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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

All about Edamame!

If you are in search of a high protein, fibre-rich, quick and nutritious option, look no further than the frozen section of the grocery store for edamame!     Edamame, pronounced ed-uh-MAH-may, is the name for the fresh, young soybeans that are harvested before the seeds harden. Edamame is popular in Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine. Edamame beans have a subtle buttery flavour, are crunchy in texture and are found inside a fuzzy green pod. These bright pods are often steamed or boiled and served with a little salt.  You can also purchase shelled edamame, which saves you time from squeezing the tasty bean out of the pod.   [bctt tweet="Edamame (ed-uh-MAH-may)...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

This is a true crowd-pleasing recipe that uses simple ingredients.  Feel free to add your own spices like fresh basil or oregano according to your tastes.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, remove skin and slice into ½ inch slices 1 egg ¼ cup all purpose flour 2 Tbsp canola oil 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup meatless tomato sauce 1 cup mozzarella cheese   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Wash and peel eggplant; cut crosswise into ½” slices. Dip eggplant into egg and then flour; turning to coat both sides. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook eggplant half at a time for 4-6 minutes. Turning once to cook...

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Barley, Oats & Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holiday season, I made these tasty Christmas cookies!   I decided to use the whole grains barley and oats since they are rich in beta glucan, which is beneficial for cholesterol lowering and boosting immunity.   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes Serves: 30-40 cookies   Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup margarine 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 2 cups whole oats (I used quick cooking oats) 1 cup barley flour ½ cup oat bran 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1 cup dark chocolate chips 2 Tbsp festive sprinkles (optional)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and margarine and blend together. Stir in vanilla and egg and mix until fluffy. Add whole oats, barley flour, oat...

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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Keep!

What is the point of making a New Year’s resolution for living better, healthier lives if it is not maintainable?  Today, I will share my 5 best tips for boosting your health and well-being!  All my tips are achievable and sustainable all year round! 1.  Focus on “life-long change”:  This year, ditch all those fad diets, the hunger strikes, the elimination diets and take charge of your health with real foods that taste good!  Remember that any valiant effort to lose weight that involves deprivation and/or extreme exercise is unsustainable; you will eventually default to your old habits.  Therefore, make a commitment to focus on lifelong behavior change using...

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Here is a simple quinoa salad that is very convenient to pack for work or school lunches.  This balanced meal choice is complete with carbohydrates to fuel your brain, protein and fibre to keep you feeling full, and a variety of vitamins and minerals for overall health!  I enjoy this quiona salad paired with a small cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of nuts and a piece of fruit. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed ½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup cucumber, diced ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half ½ green peppers, diced ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup black olives, chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive...

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Colourful Roasted Veggies

This recipe of seasoned, crunchy veggies will fill your home with the savory aroma of spices!  Feel free to use a variety of veggies according to your taste preference or what you have on hand. Tip: Be sure to cut your vegetables into similar sized pieces so that they cook at the same time.  For example, you may have to cut your potatoes into smaller pieces and use larger slices of red peppers. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time:  40-50 minutes   Ingredients: 4 cups tri-coloured potatoes, cleaned and cut into quarters 1 cup cauliflower, chopped 1 red pepper, sliced into chunks 1 zucchini, cut into spears 1 cup mushrooms, whole ¼  small red onion, sliced 2 cloves...

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Here is a simple salmon recipe that uses common household ingredients and can be ready in a hurry.  Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids essential for heart health as well as brain, nerve and eye functioning.  Aim for 2-3 servings of fish per week (one serving is 75g or 2.5oz).   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients: ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp white wine 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp dried oregano Pinch of peppercorns Salt and pepper to taste 2 Salmon fillets (4 oz each)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, white wine, Dijon mustard, garlic,...

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De-Stress this Holiday Season!

With the arrival of the holiday season, too many of us feel that familiar “holiday stress” creeping up.  Isn’t this season supposed to be a fun-filled and joyous time?  Why then do so many of us now complain of feeling increased stress?  Whatever the cause, help is on the way with my top 7 holiday stress busting tips. De-stressing is so important (all year long) because physical and emotional stress negatively impact our health.  Research supports the link between stress and conditions like heart disease, hypertension, headaches and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.  Stress is also a contributor in making certain conditions like irritable bowel syndrome,...

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Winter Healthy Pick: Pomegranates

As we slowly become inundated with Christmas commercials and holiday music, I thought this would be an ideal time to explore a select superfood for the winter! As a refresher, a “superfood” is just a fancy word to describe a food with an extraordinary nutritional profile along with associated health benefits.   A “superfood” is just a fancy word to describe a food with an extraordinary nutritional profile. Click To Tweet   Pomegranates will be my featured superfood because they are not only sweet and refreshing, but they also pack a nice nutritional punch! You can spot this fantastic fruit in supermarkets between September and January. When selecting your fruit, look for...

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