The Simple Bites Kitchen

The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque beautifully shares the popular blogger's love of whole foods along with heart-warming kitchen stories and recipes that are nutritious, fairly simple to make, and utterly delicious.

Aimée knows the challenges that come with feeding a family and tackles them head on by providing lunchbox inspiration, supper solutions and healthy snack options. Information on the author's first title, Brown Eggs & Jam Jars, can be found here.

Measurements here are given in volume and weight and the book is organized by categories:

  • Nourishing Breakfasts (Honey whole wheat bagels, Spelt date scones);
  • Wholesome Lunches and Snacks (Sauerkraut and Swiss grilled cheese sandwiches, Roasted sweet potato, pesto and bacon wrap);
  • Homegrown Vegetarian (Vietnamese summer rolls, Spaghetti with beet rosé sauce);
  • Fresh-Air Gatherings (Tequila-lime barbecue chicken, Herbed potato salad with bay leaf and lemon);
  • Everyday Suppers (Every-season risotto, Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding);
  • Simple Bites Staples (Lighter ricotta, Fig, rosemary and pistachio crisps); and
  • Preserves Pantry (Spiced pear jam with bourbon, Cranberry compote with port and pepper).

Aimée's recipes never disappoint, her flavor combinations inspire, and her generous spirit and love of food is contagious. Special thanks to the publisher for sharing the Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Cider Stew recipe which will be sure to warm up cold evenings. Penguin Random House Canada is also providing three copies of this title in our contest open to US and Canada members at the end of this post.


Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Cider Stew

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serves 4 to 6 ∙ requires time for prep

A resolution to cook more from my pantry inspired this autumn stew. It combines many ingredients I keep on hand, such as canned chickpeas, tomato sauce, onions and spices, along with root vegetables, into a comforting vegetarian stew. Cubes of turnip and parsnip simmer slowly in a sauce spiced with garam masala and turn into buttery bites that hold their shape nicely. Golden raisins plump up to become almost as big as the creamy chickpeas. Nearly a pint of fresh-pressed apple cider adds both acidity and sweetness to the dish, and a sprinkling of pistachios completes the stew.

Serve it up as is or with a wedge of crusty bread, and add a dollop of yogurt for good measure. It's even better on the second day, after the flavours have had an opportunity to mingle.


2 medium turnips (about 1/2 pound/225g)
2 large parsnips
2 teaspoons (10 mL) Golden Ghee (page 223) or unsalted butter, divided
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon (5 mL) garam masala
1 teaspoon (5 mL) sea salt, divided
1 can (19 ounces/540 mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1½ cups (375 mL) fresh-pressed apple cider (unfiltered raw apple juice)
1 cup (250 mL) tomato sauce
½ cup (125 mL) golden raisins
Chopped pistachios, for garnish
Full-fat plain organic yogurt, for topping (optional)

1. Peel the turnip and cut into ½-inch (1 cm) cubes. Peel the parsnips and cut them slightly larger. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of the Golden Ghee over medium heat. Slide in the onion, then stir and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Sprinkle in the garlic and garam masala and cook for an additional minute.

2. Push the onions to the side of the pan and melt the remaining 1 teaspoon (5 mL) Golden Ghee. Tumble in the turnips and parsnips and stir to coat with the ghee. Toss in a pinch of salt and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

3. Transfer the vegetables to a slow cooker. Add the chickpeas, cider, tomato sauce, raisins and remaining salt. Stir well. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 5 hours. Slow cookers vary, so check the stew after about 4 hours. The stew is ready when the turnip is tender but not mushy. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios and a spoonful of yogurt if you wish.*


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on January 13th, 2017.


Excerpted from The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Copyright © 2017 by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Photos copyright © Tim and Angela Chin. Published byPenguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


  • icicle  on  12/6/2017 at 6:28 PM

    Pepper Parmesan crackers!

  • Kristjudy  on  12/6/2017 at 6:28 PM

    One pot shrimp pea orzo

  • Mariarosa  on  12/6/2017 at 6:42 PM

    Spaghetti with beet rose sauce!

  • davisesq212  on  12/6/2017 at 7:42 PM

    My first recipe that I would try is the roasted garlic scalloped potatoes. YUM.

  • eileen2015  on  12/6/2017 at 8:47 PM

    Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding

  • lgroom  on  12/6/2017 at 9:23 PM

    slow cooker cranberry apple butter

  • rivergait  on  12/6/2017 at 11:54 PM

    Savory horserdish panna cotta...what an odd mixture. Should be great with roast beef.

