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Roasted Broccolini

Simple Roasted Broccolini with Lemon

Have you tried broccolini yet? It’s probably my new favourite veggie. A cross between broccoli and Chinese Kale, it has a sweeter taste than broccoli. The stalks are thin and delicate. As an added bonus, you also receive 105% of your daily vitamin C in one serving. I’m a big fan of roasting veggies (see my past blog all on how to roast veggies). Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry heat. Roasting browns the surface of the food, which leads to new caramelized flavours and intensified aromas!   Be sure to try a squeeze of lemon at the end for an added pop of zesty flavour.  Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 18-25 minutes Ingredients: 1...

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Avocado Strawberry Feta Salad

Strawberry, Avocado & Feta Salad

with Dijon Balsamic Dressing  The winter season can make us feel blah. If you’re looking for a mood-boost, look no further than your diet! This Strawberry, Avocado & Feta Salad is scrumptious and has a simple homemade Dijon Balsamic dressing. Remember that food is composed of nutrients that affect our brain chemistry. Many people don’t realize that the foods we eat impact how we feel! Leafy greens (like spinach, kale, arugula) contain folate to raise your serotonin (happy hormone). Vitamin C in strawberries may decrease the body’s production of stress hormone (cortisol). Lastly, monounsaturated fats in avocado are anti-inflammatory and associated with improved mood.  To learn more, be sure...

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Avocado toast

Zesty Avocado Toast with Eggs

Absolutely LOVE this Zesty Avocado Toast with Eggs for breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day. Find it starts the day off right and wards off that infamous mid-morning “hangry” feeling. In honour of Heart Month, I featured this recipe in the Easy (& filling) Breakfasts blog. It is something that can be enjoyed on a relaxed weekend or as a “make-ahead” option for the busy work week ahead.  Prep time: 10 minutes  Cook time ~ 10 minutes to hard-cook eggs (see Hard-Cooked Eggs to Perfection) Ingredients: Hard-Cooked eggs, see recipe for Hard-Cooked Eggs to Perfection High-Fibre bread, toasted (TIP: Look for 4-5 grams of fibre per slice) 1 cup...

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Maple Dijon Salmon

Maple Dijon & Garlic Salmon

Simple flavours and fast assembly - that’s how I would describe this Maple Dijon and Garlic Salmon recipe. I love recipes that use basic pantry staples and can be prepared in under 20 minutes. Salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats and featured in my 3 Strategies for a Healthy New Year Blog. Consuming omega-3 rich foods helps in preventing and managing heart disease, which is the second leading cause of death for Canadians. Research shows omega-3 fats can lower triglycerides, blood pressure, slow the development of plaque in arteries, reduce depression, and improve brain and eye health.    If you are a fellow fish fan, stock your kitchen with salmon in the freezer and move it into...

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winter spicy roasted chickpea recipe

Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Colder weather calls for oven meals, like roasted chickpeas! It’s an easy way to keep the home warm and have savoury aromas fill your living quarters. Whenever I have the oven on, I often toss in a tray of chickpeas. They are very quick to assemble for cooking and perfect for a snack or added to an entrée like a Buddha bowl. There are also endless roasted chickpea flavour possibilities from sweet to savory. Here is my Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpea recipe. Hope you enjoy!   Note: Choose your preference in crunch, the longer you roast them, the crunchier they become. I like to have crunch with a little...

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Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup {Recipe Redux}

with Grilled Cheese Croutons   Winter equals comfort food. It’s like a big hug in a soup mug. Plus, you can conveniently make soup in advance and freeze it for a speedy meal addition. This Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup is a fabulous way to use up produce and accompany a simple grilled cheese. After all, tomato soup and grilled cheese are the ultimate combo! Try cutting your sandwich into squares and add "grilled cheese croutons" to your soup.   Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 40-60 mins Serves: 4   Ingredients: 3 cups of Roma Tomatoes, cut in half 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 3 bell peppers, cut in half and seeded 2 tbsp Olive oil salt and...

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Pear Blue Cheese Salad

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, they shouldn’t be! Imagine enjoying veggies as “the star of the meal.” It can be done. They can become extraordinary with the right balance of flavour, crunch and sweetness. This Pear & Blue Cheese Salad is one of my favourites right now. The sweetness of the pear is a perfect complement to the tart and savoury blue cheese. I add sunflower seeds for crunch and a little intense sweetness with a sprinkling of craisins. If you are interested in learning more about how to build satisfying salads, read here!   Prep: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups arugula/spinach, washed 1 cup pear, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp...

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Parm Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan & Oregano

With the Fall season, there’s abundant fresh produce at Farmer’s Markets and local grocery stores! With so much seasonal food, it can be a challenge to know what to do with it. Look no further than my new favourite, Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Oregano. Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry heat. Roasting browns the surface of the food, which leads to new caramelized flavours and intensified aromas! You can roast any vegetable and it changes the flavour so even picky eaters or non-veggie-loving people will find the taste savoury and appealing. If you don’t like a vegetable raw, try it roasted and see how...

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taco

Tasty Taco {Recipe Redux}

Who does not love a DIY (Do It Yourself) meal? Taco meals offer flexibility to include the foods or ingredients you like. These types of ‘separate ingredient’ meals also allow kids to help in the kitchen, which builds food confidence as a life-long skill to eating well. Taco meals also allow for amazing leftovers for those busy nights where you don’t have time to cook. I enjoy making Buddha Bowls with the remaining ingredients for quick-assembly lunches. Click here for My 7 “Make-Ahead” Lunches.   Taco Tuesdays are also a fun trend where you can swap out the fillings to make fish tacos, pulled pork, shrimp tacos, chipotle beef,...

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