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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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Healthy Easter Entertaining Appetizers

Healthy Entertaining Appetizers

It’s almost Easter! Are you looking for healthy appetizers? For many, Easter is a time to get together with friends and family over a shared meal. If you're hosting the family party, entertaining friends, or perhaps visiting someone's home and need appetizer inspiration, I have three tasty, nutritious, and creative Easter Entertaining Appetizers. They boost nutrition and, of course, please the palate! First, when planning your entertaining appetizers, as a dietitian and host, I recommend thinking of three categories: 1. Taste: According to the Tracking Nutrition Trends survey, taste is the most important factor Canadians (38%) consider when making food choices. Choosing delicious appetizers at your holiday party is...

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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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Fajita Buddha Bowl

Fajita Buddha Bowl

Who doesn’t love an easy meal? Many of our clients are busy and looking for healthy eating solutions. This Fajita Buddha Bowl is a perfect option for hectic weeknights and fits within a Mexican-inspired meal. Also, this recipe fits into a “meal theme” such as leftovers or Buddha bowls. In my newest blog, 15 Fun (& Unique) Dinner Themes, I explore how we can use dinner themes or meal ideas to inspire creativity within the category. Plus, using a meal theme cuts down on decisions because we can come up with an idea that fits within that specific category, such as Taco Tuesday, Meatless Monday or Buddha...

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Saucy Sriracha & Honey Drumsticks

Who doesn’t love a good sauce? It makes all the difference when cooking chicken since this protein can take on so many different flavours. This Saucy Sriracha & Honey Drumsticks recipe is spicy and saucy! It’s also fantastic for batch cooking to eat on busy nights or to freeze for later. You can also adjust the amount of srichacha sauce and spiciness to your preference!  Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Serves: 4 Ingredients: 10 chicken drumsticks, with skin on Kosher salt and pepper 3 tbsp corn starch  drizzle olive oil  Sriracha & Honey Sauce ¼ cup sriracha (use less if prefer less spicy) 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp soy sauce, low sodium 1 tbsp rice...

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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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