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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Simple Mushroom & Kale Risotto {Recipe Redux}

In honour of Earth Day on April 22, I wanted to share this Simple Mushroom and Kale Risotto recipe to inspire readers to have a couple "go-to" recipes that can be modified to use up ingredients and reduce food waste . If you have not tried meal planning yet, this is another powerful tool to use up ingredients before they go bad.  Many of my clients also find that it gives them a plan and makes mealtimes a lot less stressful, despite their busy schedules! For my family, risotto is a modifiable meal option that can be adjusted to use up leftover ingredients.  Here's how risotto can have different variations:  D’Ambrosio family risotto, Valentine's Beet & Green Pea...

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FARMED VS. WILD SALMON

Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

The Great Debate   Do you have confusion in the salmon aisle?  Have you ever wondered, what’s the difference between farmed salmon versus wild salmon?  Is one better nutritionally?  And what’s the deal with some salmon saying “Pacific” and other salmon saying “Atlantic”?   Today, we will be breaking down the science so you know what to buy when fishing for your salmon.     Before we dive in, let’s first talk omega 3’s.  Omega 3’s are our heart-healthy fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.  Omega 3’s lower risk of heart disease and risk of certain cancers.  They are also important in brain, nerve and eye development for infants.  They may improve our immune...

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Honey Garlic Salmon

Are you looking to increase omega 3's in your diet?  After all, you've probably heard that Canadians simply aren't getting enough.  Or perhaps you've heard that increasing omega 3 intake will lower risk of heart disease, and support healthy brain functioning? All is true.  Therefore, to inspire you to cook salmon, I will be sharing my Honey Garlic Salmon recipe!  This recipe is in response to many clients requesting simple and delicious salmon recipes. Ps. In case you missed these Dietetic Directions' salmon recipes, check out the scrumptious Maple Glazed Salmon or the 5 Ingredient Dijon Garlic Salmon.   Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS: 2-3 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or frozen 2 Tbsp low sodium soya sauce 2 Tbsp honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 tbsp oregano...

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5 Seasonal Spring Foods to Buy

5 Seasonal Spring Foods to Buy!

Spring is in the air, which means there’s a fresh array of seasonal foods to buy!  Next time you are at the farmer’s market or simply exploring the produce aisles, keep an eye out for my five favourite Ontario-grown goodies. In this blog, I will highlight some the nutritional benefits, how to use them and how to store them for maximum freshness.   Check out Andrea’s Top 5 Spring-Fresh Foods & Why! Click To Tweet   Top 3 Reasons to Eat Seasonally: Saves money, this is because these foods are in peak supply and without expensive transportation costs Enjoy some of the best tasting foods that are picked at peak freshness ...

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Spring Fresh Bean Salad {Recipe Redux}

Happy Spring!  The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and there is renewed energy in the air.  This year, to celebrate, let's take a look at what's in our fridge and think of creative ways to use up fresh ingredients. Today, I will be sharing my Spring Fresh Romano Bean salad that was created to use up miscellaneous veggies. By adding a can of romano beans (or any other type of bean) I was able to create a meal by adding fibre and protein. This spring-inspired recipe is a variant of my very popular, Italian-Style Romano Bean recipe.  What are your favourite spring fridge-cleaning recipes?  Be sure to try a cold...

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5 ways help picky eaters become adventurous

5 Ways to Help Picky Eaters become Adventurous

Do you have a picky eater?  Are mealtimes a struggle?  Do you feel like a short-order cook at the mercy of making WHATEVER your little one will eat?  Are you tired of eating “kid-foods” and wish your child was not so darn picky!?  If you said yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.  In fact, up to 35% of parents describe their children as picky (Dietitians of Canada, 2017). This statistic is not to sound alarm but to inspire us to support our kids to improve their eating confidence so they can develop a healthy (and positive) relationship with food as they grow. Today, I...

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Spinach Walnut & Feta Salad

So you are planning to include more veggies in your diet, why not include more spinach since it is one of those versatile greens that you can eat raw or cooked?  Spinach is awesome added to stir fries, omelettes, smoothies or tossed in a fresh salad. If you are curious how spinach compares nutritionally to kale, romaine and arugula see my past post, Salad Showdown: Comping the Nutrition.   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups spinach, washed ½ cup walnuts, roasted 1 cup blackberries 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   Instructions: Clean spinach and place into large bowl. Add berries, feta, craisins and seeds on top of salad greens. Drizzle greens and toppings with olive...

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Stop the Food Fight Nutrition Month 2017

Stop the Food Fight!

Nutrition Month 2017   March is Nutrition Month and this year, let’s stop the food fight!  Dietitians across Canada are coming together to “Take the Fight out of Food” and help the public to improve their relationship with food and find the joy in eating!  find the joy in eating!  Food fights may be either with ourselves, our picky eater or with the management of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.  Today, I will be discussing the top five “food fights” and how we can end them so we can feel good about food!   Take the Pledge!  I Andrea D’Ambrosio, will Take the Fight out of Food...

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Chorizo & Zucchini Stuffed Peppers

Are you into batch cooking?  If not, I highly recommend giving it a try with my stuffed peppers recipe! Making more of a recipe leads to convenient leftovers; ready in minutes.  Batch cooking also helps busy people eat well when they do not have a lot of time to cook during the week. Today, I will be sharing one of my favourite batch cooking recipes, Chorizo & Zucchini Stuffed Peppers!  I have done many variations of this recipe.  I've tried switching whole grains or using a combination of grains (like bulgur mixed with rice or quinoa).  You can also grate or finely dice practically any type of veggies (I like mushroom, tomato,...

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