roasted hazelnut brussels sprouts

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hazelnut brussel sprouts

Crispy brussels sprouts carmelized with maple syrup and studded with hazelnuts. These ain’t your mama’s brussels sprouts! No offence to your mother’s cooking. I’m sure she’s a fantastic chef. But even the most fantastic chef is limited by the ingredients available to them. I don’t know about you, but as a kid, the only type of brussels sprouts I ever laid eyes on were found in the frozen aisle of the grocery store. When those things were heated up they just turned into a mushy pile of bitter sadness. Enter fresh brussels sprouts. These are a whole different ballpark. They ought … Read More

meal prep mexicana mason jar salads

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mason jar salad

Aaaaah, January. The time of year when you vow to stick to a budget, exercise everyday, quit drinking wine, stop eating fast food for lunch, and finally become a superhuman!  While your intentions are admirable and undoubtedly genuine, they’re unlikely to produce lasting results.  Sorry to burst your bubble by being a Realistic Rhonda over here. But you already knew it deep down, didn’t you? My friend, colleague, and newest Dietitian Blogger on the block; Kristy, had this to say on Instagram at this optimistic time of year:  ” It’s tempting to think “Oh gosh, my eating is terrible, I need to overhaul EVERYTHING!” … Read More

mexican stuffed baked potatoes

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5 minute meal: Mexican Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Confessions of a major sweet potato lover. I’m not exactly your classic meat and potatoes type of cook. In fact, I’m quite the opposite. In my first decade of having moved out and cooked for myself I don’t think I ever once bought a potato. And I mostly ate vegetarian. And I make mixed up meals that don’t bode well with the “plate method” of balancing foods: You know 1/2 plate veggies, 1/4 plate starch, and 1/4 protein? Not for me. I’m a mixed up stirfry, stew, casserole type of gal.  So I never used to buy potatoes but I … Read More

batch cooking volume 4: lunches & dinners!

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I heart NY. It’s an iconic t-shirt and mug phrase and I used to think it was a little egotistical of NY to plaster it all over their touristy souvenirs. I mean, who do you think you are NY? Doesn’t everyone love their home state or province? Why do you get to be known for “I heart NY?” Well, we just got back from NY visiting family who recently moved there and guess what?  I heart NY too! They got me! It really is just such an amazing place that you can’t help but love it! From the hustle and bustle … Read More

sausage squash and apples: a fall casserole

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I thought I loved fall. I thought I knew what fall was all about. But I was all wrong.  In Winnipeg we do get all four seasons. The year is unfairly unbalanced in favour of winter though. I’m talking 6 months of winter, 2 months of spring, 3 months of summer, and if we’re lucky, 1 month of fall. For about two weeks the leaves turn red, orange, and yellow then fall for the next couple of weeks. Occasionally the whole season is ruined by an onslaught of rain. For someone who loves fall, this is a tragedy.  My in-laws visited … Read More

healthy creamy pumpkin spaghetti

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I feel like I’m winning at life in a way I’ve never felt before.  Some people might feel this way when they land a dream job, but I feel like I’ve already got that with Smart Nutrition! Some people might feel this way when they meet the man of their dreams, but I feel like I’ve already got that too! So what could possibly trump all those things? Drum roll please…. My big accomplishment is that I just washed and dried a load of laundry in the same morning!  I’m a domestic mess. I am horrible at cleaning. If you don’t … Read More

skinny taco meat

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skinny taco meat

I’m feeling a little sheepish with this recipe. Not because of the recipe. It’s a killer taco meat recipe. But because of what I decided to call it.  I used the word ‘skinny.’  (blush, blush) Once upon a time I proclaimed that ‘skinny’ was one of those words that ticked me off when it comes to food adjectives. I would go out of my way to use terms like ‘lightened up’ to avoid saying ‘skinny.’  But it hit me one day when I was looking through my closet that I had absolutely no qualms about using the term ‘skinny jeans.’ … Read More