Category Archives: Sauces & Toppings

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

With (Canadian) Thanksgiving in a couple days, it’s time to get ready for the big turkey dinner (or chicken or tofurkey, if turkey isn’t your thing).  As I mentioned in my last post, my sister and I usually take on the big holidays because we like to cook. We never did celebrate Thanksgiving too much when we were younger, but that changed when we took charge of the kitchen. My mom never liked the taste of turkey, so we would usually have chicken, but that changed when she had turkey that was cooked properly (i.e., wrapped in bacon). Of course, that wasn’t going to happen all the time (although the rest of my family wants to do that this weekend), but we found a way to cook the turkey to her liking that still left it moist and flavourful.

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Eggplant & Tomato Sauce

I love eggplant. It’s such a versatile ingredient — you can use it in soups, sauces, dips (baba ghanouj anyone?), curries, as a pizza topping, baked, roasted…possibilities are endless! The good thing about eggplant is that it takes on any flavours you give it. I’ve even read about it being used as a substitute for a cheese dip! Continue reading Eggplant & Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce


So it’s Canada Day here, and that means all things red and white! And what better way than making a red sauce 😉


That wasn’t why I made this… but it is red! I love a good tomato sauce. And I love pasta. I’ve already posted a couple sauce recipes, but this time, I thought I’d make a simple roasted red tomato sauce. It really tastes so much better than the jarred stuff you find at the store. I mean, of course it would be, when you use the freshest ingredients with no additives or preservatives. And you control what you put in it.

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Spaghetti with Tomato Basil ‘Cream’ Sauce


Why, you ask, is the spaghetti black? It’s not squid ink pasta… Actually, it’s spaghetti made out of black beans! It actually looks more like noodles than it is spaghetti, but it is a box I came across while shopping at Costco.

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Beet Waffles with Maple Raspberry Sauce


Yes, you read right. Beet waffles. Strange? That’s what my sister thought.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so I came up with a perfect recipe for you to use as a morning breakfast meal for your loved one (perhaps breakfast in bed?). I don’t usually celebrate myself (but that’s just my single self talking), but if you don’t have a special someone or a valentine, make these for yourself! Continue reading Beet Waffles with Maple Raspberry Sauce

Mocha-Chip Waffles with Coconut Fudge Sauce


Chocolate for breakfast? Who can argue with that?! And these are healthy and vegan! I woke up one Saturday morning wanting something really chocolatey. I was inspired by some double chocolate pancake recipes, but I decided to turn them into waffles, because I love them more than pancakes. One thing I did was add instant coffee granules. Adding this really brings out the chocolate flavour. Since the waffles aren’t too sweet, I topped these with an amazing coconut fudge sauce, with coconut butter and maple syrup. Perfect way to start your weekend 🙂

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Oat & Spelt Cinnamon Waffles with Bananas Foster sauce

This Christmas, my sister bought me a Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker, which I’ve been dying to get to make my own waffles (thanks, sis!). Yesterday, I finally got around to opening it and using it. I made oat & spelt flour cinnamon waffles, topped with a delightfully sweet bananas foster sauce. Completely healthy and free of refined sugars and full of fibre and protein. It was delicious, and a great way to start the morning! Definitely going to try to use this machine weekly 🙂

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