My favourite thing about the holidays is having some down time to cook with my family: try a different food combination, test a recipe I've been meaning to make, and have fun inventing something completely new. Our Resolution for 2016: try at least one new recipe each week, use as many whole ingredients as possible, and cut out the chemicals. Which brings us to one of the top new years resolutions people make (and break) every year: eat healthier.
There are still so many messages out there from the big food companies about how this package or that will help you lose weight or feel better, but they are slowly being eroded by the wave of food bloggers and nutritionists evangelizing real food, and working really hard to change the food industry and help everyone improve their health through home cooking. With so many recipe blogs out there, it's not easy to spread your creations without the million dollar advertising budgets the big food companies have. Luckily for me, pretty much all food bloggers LOVE spices, so we're going to be featuring a lot more of their recipes and food philosophies in the new year. Here's two lovely food bloggers who created some fantastic, healthy dishes from our Spice Boxes. Check out their sites and start experimenting with your own variations today, and please reach out to us if you have a recipe you want to share in 2016!
1. Open-faced Naan Samosa Bites from The Girls on Bloor
Taylor Stinson and Nathalie Sehgal are The Girls on Bloor, two 20-something roommates living in downtown Toronto and blogging about things that you'd imagine twenty year old city lovers would write about: nightlife, events, restaurants. But on top of this they are also passionate about home cooking and entertaining, preparing whole foods that are in season, and getting way more creative with healthy eating than I ever was in my twenties. You can find their review of our Curry Lover's Spice Box and recipe for Naan Samosa bites here. This recipe was also featured on HuffPost Canada Living.
Moroccan Lamb Meatballs from The Garlic Harlot
Dana Rogers, The Garlic Harlot, is a dancer/actor/writer who has supported herself working in the food industry most of her life. She admits that as a starving artist she hasn't been able to travel to all the wonderful places she'd like to so does so from her kitchen - and lucky us, we get to travel with her. But what I love most is that she also interviews musicians and creates meals inspired by their music - food not just for the body but for the soul. Check out her unique blog and take yourself somewhere a little more exotic than these slush covered streets I'm looking at right now with her recipe for Morroccan Lamb Meatballs.
I hope you love experimenting with these recipes. New year, new recipes, time for new spices? Get yours here.