Jessica Seinfeld’s Rigatoni Alla Vodka

In the winter months, my perfect comfort food is pasta. To control my sodium intake, I aim to make my own sauces as much as possible and am always on the search for new recipes. I follow Jessica Seinfeld on Instagram (@jessseinfeld) and discovered her recipe for Rigatoni Alla Vodka. Love this simple homemade vodka sauce and definitely will make again.

Recipe: http://jessicaseinfeld.com/recipes/rigatoni-alla-vodka

Ingredients: Longo’s Markets

Olive Oil: McEwans

Vodka: Finlandia

Homemade Tempura 

I love the Gusto TV network and one of my favourite shows is Urban Vegetarian with Desiree Nielsen. I love tempura so I finally tackled Desiree’s homemade version this evening with wasabi mayo. Loved it. I highly recommend for any tempura lovers. 

Recipe: http://www.gustotv.com/recipe/tempura-veggies/

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

Today’s smoothie creation – one banana, a handful of frozen strawberries and baby spinach, approximately 1 tablespoon almond butter as well as hemp hearts, a teaspoon of coconut oil and unsweetened almond milk. I added a wee bit of cinnamon too. Blend and enjoy! 

Asparagus with Gremolata 

Gremolata is an amazing way to add flavour. Often made with lemon, I made a gremolata mixture with orange zest, juice, garlic and parsley for this asparagus dish. 

Very simple to pull together. Zest the orange peel into a bowl, cut and add the juice of the orange, mince a 1/4 cup of parsley and add a garlic clove or two (or three) and mix. Sprinkle over asparagus. 

Fresh flavours to dress up your vegetable side dishes. 

Raspberry Banana Almond Smoothie 


My new smoothie combination – one banana, frozen raspberries, approximately 1 tablespoon of Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts and Nuts to You almond butter, a wee bit of vanilla extract and one cup Silk unsweetened almond milk. Blend and enjoy! 

Peach, Mozzarella and Basil Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction 

It is peach season. A tomato and mozzarella caprese salad is one of my favourites so I decided to put a summertime spin on it by using peaches instead. 

All you need is basil leaves, mozzarella and peaches. To make the balsamic reduction – bring balsamic to a boil and simmer for ten minutes till it takes on a thicker consistency. I used 1/4 cup since I only needed a small amount. If you have not tried a balsamic reduction before, you will love the more intense flavour it brings to a salad. 

Enjoy this simplistic fresh summer salad!