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Chorizo Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Are looking for a crowd pleaser this holiday season? If so, be sure to try my chorizo stuffed jumbo shells! If you wish, you can prepare this recipe in stages.  The meat filling and sauce can be prepared ahead of time. You might also call upon your friendly sous-chef for some chopping and stirring assistance. This recipe makes especially tasty leftovers!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30-40 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes (cook and bake time)   Ingredients:   Meat filling: 3 Spanish-style chorizo sausage, casing removed ¼ cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, chopped 6 white mushrooms, very finely chopped ¼ cup parmesan cheese ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped   Tomato sauce: Can use pre-made or here’s...

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Hard Boiled Eggs to Perfection

Are you a fan of eggs? I am! Nutritionally speaking, eggs are an excellent source of protein (6g per large egg), which is why they help you stay full when you add to breakfast. I encourage my clients to not skip the yolk, since this contains half the protein and most of the nutrition such as choline for brain functioning, selenium to prevent the breakdown of tissues and vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes.   Andrea’s TIP: Try batch cooking hard boiled eggs for an easy protein to add to meals or snacks!  Store hard boiled eggs covered in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.   Serves: 2 Prep and cook...

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Warm Chickpea & Kale Entrée Salad with Goat Cheese

Entrée salads are all the rage these days! Many of my clients enjoy salads for lunch or dinner but it is important to ensure that your salad is nutritionally balanced with a carbohydrate (for energy), protein (for fullness) and then lots of veggies for vitamins and minerals. Here is a delicious example of an entrée salad to meet your nutritional needs.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 2-4 Tbsp olive oil 1.5 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 1/3 cup carrots, cut into match-sticks 4-6 cups of raw kale, chopped with stems removed 1 clove garlic minced 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp craisins ¼ lemon, squeeze for juice sprinkle of salt...

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Eggplant Pizzas

I am thankful to have a thriving indoor Basil plant.  This fresh herb provides an extra punch of flavour to simple Italian dishes. A couple days ago I was hoping to use some of my basil to make eggplant pizzas.  Feel free to substitute zucchini instead if you want a firmer base – either way, they are simply delicious! Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20-25 mins   Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant Pinch of salt Olive oil for drizzling ¼ cup Tomato sauce or pizza sauce 6-10 fresh basil leaves Fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese Add on’s: your veggies of choice! In this recipe I used mushrooms, diced tomatoes and coloured peppers   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 375F. Slice...

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Grape & Feta Kale Salad

This fresh kale salad combines sweet and salty to create a delicious dish that is sure to impress just about anyone!  The Grape and Feta Kale salad is the perfect addition to your next BBQ on the patio.  Adding new recipes to your repertoire boosts cooking confidence so that you do not fear failure.  I'd like to share one of my favourite quotes by Julia Child, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 4 cups kale, stems removed & chopped 1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds 3 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp...

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Simply Spinach Salad

Who doesn’t love a good spinach salad?  I appreciate the firmer texture of the spinach leaves and enjoy how the eggs, mushrooms and yes even bacon all come together to make a delicious salad.  Another reason to enjoy this salad, spinach has an outstanding nutritional profile!  It is rich in vitamin A, C, and K, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron along with fibre and antioxidants like lutein.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10-12 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 6 cups fresh spinach 3 hard boiled eggs, diced 5 strips of bacon, diced (optional) 6 mushrooms, sliced   1/3 cup canola oil 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar 1/8 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste     INSTRUCTIONS: Clean spinach leaves thoroughly in cold water. Use salad...

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Crunchy Garlic & Parmesan Asparagus

Roasting is a simple way to cook extremely flavourful veggies! In my last blog, I explored the numerous nutrition benefits to having your veggies roasted opposed to raw or boiled. This recipe was put together in a matter of minutes when a friend was visiting for dinner.  We wanted to roast asparagus, instead of steaming them, to enjoy extra flavour along with an exceptional crunch. They turned out so well!  Hope you enjoy the recipe.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes   Ingredients: 15-20 asparagus spears, snap the ends off Drizzle with olive oil, about 1-2 Tbsp 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese Sprinkle salt Sprinkle fresh ground pepper   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400 F ...

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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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Caprese Salad

Looking to dazzle your guests this holiday season in a simply elegant dish?  This D'Ambrosio family caprese salad is an easy, fresh and flavourful dish that is great as an appetizer or as a vegetable side dish.   Serves: 6 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1 cup bocconcini, sliced Drizzle with olive oil on top Sprinkle aged balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar 6-10 fresh basil leaves Season with fresh ground salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: Clean tomatoes and slice to desired thickness. Arrange tomato slices alternating with bocconcini cheese on plate. Top with basil leaves for garnish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Usually I use a ratio of twice as much...

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