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Tofu Green Curry

Shrimp & Tofu Green Curry

Does making homemade green curry intimidate you? Curries often scared me until I discovered that these dishes can be made quite simply with basic ingredients. Curries also offer flexibility to use up veggies you have on hand and modify the recipe with your choice of protein. With a busy schedule, curries are especially helpful when planning leftovers for lunches, dinners later in the week or freezer meals.   Serves: 3-4 Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 30-40 minutes   Ingredients: 1 cup of brown rice   2 tbsp canola oil 1 350 or 450-gram block of extra firm tofu, pressed & cut into thin slices 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tbsp ginger, minced 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 bell pepper, sliced 1 cup large...

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shakshouka

Lentil & Kale Shakshouka

Have you tried Shakshouka yet? It’s a North African dish that uses a tomato base with warm spices and eggs on top. This dish is often served with bread. I love making shakshouka because it involves minimal ingredients and gives you creative freedom to add new ingredients as you wish. In today’s recipe, I wanted to boost the fibre and protein so I added lentils! To save time, and because they are equally as nutritious, I used canned lentils. I also boosted the veggies by adding celery and kale. In the past, I have added grated carrots. It’s all good! I truly believe you cannot go wrong with...

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Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

I enjoy simple, delicious food. As a follower of the Dietetic Directions blog, you probably know I post recipes using basic (and minimal) ingredients along with flexibility to add your own flair. Today’s Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives recipe is an incredibly simple family recipe inspired by my dad. As an Italian father, he added olive oil and red wine vinegar to many foods, like hard boiled eggs. Boy were they good! I have continued to carry on this favourite but added my own twist. Last year, when I planted my herb garden (see my Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for your Garden) I started adding fresh chives to...

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Indian Dhal Soup

Indian Dhal Soup

Do you love Indian food but the spices intimidate you? This is how I felt. However, if you want to step into Indian cooking, this simple and healthy dhal recipe will be just what you’re looking for. Dhal is a word used to describe an Indian soup made with lentils or pulses (click here to find out why pulses are healthy).  This Indian Dhal Soup has become a bit of a "fridge cleaner" recipe where I toss in veggies that need to be used up. For example, in this recipe I had celery and a coloured pepper in the fridge. Be flexible with your ingredient preferences and enjoy the warm...

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salmon cakes

Savoury Salmon Cakes

I love ordering Salmon Cakes at restaurants. They are just so flakey and savoury. They practically melt in your mouth. Now, with this Savoury Salmon Cakes recipe, you can make this restaurant favourite at home and have them taste just as good, if not better! Choosing canned salmon is also a great way to boost your dietary calcium intake. In fact, sockeye/red, canned salmon, contains approximately 400-600 IU of vitamin D and 200 mg of calcium in a 2.5-ounce serving. That’s impressive. Be sure to check out 5 Foods for Stronger Bones to learn more about foods that are good for your bones!   Prep time: 20-30 minutes Cook time: 10...

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Stuffed Shells with Lentils

Lentil & Mushroom-Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage

Want an easy way to save on your grocery bill?  Look no further than adding lentils to extend your meat dishes or as a meatless alternative. This Lentil & Mushroom-Stuffed Shells recipe is a variation of my Chorizo Stuffed Jumbo Shells but instead with the addition of lentils and a lot of finely chopped mushrooms. Leftovers are also easy and delicious with this meal! In case you are unfamiliar, lentils are little edible seeds grown in a pod and part of the legume family. They are incredibly versatile and take on the flavour of the dish. In just ½ cup serving, there are 12 grams of protein and...

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coconut rice & beans

Caribbean Coconut Black Bean Rice

In the middle of our Canadian winter, we sometimes need an easy, one-pot meal that transports us to the Caribbean! This Coconut Black Bean Rice is simple, inexpensive, high in fibre and even a ‘complete protein’. The term complete protein refers to foods having all nine essential amino acids (protein building blocks). Essential amino acids must be consumed through the diet since our body cannot make them on its own. Meat is a complete protein, but some vegetarian food sources (like soy, nuts, seeds, chia, quinoa, eggs, milk) are complete proteins.   In one cup of rice and beans, you get an impressive 7 grams of protein and 5...

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peanut & edamame vegan stir-fry

Peanut & Edamame Stir-Fry {Vegan}

Looking for a speedy way to use up leftover veggies and hit all your food groups? Look no further than this, Vegan Peanut & Edamame Stir-Fry! I absolutely love meals that offer flexibility to use whatever you have on hand. Whether you are stocking your kitchen like a dietitian, or following my guide to doing a freezer inventory, be sure to stock up on basic necessities. For example, I always have edamame (either shelled or in pods) in my freezer. These tasty beans have an impressive 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre, in just ½ cup serving! Read more about the impressive nutrition profile for edamame here.   Serves: 3-4 Prep...

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garlic herb salmon

Garlic & Herb Salmon with Sunflower Seeds

{20 min meal} I’m all about simplicity when it comes to cooking. I love to use minimal ingredients and create dishes that taste great. This Garlic Herb Salmon recipe is a spin on my Seared Salmon with Walnut Parsley Gremolata. That is basically a fancy way of saying chop up garlic with fresh herbs and add nuts or seed for crunch. I have also done this recipe using different types of white fish like sole, cod and haddock.  You can serve your salmon on a bed of a whole grain like quinoa, brown rice or bulgur.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 6-8 minutes   Ingredients: 2 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or...

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