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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Let’s Cook in a Hurry!

Welcome to Nutrition Month 2014 with the practical theme of “Simply Cook and Enjoy!”  This month, Dietitians across Canada guide consumers back to the kitchen to master some cooking basics.  Since time constraints are one of the largest barriers to today’s cooking, I will teach some timesaving tips on how to cook in a hurry! Over the years, we have transitioned (or regressed) in our cooking and food preparation methods.  This transition involves consuming more prepared foods, packaged foods and convenience foods, all which require less time in the kitchen and fewer food skills (Health Canada, 2010).   Not surprisingly, our dietary intake has moved toward one that is higher in...

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Salmon Fresh Rolls

This is an easy recipe for a light entertaining lunch.  I made these salmon wraps for a couple friends visiting for lunch and it was a big hit. You can use salmon, canned tuna or chicken.  Rice wraps are found in grocery stores in the ethnic section.  This is a gluten free recipe using common kitchen ingredients.  Enjoy the flexibility to choose the ingredients you love. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: Bring water to boil Serves: 4   Ingredients: 1 can wild salmon 2 Tbsp low fat sour cream 2 Tbsp mayo ½ tsp lemon juice 2 stalks celery, chopped salt and pepper to taste Rice wraps (4-6)   Toppings: Fresh lettuce, chopped Grated carrot Raisins Sunflower seeds Celery, cut into match sticks   Instructions: In a large,...

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Honey Dijon Salmon

Salmon is a succulent protein option that absorbs the flavours of the marinade.  I am always on the hunt for easy salmon recipes that taste great!  Here is another great recipe to add to the collection, Honey Dijon Salmon.  I served mine with a side of steamed asparagus drizzled with a Dijon cream sauce and side of whole grain spaghetti.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 18-20 minutes   Ingredients: 2 fresh salmon fillets (6 oz each) ½ Tbsp butter or margarine ½ Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard ½ Tbsp honey ½ Tbsp soya sauce 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F. In a microwavable container, melt butter for 20-30 seconds. When  butter is...

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Winter Breeze Salad

In the frigid winter months we can depend on having fresh fruits imported at reasonable prices and still packed with flavour.  Here is a simple recipe that uses readily available winter fruits and greens! Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes   Ingredients: 4 cups of fresh greens (I used half spinach and half romaine lettuce) 1 orange (peeled and sliced into chunks) 1 cup blackberries 2 Tbsp craisins or dried cranberries 2 Tbsp slivered almonds, unsalted   2 Tbsp olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar salt to taste   INSTRUCTIONS: 1.    Clean lettuce leaves thoroughly in cold water 2.    Combine ingredients into a salad bowl 3.    Add oil and vinegar dressing to salad mix 4.    Toss salad and enjoy!...

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Drinking Diet Pop, But Not Losing Weight?

If we replace our sugary, caloric soft drink with a non-caloric “diet pop” we should theoretically lose weight, right?  Well, it appears that this might only not be true; in fact, our diet pop may be promoting weight gain!     Research recently published by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found adults who drink diet beverages consume more calories from food compared to adults who drink regular sodas and other sugary beverages.  This research was published in American Journal of Public Health using data from 24,965 people aged 20 and older between 1999 to 2010.  This topic is one of on-going debate and further research is needed to...

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Vegetarian Pad Thai

Who doesn’t enjoy a tangy, moderately spicy noodle dish loaded with veggies?  This is a very simple Pad Thai recipe, which thankfully uses common household ingredients!  Be careful to not over-cook the rice noodles, as you want them to remain firm and a little chewy.  You can also feel free to use bean sprouts instead of the snow peas for a more traditional recipe.  Try tossing in some shrimp or chicken for a non-vegetarian alternative!   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 16oz rice noodles (1/4 inch wide) 1.5 cups snow peas   Sauce: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice 3 tbsp Ketchup 1tbp brown sugar ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or fish sauce   3 tbsp...

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Wheat Berry Salad with Apples, Walnuts & Feta

Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels packed with nutrition! Wheat berries are wholegrain, meaning they contain the bran (outer fibrous coating), the endosperm and the germ, which is rich in vitamins, minerals and heart healthy fats.  When grains are refined, the bran and the germ are removed to make the texture easier to chew and digest.  As a result, wheat berries are crunchy and chewy in texture which helps keep you feeling full for longer!   Prep time:  20 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Serves: 12-15   Ingredients: 1 cup wheat berries (dry) 2 gala apples, unpeeled and chopped 1 can (19oz) chickpeas, rinsed ½ cup raisins ½ cup walnuts, unsalted and chopped ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped ¼...

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Matcha Madness

Move over regular old green tea, there is a new and more potent green tea in town!  Matcha is a fine green tea powder, which has origins dating back to the 12th century in Japan.  This tea is described as having a strong and earthy taste with a full and frothy texture.  The difference between regular green tea and matcha tea lies in the processing.  Matcha tea uses the whole tealeaf for harvesting, steaming, drying and grinding into a fine powder.  Interestingly, ten cups of green tea are needed to match the potency of a cup of matcha green tea.   [bctt tweet="Ten cups of green tea are needed...

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Transform your Picky Eater!

Are meal times with your picky eater a source of tremendous stress?  Will your child start crying or fussing at the sight of a new and unfamiliar food?  Are you concerned about your child’s nutritional intake considering the short list of foods that he or she will actually eat?  These are common concerns that often bring nervous parents in seeking the support of a Registered Dietitian. It is important to note that meal times SHOULD NOT be stressful!  Keeping a calm and relaxed eating atmosphere helps children develop confidence and positive associations with food.  Rest assured that children will naturally test their limits and it is the parent’s...

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