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Dinner

Strawberry, Feta & Pumpkin Seed Salad

After learning about the outstanding nutritional profile of pumpkin seeds in my latest blog, here is a new recipe that uses these tasty little nutritional powerhouses.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 4 cups fresh leaf lettuce, chopped 1 cup fresh strawberries,  sliced 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, roasted and unsalted 1/4 cup raisins 2 Tbsp of olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar fresh ground pepper to taste (if desired) Optional: Sprinkle fresh parsley for extra flavour boost   INSTRUCTIONS: 1.    Clean lettuce leaves thoroughly in cold water. 2.    Combine ingredients in a salad bowl. 3.    Add oil and vinegar dressing to salad. 4.    Toss salad and enjoy!...

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Cinnamon + Spice Sweet Potato Wedges

When I think of fall harvest, I think of root vegetables.  One of the healthiest of which is the sweet potato.  Sweet potatoes are a more nutritious choice than regular white potatoes. For example, sweet potatoes have 10 times more vitamin A (important for vision, skin and immune system) than regular white potatoes.  So feel free to substitute your regular old white potatoes for moist and sweet, sweet potatoes instead. Try these cinnamon and spice potato wedges as a healthy alternative to French fries.  Learn more about the sweet potato’s sweet nutrition profile here.    Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 40-50 minutes Serves: 2-4   Ingredients: 4 medium sized sweet potatoes 2 Tbsp olive oil 1...

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The Mighty Mango Salad

Mangoes are one of the “10 best foods” according to the Centre for the Science of the Public interest.  One cup of mango supplies you with 100% of a day’s worth of vitamin C, one-third of a day’s worth of vitamin A, a good amount of blood pressure lowering potassium and 3 grams of fibre.   Enjoy mangoes alone or served as part of a salad or entrée. Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 1 mango, sliced into chunks 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup black beans, canned and rinsed 1 coloured pepper, chopped 2 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 1 lime, squeeze all juice out 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/3...

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Wheat Berry Entrée Salad

  Increasing your veggie intake is a healthy idea, but it is important to ensure that you are maintaining balance by including a carbohydrate (your source of energy) and protein as well (to keep you feeling full).  This salad includes the chewy and delicious wheat berries, which are source of fibre and includes nuts for protein.  Feta cheese and fresh parsley are optional (but recommended) additions!   Serves: 5-7 Prep time: 15 minutes   Ingredients: 5 cups fresh greens (your choice- green lettuce, endive, romaine, kale) 1 large carrot, peeled and graded 1 cup black olives, rinsed and drained ½ red pepper, chopped 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced ½ cup walnuts, roasted ½ cup wheat berries (cooked according to package...

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dietitian recipes

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Tomato Clam Sauce

It is so empowering to be able to make your own tomato sauce!  You can then portion or freeze extra sauce and then simply defrost and cook up a fresh batch of pasta for an easy meal with a side salad.  As a seafood fan, I enjoy the baby clams that pack a healthy protein punch.  This is a meal that is sure to impress guests at your next dinner party.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 package whole grain spaghetti 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes ¼ tsp oregano ½ onion, chopped ½ red pepper, chopped ¼ cup red wine 14 oz can of...

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Endive Salad with Goat Cheese, Apple & Walnut

While observing a chef creating a salad, I was intrigued when he advised us to “go into the produce section and choose any green to add to your salad!”  He continued to recommend that better yet, we choose multiple greens and mix them all together.  The possibilities became endless!  Before my next dinner party, where I was asked to bring the salad, I chose the curly endive greens to mix with simple green lettuce.  Endive has a slightly bitter and peppery taste and I found it similar to arugula.   This recipe was a great success and inspired future creativity too.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups fresh endive...

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Romano bean recipe Andrea D'Ambrosio dietitian

Italian-Style Romano Beans

I was contemplating if this recipe was worth posting because it is so exceptionally simple.  However, during a nutrition consultation, I shared this simple recipe with my client and she came back saying how she now LOVES making Romano beans like this.  So here is the recipe for you into incorporate in your diet too!   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) Romano Beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Italian parsley, freshly chopped   Instructions: In a large bowl combine Romano beans with olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh parsley. Stir to combine ingredients and flavours. Enjoy!...

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Homemade Bruschetta

Who doesn’t love bruschetta?  It is a simple and crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be easily adapted by adding olives, cheese, onion and beans!  The possibilities are truly endless.   Today, I will be sharing a very simple (yet elegant) bruschetta recipe.   Serves: 4-5 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 1 large fresh tomato 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ tsp basil, dried 1/8 tsp oregano, dried Sprinkle freshly ground pepper Salt to taste Fresh parsley for seasoning   Instructions: Place tomato in a small deep bowl or measuring cup. Pour boiling water over the tomato to cover.  After l minute, remove from water and peel back skin from tomato. Cut the tomato into quarters and squeeze out the excess juice...

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Spring Fresh Bulgur Salad

With the onset of spring, it is common to experience a yearning for cold lunches using fresh ingredients. This recipe uses the protein and fibre-packed whole grain bulgur along with common ingredients and fresh veggies.  Letting your salad sit in the fridge allows the flavours to marinate and intensify.  You are sure to enjoy this chewy and satisfying salad!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30-45 minutes   Ingredients: 1 cup bulgur 2 cups boiling water 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1 cucumber, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp red onion, chopped 1 can (19oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained ¼ cup raisins 1 lemon squeezed for juice ¼ cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: ...

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