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January 2015



Dilly Eggs with Lentils

Written by , Posted in Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Leftovers, Legumes, Lentils, Lunch, Main Dishes, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian


We all have our go-to meals. For me, sometimes it’s pasta, often it’s soup, more often than not, it’s eggs.



Remember last week when I wrote about lentils? I had a great idea to top sweet potatoes with them.

I also had a ton of lentils leftover.


I thought that those leftovers would be great topped with a fried egg and some dill.

I was right.


I’m kinda obsessed with dill right now. I’m not sure why. Maybe because up until a year or so ago I didn’t think I liked it. I guess it was one of those tastes that I didn’t like as a kid and had never really found a way to enjoy as a grownup. Until my friend, Christy, introduced me to it, in some of the foods she made.

Now I want to eat it in all the things. (I’ll have a Winter Salad for you soon that also uses dill… Can’t stop won’t stop.)


Back to the eggs again for a sec. The reason they’re such a go-to for me: they can be made into so many different things, in no time at all. Treats like, French Toast Stuffed with Fresh Fruit and BasilEnd of the Week Pasta topped with a fried egg, scrambled into some summer squash to make Squash ‘n Eggs. And never mind all the wonders they can do to baking, or the fact that they make things like Chicken Pot Pie look so amazing when they’re used. They’re one of my best kitchen friends.



This meal is a great example of one of my favorite types of meals. Effortless, nutritious, delicious.

Simple foods.

This dish takes humble ingredients, lentils, eggs, lemon, and dill, and really lets them shine.

I will definitely be eating this again soon. Maybe for dinner tonight.

Happy Eating!

Dilly Eggs with Lentils

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Dilly Eggs with Lentils


  • 1 C cooked lentils (I used leftovers from my Lentils on Crispy Sweet Potatoes, so they were already seasoned)
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • 1-2 t fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 slices lemon, for serving


  1. Re-heat lentils until they are hot.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high, add oil, then eggs. Cook until done, flipping if desired. Season with salt.
  3. Divide lentils between two plates and top with eggs, dill, and a squeeze of lemon.



April 2014



Classic Meat and Cheese Lasagna… With Veggies

Written by , Posted in Baking, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Herbs, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Vegetables


Tim informed me the other day that he would like more lasagna, meatloaf, and tacos in his life. Cool. I can do that. I had lasagna on the menu before he even asked.

Winner. (Um, both of us.)

I woke up really early this morning to get started, since I had two meals to cook and photograph. Boy was it fun. No really, it was. I’m totally not being sarcastic. I enjoyed a full day of cooking and picture making.

It’s a lot of fun to cook and photograph for you guys to see on here. But, let’s be honest, when I know that Tim is going to love something as much as he loves lasagna, well, not much can beat that.


We just moved and have some friends coming to visit from Germany next week (yippee!). So I made two, and put one in the freezer. That means that if my kitchen isn’t completely unpacked, or if I don’t have the energy after unpacking and working all day, I can pop a lasagna in the oven, and dinner is taken care of… except for the caesar salad and garlic bread that will definitely need to accompany the meal. Other than that, all I have to do is open the wine.


This is my version of a classic meat and cheese lasagna, with lots of veggies. I threw in some radish, kale, celery, and carrot. I’m not really afraid of veggie-ing up a dish. If you don’t heart vegetables, you are not alone (sorrynotsorry). Yesterday, Tim told me that something we had for dinner was “really good, for vegetables”. We may not share the same opinion about the deliciousness of greens. 😉


Thankfully, we do both really enjoy cheese. I know you can use ricotta for lasagna, but I couldn’t find it at the store, so I used cottage cheese. It’s mixed together with Greek yogurt, mozzarella, and parmesan. I’m not sure that you could have too much of this cheesy mixture.


The sauce is simple, it’s almost just tomato sauce and herbs. Like the cheese mixture, too much is a good thing.


The anatomy of the lasagna and the way it all comes together.

