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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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Smoked Salmon Antojitos

Smoked Salmon Antojitos {3 Ingredients}

Who does not love 3-ingredient meal options? These Smoked Salmon Antojitos hit the mark. Antojitos are Mexican street food that literally meaning “little cravings.” They're quick to prepare and can be stored in the fridge for an on-the-go breakfast or work lunch. I made these this past weekend for a plane meal and they were convenient and tasty!  You can buy smoked salmon at the grocery store and store in the freezer until ready to use. It thaws quickly at room temperature or can keep in the fridge overnight if planning to use the following day. Also, herb and garlic-flavoured whipped cottage cheese (for added protein) or a...

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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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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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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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