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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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Sweet potato pear soup

Simple Sweet Potato & Pear Soup

Is there anything better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold day? This simple sweet potato pear soup is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury to create a sensation that is sure to excite your taste buds. If you are new to making soups this is a basic recipe that requires few ingredients. You can also dress up your soup with cool toppings. I like using roasted nuts or seeds, fresh herbs (like parsley or cilantro) and lime wedges. This soup freezes well, making it an ideal recipe to include in those "meal preparation" days on the weekend.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 20-30 mins Cook time: 20-30 mins   Ingredients: 1...

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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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Carrot Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Just in time for the holidays, or really any time of year, I have my new favourite soup!  This Carrot Ginger Sweet Potato soup will not only warm you and dazzle your taste buds, but it will also boost your beta carotene intake.  Vitamin A helps to support our eyesight, regulates our immune system and keeps our skin healthy, read more about orange foods to boost your health here.   Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 30-35 minutes Serves: 4-6   Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed 5-6 large carrots, peeled and chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable...

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Pomegranate Goat Cheese Kale Salad

Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad

Every holiday party needs a veggie dish that can be a real attention grabber, like this pomegranate goat cheese salad!  If you are still looking for a festive, simple and delicious salad to serve your guests for Christmas, look no further.  Pomegranates are loaded with fibre and antioxidants and add the perfect sweetness and crunch to compliment the bitterness of the kale. This is also a great way to increase veggie consumption if you are hosting the holiday meal and want to incorporate mindful eating strategies.   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups kale, chopped ½ cup pomegranate seeds 1 cup blackberries 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp craisins ¼ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp olive...

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Chewy Gingersnap Cookies {Recipe Redux}

The holiday baking season is upon us!  If you are like my mother, you are baking and freezing batches of cookies and treats for holiday entertaining.  Today, I will be sharing my favourite chewy gingersnap cookie recipe.  This recipe is a soft and festive cookie that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!   Serves: 12-16 cookies Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 8-11 minutes   Ingredients: 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp canola oil ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup molasses 1 egg 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cloves 1/8 tsp nutmeg ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp salt   Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine canola oil and sugar and...

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Valentine’s Beet & Green Pea Risotto

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate” states Dr. Alan D Wolfelt. Valentine’s day is a perfect time to demonstrate your love through the art of cooking! If you have not made risotto before, do not be scared, just have time on your side! Especially if you are making beet risotto because you will be roasting your beets first in the oven. As a time saver, you can also roast them earlier in the week.  You could also roast more beets at one time since they keep well in the fridge and can be used in salads or savoury dishes.  If you are looking for a quicker risotto...

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Festive Orange, Pomegranate & Feta Salad

It’s hard to believe that we are only one week away from Christmas! Have you decided what festive salad you are bringing to the holiday party? What better way to use those vibrant coloured, juice-packed little seeds than topped on flavourful salad. This is also a great recipe if you are lucky one hosting the holiday meal.   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups salad greens (Endive, green leaf, romaine), chopped ½ cup pomegranate seeds 1 orange, segmented and chopped 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp craisins ¼ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   Instructions: Chop and clean lettuce and place into large bowl. Add fruits, feta, craisins and seeds on...

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Chorizo Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Are looking for a crowd pleaser this holiday season? If so, be sure to try my chorizo stuffed jumbo shells! If you wish, you can prepare this recipe in stages.  The meat filling and sauce can be prepared ahead of time. You might also call upon your friendly sous-chef for some chopping and stirring assistance. This recipe makes especially tasty leftovers!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30-40 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes (cook and bake time)   Ingredients:   Meat filling: 3 Spanish-style chorizo sausage, casing removed ¼ cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, chopped 6 white mushrooms, very finely chopped ¼ cup parmesan cheese ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped   Tomato sauce: Can use pre-made or here’s...

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