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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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Back to School Bean Salad!

It’s almost back to school time and I know school lunches are top of mind.  What can you make for you and your child that’s quick, delicious and nutritious?  Look no further than a simple back to school bean salad with feta cheese!  This lunch is easy to make and is perfect for child helpers.  I recommend assembling the evening before so flavours have a chance to marinade and to avoid the morning rush.   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 can (540mL) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 coloured pepper, chopped ½ cucumber, chopped 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup feta cheese, chopped into cubes ¼ cup fresh parsley ¼...

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Mom’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is one of my favourite grab-and-go options!  These are perfect to make in bulk and then pop into the freezer for a snack or to use as part of a meal.   Serves: 12 Prep time: 15 minutes Bake time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 4 mashed ripe bananas 2/3 cup white sugar 1 egg ¼ cup melted margarine 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour ½ cup chocolate chips   Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl, mash bananas using a fork. Add sugar and slightly beaten egg. Add cooled, melted margarine. Add dry ingredients and stir only until combined. Add chocolate chips and mix gently until combined. Fill paper-lined...

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Love Lupini Beans

Love Lupini Beans! {Power Snacking}

Have you tried lupini beans? If not, you need to try this protein, fibre and vitamin-rich nutritional powerhouse. My first time trying lupini beans dates back to when I was eight-years-old visiting my nonno and nonna. I remember my entire family sitting around the table when my nonno brought out a small dish of these strange-looking yellow beans. He proudly demonstrated how to bite off the little white end and squeeze the bean out. The lupini beans were crunchy, nutty-tasting and even a little slippery, which made popping them out of the shell all the more exciting! Lupini beans originated in the Mediterranean region and in Latin America. They...

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Curry Egg salad with apples, walnuts & craisins {Recipe Redux}

The Spanish word for appetizers or snacks is “tapas”.  Meals that are “tapas-style” allow you to enjoy different tastes and share with friends.   Small plates are ideal for backyard parties, bridal showers, or picnics.  This Curry Egg Salad recipe is packed with flavour, crunch and sweetness. Serve on mini pitas or whole grain crackers or on a wrap as part of a meal.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 6 hard boiled eggs (see here for making perfect hard boiled egg) ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise ½ tsp curry powder 1 medium apple, diced with skin on 1 long celery stick, chopped 3 Tbsp craisins or raisins ¼ cup unsalted walnuts, roasted, chopped Salt and pepper to taste   Serve on...

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Crunchy Rosemary Roasted Chickpeas

In a recent blog, I wrote about how 2016 is the International Year of Pulses according to the United Nations.  Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas.  These nutritional powerhouses are both versatile and nutritious! Here's a recipe for a simple, filling and crunchy snack to take with you on those busy days.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40-45 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp dried rosemary sprinkle salt & fresh ground pepper   INSTRUCTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Combine chickpeas, olive oil, rosemary, pepper and salt and toss to coat. Spread chickpeas evenly over a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 40-45minutes, stirring them around 20 minutes.   Note:  It's not too...

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Hard boiled egg perfection recipe

Hard Boiled Eggs to Perfection

Are you a fan of eggs? I am! Nutritionally speaking, eggs are an excellent source of protein (6g per large egg), which is why they help you stay full when you add to breakfast. I encourage my clients to not skip the yolk, since this contains half the protein and most of the nutrition such as choline for brain functioning, selenium to prevent the breakdown of tissues and vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes.   Andrea’s TIP: Try batch cooking hard boiled eggs for an easy protein to add to meals or snacks!  Store hard boiled eggs covered in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.   Serves: 2 Prep and cook...

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Crunchy Garlic & Parmesan Asparagus

Roasting is a simple way to cook extremely flavourful veggies! In my last blog, I explored the numerous nutrition benefits to having your veggies roasted opposed to raw or boiled. This recipe was put together in a matter of minutes when a friend was visiting for dinner.  We wanted to roast asparagus, instead of steaming them, to enjoy extra flavour along with an exceptional crunch. They turned out so well!  Hope you enjoy the recipe.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes   Ingredients: 15-20 asparagus spears, snap the ends off Drizzle with olive oil, about 1-2 Tbsp 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese Sprinkle salt Sprinkle fresh ground pepper   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400 F ...

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Oven Roasted Oregano Chickpeas

This is a great snack option that is a great fibre and protein option.  Feel free to use different spices to create savory or sweet flavoured chickpeas.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40-45 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 tbsp olive oil ½ tbsp oregano ¼ tsp garlic powder Optional: Cayenne pepper sprinkled for extra spice Salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F Combine chickpeas, olive oil, oregano, garlic powder and toss to coat. Spread chickpeas evenly over a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 40-45minutes, stirring them around 20 minutes.   Note: Bake for more time depending on how crunchy you like them....

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