Carrot Greens and Lentil Soup

carrot green and lentil soup - healthy, hearty, and easy on the budget :)

We recently watched a documentary on minimalism and, while the actual viewing was a little dull, I’ve rarely seen Carl so inspired by a show. Moments after it was over the garbage overflowed with old socks, and a couple days later an entire garbage bag of his clothes left the house, with another whole bag set aside to […]

Bacon Caesar Pasta Salad

Bacon Caesar Pasta Salad - the perfect hearty, crowd pleasing salad for any barbecue or a light dinner all on its own.

Summer’s officially over before I’m even getting a chance to tell you about the salad that’s been on repeat all summer over here. It’s still hot enough here for barbecues, but if it’s not where you are, you’re going to have to put this in your back pocket for next year. With two kids who don’t […]

Lemon Chicken Soup with Farro

Farro. This is a new ingredient to me. Have you all been using it for ages and forgetting to tell me? Shame on you. I tell you everything, and this is the response I get? Ouch. Healthy new grains that taste delicious aren’t always easy to come by, and farro is a winner. Quinoa = not a […]

10 Cozy Soups to Make for Supper

Oh how I love fall, whether it’s crisp, cool and crunchy or grey, rainy and blustery. Every day that I wake up to the sound of pouring rain or the sound of blowing leaves makes me smile. Pulling on a cozy sweater or wrapping a scarf around my neck makes me feel completely content. The fall […]

Slow Cooker Tomato Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup | hiddenponies.com

I recently learned that Carl did not grow up eating tomato soup from a can with a side of grilled cheese. I can’t believe I didn’t learn this sooner. Not that it would have been a total deal breaker but, combined with his hatred of tuna melts and strange affinity for exercise, it might have given me […]

Mom’s Recipes: Japanese Chicken Salad

Japanese Chicken Salad

It’s summertiiiiime and the living is easy…at least if you have a personal chef ;)  Summer days are made for light, make-ahead dinners like this gem from my mom, via my big sister.  Moms and big sisters know all the secrets, don’t they?  You won’t believe how quick and easy this tasty chicken cabbage salad […]

How to make a summer salad

I’m the furthest thing from a math person, but I’ve got a foolproof formula today, just in time for summer: The Salad Formula. Patent pending :) Some examples (any of which are great with a simple dressing of equal parts olive oil/balsamic vinegar, or your favourite fresh and fruity vinaigrette): Prewashed greens + strawberries + mozzarella + pecans = […]

A Canadian Love Affair: Seafood Chowder Recipe

Seafood Chowder

This post is part of the Canadian Food Experience Project, a project begun June 2013.  As we (participants) share our collective stories through our regional food experiences and food memories, we hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity.  This month’s topic is “A Canadian Love Affair”, which can apply to absolutely anything we love […]

Roasted Red Pepper & Squash Soup

Roasted Vegetable Soup | Hidden Ponies

Last night I wrote a midterm I’ve been dreading since the semester began.  I’m taking an online course on perception with a professor I had once before for stats who is not known for his, shall we say, normalcy.  He is one of those people you stereotype professors as but no professors are actually like […]