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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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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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Hummus Naan

Mediterranean Hummus Naan

{10-Minute} Many times we are looking for EASY (and healthy) recipes. Such meals can be prepared in ten minutes (or less) and use common pantry and kitchen ingredients. Well, friends, I found my new favourite, and incredibly versatile ten-minute meal, a Mediterranean Hummus Naan.  This naan recipe came about on a lazy Saturday when uncertain what to make. As usual, I wanted a balanced meal with high fibre carbohydrates, protein and of course veggies. I also prefer a hot lunch, but this recipe can easily be served cold or as a work/school lunch the next day. Also, if you are new to meal planning, be sure to read my...

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Fajita Buddha Bowl

Fajita Buddha Bowl

Who doesn’t love an easy meal? Many of our clients are busy and looking for healthy eating solutions. This Fajita Buddha Bowl is a perfect option for hectic weeknights and fits within a Mexican-inspired meal. Also, this recipe fits into a “meal theme” such as leftovers or Buddha bowls. In my newest blog, 15 Fun (& Unique) Dinner Themes, I explore how we can use dinner themes or meal ideas to inspire creativity within the category. Plus, using a meal theme cuts down on decisions because we can come up with an idea that fits within that specific category, such as Taco Tuesday, Meatless Monday or Buddha...

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pineapple salami pizza

Pineapple, Black Olive & Spicy Salami Pizza

Posting my favourite pineapple, black olive and spicy salami pizza recipe is way overdue! I was a little shy because people always think, dietitians don’t eat pizza! I’m not sure why I haven’t busted this myth a long time ago. Dietitians love pizza just like everyone else.  In private practice, I find (almost) everyone loves pizza, but most of us tend to order-in, eat pizza at restaurants or open a McCain pizza box instead of making homemade pizza. Obviously, busy schedules mean we spend less time cooking. However, Canada’s New Food Guide released just last week encouraged us to “cook more often.” This is a practical and often...

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Simple Mexican Buddha Bowl

Hello summer! The time of year when we want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors. Today, I will be sharing a simple Mexican Buddha Bowl recipe. Meals that can be prepared in advance are ideal for cottage weekends, camping or spending time at home. If you are unfamiliar with what a Buddha bowl is, it’s basically a grain (like rice, quinoa, barley, bulgur, corn), a green (spinach, kale, or any other veggie) and a bean (often vegetarian so you could use chickpeas, black beans, lentils, etc). However, don’t feel restricted by this rhyme, I often think of Buddha bowls as a grain, a...

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chicken Sandwich recipe

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Swiss Sandwich {Recipe Redux}

Are your sandwiches boring? Mine used to be. Until I realized that it does not take a lot to bump up the fun-factor. Try swapping the bread for something different (wraps, pitas, mini rounds, etc) use a unique cheese, add a punch of flavour with ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, pesto – I am a spice fan and loving pickled jalapeños right now. Today’s recipe is a Grilled Dijon Chicken and Swiss Sandwich. I was going for a grilled cheese sandwich and decided to add a few extra veggies, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard. YUM!   Ingredients: 2 slices of bread – whole grain/rye/gluten free 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp margarine,...

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potato salad with egg

Potato Salad with Egg & Chickpeas {Recipe Redux}

During the spring and summer do you go for a picnic? It’s something that I have not done for a while but plan to in the coming weeks. Eating al fresco, which is Italian for eating outside is a nice way to enjoy food and the company of others. For this picnic season, be sure to choose recipes that are easy to make ahead, like this potato salad recipe with egg and chickpeas. This Potato Salad with Egg and Chickpea recipe was put together by myself and my friend, and fellow food blooger, Rebecca Dwyer of Nourished the Blog. Cooking with others is a fun way to get...

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