Asian Harvest Noodle Salad

Asian Harvest Noodle Salad

This Asian Harvest Noodle Salad is an easy recipe and healthy late summer that features vermicelli rice noodles and a homemade low calorie Asian dressing. Our family loves easy meals, and especially noodles for salad bases, making them a fun and kid-friendly meal. We also love that the harvest vegetables (peppers, carrots and gorgeous rainbow chard) in this side dish are versatile and can easily be used in more than one dish throughout the week to avoid food waste! And when it comes to using up those delicious and abundant harvest vegetables available in the late summer season, this sesame Asian salad dressing makes them taste about as amazing as you can imagine!

 

Fresh Peach Dump Cake

Fresh Peach Dump Cake

Fresh Peach Dump Cake. Don't let the name "dump cake" scare you off from trying this fast, easy, panty and meal-planning friendly cake! This delicious and easy dessert using seasonal peaches has been passed down now in my family for over 100 years must be one of the original dump cake recipes that are out there. Every time I have extra peaches that need used up, I think about this quick and easy dump cake, which features a homemade cake as the top layer and a delicious peach layer on the bottom.

Why you won’t see my kid cooking! Digital safety beyond the kitchen.

Why you won’t see my kid cooking! Digital safety beyond the kitchen.

Why you won’t see my kid cooking! The Messy Little Kitchen shares tips in each recipe on how to engage kids in the kitchen, plus additional information on cooking with kids and developing their food skills and literacy. Which is just so important! But when it comes to digital safety, I don't include pictures for the public to see of my kid in the kitchen. I'm sharing my reasons for sharing less of my family online to create balance in our lives, and why we've made this decision about “sharenting” (sharing our child on social media). 

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

This fast & healthy recipe for Salmon Patties is on the table in what feels like no time, and is easily paired with simple sides. This recipe uses canned salmon that you can easily keep on hand in your kitchen pantry for an emergency meal  you need a quick dinner, recipe failure, or you just don't feel like making dinner. If you're looking for easy meal ideas that are kid approved, a simple way to begin cooking with fish, or some food pantry meal ideas, add this to your list! This is a great back-up to ordering takeout and will soon become a favourite!

A Beginner's Guide to Making Homemade Preserves

A Beginner's Guide to Making Homemade Preserves

A Beginners Guide to Making Homemade Preserves! Summer is in full swing, which means that finally there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the local farmer’s markets! And there’s no better way to get a taste of summer in the middle of winter than to preserve your own produce. Wondering how to make a real fruit, no cook or some simple preserves for beginners? Jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys .. what's the difference? And what's involved for the new cook? Come find out more, plus three of our favourite recipes, and a handful of awesome Preserving Resources! 

Tips for Cooking With Your Toddler, Plus 10 Easy Recipes!

Tips for Cooking With Your Toddler, Plus 10 Easy Recipes!

Kids of all ages love being involved in the kitchen! That includes toddlers, and the key is to find way to nurture their curiosity in the kitchen, develop their fine motor skills, and keep them safe while cooking.  Even better? You don't need special kids' kitchen supplies - just your regular cooking tools! Unlike school-aged kids, toddlers have a few more safety measures that parents and caregivers need to keep in mind when including them in the kitchen. This post includes tips for cooking with toddlers, followed by ten of our family's favourite healthy cooking for children recipes that are practice different fine motor skills and provide a variety of sensory experiences for little chefs. 

Grilled Potato Niçoise-Style Salad

Grilled Potato Niçoise-Style Salad

This Grilled Potato Niçoise-Style Salad is an easy recipe and healthy summer meal that is a perfect outdoor BBQ dinner idea for busy families! Warmer summer nights has our family cooking dinner recipes outside! This is a quick & easy dinner that allows the potatoes to cook in under 8 minutes by slicing them thinly. The Carisma potatoes by EarthFresh really shine in taste and texture for this grilled salad family meal. 

Family-Style Ploughman's Lunch

Family-Style Ploughman's Lunch

Are you thinking about trying to make that perfect meat and cheese platter for Father's Day or Dad's birthday? Maybe you're just searching for another easy summer meal, or family-friendly recipe that the whole family will enjoy and have fun with. A Family-Style Ploughman's Lunch, which is essentially a combined cheese board and charcuterie platter, is a easy and impressive looking meal that is delicious and will engage the whole family. Loaded with fruits, vegetables as well as whole grain crackers, breads and cheeses, there's something everyone will enjoy during this mealtime.

10 Tips for Shopping Farmer’s Markets Like a Meal Planning Pro!

10 Tips for Shopping Farmer’s Markets Like a Meal Planning Pro!

10 Tips for Shopping a Farmer's Market Like a Meal Planning Pro. The first full week of June each year is Local Food Week in Ontario, Canada. And personally, I like to make a pretty big deal about Local Food Week, in part because I grew up on a farm. As a family, we’ve been needing an activity that gets us outside and enjoying the fresh air. We love celebrating Local Food Week by visiting a farmers market stand or two, and building all of the fresh ingredients into our weekly food and meal plan. These 10 tips will help you determine how to build a flexible grocery list that uses seasonal ingredients, and allows you to shop for your groceries at the farmer's market without feeling over-purchasing or feeling overwhelmed. 

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones Recipe. This is one of the best whole wheat bread options I've experimented with in recent months that satisfies my family's request for a bread option alongside of their meals. It also helps round out menus on cool spring days where a soup is on the menu, or when we're having a salad meal. This quick recipe for scones draws on the spring flavour pairing of cheddar and chives together in this amazing whole wheat quick bread recipe.