spinach and artichoke hummus with feta

Spinach & Artichoke Hummus with Feta

I wasn’t planning on making and photographing a recipe today since I was busy working on other projects (stay tuned for some exciting stuff around here at Smart Nutrition!).  But lunch time came around and I suddenly had this idea for making a spinach and artichoke hummus. When inspiration strikes, you gotta follow suit!  Or maybe when you buy a Costco sized jar of artichokes for making this Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Bake, you need to find other uses for it! Although, realistically I could eat that quinoa bake all day long. I didn’t really need to create another recipe. … Read More

ratatouille baked eggs (shakshouka)

Ratatouille Egg Bake (shakshouka)

This ratatouille baked eggs dish is a mashup of classic French rataouille and North African/Middle Eastern shakshouka. And then topped with some Greek cheese. As many of you know, I was quite the picky eater as a kid and into my early adulthood. But even as I started to open my mind and expand my palate there remained a few stubborn foods that I continued to dislike: mayo, fish, eggs, to name a few. It dawned on me one day that I could even learn to like those “big ones.”  It’s strange how something about you can really become ingrained into … Read More

spinach and artichoke quinoa bake

Remember that time you had a baby and some loving soul brought you food? I remember each and every dish that people brought to our house when we welcomed our little guy home. Maybe it’s because food tastes better when other people cook it, or maybe it was the added hunger from breastfeeding, or maybe it was the crazy hormones, or maybe it’s just that all my friends and family are great cooks, but ALL of the food was crazy delicious! And so, so appreciated.  Now, whenever a friend has a baby, I try to make it over to their place … Read More

salad/summer rolls with life changing walnut sauce

Salad Rolls with Walnut Sauce

You need this walnut sauce in your life.  The combination of ingredients in these salad rolls is, of course, also amazing but it doesn’t hold a candle to this walnut sauce. It’s not just the icing on the cake. The sauce is the whole reason to eat these salad rolls.  I’ve also been eating this sauce with broccoli florets, as a salad dressing, and have even started eating it with a spoon….  We’ve raced through two batches of this recipe in less than a week already.  When I sit down to have a snack I’m usually sweet tooth type of person … Read More

healthy edible play-dough

Healthy Edible Play Doh

My original intention for this recipe was to make a healthier version of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The sandwich idea definitely tasted great but unfortunately, the filling didn’t stick very well to the bread. When some of the peanut butter filling fell onto my toddler’s tray, he began to roll it between his hands and exclaimed “I’m making a peanut butter snake!”    Since I’m a big proponent of encouraging kids to play with their food, I rolled with this change to my intended recipe. Who needs delicious homemade sourdough bread anyway? We had a great rest of the lunch making … Read More

the best ever falafels

Best Ever Falafels

I have a special love for falafels but any of my at-home attempts have been complete failures. I tried a complete made from scratch recipe that completely fell apart and tasted like cardboard. I’ve tried the powdered box stuff, which was just completely gross. I’ve also brought pre-made frozen falafels, which were okay but nothing like what you get a falafel house. But it had been a few years since I had tried falafels at home so I decided it was time to give it another go. I am so happy I revisited the falafel. These really are the. best. … Read More

vegan thai yellow curry chickpeas and potatoes (+ instant pot instructions)

Thai Yellow Curry Chickpeas and Potatoes

An entry level (ie: not so spicy!) Thai yellow curry dish that’s full of  heart-healthy anti-inflammatory ingredients. Sure to warm you up from the inside out! [vegan & gluten free] If it was curry all day everyday in our house, I’d be in heaven. Unfortunately, Jeremy hasn’t hopped on board with me. The other day he declared that he simply does not and will not ever be a curry fan. I was shell shocked. In our house (and in my dietetic practice), we firmly believe that tastes are more nurture than nature. What this means, is that it’s possible, with an … Read More