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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

White Wine Mussels

White Wine Mussels in Tomato Cream Sauce

Have you heard that mussels are super easy to make? I heard this many times but remained too intimidated to give them a try. However, on a beautiful summer day, I decided to muster up the courage to prepare them. Boy were they good! Simple and flavourful. Served with a fresh, crusty baguette! I encourage you to experiment in the kitchen. Like Julia Child says, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”   Serves: 2-3 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 13-15 minutes   Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs of fresh mussels 1 cup of dry white wine 1 cup cherry tomatoes,...

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Cottage Meals

5 Fun, Make-Ahead Cottage Meals

Who loves time at the cottage? In Canada we are lucky to have beautiful lakes and vast wilderness. Ever since I was a child, I have appreciated visiting my aunt and uncle’s cottage on Maple Lake. This has always been a cherished time to enjoy the outdoors, play and relax. As an adult, I still love cottage times and especially cottage food! However, coming up with meal ideas can be a tad arduous. Today’s post is to inspire you with 5 fun, make-ahead cottage meals. After all, who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when you can be sitting by the lake with...

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Mexican Buddha Bowl

Simple Mexican Buddha Bowl

Hello summer! The time of year when we want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors. Today, I will be sharing a simple Mexican Buddha Bowl recipe. Meals that can be prepared in advance are ideal for cottage weekends, camping or spending time at home. If you are unfamiliar with what a Buddha bowl is, it’s basically a grain (like rice, quinoa, barley, bulgur, corn), a green (spinach, kale, or any other veggie) and a bean (often vegetarian so you could use chickpeas, black beans, lentils, etc). However, don’t feel restricted by this rhyme, I often think of Buddha bowls as a grain, a...

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3 Ways to Start Prioritizing Yourself!

3 Ways to Prioritize Yourself!

Do you feel tired or depleted? Like your car is running on empty? Or perhaps like there is simply not enough time to do things that actually rejuvenate you? If so, you are not alone. In fact, the more chaotic and overwhelming our lives get, often the less time we make for ourselves. I think society has this backwards. Today’s blog is on three simple ways to prioritize yourself!     When we rank our needs as paramount, it has a domino effect. We feel content that we are responding to ourselves, we take time to do things that revitalize us, and this new feeling of cheerfulness spreads to those around...

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chicken Sandwich recipe

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Swiss Sandwich {Recipe Redux}

Are your sandwiches boring? Mine used to be. Until I realized that it does not take a lot to bump up the fun-factor. Try swapping the bread for something different (wraps, pitas, mini rounds, etc) use a unique cheese, add a punch of flavour with ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, pesto – I am a spice fan and loving pickled jalapeños right now. Today’s recipe is a Grilled Dijon Chicken and Swiss Sandwich. I was going for a grilled cheese sandwich and decided to add a few extra veggies, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard. YUM!   Ingredients: 2 slices of bread – whole grain/rye/gluten free 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp margarine,...

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Summer Salads

How to Build Satisfying Summer Salads

Something about this season makes people more likely to indulge in summer salads. I think it’s the freshness of the veggies or maybe it’s the crunch. Or perhaps the desire to have something lighter in your tummy while hurrying around doing errands or daytrips. Whatever the reason, if you are loving fresh summer salads but looking for ways to make them extra delicious (and satisfying) you have come to the right place! Camp Huronda; spent the first 6 summers of my career working as a Camp Dietitian   Today, I will be sharing how to build summer salads to keep you feeling full and satisfied. I...

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Healthy Eating on Vacation

How to Still Eat Well While Traveling

Are you a globe trotter? I certainly have caught the travel bug. It’s exciting to pack up and take off to explore new landscapes, cultures and of course foods! However, when on holidays, maintaining a healthy eating routine can be challenging. Today, I will share my top 5 ways you can still eat healthy while traveling! Peru's Sacred Valley My intention with this blog is to inspire confidence that you can still eat well while enjoying your holidays. I’ll highlight the reasons why vacation eating can be a challenge and outline my top strategies.   [bctt tweet="Confident you can still eat well while traveling? Dietitian top #travel...

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Tofu Green Curry

Shrimp & Tofu Green Curry

Does making homemade green curry intimidate you? Curries often scared me until I discovered that these dishes can be made quite simply with basic ingredients. Curries also offer flexibility to use up veggies you have on hand and modify the recipe with your choice of protein. With a busy schedule, curries are especially helpful when planning leftovers for lunches, dinners later in the week or freezer meals.   Serves: 3-4 Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 30-40 minutes   Ingredients: 1 cup of brown rice   2 tbsp canola oil 1 350 or 450-gram block of extra firm tofu, pressed & cut into thin slices 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tbsp ginger, minced 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 bell pepper, sliced 1 cup large...

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Eat for Workouts

How to Eat to Maximize Workouts!

We all know being active offers health benefits - specifically, decreased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, depression, stress and anxiety (Statistics Canada, 2015). However, only one in five (or 20%) of Canadians achieve the recommended 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of physical activity per week. Do you get enough? What would this amount look like in your busy schedule? Going to a one-hour Zumba class and a 20-minute brisk walk after dinner/lunch four times a week? This would be terrific and set you in the minuscule 20% of Canadians who achieve these recommendations.   [bctt tweet="Only 20% of Canadians achieve the recommended 150 mins of physical activity/week! Do you get enough?...

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