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Quick & Easy

White Wine Mussels

White Wine Mussels in Tomato Cream Sauce

Have you heard that mussels are super easy to make? I heard this many times but remained too intimidated to give them a try. However, on a beautiful summer day, I decided to muster up the courage to prepare them. Boy were they good! Simple and flavourful. Served with a fresh, crusty baguette! I encourage you to experiment in the kitchen. Like Julia Child says, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”   Serves: 2-3 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 13-15 minutes   Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs of fresh mussels 1 cup of dry white wine 1 cup cherry tomatoes,...

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Mexican Buddha Bowl

Simple Mexican Buddha Bowl

Hello summer! The time of year when we want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors. Today, I will be sharing a simple Mexican Buddha Bowl recipe. Meals that can be prepared in advance are ideal for cottage weekends, camping or spending time at home. If you are unfamiliar with what a Buddha bowl is, it’s basically a grain (like rice, quinoa, barley, bulgur, corn), a green (spinach, kale, or any other veggie) and a bean (often vegetarian so you could use chickpeas, black beans, lentils, etc). However, don’t feel restricted by this rhyme, I often think of Buddha bowls as a grain, a...

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chicken Sandwich recipe

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Swiss Sandwich {Recipe Redux}

Are your sandwiches boring? Mine used to be. Until I realized that it does not take a lot to bump up the fun-factor. Try swapping the bread for something different (wraps, pitas, mini rounds, etc) use a unique cheese, add a punch of flavour with ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, pesto – I am a spice fan and loving pickled jalapeños right now. Today’s recipe is a Grilled Dijon Chicken and Swiss Sandwich. I was going for a grilled cheese sandwich and decided to add a few extra veggies, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard. YUM!   Ingredients: 2 slices of bread – whole grain/rye/gluten free 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp margarine,...

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shakshouka

Lentil & Kale Shakshouka

Have you tried Shakshouka yet? It’s a North African dish that uses a tomato base with warm spices and eggs on top. This dish is often served with bread. I love making shakshouka because it involves minimal ingredients and gives you creative freedom to add new ingredients as you wish. In today’s recipe, I wanted to boost the fibre and protein so I added lentils! To save time, and because they are equally as nutritious, I used canned lentils. I also boosted the veggies by adding celery and kale. In the past, I have added grated carrots. It’s all good! I truly believe you cannot go wrong with...

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Mango Kale Salad

Mango, Kale & Craisin Salad

The freshness of Spring calls for crisp salads. Like this Mango Kale Salad! I absolutely love adding fresh fruit and nuts or seeds to my salads for extra sweetness and crunch. When faced with a busy schedule, planning ahead might include chopping kale and placing it in a clear container or a plastic bag with a paper towel. This allows you to whip a salad together in no time. Ps. If you are planning ahead for garden-season, be sure to check out my Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs (and how to use them)!   Prep time: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups kale, chopped and washed 1 cup mango, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp...

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Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

I enjoy simple, delicious food. As a follower of the Dietetic Directions blog, you probably know I post recipes using basic (and minimal) ingredients along with flexibility to add your own flair. Today’s Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives recipe is an incredibly simple family recipe inspired by my dad. As an Italian father, he added olive oil and red wine vinegar to many foods, like hard boiled eggs. Boy were they good! I have continued to carry on this favourite but added my own twist. Last year, when I planted my herb garden (see my Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for your Garden) I started adding fresh chives to...

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garlic herb salmon

Garlic & Herb Salmon with Sunflower Seeds

{20 min meal} I’m all about simplicity when it comes to cooking. I love to use minimal ingredients and create dishes that taste great. This Garlic Herb Salmon recipe is a spin on my Seared Salmon with Walnut Parsley Gremolata. That is basically a fancy way of saying chop up garlic with fresh herbs and add nuts or seed for crunch. I have also done this recipe using different types of white fish like sole, cod and haddock.  You can serve your salmon on a bed of a whole grain like quinoa, brown rice or bulgur.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 6-8 minutes   Ingredients: 2 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or...

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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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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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