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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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Caprese Spinach Salad

Caprese Spinach Salad

One of my favourite parts of summer is planting a modest herb garden. I love to watch plants grow and have flavour-boosting additions for foods. Additionally, colourful herbs add bright green colours to my Instagram food photos. Nevertheless, by late August, I have ample fresh basil, Italian parsley and cherry tomatoes to add to meals. This means that Caprese Salads come top of mind. Today’s Caprese Spinach salad is simple salad packed with flavour. Hope you enjoy this meal addition or perhaps you can bring it to your next potluck.  Foodie Note: Curious what I plant in my garden? Check out my Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs blog. Serves: 2-4 Prep time: 10...

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Zesty Black Bean Guacamole

Black Bean Guacamole

Ready to guacamole it up? For me, this was one of my most intimidating dishes years ago. I wasn’t sure how to choose the right avocado, how to cut it, how to balance flavours for right zing! Nevertheless, to boost my cooking confidence, I started practicing and taking regular cooking classes (for about 7 years now.) Guacamole is now one of my favourites to make and with persistence you can feel comfortable tasting and adjusting as you go! This Zesty Black Bean Guacamole recipe is remarkably versatile - it can be served on toast with eggs, in tacos, fajitas, quesadillas or served with crackers and raw veggies.  If...

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Zesty Chicken Satay

Zesty Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Potluck season is upon us! This calls for hand-held options to eat while socializing, like this Zesty Chicken Satay with a peanut dipping sauce. A satay is an Indonesian dish that uses seasoned, grilled meat on a skewer. Absolutely love this recipe because it is one you can make ahead or marinate overnight if you wish. You can BBQ or grill the Chicken Satay in advance or you can bring them to grill at the party or when guests arrive. This is also an excellent cottage meal (click here to read my 5 Make-Ahead Cottage Meals). Finally, the peanut sauce is a mouth-watering addition! Peanuts are...

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Dijon Cream Asparagus {3-Ingredient}

Dijon Cream Asparagus {3-Ingredient}

Asparagus are finally in season! However, act quickly because the Ontario growing season is super short. You can find them for a mere two months – May and June. To celebrate our local asparagus, I will be sharing this 3-Ingredient Dijon Cream Asparagus recipe. It’s a family tradition to make asparagus this way and a definite crowd-pleaser.  Not only do asparagus taste amazing but they also add an impressive nutritional punch. Asparagus are high in fibre, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium. One serving is ½ cup (or 6 spears) and only 20 calories. Plus, we receive 33% of our daily folate which helps our body...

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Candied Salmon & Goat Cheese Salad

Candied Salmon, Chia & Goat Cheese Salad

When the weather warms and the sun shines, many people start to crave more fresh (and flavourful) salads! After all, nobody likes a boring salad. Therefore, I chose to add candied salmon as the protein focus. In case you are unfamiliar, candied salmon is smoked salmon with maple syrup or brown sugar coating on it. It adds a sweet and salty component to meals along with the omega-3's. This Candied Salmon salad has flavourful add-ons including: goat cheese and chia seeds and sunflower seeds for crunch. I also used my standard, super simplest dressing. Spinach was used as the base because it’s in season and I love...

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Spring Fresh Veggie Gnocchi

Veggie-Loaded Gnocchi {Tomato Cream Sauce}

Hello Spring! We’re happy you’ve finally greeted us with your presence. To celebrate, I will be sharing my Veggie-loaded Gnocchi in a Tomato Cream Sauce. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it’s the perfect fridge-cleaner recipe. This is because it offers flexibility to add almost any type (and quantity) of veggie. Similarly, when it comes to including more veggies in the diet, adding them to existing recipes (such as sauces, stir-fries, soups) is one of the simplest ways to boost your intake. I made this entrée vegetarian as part of my Meatless Monday meal theme (check here to see 15 Favourite Meal Themes). However, you can easily...

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Garlic Lentil Bruschetta

Garlic Lentil Bruschetta

It’s almost Easter and many are looking for healthy entertaining eats. Well, look no further. Today, I’ll be sharing my Garlic Lentil Bruschetta! This crowd-pleaser recipe is full of flavour, visual appeal and with filling fibre to boot! You can also make it ahead for quick assembly when your guests arrive.  I chose this appetizer because bruschetta was always a staple in my Italian-Canadian household. I even posted the D’Ambrosio family homemade bruschetta recipe in 2014. However, as a dietitian and foodie, I love adding new ingredients. To this traditional bruschetta recipe, I added lentils. They bump up the fibre and protein to keep your guests feeling full...

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