spinach and artichoke hummus with feta

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Meatless, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

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

salad/summer rolls with life changing walnut sauce

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Entree, Meatless, Recipes, Snack8 Comments

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

cranberry black pepper boursin recipe

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes4 Comments

Cranberry Black Pepper Boursin

When I show up at a party and someone has brought Boursin, my heart (and tastebuds!) do a little happy dance. There’s nothing better than the simple little pleasures of life… like creamy, light as a feather, melt in your mouth cheese. Those Boursin fellows sure nailed it with their slogan: ” Du pain, du Boursin, tout est bien.” (Some bread, some Boursin, all is well.)  According to the Muppet Family Christmas special, Christmas is the time of year when we gather around with friends and family to wish each other peace on earth. While I actually take this time to reflect on … Read More

DIY whipped butter

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes, Tutorial6 Comments

DIY Whipped Butter

When you were a kid, did you ever go to a nice restaurant or fancy banquet and get excited by the sight of a beautiful looking bowl of ice cream, only to realize that it was actually butter? What a disappointment. I’m pretty sure this has happened to me as an adult, too. The reason that butter looked so delicious is because it was whipped. And there’s no reason you can’t have that beautiful butter at home, too. There are actually plenty of more substantial reasons to whip your butter; it’s not just for show! Why It’s A Smart Choice 1) Consistency. … Read More

mixed party nuts nut butter

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes4 Comments

Mixed Party Nuts Nut Butter

You know the can of mixed nuts that surfaces at Christmas gatherings after you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey? The entire family can be feeling sick because they’re so full, but the chocolates, caramel corn, and mixed nuts still have to come out, right? Well, this nut butter tastes EXACTLY like those mixed nuts! It’s like Christmas ALL YEAR LONG! Why It’s A Smart Choice I keep a large stock of various kinds of nuts in my kitchen. They’re all so delicious and have different nutritional profiles, so I don’t want to just stick with the same old nut. I’m already committed … Read More

thai red curry hummus

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes7 Comments

Thai Red Curry Hummus

I almost always have a bean-based dip in our fridge. One of my go-to lunches is to get out the dip and serve it alongside veggies, cheese, tofu, crackers, etc. Since I’m a gluten-free girl right now (don’t ask; it’s complicated) I can’t rely on easy staples such as sandwiches or wraps. Have you ever tried the gluten-free versions of those things? They’re generally gross and not very nutritious.  But I get tired of the same old hummus or black bean dip. I love getting creative with adding new flavours to spice things up! This is one of my latest favourite … Read More