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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 of my very robust-growing 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...

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Chana Masala

Spicy Chana Masala

It’s a stressful time with COVID-19. Among all the cancellations you may find yourself with a little extra time for batch cooking. 🙌 This meal planning strategy works by making larger quantities (like this Spicy Chana Masala) for the freezer so you have quick meals available for lunches or nights you can’t cook.I enjoyed this Chana Masala dish with plain yogurt and Naan bread. It’s also a flexible meal to use up ingredients or veggies on hand. I used matchstick carrots, onion, garlic, celery and canned chickpeas along with warm spices. If you are a fellow fan of leftovers, you can use this Spicy Chana Masala as...

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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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Thyme Roasted Chickpeas

Thyme Roasted Chickpeas

Want to save time cooking? Who doesn’t? A handy trick to maximize cooking is to add a tray of chickpeas when your oven is hot. This way, during the fall/winter you can both warm up your place and also prepare more items at the same time! Why? Thyme Roasted Chickpeas are easy to prepare and taste great as a salad topper, snacks or entree side dish.Why not? DYK: Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. ♥️ Here’s my Thyme Roasted Chickpeas recipe for a simple, filling and crunchy snack to take with you on those busy days. Serves: 4-6 Prep...

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