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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

3 Ways to Master ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

3 Ways to Master “Make-Ahead” Lunches

It’s the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Even if you’re not back-to-school, adults often feel inspired to start new healthy habits, like packing a balanced lunch. However, busy schedules and life commitments can get in the way of these noble intentions. We frequently feel unprepared and stressed, and either spend money eating out or dish out lunch money to our kids.   Today’s blog is number one of a two-part series. First, I will share how our schedules impact our meal-time stress, then the benefit of packing ahead, and finally three tips to master “make-ahead” lunches. These are the lunches that can be prepared in...

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Mediterranean Quinoa & Lentil Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa & Lentil Salad

Back-to-school is in the air. This means that parents are busy packing lunches to leave kids (and themselves) feeling full for longer. I love this Mediterranean Quinoa & Lentil Salad because it has a combination of flavours and textures. This recipe provides flexibility to add or omit ingredients according to your preferences. The dressing is super simple and fresh. I recommend making a double or triple batch of the vinaigrette and putting it in a mason jar in the fridge to add to dinner salads. To reduce morning mayhem during back-to-school time, pack lunches the night before. Read more tips in: 3 Steps to Master Packed Lunches and/or Tackling Lunchtime Challenges....

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New Orleans Food

New Orleans Food Exploration

Are you a food explorer? Do you travel to new places and seek their cuisine? I do! Traveling is one of my passions along with food! Food exploration allows me to combine these two passions to make truly memorable experiences. This summer, I went to New Orleans to discover their infamous food scene. In today’s blog, I will showcase what makes New Orleans food unique and underscore my top five must-have’s!   What’s “Creole Cuisine?” Creole cuisine is unique to Louisiana. According to Urban Distortionary, Creole is one of the most interesting yet little known cultures America has ever known! There’s a mixture of Black, French, Spanish and Native American-influence...

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Mussels Blog

Mussels Nutrition: A Summer Superfood

Have you wondered about the nutrition of mussels? Those cute little shellfish that can be served cooked in or out of the shell. Mussels are available fresh, smoked, canned and even frozen. Today, I will be highlighting the nutrition for mussels because they are delicious, versatile and jam-packed with health-promoting value. Get ready to dive in deeply as we explore the nutrition of mussels, how to prepare them and how to incorporate in your diet. Hint: preparing mussels is easier than you think (recipe to follow)!     My Mussels Story: Funnily enough, mussels were the one food that terrified me as a child. I remember my Nonno making them as...

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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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