Also, the sunlight changes more than I’d noticed in real life.


It bakes up and bubbles and melts and mmmm tastes so good. You should’a seen the huge helping Tim got. And then I looked over and it was gone. So I gave him a bite of mine. He can’t get enough lasagna.


I served this lasagna with some crazy good garlic bread. Done and done.

Happy Eating!

Classic Meat and Cheese Lasagna
Recipe Type: Main Dishes, Dinners, Meat, Beef, Vegetables, Cheese, Hearty, Oven, Baking, Greens
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
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Serves: 8
A classic lasagna with lots of veggies.
  • meat and veggie filling: 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 C carrot, diced
  • 1/4 C radish, diced
  • 3/4 C celery, diced
  • 3 C kale, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • cheese filling: 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • 2 1/2 C mozzarella cheese, grated (1 C reserved)
  • 1/2 C parmesan cheese
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • tomato sauce: 4-6 C tomato sauce
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 t dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 t dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 t dried parsley, crushed
  • 1 t dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 t dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 – 9 oz. box (about 12 noodles) lasagna noodles (the kind that don’t need to be cooked first*)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cook beef until partially done, then add garlic through celery, and cook for 5-10 minutes. Add kale and wilt down, about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Taste and adjust seasoning. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  3. Mix together cheese filling ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Mix together tomato sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Grease two 8×8 pans (or one 9×13). Spoon a bit of sauce into the bottom of the pan and top with two noodles. Top noodles with meat and vegetable filling, then with cheese mixture, and more sauce. Repeat three more times, topping last set of noodles with lots of sauce and reserved mozzarella.
  6. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncovered for 30-40 more.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.





February 2014



Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Written by , Posted in Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Holiday, Lunch, Main Dishes, Roasting, Soups, Storage/Prep, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


There are some serious nutrition trends out there. Here’s one that I can wholeheartedly embrace… no pun intended… Heart Healthy Eating.

Let’s do this.

Let’s get on the bandwagon.

Let’s treat out hearts well.

And, at the same time, let’s feed ourselves and our loved ones a delicious dinner.

You in? I am.

Let’s start with some soup. A creamy, dreamy, super simple butternut squash soup.


The squash is halved, seeds scooped out (and saved for another time – they will be seasoned and roasted), drizzled with olive oil, and roasted.





The sweet roasted flesh is scooped out. We will need about 3-4 cups for our soup.


This is a simple recipe. You won’t be stuck in the kitchen all day. Squash is the main ingredient, and it’s accented by honey, thyme, coconut milk, and some spices.

Trust me. This is a good one.

After the soup comes together on the stove for a few minutes, lemon juice is added. It brightens the soup and gives it a bit of a tang… just a bit.



The soup is puréed with a hand blender (or your favorite countertop blender – be sure to remove the plug in the lid and cover with a clean tea towel). It’s the smoothest, creamiest soup I think I’ve ever made.

I’m ready for seconds.


This soup is so wonderfully good for you. Why?

Let’s look at the color. We’re told to eat a rainbow of colors (um, we’re talking fruits and veggies though, sorry Froot Loops, you are not included here). I’ve read that these colorful fruits and veggies are not just pretty, they contain bioflavonoids that are shown to “have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antiviral, and anti-cancer properties” (4).

This bright orange vegetable is suuuuper high in vitamin A, it’s a great source of vitamin C, and a good source of folic acid, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B6 and E.

For the heart, it’s got Omega-3 fatty acids, (the heart relies on fatty acids for fuel – two that are essential are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (4)) it’s very low in fat, and has no cholesterol. (1) (2) (3) It’s a good source of dietary fiber. Diets that are low in fat (especially saturated fats) and high in fiber are a great way to lower cholesterol, which in turn can improve your heart’s health. (4)

Niacin, also found in butternut squash, can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and raise HDL cholesterol (the good one – it “is a fat that campaigns for free-flowing blood, and never sticks around to cause trouble in the arteries” (4)). Niacin can also help lower “fibrinogen, a blood protein that causes clot formation”. (4)

I’ve mentioned cholesterol quite a bit. Should we talk about why it’s bad? Easy, it’s a killer. It can lead to heart disease, or coronary artery disease. Let’s get off that road and on to a road to good heart health.


