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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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Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Hard to believe we're only one week from Christmas! If you are like me, you're thoroughly enjoying the seasonal pomegranates and clementines and adding them to whatever you can. I took this classic Spinach Salad and gave it a festive twist by sprinkling ruby red pomegranates. They added the perfect burst of colour, tartness, crunch.   If you're unsure what to bring to an upcoming holiday party or not sure what type of salad to serve, look no further than this Pomegranate Spinach Salad. It's a crowd-pleaser and sure to spread some holiday cheer!  Serves: 4 Prep time: 10-12 minutes INGREDIENTS: 6 cups fresh spinach 3 hard boiled eggs, diced 1/2 cup of pomegranates  5 strips of...

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winter spicy roasted chickpea recipe

Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Colder weather calls for oven meals, like roasted chickpeas! It’s an easy way to keep the home warm and have savoury aromas fill your living quarters. Whenever I have the oven on, I often toss in a tray of chickpeas. They are very quick to assemble for cooking and perfect for a snack or added to an entrée like a Buddha bowl. There are also endless roasted chickpea flavour possibilities from sweet to savory. Here is my Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpea recipe. Hope you enjoy!   Note: Choose your preference in crunch, the longer you roast them, the crunchier they become. I like to have crunch with a little...

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Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup {Recipe Redux}

with Grilled Cheese Croutons   Winter equals comfort food. It’s like a big hug in a soup mug. Plus, you can conveniently make soup in advance and freeze it for a speedy meal addition. This Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup is a fabulous way to use up produce and accompany a simple grilled cheese. After all, tomato soup and grilled cheese are the ultimate combo! Try cutting your sandwich into squares and add "grilled cheese croutons" to your soup.   Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 40-60 mins Serves: 4   Ingredients: 3 cups of Roma Tomatoes, cut in half 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 3 bell peppers, cut in half and seeded 2 tbsp Olive oil salt and...

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