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12 guilt-free Halloween treats for a crowd

12 guilt-free Halloween recipes for a crowd!

Halloween is a time for candy – there’s no doubt about it. But if you’ve got a handful of parties and potlucks lined up in the days leading up to Halloween, it’s worthwhile to have a few lighter options up your sleeve. You and your guests will appreciate the breath of fresh air.  Plus, making a few healthier choices now will leave room for the real treats on Halloween night!

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Kale, butternut squash and corn quinoa salad

Kale, butternut squash and corn quinoa salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I’m going to keep this post fairly quick because if I look at the computer screen for one more minute, I think my eyes might fall out of my head!  One of those days.

In my previous life as a grad student, I learned a thing or two about how to not implode due to stress.  Drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and fueling your body with the right nutrients is key to surviving a stressful period with your health intact.  Being back in school mode yet again, these obvious but oh-so-important tips are at the forefront of my mind.  Easier said than done, of course!

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What I Ate Wednesday #13: Empty Fridge Edition

What I Ate Wednesday #13 - Empty Fridge Edition!

It’s true what they say: you really can have too much of a good thing.  In this case, the good thing was cleaning.

We did such a good job of tidying up our house to prep it for staging a few weeks ago that I ended up emptying out our entire fridge.  Good food didn’t go to waste or anything (we ate up most things, including most of these apples), but I definitely got rid of quite a bit of stuff that was nearing the end of its life.

The end result: a squeaky clean (but very bare) refrigerator!  Not much to choose from for breakfast, lunch or dinner other than a few bread products, baby carrots, some leftover Israeli couscous salad and miscellaneous condiments (mustard, sriracha, ketchup, pesto and pickles).

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7-day healthy dinner meal plan

Vegetarian bean and vegetable chili | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Good morning, lovelies!  Just a quick post for you today because it’s Sunday and I know you’ve got plenty to do.

You know I love meal prep Sundays, so I was psyched when Food Bloggers of Canada (FBC) put out a call for contributors for their 7-day meal plan series. [click to continue…]

Thai red curry with tofu

Quick and easy one-pot Thai red curry with tofu {vegetarian} - comes together in under 30 minutes and requires virtually no prep work! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

After last week’s heat wave, the weather has gone from summer to fall in just a couple of days.  That chill in the air doesn’t only signify the start of boot season (yes!), but it also means that soup season is officially here.  It sure has been a while! [click to continue…]

Life changes + 10 nutritious back-to-school snack ideas

10 nutritious back-to-school snack ideas | www.ricottaandradishes.com

It’s hard to believe it’s September already.  Time for a good old fashioned life update!

Well, here it is: I’m going to grad school.  Again.  I’m trying to be all calm, cool and collected, but the truth is I’m freaking out a little!

There are textbooks to pick up, Facebook groups to join and a new fall wardrobe to buy (ok, I added that part in.  But aren’t collegiate blazers and equestrian boots half the fun of campus life?) [click to continue…]

Low sugar, low fat mini apple crisps {vegan}

Low sugar, low fat mini apple crisps | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Today I bring you…drum roll please…a dessert!  Other than the Italian pizzelle I posted last Christmas, this mini apple crisp recipe is the first real dessert to see the light of day on this blog. I’m pretty proud of this, mainly because I suck at baking, but also because I was quite resourceful in making this recipe.

We had a fruit bowl full of Granny Smith apples which my husband doesn’t exactly love but I thought looked pretty for our home staging. I wasn’t eating them fast enough myself, so my mind started wandering to apple slaw, apple salads and baked apples. With September on the horizon, there’s no better time to have apples on the brain.  Eventually I settled on apple crisp after realizing we also had some flour, oats, coconut oil and other baking ingredients that needed to be used up as well. [click to continue…]

Sunday links, summer produce edition


I’m baaaaaack!  Back to posting Sunday Links, that is.  It’s been a little while since I’ve written my weekly list of links, but now feels like a good time to regroup and gather my thoughts.

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Chickpea and grilled vegetable couscous salad with tahini dressing | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I’ve had this dish up my sleeve for a while and am excited to finally get to share it with you. Grilled vegetables–including summer’s darling, zucchini–combine with Israeli couscous, chickpeas and silky tahini for a Middle Eastern-inspired salad that’s ideal for a late summer lunch or dinner. [click to continue…]

Corn on the cob with cilantro chimichurri 

Corn on the cob with bright, fresh cilantro chimichurri! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Today’s recipe is a throwback to last summer’s cilantro chimichurri (recipe also shown at the bottom of this post) but I couldn’t help talking about it again.  It’s just so fresh and delicious and absolutely perfect for these last few weeks of summer.

Our house is all staged and ready to be scoped out by prospective buyers, so I’ve been temporarily banned from cooking in my own kitchen!  More accurately, I can’t make anything strong-smelling or messy.  This means homemade curries are out, bagged salads and store-bought quiches are in! [click to continue…]