For your heart healthy Valentine’s Day dinner (or any dinner, really), I’ve come up with a four course menu that’s full of delicious goodness.


Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


Warm Arugula and Orange Salad

Main Course 

Oven Roasted Chicken

Chard Wraps with Quinoa and Walnuts

Honey Roasted Carrots


Ginger Squash Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

Happy Heart Healthy Eating!

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe Type: Healthy, Dinners, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Starters, Soups, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Easy Meals
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 75 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
A heart healthy and delicious soup. Perfect to start a meal or to star as the main dish.
  • 4 small butternut squash (about 3-4 C when cooked), halved, seeds removed
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 1/8 t allspice
  • pinch cayenne
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 t dried thyme, crumbled (or 1/2 T fresh thyme, chopped)
  • 1 T honey
  • to taste, salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C coconut milk
  • 2 C water (or more if desired)
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • olive oil, for serving
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Drizzle the cut side of the squash with olive oil. Place oil side down on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes, or until flesh pierces easily with a fork.
  3. Scoop flesh out of skin and place in a soup pot. Add seasonings, honey, coconut milk, and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, and reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice. Blend to desired consistency (with a hand blender or a countertop blender). Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Serve with a drizzle of good olive oil.

(1) Nutrition Almanac, Mc Graw-Hill 2001, Fifth Edition, Lavon J. Dunne


(3) Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture

(4) Nature’s Medicines, Rodale Inc. 1999, Gale Maleskey



February 2014



Heart Healthy Chard Wraps with Quinoa and Walnuts

Written by , Posted in Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grains, Lunch, Main Dishes, Quick and Easy, Quinoa, Sides, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


I’ve read that leafy greens are good for you. Some of you might be sighing and wishing I was wrong. But, it’s just true. So let’s all cheer for greens!


Specifically, let’s go crazy for chard.

Want to know why it’s great for you?

One cup of chard has: 1.8 mg vitamin C (antioxidant, protects LDL cholesterol)‚ 18 mg calcium (strong bones), 30 mg magnesium (conducts electrical impulses of muscles and nerves), 136 mg potassium (“regulates water balance in the body” and “stimulates nerve impulses for the heart”) (1)‚ …to name just a few.

What it doesn’t have: a lot of fat and cholesterol (0.08 g fat, and 0 mg cholesterol ). (1)

Chard and other fruits and veggies contain antioxidants, which, along with other compounds, “prevent plaque from building up on the arterial walls, reduce blood pressure, and strengthen heart muscles.”‚ (1)‚ 

Let them eat chard.


Let’s talk about quinoa.

One cup of quinoa has: 22 g protein, 10 g fiber, 83 mcg folic acid, 4.98 mg niacin (vitamin B3) (“important for blood circulation and reducing cholesterol levels in the blood”) (1), 102 mg calcium, 357 mg magnesium, 697 mg phosphorus, and 1258 mg potassium. (1)

Know what it doesn’t have a lot of? Fat and cholesterol (9.9 g fat – 1 g saturated – the bad kind, 2.6 unsaturated – the good kind, 4 g monounsaturated – the good kind, 0 g cholesterol) (1).

Hello heart health.


Walnuts, walnuts, walnuts.

One cup has: 14.8 g protein, 6.7 g fiber, 98 mcg folic acid, 99 mg calcium, 380 mg phosphorus, 450 mg potassium, 47 g unsaturated fat, and 8.9 g monounsaturated fat. (1)

Know what they don’t have a lot of? Saturated fat (4.5 g) and cholesterol (0g). (1) 

Walnuts contain omega-3 fats, which “inhibit blood clotting, encourage activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, increase blood flow, protect against heart arrhythmia, dissolve clots, lower blood triglycerides, raise HDL cholesterol, and have anti-inflammatory properties.” Omega-3 = clearer arteries. (1)

Notice a trend?


