Brownie Batter Hummus

Jessica Penner, RDDessert, Dip & Spread, Recipes, SnackLeave a Comment

brownie batter hummus in a bowl with pretzel crackers and strawberries

This is a feel good recipe. But actually… I aim for all my recipes to make you feel good. This decadent chocolate pavlova with mascarpone cream and berries? It makes your tastebuds dance with delight. That feels pretty darn good. This sheetpan pesto gnocchi? It only takes 5 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to bake, and tastes like a gourmet Italian dinner. That feels pretty darn good. You see, there are different ways to feel good about your eating. Choosing nourishing foods and fueling your body Enjoying treats without guilt And they can co-exist happily… even in the same recipe! … Read More

Sourdough Crackers with Flax and Chia Seeds

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Dip & Spread, Snack1 Comment

Baking sheet filled with homemade sourdough crackers with flax and chia seeds

These sourdough crackers are light and buttery, yet crispy! They’re “nutty-tasting” from the seeds and have a rich flavour from the sourdough. When it comes to bread you will almost never find a loaf in my grocery cart. I’ve become a bit of a bread snob and find anything other than homemade sourdough worthy to be eaten! But crackers? Nope… I’m sure my family would be thrilled if I committed to making these sourdough crackers every single time but I still buy store-bought crackers. It’s called balance 🙂 I still have kids to take of and a business to run, … Read More

Avocado Cream Sauce [+ baby food instructions]

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Avocado Cream Sauce

An avocado cream sauce that tastes like guacamole but is made lighter with the surprisingly delicious addition of green peas and cottage cheese! Guac = life. Agree or disagree? I’m definitely on Team Guac! I even have a recipe for the world’s best guacamole (seriously, go try it!). So why would I go ahead and mess with a good thing by adding green peas to guacamole?! I’ll give you three good reasons! 1) Avocado Intolerance Some people, including myself have a limited avocado tolerance. I can only eat a small amount before I’m literally sick to my stomach. The same … Read More

The Best Guacamole Ever

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

the best guacamole ever

 Simple and fresh this guacamole is simply the BEST! Bursting with lime & garlic, balanced with a hint of spice and salt. [vegan & gluten free] 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 … Read More

Savoury Turmeric Salad Dressing (vegan)

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes, Salad5 Comments

turmeric salad dressing

Reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric spice in this super simple turmeric salad dressing! It’s a savoury vegan dressing full of umami flavour.  I’m experiencing a major crush on salads right now! In winter I usually switch to going nuts on soups,  but this year salads are making a major appearance at our table! It may be because salads are a good reminder of summer… which I’ve desperately needed with this -40C cold snap Winnipeg’s been going through! The headlines over Christmas highlighted the fact that it was colder in Winnipeg than both the North Pole and Mars. Yup, somehow … Read More

Sweet Curry Hummus Recipe [+ VIDEO]

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curry hummus

Easy, healthy, gluten free, vegan, mild, sweet: what’s not to love about this naturally sweetened curry hummus? Quick, name one food you always NEED in the fridge! In our house, it’s hummus because it checks off so many boxes: Everyone loves it It’s a convenient lunch, snack, or…. emergency pregnancy food 🙂 It’s nourishing and filling It makes my husband happy and best of all….it encourages us to eat more veggies! I typically make hummus every week. Part of the reason we don’t get sick of it is that I’ve developed a few recipes to keep on rotation! Caramelized onion … Read More

Date Paste Recipe (no food processor required)

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date paste

Date paste is a natural sweetener with fibre and essential minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Plus, it tastes like caramel!  Date paste is like nature’s caramel. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and pretty much allergen free. Unless someone has a date intolerance? But that would be super rare. I definitely have never heard of a date intolerance! Oh and date paste is certainly MUCH healthier than cream and sugar-based caramel! Not only that, it’s super easy to make! And it’s so lovely to bake with because it adds moisture. Am I gushing too much about date paste? what … Read More