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Walnut Lime Pesto

Walnut Lime Pesto

How are you keeping? This COVID-19 social distancing is not easy but connecting with others remotely is comforting and still powerful. Nevertheless, I am excited to share my newest Walnut Lime Pesto recipe. I was inspired to make this homemade pesto because a very robust basil plant. Additionally, I was craving pesto to mix with my garlic shrimp for a risotto topping (click here for risotto recipes.) This special risotto with pesto shrimp was a creation for my “Social Distancing Dinner Party” on the Dietetic Directions Instagram. For those unfamiliar, each Friday during our social distancing, I am hosting a virtual dinner party with a special theme. The response has been amazing!...

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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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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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Mini Egg Muffins

Mini Egg Muffins

Make-ahead breakfasts are where it’s at! Do you agree? These mini egg muffins hit the mark for a breakfast that can be prepared on a weekend and kept in fridge for 4 days or frozen for up to three months. They’re also an excellent way to boost protein intake, which many don’t get enough of at breakfast. This meal is versatile to turn into a fridge-cleaner for your leftover veggies and cheese. I love a spinach, tomato and cheddar combination or caramelized onion, mushroom, goat cheese and bacon. All you need to do is sauté your veg, add to muffin tins, top veggies with cheese and pour over beaten eggs....

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Overnight Oats

Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Gotta love make-ahead breakfasts. These Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats are easy to batch-prepare and then enjoy when you’re rushed for time. I’ve been meaning to post an overnight oats recipe for some time but delayed because I also love my traditional warm oatmeal breakfast. However, little did I know that you could warm up your overnight oats the next day if you prefer. So, whether eating them hot or cold, I am thrilled to share my newest breakfast recipe, Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats. It’s simple and tasty! Also, it's a feature recipe in my newest seasonal blog, 10 Favourite Christmas Brunch options.  This Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe is...

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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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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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