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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

French Toast

Classic French Toast

Who doesn’t love French Toast on a weekend? If you are a Dietetic Directions Instagram follower, you know that I love spending extra time on weekends enjoying a leisurely breakfast. This got me reflecting back on my French Toast memories. Have you realized that food memories tend to really stick with us? When nine-years-old, I had a sleepover at my aunt’s and I remember they made French toast in the morning. I was intrigued! I loved this sweet dish and my family had made it before. At a young age I saw all it took was whisking eggs, adding milk, cinnamon, little brown sugar, salt and pepper....

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Pitfalls Nutrition

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Prioritizing Nutrition

{& How to Overcome Them} Is nutrition a priority? Really ponder this. Be honest. After all, prioritizing nutrition can make the difference in lifestyle habits sticking or falling to the sidelines. Do you notice yourself saying, “If I have the time,” or do you say, “I’ll make the time,” when it comes to planning foods or putting in the necessary healthy eating effort?  We get it. People are increasingly busy and have countless commitments. Making nutrition a priority can be challenging (or darn near impossible). Nevertheless, every year countless individuals come into our practice (click here to schedule with us) wanting support to better prioritize nutrition. This is no...

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Thyme Roasted Chickpeas

Thyme Roasted Chickpeas

Want to save time cooking? Who doesn’t? A handy trick to maximize cooking is to add a tray of chickpeas when your oven is hot. This way, during the fall/winter you can both warm up your place and also prepare more items at the same time! Why? Thyme Roasted Chickpeas are easy to prepare and taste great as a salad topper, snacks or entree side dish.Why not? DYK: Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. ♥️ Here’s my Thyme Roasted Chickpeas recipe for a simple, filling and crunchy snack to take with you on those busy days. Serves: 4-6 Prep...

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Orange, Parsley & Sunflower Salad

Orange, Parsley & Sunflower Salad

We’re in the middle of fall and coming up to Thanksgiving weekend, which means time to feast! However, this doesn’t inevitably mean feeling over-stuffed and gluttonous. In fact, we can balance things out by including more well-prepared (not boring) veggies to promote fullness. This Orange Parsley & Sunflower Salad does just that! It packs freshness, flavour and a fibre boost.  If you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu, be sure to read my Top 3 Thanksgiving Dishes for inspiration. I share tips on menu planning and how I believe every feast needs two awesome salads. Furthermore, make your salad something that people are enthused about. To make this Orange, Parsley & Sunflower Salad extra alluring, we have punches of...

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Thanksgiving Entertaining

Top 3 Thanksgiving Entertaining Dishes

~Appetizer, Side-Dish & Salad~ Are you a Thanksgiving Entertaining maven? Or perhaps you’re a designated “appetizer/side-dish/salad-bringing guest.” Nevertheless, people often find themselves uncertain what to make for Thanksgiving entertaining. After all, we are frequently short on time and it’s an enormous feast. We can count on the standards: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie! I’m not complaining about any of these options. However, to add meal inspiration and change things up, let’s give thanks to extra VARIETY.  Today, I’ll share my Top 3 Thanksgiving Entertaining Dishes to add to the mix. You can make these items as either a host or guest. Conveniently, they fall within the appetizer, side-dish...

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Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup

Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup

What’s better than a bowl of hot soup on a fall day? In my opinion, the warm spices and pureed fall harvest produce can’t be beat. This Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup is a flavour-packed blend of hearty, zesty and savory. Plus, it’s a make-ahead option to freeze and use for those busy weeknight dinners or part of your Thanksgiving meal.  Firstly, adding unique toppings or garnishes is the key to impressive soups! For this Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup, I used roasted chickpeas (simply coated with oil, salt, pepper), unsalted pumpkin seeds and fresh Italian parsley (could also use cilantro.) Also, a side of lime wedge is a...

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Canned vegetables

Are Canned Vegetables Healthy?

Are canned vegetables healthy? This is a common question at Dietetic Directions, especially prevalent this time of year as we transition out of summer and into fall harvest. Different vegetables are available such as potatoes, squash, carrots, beets and cabbage. Unfortunately, many of our favourites like peaches, green beans and corn on the cob are no longer in season. Nevertheless, canned vegetables and legumes can be a healthy and affordable alternative. In case you missed it, you can also opt for frozen vegetables – see past blog, Are Frozen Vegetables Better than Fresh?.  Fall is here which means seasonal vegetables are available! Read on to learn why canned...

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Chickpea, Feta & Pesto Pasta Salad

Got lunchbox blues? It can be tough to come up with lunch ideas; especially ones that don’t take an exorbitant amount of time. Not like this chickpea, feta and pesto pasta salad. It's quick and easy. With busy schedules, many of our clients wonder what they can prep ahead so they can grab and go in the rushed morning. In my newest blog, Reinvent Dinners into Unique Lunches, I share how to save time by swapping components of your dinner to create different lunches. One of the recipes featured was this Chickpea, Feta Pesto Pasta Salad.  I’ve always loved a cold pasta salad. It’s fresh, simple and satisfying. If...

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Italian Salmon Wraps

Italian-Style Salmon Wraps

I’m an enormous fan of delectable food made with simple ingredients. This is also the way I grew up in my Italian-Canadian family. Additionally, I quickly discovered ample meals can be made using olive oil, red wine vinegar and parsley. Here are some of my favourites from the Dietetic Directions blog: Italian-style Romano Beans, Caprese Salad and Hard-Cooked Eggs with chives or parsley. Today’s Italian-Style Salmon Wraps recipe is a quick and easy back-to-school or work lunch that can be prepared in advance or in a hurry. It’s also a great option for a fast and filling weekend lunch.  DYK: This recipe uses canned salmon, which is wild...

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