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Mom’s Minestrone Soup

This weekend has brought Southern Ontario cold weather alerts with temperatures plummeting and wind chills hitting -30 degrees! With the immensely cold weather, what better way to keep warm than by enjoying some homemade Minestrone soup.   Making your own soup allows you to use fresh ingredients, have lower salt intake (than pre-made soups) and you can even freeze extras for leftovers.   Ingredients: 1 small onion, chopped 2 large carrots, sliced 1 cup celery, chopped 3 Tbsp butter 1 cup green beans, chopped 1 cup cabbage, chopped finely 4 medium tomatoes, skins removed in hot water 5 cups broth (chicken, vegetable or beef) 2 cups water 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup whole wheat macaroni uncooked ¼ tsp basil ¼...

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Aged Asiago & Berry Salad

Undoubtedly, we could all benefit from eating more greens.  A client told me that by making cool salads, she was making salads the “star of the meal”.  I just love this!  Here is an easy recipe combination that is sure to make the salads a tempting treat. In my family, we always enjoy salads at the end of the meal as a palate cleanser or you can have it as a starter to help fill you up on those healthy greens!   Prep time: 10 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups of romaine,  leaf lettuce or mixed greens of choice ½ cup raspberries ½ cup blueberries 3 Tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp raisins Top with slivered asiago cheese 2 Tbsp...

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Broccoli & Cheddar Stuffed Chicken Breast

One of my all time favourite Julia Child quotes is, “You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”  I could not agree with her statement more!  However, there are times where you want to go a little above to achieve the “wow factor” from family members, guests or maybe just to impress yourself!   This recipe I put together with my mom during our traditional cooking night. We served our broccoli and cheddar stuffed chicken breast with brown rice, a side of steamed broccoli and tossed salad. Keep in mind, this is a recipe that has lots of versatility so feel encouraged...

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Homemade Tomato Sauce

When you are not sure what to make for dinner having homemade tomato sauce ready in the freezer makes the decision a lot easier.  This recipe uses basic ingredients and is simple to prepare. Some of my favourite veggies to add to this sauce include: coloured peppers, mushrooms, celery and even graded carrot. Optional: Add a dash of red wine with onions for a nice flavour!   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes   Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, minced 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped ½ medium onion, chopped 28 oz diced tomatoes, canned ¼ tsp basil ¼ tsp oregano fresh ground pepper and parmesan cheese to taste   Directions: In a large saucepan over medium...

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Easy Peasy Pizza

Cooking does not have be complex and time consuming, especially after a long day!  Here is a simple meal idea, that is ideal for those low on time and who are wanting to avoid eating out.   You have flexibility to use whatever grain you have on hand, for the pizza crust; try whole grain pitas, English muffins or tortillas.  You are encouraged to use whatever veggies and cheese you desire for delicious variety on your personal pizza.  Feel free to share you topping combinations too!   Serves: 2 Cook time: 8-10 minutes Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2 whole grain tortillas 4 Tbsp pizza sauce Sprinkle oregano, dried 5 mushrooms, sliced ¼ green pepper ½ tomato, sliced ½ cup mozzarella and cheddar...

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Oven Roasted Oregano Chickpeas

This is a great snack option that is a great fibre and protein option.  Feel free to use different spices to create savory or sweet flavoured chickpeas.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40-45 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 tbsp olive oil ½ tbsp oregano ¼ tsp garlic powder Optional: Cayenne pepper sprinkled for extra spice Salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F Combine chickpeas, olive oil, oregano, garlic powder and toss to coat. Spread chickpeas evenly over a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 40-45minutes, stirring them around 20 minutes.   Note: Bake for more time depending on how crunchy you like them....

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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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Fresh & Zesty Guacamole

It’s a siesta and you cannot be without a really tasty guacamole recipe!  Here is my favourite recipe that takes fajitas to a whole new level of delicious.  Enjoy these heart healthy monounsaturated fats in this delicious guac!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 10-15 minutes   Ingredients: 3 ripe avocados 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, diced ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium lime, squeeze all juice out salt and fresh ground pepper to taste   Instructions: Cut avocado and remove the pit.  Scoop out avocado into a medium bowl and mash to desired texture. Some prefer chunky guacamole and other prefer smooth.  Now add in onion, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic. Stir to combine ingredients. Cut...

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You’ll Love Kale Chips!

If you have not made your own homemade kale chips you are certainly missing out!  These crunchy, crispy little greens are a real treat to your taste buds.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time:  8-10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups raw kale, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil sprinkle of salt, if desired   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350F. Remove tough stems of the kale and the ribbing. Chop kale into bite sized pieces. Clean kale leaves in cold water and dry in salad spinner. Spread kale leaves evenly on baking sheets so they are not overlapping too much. Drizzle olive oil over leaves or you can coat kale in olive oil before spreading on baking...

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