Raspberry – Oat Crumb Muffins

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© David James Di Pardo – 2015

If there is one thing that has been extremely abundant this summer; it’s the garden’s raspberry production. They just keep coming. I’ve been throwing them into just about everything over the past month, and the freezer is completely stocked with bag upon bag. We’ve also been giving them away to family members, after all who is going to say no to fresh organic raspberries? Am I right? Continue reading

Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes

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Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

As the blueberry bushes in the garden start to fill with ripening fruit I find myself digging through the freezer to make sure I’ve used up last year’s produce. The berry bushes tend to produce more then I can use prior to them spoiling, however freezing these sun ripened gems makes them easy to add into smoothies and baked goods year round. To freeze berries, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the berries in a single layer. Freeze for 3-4 hours prior to transferring to a freezer container or zip top freezer bag. Continue reading

Maple Walnut Waffles

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Maple Walnut Waffles

© David James Di Pardo - 2015

Pancakes are perhaps the most requested breakfast/brunch dish in our house, however, waffles are a close second. The receipt of a new waffle iron this past Christmas has caused them to have many repeat performances over the past few months. While I like the simplicity of my old stove-top waffle maker, the convenience of an electric one can't be beat. If like me, you find yourself multi-tasking while making breakfast, an electric waffle maker with a built in timer is a godsend.

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Coconut-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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© David James Di Pardo - 2015

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

Personally I think its really hard to make a bad banana bread. Pretty much anything goes in terms of add-ins; chocolate, nuts, fruit, etc. So as I was preparing my bags for my second trip down to South Africa last Friday, I noticed the bunch of bananas sitting in the fruit bowl on the dinning room table. Dark yellow and covered in brown spots, similar to the leopards we saw on our day safari. Continue reading

Cowboy Cookies

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Cowboy Cookies

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

Weather in Montreal has been quite divers over the past couple of weeks. We have beautiful days above 30°C and the very next day it’ll drop down to 10 or 13°C. We had a few of those colder days over the past week and personally I refuse to start turning back on the heaters.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts

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© David James Di Pardo – 2015

I love the versatility of donuts, and the fact that they’re easy to transport makes them an easy choice for bringing to pot lucks or get-togethers. No frosting clinging to plastic wrap, or cupcakes toppling over in the car. There were a few instances where i got creative and tried to use pillows and seat belts to safely secure a pedestal cake stand to the passenger seat, this is just so much easier. Every time I make donuts I think of Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality shoving donuts down her dress, and I have a little chuckle in the kitchen. While that seems like a legit way to transport donuts, I should point out that tupperware works pretty good too. Continue reading

Multi-Grain Pancakes

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Multi-Grain Pancakes

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

In our house weekends are all about breakfast, or at the time we usually eat, brunch. With my new training regiment I hit the gym first thing in the morning when it is still quiet. Continue reading

Protein Parfait

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Protein Parfait

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

Oh how I love this parfait! Seriously, words cannot express how much I enjoy sitting down with one of these bowls. In fact, I make these 4-5 times per week. They’re great for breakfast because they can be made ahead of time, but they’re also super fast to throw together, making them a great afternoon snack or post workout meal. Ideal for those days where I’m craving something sweet after the gym. Continue reading

Healthy & Delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondes

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondes

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

I made these blondes for a dessert to bring to my parents last weekend. I was worried these would be an epic fail as I threw them together on the spot, but they turned out great! They’re moist, dense, and slightly sweet with a wonderfully nutty flavor. Oh, did I mention these are gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free, and of course vegan? You really can’t feel quilty about eating these! They have about the same calorie impact as a large banana… maybe I should have lead with that… Continue reading

Tempeh-Chorizo Burrito Bowl

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Tempeh Chorizo Burrito Bowl

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

Everything on social media last week about Chipotle’s sofritas, have left me dreaming about burritos and burrito bowls. If you haven’t tried their sofritas burrito or burrito bowl, I highly recommend it! Unfortunately there are no Chipotle’s restaurants in the Montreal area, and the closest is about an hour away. Continue reading

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