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Walnut Lime Pesto

Walnut Lime Pesto

How are you keeping? This COVID-19 social distancing is not easy but connecting with others remotely is comforting and still powerful. Nevertheless, I am excited to share my newest Walnut Lime Pesto recipe. I was inspired to make this homemade pesto because of my very robust-growing basil plant. Additionally, I was craving pesto to mix with my garlic shrimp for a risotto topping (click here for risotto recipes.) This special risotto with pesto shrimp was a creation for my “Social Distancing Dinner Party” on the Dietetic Directions Instagram. For those unfamiliar, each Friday during our social distancing, I am hosting a virtual dinner party with a special theme. The response has been...

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Chana Masala

Spicy Chana Masala

It’s a stressful time with COVID-19. Among all the cancellations you may find yourself with a little extra time for batch cooking. 🙌 This meal planning strategy works by making larger quantities (like this Spicy Chana Masala) for the freezer so you have quick meals available for lunches or nights you can’t cook.I enjoyed this Chana Masala dish with plain yogurt and Naan bread. It’s also a flexible meal to use up ingredients or veggies on hand. I used matchstick carrots, onion, garlic, celery and canned chickpeas along with warm spices. If you are a fellow fan of leftovers, you can use this Spicy Chana Masala as...

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Instant Pot Onion Soup

Instant Pot French Onion Soup

This Christmas I received an Instant Pot, which is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker. I’m just getting acquainted with the Instant Pot so still many more recipes to try. Stay tuned! However, French Onion Soup has always been a favourite and I was excited to try this meal in this new device. I adapted my 2014 Homestyle French Onion Soup recipe from the website so it could be an Instant Pot meal. Made a big batch that was enjoyed as leftovers and some in the freezer as well.  Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes *  *Actual Ready-Time: About 1 hour with temperature adjustments and...

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Chicken Red Curry Skewers

Red Thai Curry Chicken & Shrimp Skewers

Happy Nutrition Month everyone! To celebrate, we have a giveaway and a recipe for Red Thai Curry Chicken & Shrimp Skewers with Peanut Sauce. For our Nutrition Month giveaway, I’ve partnered with two fellow dietitians and a chef. We are all lovers of food, cooking and thought what better way to celebrate than to giveaway an outstanding cookbook and cooking swag! Interestingly, last year I realized how easy making homemade Thai Curry can be. And you have the flexibility to load it up with veggies and your choice of protein (see Green Thai Curry and Shrimp recipe).  Nevertheless, there is versatility to go beyond rice curries and into skewers...

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Almond Arugula Orange Salad

Almond Arugula & Orange Salad

Don’t let our winter weather hold you back from enjoying fresh salads! Like this Almond, Arugula & Orange salad, which is simply delightful. After all, including colourful fruits and veggies in our diets helps combat the winter blues, as mentioned in 3 Ways to Boost Mood with Food. Folate and tryptophan in leafy greens (like arugula) raise levels of our happy hormone (serotonin), which plays a role in mood regulation. Nevertheless, to keep our palates entertained and love of our greens incorporated, it’s important to pack our salads with extra flavour, citrus/acid and different textures.For this Almond, Arugula & Orange Salad, I did a couple things to make it extra scrumptious:1. Add fresh herbs (torn basil & Italian Parsley)....

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Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are just so fun and not to mention super trendy right now! They’re colourful, flavourful, quick-to-make and completely customizable with wholesome toppings (see ideas below). Additionally, I love smoothie bowls for getting kids into the kitchen because little ones can measure ingredients, select their favourite fruits, decorate their smoothie bowls and enjoy a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.  This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe is featured as a top choice for involving kids in the kitchen. The topic of kids cooking or developing food skills is emphasized in my upcoming blog, Family Valentine’s Meals. In this blog, I reveal Valentine’s-themed breakfast, lunch and dinner options that...

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Mini Egg Muffins

Mini Egg Muffins

Make-ahead breakfasts are where it’s at! Do you agree? These mini egg muffins hit the mark for a breakfast that can be prepared on a weekend and kept in fridge for 4 days or frozen for up to three months. They’re also an excellent way to boost protein intake, which many don’t get enough of at breakfast. This meal is versatile to turn into a fridge-cleaner for your leftover veggies and cheese. I love a spinach, tomato and cheddar combination or caramelized onion, mushroom, goat cheese and bacon. All you need to do is sauté your veg, add to muffin tins, top veggies with cheese and pour over beaten eggs....

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Overnight Oats

Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Gotta love make-ahead breakfasts. These Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats are easy to batch-prepare and then enjoy when you’re rushed for time. I’ve been meaning to post an overnight oats recipe for some time but delayed because I also love my traditional warm oatmeal breakfast. However, little did I know that you could warm up your overnight oats the next day if you prefer. So, whether eating them hot or cold, I am thrilled to share my newest breakfast recipe, Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats. It’s simple and tasty! Also, it's a feature recipe in my newest seasonal blog, 10 Favourite Christmas Brunch options.  This Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe is...

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Christmas Granola

Coconut Christmas Granola

Tis the season for batch baking! You will absolutely love this flavourful Coconut Christmas Granola to make over the holidays. For those who follow my blog and see my daily meals posted on Instagram (@DieteticDirections) you know that I am a cook but not a baker. I find baking too rigid for my free spirit. Instead, I like to add whatever strikes me; however, when baking, it seems important to follow the recipe or risk items not turning out properly. However, for my 10 Favourite Christmas Brunch Ideas blog, I wanted to include a fun and flavourful, high fibre granola to share with guests. Therefore, I created this recipe for...

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