new profileHi and welcome to Sweet Peas & Saffron!  If you are busy but still want to cook healthy meals from scratch, then you have come to the right place!

I am Denise, the girl behind the blog, and I love cooking easy, healthy recipes for my family.  I focus on One Pot, Slow Cooker, 30 Minute or meals that are Ready in 45 Minutes.

Sometimes I will even throw in a healthy snack or breakfast recipe, and I like to round-up my favorite easy recipes that I find around the web.

My Story

While going to grad school full-time and being mom to a toddler, I found myself constantly in that 5-pm dilemma:  What on Earth am I going to cook for dinner?!  So I set off on a mission to create easy and healthy dinner recipes that are perfect for busy people.

While I don’t subscribe to any particular diet, I believe in eating a balanced meal that contains protein and lots of veggies!  I always try to cook seasonal and buy locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible.


That’s my little monkey and my partner in crime, Ben.  We live in Calgary Alberta and like playing at the park, having spontaneous dance parties, and singing along loudly to The Wiggles.

What’s with the name?

I named my blog Sweet Peas & Saffron because for some reason I thought I could grow things in my garden and cook with them.  Did I forget that there is no gardening for 75% of the year in Calgary?  I ended up keeping the name, ditching the garden, and getting to work in the kitchen.

What are your most popular recipes?

  1. Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew
  2. Thai Curry Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup
  3. Extra Fluffy Blueberry Almond Pancakes

What are your favorite recipes?

  1. Avocado Caesar Salad
  2. Make Ahead Spinach, Feta & Red Pepper Breakfast Quesadillas
  3. Maple Pork & Butternut Squash Enchiladas