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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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Guacamole recipe

Fresh & Zesty Guacamole

It’s a siesta and you cannot be without a really tasty guacamole recipe!  Here is my favourite recipe that takes fajitas to a whole new level of delicious.  Enjoy these heart healthy monounsaturated fats in this delicious guac!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 10-15 minutes   Ingredients: 3 ripe avocados 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, diced ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium lime, squeeze all juice out salt and fresh ground pepper to taste   Instructions: Cut avocado and remove the pit.  Scoop out avocado into a medium bowl and mash to desired texture. Some prefer chunky guacamole and other prefer smooth.  Now add in onion, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic. Stir to combine ingredients. Cut...

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You’ll Love Kale Chips!

If you have not made your own homemade kale chips you are certainly missing out!  These crunchy, crispy little greens are a real treat to your taste buds.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time:  8-10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups raw kale, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil sprinkle of salt, if desired   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350F. Remove tough stems of the kale and the ribbing. Chop kale into bite sized pieces. Clean kale leaves in cold water and dry in salad spinner. Spread kale leaves evenly on baking sheets so they are not overlapping too much. Drizzle olive oil over leaves or you can coat kale in olive oil before spreading on baking...

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The Mighty Mango Salad

Mangoes are one of the “10 best foods” according to the Centre for the Science of the Public interest.  One cup of mango supplies you with 100% of a day’s worth of vitamin C, one-third of a day’s worth of vitamin A, a good amount of blood pressure lowering potassium and 3 grams of fibre.   Enjoy mangoes alone or served as part of a salad or entrée. Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 1 mango, sliced into chunks 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup black beans, canned and rinsed 1 coloured pepper, chopped 2 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 1 lime, squeeze all juice out 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/3...

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Romano bean recipe Andrea D'Ambrosio dietitian

Italian-Style Romano Beans

I was contemplating if this recipe was worth posting because it is so exceptionally simple.  However, during a nutrition consultation, I shared this simple recipe with my client and she came back saying how she now LOVES making Romano beans like this.  So here is the recipe for you into incorporate in your diet too!   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) Romano Beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Italian parsley, freshly chopped   Instructions: In a large bowl combine Romano beans with olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh parsley. Stir to combine ingredients and flavours. Enjoy!...

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Salmon Fresh Rolls

This is an easy recipe for a light entertaining lunch.  I made these salmon wraps for a couple friends visiting for lunch and it was a big hit. You can use salmon, canned tuna or chicken.  Rice wraps are found in grocery stores in the ethnic section.  This is a gluten free recipe using common kitchen ingredients.  Enjoy the flexibility to choose the ingredients you love. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: Bring water to boil Serves: 4   Ingredients: 1 can wild salmon 2 Tbsp low fat sour cream 2 Tbsp mayo ½ tsp lemon juice 2 stalks celery, chopped salt and pepper to taste Rice wraps (4-6)   Toppings: Fresh lettuce, chopped Grated carrot Raisins Sunflower seeds Celery, cut into match sticks   Instructions: In a...

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins make a convenient snack option when you are on the go.  I often pair this delectable zucchini chocolate chip muffin with a yogurt or a portion of cheese.  Be sure to freeze extras to have them ready and fresh when you need them!   Serves: 12 Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes   Ingredients: 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour ¾ cup white sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt 1 egg ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup milk 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup shredded zucchini ½ cup chocolate chips ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)   Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Combine dry ingredients into mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir...

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Here is a simple quinoa salad that is very convenient to pack for work or school lunches.  This balanced meal choice is complete with carbohydrates to fuel your brain, protein and fibre to keep you feeling full, and a variety of vitamins and minerals for overall health!  I enjoy this quiona salad paired with a small cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of nuts and a piece of fruit. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed ½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup cucumber, diced ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half ½ green peppers, diced ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup black olives, chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive...

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Sometimes simplicity is the best thing! This recipe happened almost by accident with wanting to use up goat cheese and choosing to use canned lentils so that I could avoid using the stove on a hot summer day. This is the perfect recipe to bring to a potluck or have as a side dish for an outdoor BBQ. Check out my other recipes for lentil salads here! Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese Recipe: Serves: 8-10 Prep Time: 10-15 minutes Ingredients: 1 – 540mL can of lentils, rinsed and drained ½ cucumber, chopped 1 pint of cherry tomatoes ¼ cup fresh goat cheese 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp dried oregano Fresh ground...

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