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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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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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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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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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Deviled Eggs

Divine Deviled Eggs

Happy summer everyone! We are full swing into potluck season which has me sharing my favourite dishes with you in my most recent blog, 5 Easy Potluck-Pleasers! In this piece, I share my affinity for deviled eggs. This Divine Deviled Eggs recipe was passed along from my grandma who would always prepare them for family gatherings. Why not? They were a massive hit every time. I remember her saying, “they’re really easy to make!” She was right. They are quite simple to prepare and a definite crowd-pleaser!  These are a trendy option for potlucks because they are a hand-held and convenient way to eat while socializing. Additionally, making...

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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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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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