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Quick & Easy

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Here is a simple salmon recipe that uses common household ingredients and can be ready in a hurry.  Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids essential for heart health as well as brain, nerve and eye functioning.  Aim for 2-3 servings of fish per week (one serving is 75g or 2.5oz).   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients: ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp white wine 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp dried oregano Pinch of peppercorns Salt and pepper to taste 2 Salmon fillets (4 oz each)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, white wine, Dijon...

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Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad

In my latest blog post I selected pomegranates for my winter superfood!  Here is an easy and tasty recipe to use this sweet fruit with goat cheese! Pomegranate Salad Recipe: Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 cups fresh green lettuce ¼ pomegranate fruit, seeds 1 Tbsp raisins ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 2 Tbsp of olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar salt and pepper to taste Instructions: 1.    Clean lettuce leaves thoroughly in cold water 2.    Combine ingredients into a salad bowl 3.    Add oil and vinegar dressing to salad mix 4.    Toss salad and enjoy!...

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Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad

Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad: Sometimes you are in need of a quick culinary creation that uses common vegetables and pantry staples. This recipe is one that can be made in a hurry and served to those on gluten free and/or vegetarian diet. I brought this dish to a housewarming party and it was a big hit! So enjoy :) Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad Recipe: Serves: 8-10 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients:  ½ can chickpeas (540mL), rinsed and drained 1 can lentils (540mL), rinsed and drained 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 Tbsp celery leaves, chopped ¾ cup cucumber, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped ¾ cup black olives, drained and rinsed ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced 1/3 cup olive oil ½ tsp dried...

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Sometimes simplicity is the best thing! This recipe happened almost by accident with wanting to use up goat cheese and choosing to use canned lentils so that I could avoid using the stove on a hot summer day. This is the perfect recipe to bring to a potluck or have as a side dish for an outdoor BBQ. Check out my other recipes for lentil salads here! Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese Recipe: Serves: 8-10 Prep Time: 10-15 minutes Ingredients: 1 – 540mL can of lentils, rinsed and drained ½ cucumber, chopped 1 pint of cherry tomatoes ¼ cup fresh goat cheese 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp dried oregano Fresh ground...

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Hearty Homemade Greek Salad

Here is a simple greek salad recipe: Hearty Homemade Greek Salad, with a homemade dressing. I added chickpeas on top for added carbohydrate, protein, fibre and healthy fats. Adding a carbohydrate (or two) to your salad could make it into an entrée to fuel you during your busy day. Hearty Homemade Greek Salad Recipe: Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 4 cups lettuce (romaine or green leaf) 1 medium tomato, chopped ½ cucumber, chopped ½ red pepper, sliced 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed from can ½ cup black olives, drained and rinsed ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ tsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted ¼ tsp dried oregano 1 Tbsp olive oil 1½ tsp red wine vinegar ¼ tsp dried...

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The ‘Not So Fancy’ Frittata

By definition, a frittata is an egg-based dish similar to an omelet or crustless quiche.  It has interesting ingredient additions like meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta/potatoes with herbs.  This is a versatile recipe that I wanted to share as an inspiration for your breakfast protein! Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 4 eggs ½ cup raw cauliflower ¼ cup zucchini, chopped 2 Tbsp sunflower or other cooking oil ½ clove garlic, minced ¼ cup onion, chopped ¼ cup mushrooms, chopped 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped½ cup fresh tomato, diced 1/2 cup cooked Italian sausage, chopped ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, grated Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: 1.    Chop desired ingredients (spinach would have been a great addition) and set aside. 2.    Heat oil in a fry pan on medium. 3.    Add onions to oil and minced...

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Simple Brie & Pear Salad

Simple Brie & Pear Salad: Sometimes simplicity is the best thing!  This is a 7 ingredient salad that is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Remember when making your own vinaigrette, use 2 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic vinegar.  Choose dark green veggies for a magnesium boost (Click here for health benefits). Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 cups fresh greens, your choice 1 medium pear, sliced 1 Tbsp raisins or crasins 4 ounces of Brie cheese, cubed 2 Tbsp of olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted   salt to taste Instructions: 1.    Clean lettuce leaves thoroughly in cold water 2.    Combine ingredients into a salad bowl 3.    Add oil and vinegar dressing to salad mix 4.    Toss salad and enjoy!...

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Black Bean Quinoa

In honour of Celiac Awareness month, I have one of my favourite quinoa recipes; Black Bean Quinoa !  This is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or to prepare in advance for work or school lunches.  Quinoa is a whole grain that contains all 8 essential amino acids, which makes it a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans.  Interestingly, soybeans are the only other plant protein that contains all 8 essential amino acids.  For information on quinoa, see my previous post ‘the year of quinoa is 2013’. Black Bean Quinoa Recipe: Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6-8 Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa, rinsed A (1) can black beans (drained and rinsed) 1 ½ cup frozen corn kernels, rinsed 1 medium red pepper, chopped ¼...

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Avocado, Black Bean & Lentil Salad

Avocado, Black Bean & Lentil Salad - This recipe is dedicated to those searching for an easy recipe that uses heart-healthy lentils!  Both gluten free and vegetarian, this dish can be served as a side salad or as a main dish along with a piece of fresh fruit. Serves: 10-12 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 540mL (1) can of lentils, rinsed and drained 1- 540mL can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 avocado, chopped into large chunks ¼ cup red onion, chopped fine 1 cup of tomatoes, diced ½ cup red or green peppers, chopped 1 cup cucumber, diced ½ cup feta cheese, cubed or crumbled ¼ fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar ½ tsp dried oregano Instructions: 1.   In a large bowl, combine lentils,...

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