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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Cut Down on your Food Waste!

The average Canadian household throws away one in four produce items, that’s equivalent to about $600 each year! Shockingly, according to the David Suzuki foundation, close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted or discarded during the processing, transport, supermarkets and in our kitchens. What a shame and waste of good food and valuable resources spent growing and transporting it!   Simplest way to Reduce Food Waste? The best way to cut down on food waste is to become both a creative meal planner and a savvy grocery shopper. Take an inventory of what you have in the fridge, freezer and pantry before grocery shopping. This helps you...

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Eggplant Pizzas

I am thankful to have a thriving indoor Basil plant.  This fresh herb provides an extra punch of flavour to simple Italian dishes. A couple days ago I was hoping to use some of my basil to make eggplant pizzas.  Feel free to substitute zucchini instead if you want a firmer base – either way, they are simply delicious! Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20-25 mins   Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant Pinch of salt Olive oil for drizzling ¼ cup Tomato sauce or pizza sauce 6-10 fresh basil leaves Fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese Add on’s: your veggies of choice! In this recipe I used mushrooms, diced tomatoes and coloured peppers   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 375F. Slice...

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Is Sushi Healthy? Happy International Sushi Day!

Happy International Sushi day!  This blog is dedicated to all my fellow sushi lovers and all those who have ever wondered if sushi is actually healthy.  It is common to assume that sushi is healthy; after all, it is simply white rice and fish.   Today we will explore the question, “is sushi healthy and if so, how much should I eat?”  I will end with my recommendations for how to make your sushi dining experience even more healthful! Get the wasabi ready (aka Japanese Horseradish) because this is going to get spicy!   Sushi 101: Sushi is a type of Japanese cuisine that consists of cooked vinagared rice called “shari” along with other ingredients called “neta”, which commonly consist of raw...

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My Lobster Tale: From Sea to Table

Have you ever prepared fresh lobster?  I am referring to the kind so fresh you can almost taste the salty Atlantic Ocean.  Or where the white meat is so succulent it practically melts in your mouth.  This preparation process involves taking lobster from the sea (perhaps not personally) and somehow getting it on your table for a meal.  I am proud to say that I now have experienced both the freshest lobster and have cultivated the necessary skills in preparing it!   Sit back, relax and let me take tell you my lobster tale! Check out Andrea's first lobster making adventure! Click To Tweet It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in...

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Restaurant Labeling Laws Are Changing!

It is with great satisfaction that I announce that the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act, which will require eateries with 20 or more establishments to post caloric information on their menus! In my opinion, this is a step in the right direction to enable consumers to make informed food choices. Today we will review what will change on the menus, how this could benefit you and when this law will come into force. DID YOU KNOW? According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid study, approximately 95 per cent of Ontarians support requiring fast food restaurants to list nutrition information on their menus.   [bctt tweet="DYK 95% of Ontarians...

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Lemon Ginger Red Lentil Soup

This is one of my all time favourite soup recipes!  It is so hearty that it can be consumed as a meal or in a smaller portion as a starter.  Be sure to taste it before serving in case it needs some more lemon juice or ginger to taste.   Serves: 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 ½ L of chicken broth (ready made or homemade) 1 cup red lentils (dried) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup green beans, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced 2 Tbsp olive oil DIRECTIONS: 1. Sweat onion and garlic in olive oil until transparent. 2. Add green beans, red pepper and cook...

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The Healthiest Brunch Options at Cora’s

Have you ever wondered what are the healthiest brunch options at Cora’s?  Today, I'm excited to showcase Chelsea Allen, Registered Dietitian from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen.  I greatly admire Chelsea's superb culinary skills (surprisingly, she's not a trained chef) and I commend her on  a refreshingly simple approach to healthy eating!  This is Chelsea's second guest blog on Dietetic Directions.   A few weekends ago I was out for brunch at Cora Breakfast and Lunch (a Canadian breakfast chain) with a bunch of friends when we noticed the most insane breakfast special: banana chocolate morning cake. Despite being called a morning cake (which sounds healthy), it was essentially just chocolate cake topped with...

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Should Juice be banned from the Food Guide?

Last week, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published an article entitled “Food Guide under Fire at Obesity Summit”.  One of the main issues was how fruit juice (125mL) is counted towards a fruit and vegetable serving on the Food Guide.  With this logic, having a couple cups of juice daily could help you reach your daily requirements.  The worry is that consumers are given the false impression that fruit juice is as healthy as a piece of fruit!  This is not the case.  In fact, one glass of juice can provide above the daily limit of sugar provided by World Health Organization and Heart and Stroke Foundation.   [bctt...

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Grape & Feta Kale Salad

This fresh kale salad combines sweet and salty to create a delicious dish that is sure to impress just about anyone!  The Grape and Feta Kale salad is the perfect addition to your next BBQ on the patio.  Adding new recipes to your repertoire boosts cooking confidence so that you do not fear failure.  I'd like to share one of my favourite quotes by Julia Child, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 4 cups kale, stems removed & chopped 1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds 3 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp...

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