[Recipe] Easy Ratatouille

easy ratatouille

  If you are in need of a quick and easy meal that will also help clear out some veggies in the fridge, then Ratatouille may be just what you need! This version includes chickpeas as a source of protein but you could use tofu or edamame if opting for a vegetarian dish. Of course, if you prefer chicken or fish, those would both compliment the flavors well. This recipe contains traditional vegetables but you could use just about anything you have in your fridge, freezer or pantry. Frozen green beans, canned or frozen corn even fresh cauliflower could all work […]

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STOP! Before jumping into another weight loss program, you have to read this

Are you always on the hunt for a weight loss program that will help you control your eating once and for all? Have you joined and quit many programs in the past because they just didn’t help you? or because you felt ashamed for not losing the weight they promised? Does it seem like no one can understand your struggle with food? Before you start another diet program, hear me out. This advice could save you a lot of money and wasted energy thrown in the wrong direction and right into the deep pockets of the weight loss industry. The […]

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[Recipe] Savory butter bean appetizer

I first tasted a very similar appetizer at my Uncle D’s house after he and my aunt returned from a trip to Portugal. Although I am not a huge fan of beans, this appetizer blew me away. It was fresh with a bite from the garlic and onion. It was light but packed a flavorful punch. I immediately started my hunt for butter beans (aka mini Lima beans) to recreate the dish with my own twist. I experimented with mashing the beans to help the “dip” stick to the cracker and infused more flavor into the beans by boiling them with […]

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Why I won’t be modifying any of my holiday recipes to be cleaner, lighter or healthier.

There is one surefire way to reduce the stress of holiday cooking: stick to what you know. However, in this world of “clean eating” and never-ending hacks on how to lighten recipes, it can be hard to feel comfortable preparing traditional recipes. Here is the secret: there IS a way to get through the holidays without being fearful of holiday weight gain or overeating even if you eat special holiday foods (hint: it has nothing to do with skipping meals, switching out sugar for agave syrup or passing up your favorite foods and feeling deprived)- it is called mindful or intuitive […]

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[Guest post] How To Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions

I came across Dr. Laura Van Schaick-Harman‘s advice while searching out what other health professionals recommend to successfully make changes. Perhaps not the typical information you’d expect a dietitian to research, but as I have mentioned before, dietitian’s jobs have quickly evolved. With Pinterest and Instagram and countless blogs about healthy eating, a dietitian’s job has evolved from telling people what to do, to motivating and supporting them to make the changes they have decided upon. Most of my clients know what they want to change but struggle with how to make the change and seeing the barriers that get […]

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[Recipe] Tex-Mex Meal in a Bowl

I love the tangy and spicy flavors of Mexican food. This recipe is perfect for those moments when you may be missing some traditional ingredients. I don’t always have taco shells or tortillas in the pantry so using rice, quinoa or even couscous in place of tortillas ensures that this meal is balanced, satiating and satisfying! Including grain products or starchy foods at each meal helps to give the body energy to concentrate, move and of course, tastes great! Dive into the fridge, freezer and pantry and find the odd ends of veggies and anything that may need to be eaten […]

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[Recipe] Panettone bread pudding

Panettone bread pudding Panettone is a type of sweet bread originally from Milan. It is buttery and has deep flavors similar to a fruit cake but is much lighter in texture. These loaves come in all sorts of flavors like candied fruit, chocolate or lemon, and are perfect on their own as a dessert. To up the ante I wanted to make bread pudding using this unique bread. Also, the raisin and candied fruit panettone that I recently bought was not really to my liking when eaten on its own. This bread pudding is easy and quick to make and […]

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[Recipe] Thai inspired coconut vegetable soup

This velvety, spicy soup is a balanced meal that’s hearty enough to serve for dinner. You can follow it as written or use up the vegetables you have on hand! Swap in broccoli, cauliflower or bok choy without a problem. The protein rich food I used to balance out the meal is shelled edamame and pot stickers but you could use cubed tofu, frozen dumplings, fish or chicken. It is quick to make and is jam packed with flavor the whole family will love. Thai inspired coconut vegetable soup Time: 25min Ingredients: 1 tbsp oil, 3 stalks of celery, 1 […]

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[Recipe] Arugula and Pine nut Pesto

  Do you hate when boxed lettuce, or more precisely- arugula goes bad sitting in the fridge? Me too! We love eating it but sometimes we can’t get through the whole lot before it starts to spoil. That is how this recipe came to be- an attempt to save the delicious arugula in a versatile way. Try roasting the nuts to release their aromatic aroma. We loved using this pesto on pasta (especially our homemade gnocchi) and our homemade pizzas. You can even freeze the pesto in ice cube containers and use it in recipes for weeks to come. Since […]

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How mindful eating is like a trip to the beach

Have you ever swam in the ocean? I remember the first time I did. I grew up around lakes and rivers so you can imagine how vast and intimidating the ocean is compared to, well, anything else. Forget the blow up mattress and quiet lounging in the water- I was in for a surprise. Did I mention this was the east coast of Australia? Not Cape Cod or Cuba. The waves were about 4 feet high- on a calm day. I was told that the best way to avoid being hit by the crashing waves, in order to get into […]

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