Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa [+ VIDEO]

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes10 Comments

Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa

A simple skillet meal, this gluten free Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa dish is humble but deliciously satisfying!  When I told my husband what I planned on naming this dish his response was “I didn’t think quinoa was Mediterranean!” He’s correct, quinoa originally hail from Bolivia. So, perhaps I should explain… I called this a Mediterranean dish because: a) it has flavours reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine like Italian or Greek b) it falls in line with a Mediterranean Diet style of eating What? You haven’t heard of the Mediterranean Diet? It’s only the healthiest way of living ever discovered! Check out this Food Pyramid … Read More

fall harvest roasted veggie lasagna

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes6 Comments

fall harvest roasted veggie lasagna

Is it lame for a couple to have a dish? I guess that’s what my husband signed up for when he married me: a Dietitian with a sappy heart. Some couples have “their” song. We have lasagna. I like to do things slightly out of the ordinary.  I’ve always loved my middle name, for instance, because it’s a little unusual.  Elyse.  So much more unique than Jessica, the #1 name of the 80s and 90s!   Anyways, when it came time to choosing our wedding meal, I wanted something a little out of the ordinary and something that screamed “Jeremy … Read More

Top Requested Margherita Pizza

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes4 Comments

margherita pizza recipe

This is the quintessential word of mouth recipe.  Some dear friends brought this pizza to a potluck, and it was so good, I just had to get the recipe.  I then made it (with some changes) for a crowd gathered at my place, when we had friends over to help build a fence.  Several of them asked for the recipe as well.  One of these friends then made it for guests, and was ALSO asked for the recipe.  It’s that good people. If you need a boost of self-confidence, make this the next time you have company. This is an ego-flattering recipe. And the … Read More

Bún Thịt Nướng (Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli)

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Bun Thit Nuong - Vietnamese Vermicelli with Pork

Bun Thit Nuong… carmelized pork, pickled carrots, fresh herbs, crunchy veggies, salty peanuts, & my Vietnamese Special Sauce = an explosion of flavour! I recently posted in my Instagram stories that I was making this Bun Thit Nuong recipe and my friend responded and said: “Literally one of my favourite recipes ever!”​ It’s one of my favourites, too! And my husband’s! It’s what he orders EVERY single time we’re at a Vietnamese restaurant! Sometimes a dish is so good there’s no point in gambling on trying something different. What is Bun Thit Nuong? The Vietnamese name for this dish we call Grilled … Read More

the easiest, tastiest spaghetti ever

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easy flavourful spaghetti

If you’re used to making pasta by cooking up some spaghetti and pouring over a jar of pasta sauce, you might be intimidated by the prospect of making your own sauce.  The good news is that your spaghetti has a lot of room for improvement!  Continue reading for your directions to Flavour Country. Population: spaghetti. If you’re doing silly things like using jarred pasta sauce, allow me to introduce you to Jamie Oliver.  Jamie seems to have a genuine passion for helping people cook for themselves. He’s well known for beginner recipes that make it easy for newbies to navigate the kitchen.   As a dietitian, I … Read More

guacamole bowls recipe (gluten free)

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes6 Comments

Guacamole bowl recipe - gluten free recipe

For guacamole makers, the guacamole recipe is a huge source of pride.  Those of us who have been to a guac-off (no really, it’s a thing), know that every guacamole maker at such an event is convinced their recipe is the guacamole recipe to end all guacamole recipes. Did I say guacamole enough for you? Guacamole. It’s totally one of those words that gets weirder the more you say it. Guacamole.  Anyhow, for those who have never made guacamole before I’ll save you the trouble of experimenting with various ingredients and ratios. Seriously. Don’t go crazy and start adding weird things like pickles … Read More

one dish balsamic chicken -dinner in an hour

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes6 Comments

balsamic chicken bake

An easy one dish meal featuring sweet balsamic chicken, baby potatoes, and plenty of veggies! Dinner ready in an hour -with hardly any cleanup! I was one of those kids that hated almost all vegetables, all meat, and all starches except bread and noodles. As I grew older and especially as I started to travel the world, I wanted to be able to enjoy a wider variety of foods. Once I made this decision, my palate didn’t get a complete overhaul overnight. It was (and still is!) a slow process of learning to like new foods. With some foods, my … Read More