  • vickster  on  12/7/2017 at 7:57 AM

    beef empanadas

  • kmn4  on  12/7/2017 at 8:39 AM

    Lemon cornmeal madeleines

  • contest718  on  12/7/2017 at 9:21 AM

    Asparagus cheddar frittata

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 9:42 AM

    Asparagus cheddar frittata

  • daniellespinato1  on  12/7/2017 at 12:57 PM

    The winter squash pie sounds intriguing!

  • sarahawker  on  12/7/2017 at 3:32 PM

    Tangy quinoa carrot chicken salad

  • sgump  on  12/7/2017 at 4:33 PM

    The one-pot shrimp and pea orzo sounds simple and nice!

  • ravensfan  on  12/7/2017 at 6:38 PM

    Mason jar whipped cream

  • Nancith  on  12/7/2017 at 10:47 PM

    Noah's peach lemonade sounds refreshing,

  • lpatterson412  on  12/7/2017 at 11:23 PM

    Vietnamese Summer Rolls!

  • AnnaZed  on  12/7/2017 at 11:53 PM

    Maple-roasted pears with granola

  • FireRunner2379  on  12/8/2017 at 3:15 AM

    The Whole-grain gingerbread waffles with molasses cinnamon syrup sounds delicious!

  • Siegal  on  12/8/2017 at 8:52 AM

    I want to make the green olive tapenade

  • infotrop  on  12/8/2017 at 11:53 AM

    Cranberry compote with Port and pepper...I want to make that right now

  • skipeterson  on  12/8/2017 at 5:22 PM

    Sauerkraut and Swiss grilled cheese sandwiches

  • Elledale1  on  12/8/2017 at 6:35 PM

    Spelt date scones , asparagus and cheddar frittata, and the gingerbread waffles

  • LaurenE  on  12/8/2017 at 8:43 PM

    Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding

  • rchesser  on  12/9/2017 at 11:26 AM

    Tangy quinoa carrot chicken salad.

  • mpdeb98  on  12/9/2017 at 4:16 PM

    Overnight spiced stollen swirl buns

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 5:44 PM

    Mason jar whipped cream

  • stevenpeters  on  12/10/2017 at 8:27 PM

    Winter squash pie

  • ljsimmons  on  12/12/2017 at 1:52 PM

    Asparagus cheddar frittata

  • Senkimekia  on  12/12/2017 at 5:14 PM

    Fig Rosemary and pistachio crisps

  • janv  on  12/12/2017 at 6:15 PM

    Chocolate chip & cranberry snickerdoodle biscuits

  • Karla123  on  12/12/2017 at 6:53 PM

    I would chose "Gardener's sloppy Joes' for this garden lover.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/13/2017 at 8:05 AM

    Whole-grain gingerbread waffle

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  12/13/2017 at 1:25 PM

    I want to try making the Cranberry compote with Port and pepper.

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/15/2017 at 3:01 PM

    beef empanadas

  • t.t  on  12/16/2017 at 1:00 AM

    Farro, feta and tomato salad with red onion vinaigrette

  • tarae1204  on  12/16/2017 at 9:43 AM

    Maple roasted pears with granola. I would love to roast pears rather than poach them.

  • RSW  on  12/17/2017 at 10:57 AM

    Overnight spiced stollen swirl buns

  • antpantsii  on  12/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

    Beef empanadas,

  • southerncooker  on  12/17/2017 at 1:05 PM

    I love savoury oatmeal but not sweet oatmeal. As soon as I saw Egg-topped umami oatmeal I knew I wanted so see more of this book.

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 10:17 PM

    Tahini Maple Cookies

  • stargirl  on  12/18/2017 at 6:45 PM

    Farro, feta and tomato salad with red onion vinaigrette

  • wjsisung  on  12/19/2017 at 11:33 AM

    Maple pears

  • love2laf  on  12/20/2017 at 6:58 AM

    Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Cider Stew

  • ChefTamiMitchell  on  12/21/2017 at 5:15 PM

    Maple pears

  • circ2000  on  12/23/2017 at 10:21 AM

    Pepper Parmesan crackers

  • hihothepatio  on  12/23/2017 at 12:26 PM

    I would make Cranberry Apple butter

  • lauriesk  on  12/23/2017 at 3:20 PM

    I would try first the Cranberry-glazed meatloaf with baked sweet potatoes.

