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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

If you are hosting Easter dinner this weekend, you might want to add Rosemary Roasted Potatoes to the menu!  This recipe is quick to prepare and adds a savoury starch, full of flavour and with some serious crispiness that your guests are sure to love. Recipe is also gluten free* Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45-60 minutes Ingredients: 8-12 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters 2 tablespoons of canola oil 1 teaspoon salt 4 twists of freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried rosemary Directions: 1.    Combine cleaned, peeled, cut potatoes into a mixing bowl 2.    Add canola oil, salt, pepper and rosemary and toss with potatoes 3.    Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F 4.    Transfer potatoes to a large roasting pan, evenly so not over-lapping 5.    Stir potatoes after 15-20 minutes of baking 6.    Total bake time for potatoes for...

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Red Wine Health Benefits

Have you heard through the ‘grape vine’ that red wine is heart healthy?  Well, this may be attributed to a type of naturally occurring antioxidant (aka polyphenol) called resveratrol.  Today we will explore resveratrol, how it works along with the possible health benefits! Did you know that red wine is heart healthy? Click To Tweet What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol is a type of antioxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes.  Red wine contains more polyphenols than white wine since red wine is fermented in grape skins for longer periods.  Resveratrol can be found in other foods as well such as grapes, peanuts, cranberries, blueberries and grape juice. Health Benefits of Red Wine: Resveratrol appears to protect the lining of blood vessels by preventing plaque build-up, this decreases the...

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Easiest Fruit Salad – Perfect Snack or Dessert

This is an exceptionally simple recipe and a great way to encourage fruit consumption. Having homemade fruit salad ready to eat in the fridge will serve as the perfect snack or dessert for the whole family. This recipe is a only a guideline, so feel free to include whichever fruits or juices you like Serves: 12 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 can (796mL) of pears or peaches (juice-packed, undrained) 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into small sections 2 oranges, peeled and cut into small sections 2 red apples, with skin and cut into small pieces 1 cup of red grapes, halved ½ cup blueberries (if desired) 1/2 to 1 cup fruit juice (as desired) Instructions: 1. Combine fruits into a large bowl that...

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Best Broccoli Soup

Looking for an easy way to get more greens into your diet?  Here is my suggestion, a truly tasty broccoli soup!  Feel free to top with shredded cheddar cheese if desired. Enjoy! Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time:  20 minutes Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth 4 cups broccoli 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped (optional but encouraged!) pepper to taste 1/2 cup hard cheddar cheese, grated Directions: 1.     Melt butter in pan.  Add onion, garlic and celery.  Cook until tender 2.     Add broccoli, ginger (optional) and broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes 3.     Puree soup with a hand mixer then return to heat 4.     In...

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St. Patrick’s Day Peanut Butter Barley Cookies!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I have a tasty whole grain cookie recipe!  I used barley flour instead of all-purpose wheat flour.   Barley flour provides higher amounts of fibre and protein and has a cholesterol lowering benefit.   Barley flour is not gluten free and has a moist, sweet, nutty-flavour.   Be sure to substitute barley flour for equal amounts of all purpose flour in your favourite cookie, biscuit or cake recipe. Serves: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup low fat peanut butter ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 ¼ cup barley flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon baking soda Directions: 1.  Cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown and white sugar 2.  Add...

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Inulin causing Gas or Bloating?

This is a follow-up to my previous blog post entitled, the Scoop on Inulin.  We have already discussed how inulin is a type of fibre that many food manufactures use to achieve a “high fibre”claim on their products.  Today, I will delve into how inulin works in the body and why some people experience symptoms of intolerance (ie. gas, bloating, stomach pain or diarrhea). What is inulin and why do some people experience intolerance from it? Click To Tweet How inulin works in the body: Upon ingestion of inulin, this type of fibre moves through the body undigested (like other fibres) and into the large intestine where it is fermented by your intestinal bacteria.   This is why inulin is...

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Cashew Chicken Recipe

I am pleased to share with you this truly fantastic Cashew Chicken recipe!  This is in the book of favourite recipes :)  You have flexibility as well to add other veggies such as broccoli and mushrooms as well. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1 Tbsp soya sauce (lower sodium) 1 Tbsp oil divided 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tsp fresh ginger, minced ¼ Tsp red pepper flakes ¼ cup Catalina dressing ½ cup roasted, unsalted cashews 1 whole red or green pepper, chopped 1 cup basmati rice Lime juice to taste (optional) Instructions: 1. Combine chicken, cornstarch and soya sauce and marinate (~15 minutes) 2. Heat oil in a non-stick wok skillet...

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Baked Carrot Chips

Looking for a fun way to introduce veggies as a snack or appetizer?   Might I suggest tryingBaked Carrot Chips?  This is an extremely easy recipe that will be a sure hit for the whole family. Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minute Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients 4 large carrots, peeled 1 Tbsp Canola oil salt & pepper to taste Directions: 1. Clean, peel then cut carrots lengthwise 2. Pre-heat oven to 450 C 3. Toss carrots with canola oil and salt and pepper to evenly coat 4. Bake chips for about 8-10 minutes until crisp. Turn carrot chips and bake other side for 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Food for Thought:  Experiment with baking other root veggies as chips too! Try using white potato, sweet potato or parsnips; however, cooking times may vary....

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The Scoop on Inulin

With all the hype on high fibre foods and their associated health benefits, it is no wonder that we are seeing more and more products emerge on grocery shelves boasting the extremely sought-after high fibre claim. This blog will explore one of the most common ways that these high fibre claims are achieved, which is often through the use of an ingredient called inulin. What is Inulin?  Inulin naturally occurs in some plants and is a type of dietary fibre since the human body cannot digest it. More specifically, inulin is a fructan, which is basically a fancy word to imply that there are fructose (sugar) components.   Fructans occur in foods such as asparagus, leeks, garlic, onions and artichokes and...

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