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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Mom’s Chocolate Biscotti

Did you know that the word biscotti means ‘twice baked’?  These classic Italian biscuits are baked, sliced and then baked again.  The end result is a dry and crunchy tasting treat!  Be sure to enjoy your chocolate biscotti with an authentic cappuccino or espresso. Serves: 36 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time:  35 minutes Ingredients: ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla ½ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 ½ cup all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda pinch salt ½ cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted Instructions: 1.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Beat in cocoa, 1 cup of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 2.  Stir in remaining flour, chocolate chips...

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Cooking with Tofu

Interested in Cooking with Tofu? -Vegetarian cooking

Would you like to add tofu to the menu but are unsure how?  Today, we will explore the tremendous versatility or ‘chameleon qualities’ of tofu along with its nutritional profile. First, we must define tofu.  Tofu is made from soybeans, water and a curdling agent that is used to extract the solid proteins before it is pressed into a block.  Tofu has origins in China dating back approximately 2,000 years!  Tofu is extremely popular in vegetarian cooking and comes in two main kinds:  soft or silken tofu and firm or regular tofu. Want to learn how to cook with tofu? Look no further! Click To Tweet Notes on Preparing Tofu: Vegetarian cooking Tofu can be found in the produce section of the grocery store Before cooking with...

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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. Check out my other potato recipes too! Recipe is also gluten free* Rosemary Roasted Potatoes: 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.   ...

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Red Wine Health Benefits

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. It is great to add more fruits to your salads to make them yummy, experiment with flavors and add great vitamins and minerals :) This recipe is a only a guideline, so feel free to include whichever fruits or juices you like to your fruit salad. Fruit Salad: 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...

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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! Check out my recipe page for more soup recipes and ways to add more vegetables into your diet! Broccoli Soup: Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time:  20 minutes Ingredients: 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, chopped 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth 4 cups broccoli 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 garlic clove, chopped 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)...

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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 (barley cookies)!  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. Peanut Butter Barley Cookies: 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,...

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Inulin Causing Gas or Bloating?

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 food manufactures use to achieve a “high fibre”claim on their products.  Today, I will delve into how inulin works in the body. Also, 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 more...

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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 favorite recipes :)  You have flexibility as well to add other veggies such as broccoli and mushrooms as well. There are also tons of other chicken recipes on my page! Take a look :) Cashew Chicken Recipe: 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....

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