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Lunch

Spring Fresh Bean Salad {Recipe Redux}

Happy Spring!  The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and there is renewed energy in the air.  This year, to celebrate, let's take a look at what's in our fridge and think of creative ways to use up fresh ingredients. Today, I will be sharing my Spring Fresh Romano Bean salad that was created to use up miscellaneous veggies. By adding a can of romano beans (or any other type of bean) I was able to create a meal by adding fibre and protein. This spring-inspired recipe is a variant of my very popular, Italian-Style Romano Bean recipe.  What are your favourite spring fridge-cleaning recipes?  Be sure to try a cold...

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Mini Pesto Pizzas with Chickpea Flour {Recipe Redux}

Every healthy recipe deserves to be delicious. Healthy eating also warrants being budget-friendly!  As a way of kicking off 2017, I will share one of my favourite economical meals that cost under $3 per serving.  Be sure to make extra’s because these mini pesto pizzas make terrific leftovers and are a big hit for both big and little kids. By using chickpea flour, you will benefit from extra protein and fibre to keep you feeling full for longer.   Serving: 2- 3 (total yield 12 mini pizzas) Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes   Ingredients: ¾ cup chickpea flour ¾ cup warm water (not hot) 2 tbsp olive oil 1/8 tsp salt ½ cup pizza sauce ¼ cup pesto Toppings of choice (my favourite: sundried...

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Creamy Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Soup

During the cold and flu season, I believe that there is nothing better than indulging in a hearty homemade soup!  Especially when that soup is prepared by a loved one or frozen so that it is speedy to just heat up!  This creamy sweet potato cauliflower soup is easy to make and filled with warm fall flavours.  I chose to grate the sweet potato to give it a boost of beta carotene during the cold season and make the soup extra filling. For other tips to keep well this season, check out five scientifically proven ways to boost immunity!   Serves: 6 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 3 cups of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces 1 medium sweet potato, grated 2 stocks celery,...

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Back to School Bean Salad!

It’s almost back to school time and I know school lunches are top of mind.  What can you make for you and your child that’s quick, delicious and nutritious?  Look no further than a simple back to school bean salad with feta cheese!  This lunch is easy to make and is perfect for child helpers.  I recommend assembling the evening before so flavours have a chance to marinade and to avoid the morning rush.   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 can (540mL) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 coloured pepper, chopped ½ cucumber, chopped 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup feta cheese, chopped into cubes ¼ cup fresh parsley ¼...

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Gluten Free Pizza with Chickpea Flour Crust {Recipe Redux}

It is so much fun making a new recipe or simply being inspired in the kitchen to try something new. Today’s recipe is from my friend and colleague Abby Langer, a hilarious Toronto-based dieititan with an outstanding blog and writing style that leaves people laughing and learning.  This month, Abby featured my Garlic and Rosemary potatoes on her blog with a twist to make them shaken and BBQ'd. You will find Abby writing in the Huffington Post and as a spokesperson for various companies.   Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes Serves: 3-4   Ingredients: 1.5 cups chickpea flour 1 1/3 cups water 2T olive oil + more for greasing pans ¼ tsp onion powder ¼...

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Curry Egg salad with apples, walnuts & craisins {Recipe Redux}

The Spanish word for appetizers or snacks is “tapas”.  Meals that are “tapas-style” allow you to enjoy different tastes and share with friends.   Small plates are ideal for backyard parties, bridal showers, or picnics.  This Curry Egg Salad recipe is packed with flavour, crunch and sweetness. Serve on mini pitas or whole grain crackers or on a wrap as part of a meal.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 6 hard boiled eggs (see here for making perfect hard boiled egg) ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise ½ tsp curry powder 1 medium apple, diced with skin on 1 long celery stick, chopped 3 Tbsp craisins or raisins ¼ cup unsalted walnuts, roasted, chopped Salt and pepper to taste   Serve on...

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2 Minute Tuna Salad {Recipe Redux}

What's for lunch?  You might be tackling lunch time challenges in the workplace or trying to pack a school lunch your picky eater will love; either way, having a go-to option (like a simple tuna salad) will save you time debating what to make.  Tuna salad is a quick option (especially if you follow my meal prep tips) and you can serve it on whole grain tortilla, on top of whole grain wasa crackers, an english muffin or on top of a bed of salad greens with red grapes.   If you are uncertain about mercury in tuna, check out my past post.   Prep time: 10 minutes (2 minutes with meal prep) Serves: 4   INGREDIENTS: 1 can light tuna 2 Tbsp...

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Simple Greek Pasta Salad

Are you bored of the same old lunch? If you are looking for a way to add variety to your family’s lunchbox, why not try this simple Greek Pasta Salad! I love this recipe for lunch because it can be prepared ahead of time and the flavours intensify the next day making it a mouth-watering addition.   Prep time: 10-12 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 4-6   Ingredients: 1 package of whole grain, tri coloured or gluten free pasta ½ cup of black olives, sliced or whole 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup red or green peppers, sliced 1 cup cucumber, diced ¼ cup of feta cheese, cubed ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar 1...

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Spicy Vegetarian Chili {Recipe Redux}

Do you have prepared meals in your freezer? One of my top tips for busy people looking to eat healthy is to cook once but eat twice. Freezer meals are a great way to eat a delicious, homemade meal when you do not have the time to prepare something.   Without a doubt, my favourite freezer meal is my spicy vegetarian chili.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes Serves: 6-8   Ingredients:       1 medium onion, chopped 2 stocks celery, diced 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced 1 Tbsp canola oil 1 bell pepper, sliced 19 oz can (540mL) diced stewed tomatoes 19 oz can of white kidney beans, rinsed and drained 19 oz can baked beans in tomato sauce 3-4...

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