Why do these things matter? Why should you care?

Here’s why…

It’s simple, the heart is a necessary component for life. So let’s treat our hearts to wonderful fruits and veggies, good fats and lean proteins, and plenty of vitamins and minerals.


Happy Eating!

Heart Healthy Chard Wraps with Quinoa and Walnuts
Recipe Type: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Greens, Dinners, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
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Serves: 4-6
These quick and easy wraps are full of nutrients and heart healthy goodness.
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3-4 small or 2 large leeks, washed well and chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 C quinoa
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 C raisins, chopped
  • dash cayenne
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 2 C water
  • 1/2 C walnuts, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • toothpicks
  • 6-8 large chard leaves (leave 1″-2″ of stem)
  • salt
  • water
  1. Heat a medium saucepan and add oil. Add leek and onion. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add quinoa, lemon zest, raisins, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add water, cover, and bring it to a boil. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked.
  4. Stir in walnuts and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Heat a large pot and add water and salt. When water is boiling add chard and cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. (Save boiled water to make vegetable stock.)
  6. Scoop some of the quinoa filling on to the center of the chard leaf. Wrap the sides inward, then wrap the top and bottom to overlap the sides. Secure the stem with a toothpick.
To re-heat add a bit of vegetable stock or water to the bottom of a pan. Add the wraps. Cover with foil and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, or until the filling comes to 165F.

Note: I’m not a healthcare professional. I’ve done a little bit of looking around. These are just some thoughts. Ok? Cool? Cool.

(1) Nutrition Almanac, Mc Graw-Hill 2001, Fifth Edition, Lavon J. Dunne



December 2013



Leek and Potato Soup

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Cheese, Dinner, Lunch, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Potatoes, Quick and Easy, Soups, Vegetables


I’m all about soups at this time of year. I’m sorry if you aren’t. Buuut also… I’m kinda not, because I think they’re so good.

I just can’t help myself.

I’m a soup girl.


Leek and Potato Soup would be great as a main dish, but I think it would also be delicious as an appetizer. I could see it going well with a dinner where ham is served, maybe a Spinach Salad, and some Steamed Carrots with Butter and Honey. Oooh, that’d be good.




Maybe you prefer it as a lunch dish. Cool. I like soup and grilled cheese for lunch on a cold day… Ok, I like that meal at any time of day, any time of the year. But, there’s something so comforting about soup and a sandwich. Having grown up in Southwestern Ontario where it gets for real cold, I have memories of snow outside, snow pants, snow forts, and coming in the house to a hot meal that Mom had prepared. I love that feeling. It’s one of the things that I miss about true fall and winter weather. Maybe I wouldn’t feel the same if I lived in it again… I don’t know. You know how the grass is often greener where you are not? Yeah. I wonder. Maybe someday…


For now, we will bundle up in our spring jackets, unlined boots, and thin scarves, and count the blessings we do have. Nice weather most months of the year definitely has its perks. 😉

Happy Eating!

Leek and Potato Soup
Recipe Type: Soups, Main Dishes, Vegetables, Easy Meals, Potatoes
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
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Serves: 2-3
Creamy with a hint of spice.
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 potatoes, chopped
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 small (or 1 large) leeks, washed well and chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2/3 C white wine (optional – you could also just use more stock)
  • 3 C chicken stock (vegetable would be great too)
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/2 t Sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  1. Heat soup pot. Add oil. When oil is hot, add potato, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook covered, over medium-low for 10 minutes.
  2. Add vinegar, onion, and leeks. Cook covered for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook uncovered, 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Add wine and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  6. Turn heat to low and add milk. Cook for 2-3 minutes, but do not boil.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, sriracha, and 1 t apple cider vinegar. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.