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Zesty Black Bean Guacamole

Black Bean Guacamole

Ready to guacamole it up? For me, this was one of my most intimidating dishes years ago. I wasn’t sure how to choose the right avocado, how to cut it, how to balance flavours for right zing! Nevertheless, to boost my cooking confidence, I started practicing and taking regular cooking classes (for about 7 years now.) Guacamole is now one of my favourites to make and with persistence you can feel comfortable tasting and adjusting as you go! This Zesty Black Bean Guacamole recipe is remarkably versatile - it can be served on toast with eggs, in tacos, fajitas, quesadillas or served with crackers and raw veggies.  If...

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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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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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Sunflower pesto recipe

Sunflower Seed Pesto

Gotta love the summer for fresh herbs and local produce. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I love food/cooking and have a thriving herb garden. I even wrote a blog about Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs. However, at the end of the season, it can be difficult to use up all the basil. Today’s blog recipe is my Sunflower Seed Pesto. I didn’t have pine nuts, so I substituted sunflower seeds. It turned out well!   Making your own pesto is not a challenge. It actually uses minimal ingredients and the flavour is simply outstanding. You can store pesto in a mason jar in the fridge. I...

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Indian Dhal Soup

Indian Dhal Soup

Do you love Indian food but the spices intimidate you? This is how I felt. However, if you want to step into Indian cooking, this simple and healthy dhal recipe will be just what you’re looking for. Dhal is a word used to describe an Indian soup made with lentils or pulses (click here to find out why pulses are healthy).  This Indian Dhal Soup has become a bit of a "fridge cleaner" recipe where I toss in veggies that need to be used up. For example, in this recipe I had celery and a coloured pepper in the fridge. Be flexible with your ingredient preferences and enjoy the warm...

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coconut rice & beans

Caribbean Coconut Black Bean Rice

In the middle of our Canadian winter, we sometimes need an easy, one-pot meal that transports us to the Caribbean! This Coconut Black Bean Rice is simple, inexpensive, high in fibre and even a ‘complete protein’. The term complete protein refers to foods having all nine essential amino acids (protein building blocks). Essential amino acids must be consumed through the diet since our body cannot make them on its own. Meat is a complete protein, but some vegetarian food sources (like soy, nuts, seeds, chia, quinoa, eggs, milk) are complete proteins.   In one cup of rice and beans, you get an impressive 7 grams of protein and 5...

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peanut & edamame vegan stir-fry

Peanut & Edamame Stir-Fry {Vegan}

Looking for a speedy way to use up leftover veggies and hit all your food groups? Look no further than this, Vegan Peanut & Edamame Stir-Fry! I absolutely love meals that offer flexibility to use whatever you have on hand. Whether you are stocking your kitchen like a dietitian, or following my guide to doing a freezer inventory, be sure to stock up on basic necessities. For example, I always have edamame (either shelled or in pods) in my freezer. These tasty beans have an impressive 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre, in just ½ cup serving! Read more about the impressive nutrition profile for edamame here.   Serves: 3-4 Prep...

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Sweet potato pear soup

Simple Sweet Potato & Pear Soup

Is there anything better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold day? This simple sweet potato pear soup is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury to create a sensation that is sure to excite your taste buds. If you are new to making soups this is a basic recipe that requires few ingredients. You can also dress up your soup with cool toppings. I like using roasted nuts or seeds, fresh herbs (like parsley or cilantro) and lime wedges. This soup freezes well, making it an ideal recipe to include in those "meal preparation" days on the weekend.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 20-30 mins Cook time: 20-30 mins   Ingredients: 1...

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Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Savoury Pumpkin Chilli {One-Pot & Vegetarian)

Happy National Pumpkin Day! To celebrate, I will be sharing my Savoury Pumpkin Chilli recipe, a one-pot, wholesome vegetarian meal. My earliest Halloween memories involve my mom whipping up a large batch of chilli before my sisters and I went trick-or-treating. I must admit, chilli was my LEAST favourite meal. I would plead, “Can we please have something else to eat?” My mom warmly replied, “Andrea, chilli's for dinner because it’s fast on this busy night.” As an adult, I now make this one-pot meal for a quick, versatile, batch-cooking recipe. I also love freezing leftovers those busy nights.   Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes Serves: 4-6   Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stocks...

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