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Deviled Eggs

Divine Deviled Eggs

Happy summer everyone! We are full swing into potluck season which has me sharing my favourite dishes with you in my most recent blog, 5 Easy Potluck-Pleasers! In this piece, I share my affinity for deviled eggs. This Divine Deviled Eggs recipe was passed along from my grandma who would always prepare them for family gatherings. Why not? They were a massive hit every time. I remember her saying, “they’re really easy to make!” She was right. They are quite simple to prepare and a definite crowd-pleaser!  These are a trendy option for potlucks because they are a hand-held and convenient way to eat while socializing. Additionally, making...

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Dijon Cream Asparagus {3-Ingredient}

Dijon Cream Asparagus {3-Ingredient}

Asparagus are finally in season! However, act quickly because the Ontario growing season is super short. You can find them for a mere two months – May and June. To celebrate our local asparagus, I will be sharing this 3-Ingredient Dijon Cream Asparagus recipe. It’s a family tradition to make asparagus this way and a definite crowd-pleaser.  Not only do asparagus taste amazing but they also add an impressive nutritional punch. Asparagus are high in fibre, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium. One serving is ½ cup (or 6 spears) and only 20 calories. Plus, we receive 33% of our daily folate which helps our body...

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BBQ Sweet Potatoes with Feta

BBQ Season has officially begun! The time of year when the good ol’ grill gets the most use. At Dietetic Directions, when we mention BBQ meal options to clients, we universally get a smile. People simply LOVE BBQ’ing. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s oh-so-delicious. Additionally, a backyard BBQ can include a variety of foods, many of which you may not have thought to grill, such as sweet potato. This year I made BBQ Sweet Potatoes with Feta cheese for the first time and they were spectacular!  This BBQ Sweet Potatoes with Feta recipe will not only dazzle your taste buds, but it will also boost your beta...

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Candied Salmon & Goat Cheese Salad

Candied Salmon, Chia & Goat Cheese Salad

When the weather warms and the sun shines, many people start to crave more fresh (and flavourful) salads! After all, nobody likes a boring salad. Therefore, I chose to add candied salmon as the protein focus. In case you are unfamiliar, candied salmon is smoked salmon with maple syrup or brown sugar coating on it. It adds a sweet and salty component to meals along with the omega-3's. This Candied Salmon salad has flavourful add-ons including: goat cheese and chia seeds and sunflower seeds for crunch. I also used my standard, super simplest dressing. Spinach was used as the base because it’s in season and I love...

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Spring Fresh Veggie Gnocchi

Veggie-Loaded Gnocchi {Tomato Cream Sauce}

Hello Spring! We’re happy you’ve finally greeted us with your presence. To celebrate, I will be sharing my Veggie-loaded Gnocchi in a Tomato Cream Sauce. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it’s the perfect fridge-cleaner recipe. This is because it offers flexibility to add almost any type (and quantity) of veggie. Similarly, when it comes to including more veggies in the diet, adding them to existing recipes (such as sauces, stir-fries, soups) is one of the simplest ways to boost your intake. I made this entrée vegetarian as part of my Meatless Monday meal theme (check here to see 15 Favourite Meal Themes). However, you can easily...

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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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Roasted Broccolini

Simple Roasted Broccolini with Lemon

Have you tried broccolini yet? It’s probably my new favourite veggie. A cross between broccoli and Chinese Kale, it has a sweeter taste than broccoli. The stalks are thin and delicate. As an added bonus, you also receive 105% of your daily vitamin C in one serving. I’m a big fan of roasting veggies (see my past blog all on how to roast veggies). Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry heat. Roasting browns the surface of the food, which leads to new caramelized flavours and intensified aromas!   Be sure to try a squeeze of lemon at the end for an added pop of zesty flavour.  Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 18-25 minutes Ingredients: 1...

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Avocado Strawberry Feta Salad

Strawberry, Avocado & Feta Salad

with Dijon Balsamic Dressing  The winter season can make us feel blah. If you’re looking for a mood-boost, look no further than your diet! This Strawberry, Avocado & Feta Salad is scrumptious and has a simple homemade Dijon Balsamic dressing. Remember that food is composed of nutrients that affect our brain chemistry. Many people don’t realize that the foods we eat impact how we feel! Leafy greens (like spinach, kale, arugula) contain folate to raise your serotonin (happy hormone). Vitamin C in strawberries may decrease the body’s production of stress hormone (cortisol). Lastly, monounsaturated fats in avocado are anti-inflammatory and associated with improved mood.  To learn more, be sure...

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