  • BMeyer  on  12/23/2017 at 9:07 PM

    rosemary and pistachio crackers

  • danceofhealth  on  12/23/2017 at 9:57 PM

    I will be making the Overnight Spiced Stollen Swirl Buns (page 37) tomorrow ready for Monday morning!

  • Orangerose  on  12/23/2017 at 10:48 PM

    The Sauerkraut and Swiss Grilled Cheese Sandwiches...on the best Rye or Pumpernickel bread I can find..or I'll bake some for this tasty lunch myself!

  • trudys_person  on  12/23/2017 at 11:20 PM

    Maple-Roasted Pears with Granola sounds delicious!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  12/24/2017 at 4:50 AM

    never had roasted pears so would try the maple-roasted pears with granola found on page 29

  • RickPearson54  on  12/24/2017 at 9:22 AM

    Maple roasted pears

  • lselke  on  12/24/2017 at 3:01 PM

    Apple almond galette. (Apples are in season!)

  • lmhester  on  12/24/2017 at 3:31 PM


  • tararr  on  12/27/2017 at 8:48 AM

    Sauerkraut and Swiss Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • KarenDel  on  12/27/2017 at 1:09 PM

    Overnight spiced stollen swirl buns

  • LMS209  on  12/27/2017 at 5:11 PM

    Pickled Fiddleheads

  • Uhmandanicole  on  12/28/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Gin-cured gravlax

  • verorenee  on  12/28/2017 at 2:59 PM

    Egg-topped umami oatmeal

  • Laura1  on  12/28/2017 at 7:24 PM

    tahini maple cookies

  • robynsanyal  on  12/29/2017 at 1:59 PM

    Tequila-lime barbecue chicken

  • PennyG  on  12/29/2017 at 4:01 PM

    Beef empanadas sound wonderful right now!

  • AngelaLCooks  on  12/29/2017 at 10:03 PM

    Honey whole wheat bagels

  • lhudson  on  12/30/2017 at 9:11 AM

    Tequila-lime barbecue chicken

  • artthecat  on  1/1/2018 at 1:29 PM

    Asparagus cheddar frittata

  • Karen.2018  on  1/1/2018 at 3:02 PM

    I would try Beef empanadas!

  • jkmfrog  on  1/1/2018 at 4:52 PM

    Braised lamb with olives and tomatoes sounds delish!

  • rstuart  on  1/1/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Asparagus cheddar fritatta looks great..

  • sequoia55  on  1/1/2018 at 9:11 PM

    Tangy quinoa carrot chicken salad

  • auntietina  on  1/1/2018 at 9:36 PM

    Butternut squash casserole with apple and leek

  • Sfgordon  on  1/2/2018 at 3:01 PM

    tahini maple tea cookies!

  • vinochic  on  1/3/2018 at 3:16 PM

    Spelt date scones

  • EmilyR  on  1/4/2018 at 2:19 PM

    Fig, rosemary and pistachio crisps or the lemon herb finishing salt.

  • Angryyew  on  1/6/2018 at 1:51 PM

    honey whole wheat bagels

  • Julia  on  1/6/2018 at 3:26 PM

    Spelt date scones.

  • Scotsman61  on  1/6/2018 at 8:59 PM

    Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding

  • cherie  on  1/6/2018 at 11:35 PM

    Asparagus cheddar frittata

  • VeryVigario  on  1/7/2018 at 7:51 PM

    Overnight spiced stollen swirl buns

  • hibeez  on  1/8/2018 at 11:48 AM

    Tangy quinoa carrot chicken salad

  • Amdona  on  1/8/2018 at 3:10 PM

    Apple crisp muesli

  • lacyann84  on  1/10/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Tangy quinoa carrot chicken salad

  • orchidlady01  on  1/11/2018 at 2:11 AM

    Noah's French toast with cinnamon maple butter

  • Rosesrpink50  on  1/11/2018 at 5:39 PM

    I would love to play around with the Mason Jar whip cream!

  • lgardner  on  1/13/2018 at 9:13 AM

    Cranberry Apple Butter

  • jemans  on  1/13/2018 at 4:21 PM

    Rosemary and pistachio crackers, for sure!

  • jmay42066  on  1/13/2018 at 4:50 PM

    Beef empanadas

  • SnarkyLarane  on  1/14/2018 at 6:33 PM

    All the recipes look really good but I'd start with Vietnamese summer rolls.

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