Get thee to the Greek
If you’re lucky to find yourself at a cottage this summer, here is the perfect
salad for a leisurely lunch on the dock. It packs a little sweet, a little salty and a big punch of protein with tuna, chickpeas and feta. After her first mouthful,
Alison declared me “the queen of salads.” Now you can be queen, too.
We celebrated Canada Day with this colourful corn salad. With fresh corn and peaches, every bite tastes like summer.
Fennel, peach and sunflower seeds
This crunchy salad was inspired by my dear friend Debbie (aka Bella). It’s all hers, with a couple of additions that were calling out to me. Debbie worships Giada, can effortlessly whip up a gourmet meal and gets pleasure from feeding the people she loves. And she loves to eat good food.
Reason #26 I love Bella: ECHOage. She and her business partner, Alison, have changed the face of birthday parties with ECHOage – an online birthday party service where children learn the value of giving and receiving while celebrating. If you haven’t heard of it and you have kids, it’s your lucky day. Trust me, it’s so good it’s become a verb (as in, “I ECHOaged Lily’s party”). This year, for Lily’s 6th birthday, she got to pick the charity of her choice from the ECHOage website. She chose WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada)
because “I love nature and I love animals.” Half of the money that her party guests (well, their parents) contributed online went to WWF-Canada and the other half went to a Razor scooter with pink handlebars and some charms for her charm bracelet. Lily felt good about making a difference and she feels good riding her scooter. And I feel proud of her.
Tomato bocconcini and greens
Nothing says summer like a fresh salad. The kids love throwing the ingredients into a bowl and creating something pretty and tasty. And then they’re usually more likely to eat it. This is the first of many easy and delicious summer salads…all sans gluten (who needs croutons anyway?).
Flaky on the outside, chewy on the inside
Lily: “The only thing I miss now that I’m gluten free is a croissant.”