28.3.17

20 Healthy Salmon Recipes Your Family Will Love



by Robin

As a Registered Dietitian I know full and well all the benefits of eating salmon.  But do you think it's a regular on our Meal Plan Master List?  


Nope.  Ed and I both love salmon - so the problem doesn't lie with us.  You guessed it.  We've got the same problem you likely do.  We have kids.  Kids can be less than open minded about some foods.  One of those foods - so far - has been salmon.


I desperately want my kids to eat salmon!  

  • I know that it's loaded with DHA Omega-3 fats which are amazing for growing brains - and aging ones, too.  

  • It's also an incredible source of Vitamin D.  In our frigid, grey Canadian winters - kids are too bundled up for their bodies to make the Sunshine Vitamin.  From October to May Canadians need to be purposeful about getting Vitamin D.  Nutrients found naturally in food are my preferred method over supplements. (But we do take a supplement of Vitamin D in the winter months.  Ddrops are our favourite.)



So I've been experimenting with ways to get salmon onto our family table.  We already regularly eat some fish.  We've written before about our Healthier Fish Stick Hack recipe.  I had thought about just substituting salmon for the white fish - but sometimes you can run the risk of turning some kids off of a recipe they like by messing with it too much.


A couple of months ago I had some success with a Salmon Cakes recipe from this wonderful family cookbook,  Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide: Feed Your Family. Save Your Sanityfrom Sally at Real Mom Nutrition.  One kid liked them fine, and the other took a couple of nibbles.  That's success!  With a few tweaks to the recipe I think I can get our reluctant eater on board.


This meal inspired me to go hunting for salmon recipes from other mom's and that's what this post is about.  Below is 20+ healthy salmon recipes that I think may make it onto our table with success.  Hopefully yours too!




16.3.17

Recipe: Dark Beer Pulled Brisket on Cheddar Waffles with Blue Cheese Kale Coleslaw

By Ed




Once or twice a football season, I like to get together with a buddy who shares a similar passion for food, drink and the NFL and watch a game and eat myself stupid. I call it Foodball. (Well, I don't really call it that, but I just decided to start).


This season, I'd put that off too long, so when an ideal game showed up on the schedule  - Steelers (his team) vs. Bills (always on free Over-the-Air TV) - we decided to do something.


I had a 3lb beef brisket in the freezer. I'd bought it way back in summer when I saw it deeply discounted as it was approaching a sell-by date. I always scan the fresh cuts of meat section, looking for an "Enjoy Tonight!" sticker - how our store often denotes great deals - and this brisket is a reason why. It is a choice cut of meat that normally costs a lot.


Why yes, you are special, my well-marbled friend.


I'd also cooked a brisket over the summer with friends over a smoker. It was tasty, but it was also extremely time-consuming and I wanted a way to get that delicious meat without the hours.  Enter the Instant Pot pressure cooker.


Here's how it all went down.


7.3.17

How to DIY a Simple Built-in Window Seat (an Ikea Hack!)

Intro by Robin




This window seat is the second built-in we ever tackled - and it is hands down my favourite!  (The first was this stair-top bookshelf and plant stand.)


What little girl doesn't dream of a window seat?  This big girl still does!


Because of the window dormer and the angled ceilings in our daughter's room - there are limited places for storage - I knew this window seat needed to do double - or triple - duty.  It needed a seat (well, duh.), shelves and drawers.


Now drawers are super handy to have - but they are also super tricky to build  - especially when you're a beginner.  They need to be perfectly square and engineered just right to make them actually work.  We were daunted.  Building drawers is beyond our current skill set.


What isn't beyond our skill set? An Ikea Hack!


Armed with their trusty catalog I figured out that 2 of their humble Malm nightstands would work perfectly for our needs:


  • They're the right height.  
  • They'd give us four drawers. 
  • Their smooth face has no knobs or pulls - so there's nothing to scratch a calf or catch a pant leg when climbing up and down. 
  • And they're pretty darn affordable.



Definitely more affordable than hiring someone to build us a custom built window seat!  When we added the second storey to our home - which included this bedroom - the quote we were given to build this very window seat was almost $1000!  


Ours comes in at less than $200.  Including the cushion - our original quote was just the hard bits!


Keep reading for Ed's easy to follow tutorial...


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