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balsamic roasted veggies with feta

Balsamic & Feta Roasted Winter Veggies

Do you prefer sweet or savoury meals? Why not both, together! A couple weeks ago, I contributed these Balsamic & Feta Roasted Winter Veggies to our Sunday family meal. They were a huge hit! I was thrilled and immediately shared the photo on my Instagram. The response was amazing. People loved the flavour combination and were requesting the recipe. Because you asked, I answered! Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe! I am obsessed with this meal because it’s a versatile recipe, using minimal ingredients and the veggies can be cut in advance to have a quick meal assembly. The flavour combination is a nice mix. Roasting veggies is the...

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Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Happy National Pumpkin Day! To celebrate, I will be sharing my Savoury Pumpkin Chilli recipe, a one-pot, wholesome vegetarian meal. My earliest Halloween memories involve my mom whipping up a large batch of chilli before my sisters and I went trick-or-treating. I must admit, chilli was my LEAST favourite meal. I would plead, “Can we please have something else to eat?” My mom warmly replied, “Andrea, chilli's for dinner because it’s fast on this busy night.” As an adult, I now make this one-pot meal for a quick, versatile, batch-cooking recipe. I also love freezing leftovers those busy nights.   Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes Serves: 4-6   Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stocks...

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parnship fries

Rosemary Parsnip Fries {3 Ingredients}

Who does not love oven fries? I do (confession: like most dietitians) but I also love roasted veggies! I thought why not combine these two ideas to make something delectable! Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m excited to share my Rosemary Parsnip Fries. Best part, the recipe is super easy and uses only 3 ingredients. If you haven’t roasted a lot of veggies before, you will find that roasting changes the taste to make them sweeter and savoury by caramelizing the natural sugars. If you’re wondering about parsnip’s nutrition, check out: 3 Thanksgiving Superfoods You Must TRY.   Serves: 2-4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time:  20-30 minutes   Ingredients: 5-6 parsnips, peeled and cut...

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Sheet Pan Thyme Sweet Potatoes + Chicken

Happy first day of Fall! Who doesn’t love fall flavours and oven meals? Today, I will be featuring a sheet pan dinner! This is an awesome way of making meals simple. Two steps: Put everything on one (or two) baking sheets and into the oven. Dinner is ready in no time and with minimal cleanup! If possible, I recommend prepping ingredients in advance by chopping up veggies and putting them in plastic or glass containers. This way you can come home, toss veggies with oil and thyme and into the oven. Marinating chicken can also be done in advance, letting it sit overnight to intensify those flavours.   Serves: 3-4 Prep...

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Speedy Naan Pizzas

Cooking doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. After all, people are more likely to sustain lifestyle changes if these changes are enjoyable, realistic and appropriate considering your schedule. Today's recipe is one of my favourite "lazy meals". These Speedy Naan Pizzas are ready faster than take-out! Naan pizzas are also completely customizable based on your groceries on hand and/or personal preferences. I love making Greek-Style Naan Pizzas using feta, black olives, peppers and chicken or a simple Caprese Pizza with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Be sure to keep naan bread in the freezer for times where you need a 15-20 minute meal!  These pizzas also are...

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Strawberry & Swiss Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Patio weather is upon us!  What better contribution to the BBQ than a fun and delicious salad!  This is simple Strawberry and Swiss cheese salad is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. I love this mix because it combines the sweet from the Ontario local strawberries and the savoury from the Swiss cheese. Feel free to share your favourite summer salads!   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups mixed salad greens, washed 1 cup strawberries 1/3 cup Swiss cheese, cubed 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar Optional: Drizzle aged balsamic along top of salad   Instructions: Clean salad greens and place into large bowl. Add strawberries, Swiss cheese, and seeds on top of salad greens. Drizzle greens and toppings with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss...

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Crunchy Parmesan Paprika Wedges

Who says you can't have Crunchy Parmesan Paprika Potato Wedges as part of a healthy diet?  Certainly not this dietitian!  After all, potatoes are inherently healthy and unfairly get a bad reputation.  For example, most do not realize a medium potato is loaded with 25% of your daily potassium; about double that of a banana.  Potassium is a key electrolyte that relaxes arteries to help blood travel efficiently, preventing things like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  Plus, we Canadians simply are not getting enough potassium in our diets.  If you are interested in top food sources of potassium, beyond the banana, click here. I love these crunchy potato wedges because they are simple and delicious.  Like...

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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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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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