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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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Orange, Parsley & Sunflower Salad

Orange, Parsley & Sunflower Salad

We’re in the middle of fall and coming up to Thanksgiving weekend, which means time to feast! However, this doesn’t inevitably mean feeling over-stuffed and gluttonous. In fact, we can balance things out by including more well-prepared (not boring) veggies to promote fullness. This Orange Parsley & Sunflower Salad does just that! It packs freshness, flavour and a fibre boost.  If you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu, be sure to read my Top 3 Thanksgiving Dishes for inspiration. I share tips on menu planning and how I believe every feast needs two awesome salads. Furthermore, make your salad something that people are enthused about. To make this Orange, Parsley & Sunflower Salad extra alluring, we have punches of...

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Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup

Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup

What’s better than a bowl of hot soup on a fall day? In my opinion, the warm spices and pureed fall harvest produce can’t be beat. This Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup is a flavour-packed blend of hearty, zesty and savory. Plus, it’s a make-ahead option to freeze and use for those busy weeknight dinners or part of your Thanksgiving meal.  Firstly, adding unique toppings or garnishes is the key to impressive soups! For this Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup, I used roasted chickpeas (simply coated with oil, salt, pepper), unsalted pumpkin seeds and fresh Italian parsley (could also use cilantro.) Also, a side of lime wedge is a...

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Chickpea, Feta & Pesto Pasta Salad

Got lunchbox blues? It can be tough to come up with lunch ideas; especially ones that don’t take an exorbitant amount of time. Not like this chickpea, feta and pesto pasta salad. It's quick and easy. With busy schedules, many of our clients wonder what they can prep ahead so they can grab and go in the rushed morning. In my newest blog, Reinvent Dinners into Unique Lunches, I share how to save time by swapping components of your dinner to create different lunches. One of the recipes featured was this Chickpea, Feta Pesto Pasta Salad.  I’ve always loved a cold pasta salad. It’s fresh, simple and satisfying. If...

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Caprese Spinach Salad

Caprese Spinach Salad

One of my favourite parts of summer is planting a modest herb garden. I love to watch plants grow and have flavour-boosting additions for foods. Additionally, colourful herbs add bright green colours to my Instagram food photos. Nevertheless, by late August, I have ample fresh basil, Italian parsley and cherry tomatoes to add to meals. This means that Caprese Salads come top of mind. Today’s Caprese Spinach salad is simple salad packed with flavour. Hope you enjoy this meal addition or perhaps you can bring it to your next potluck.  Foodie Note: Curious what I plant in my garden? Check out my Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs blog. Serves: 2-4 Prep time: 10...

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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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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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