cups cherry tomatoes, larger ones chopped in half 2 […]

Strawberry Shortcake

Mile High Strawberry Shortcake

For Canada Day this year, I’ve created this super easy variation to the personalized Strawberry Shortcake that will allow you to prepare ahead, wow your guests and keep them coming back for more. I have to admit, I love June.  Why you ask?  Well it’s strawberry season.  It may be the only time you’ll see […]

Toronto Craft Brewer Launches Fake News Ale

A local startup brewery here in Toronto, ON, has just announced a charitable beer line to help reverse questionable policies and of course to help make beer great again. As Northern Maverick gears up for a summer launch, the Toronto craft brewer unveiled its first beer as part of a charitable line of beers that […]

Potato & Prawn Salad with Lemon Yogurt, Capers & Radish

Serves 2 comfortably, serves 4 as a starter. Takes 20 mins Bright and light, this salad is bursting with bold summer flavours. 400 grams baby white potatoes, cooked to fork tender in well salted water, and cooled 250 grams large shrimp, peeled, cooked in well salted water and cooled 2 radishes thinly sliced (a mandolin […]

Sun-dried Tomato & Feta Hummus

A luxuriously rich spin on a classic, this sun-dried tomato hummus is perfect on a crispy pita or as my girls do, dip n’ lick it off your fingers.  In a food processor combine until smooth: 3 cups of chickpeas (canned or cooked) ½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes 150-200 grams of feta juice of ½ […]

Lemon Cream Cheese Shortbread Snowstorms

I’m not a huge fan of the rigid recipe that’s typically required for baking—but this super easy, hard-to-mess-up, six-ingredient concoction hits the note for my daughters and I. And they taste like heaven.  Prep 45 mins/cook time 20 mins Cookie ingredients: 3/4 cup icing sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt […]

The World’s Richest Tomato Sauce

Sure, basic marinara sauce works OK, but this sauce takes it to the next level. Puree it for any dish that works with tomato sauce. I even use it as ketchup with my kids! Takes 20 mins – Serves 4-6 700/800g linguine or fettuccine 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced ½ white onion, finely chopped 1 […]

Hot Winter Cocktails

Anyone can add a splash of Irish cream to a hot cup of coffee. But, delicious as that is, it’s hardly enough liquid fortitude to make it through the polar vortex months. Summer cocktails abound, but when it comes to winter warmers, we are too often creatively challenged and end up short-changing ourselves at a […]

Smoked Nachos

The year was 1943, and a group of Americans straggled into the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Mexico, after closing time. The chef had left, but the maitre d’, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, topped some tostadas with jalapeños and cheese and melted it under the broiler. A classic was born. His legacy lives on, and I […]

Honey-Cured Ham Ribs

Combine the briny, smoky, umami flavours of country ham with the crusty, gnaw-off-the-bone pleasure of barbecued baby backs and you wind up with ham ribs. I wish I could say I thought of it, but I got the idea from a man utterly obsessed with pork, smoke, and fire: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, […]

Red Hot Wings with Pac-Rim Seasonings

My take on the Buffalo wing involves—you guessed it—wood smoke. Crank your smoker up to 375°F. This is hotter than the usual 225°F low and slow, but the heat helps render the fat and crisp the chicken skin. To further pump up the wings, I call for Pac-Rim flavours like sesame oil and sriracha, and […]

Curry Pumpkin Soup

My grandmother would prepare a big batch of pumpkin soup for the adults to eat while the kids went out to get their treats for the night, and my mom took on this tradition when we were growing up. This is my rendition of the recipe she has been using for decades. SERVES 6 2 […]

Steamed Clam and Mild Italian Sausage with Tomato Broth

Sausage makes a flavourful addition to almost any seafood recipe. With this recipe, celebrity chef Mark McEwan has combined the savoury taste of steamed clams with the robust flavour of mild Italian sausage for an unbeatable combination. 40 min prep time 15 min cook time 4 servings WHAT YOU NEED 1/3 pkg. (17.64 ounces/ 500 […]

Crostini with Sausage Ragout and Ricotta Cheese

The recipe for a great party is some good conversation, good music and delicious food. So celebrity chef Mark McEwan has put together a special recipe for your next great get-together. Flavourful small bites, perfect for entertaining. PREP TIME 20 COOK TIME 40 SERVINGS 18 WHAT YOU NEED 1 pkg. (17.64 ounces/500 g) Johnsonville Italian […]

‘Tis the Season to Sparkle

It’s no bubble: Champagne’s stocks are on the rise. Where there were once only two options—the real deal or total plonk—we now have a host of excellent “middle-ground” alternatives, many of which are probably just as good as bona fide French Champagne. And a whole lot cheaper.  That’s happy news for those of us who […]