quinoa-encrusted tofu parmesan (gluten free)

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes8 Comments

I never used to eat tofu. I couldn’t stand it. But when I started making tofu for my infant son, I found a way to prepare tofu so that he would eat it. In fact, he loved it. Even more surprising? I loved it. After some time, I decided it was time for me to branch out and try preparing tofu (and eating it) in another way. But what could I use for inspiration? Well, I have the privilege of calculating the nutrition information for the popular recipe blog Damn Delicious. I’ve tried several of her recipes, all of which have been a smashing hit in our household. … Read More

three cheese spaghetti squash “lasagna”

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Three Cheese Spaghetti Squash

I just had one of those delicious and rare evenings that left me energized and full of joy. What did I do? I went grocery shopping. It was magical. Perhaps I should clarify. I went grocery shopping… all. by. myself. It’s amazing the things you appreciate once you have a kid!  The other day I started telling a story about my university days by saying, “we went to the mall in order to….” but I couldn’t finish the sentence. I couldn’t remember why we were at the mall. Then it hit me. We were just university students with nothing better to do, … Read More

white cheddar mac n cheese

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I have never eaten more Kraft Dinner than I did in my first trimester of pregnancy.  I’ve heard that Kraft Dinner is actually a term that’s only common in Canada. So, for you non-Canadians, when I say Kraft Dinner I’m referring to the brand of Mac n Cheese that everyone buys here. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s not that healthy. Usually, my diet is relatively balanced, healthy, and based on whole foods. I figured it would only get better once I got pregnant, since I’d be so motivated to nurture my unborn child. Then the exhaustion hit and I went into survival mode. Each day … Read More

stick to your noodles pasta sauce

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Stick to Your Noodles Pasta Sauce

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to make a homemade version of a pantry staple. I asked for your suggestions on the Smart Nutrition Facebook page. I received such wonderful ideas: BBQ sauce Mayo Yogurt Corn tortillas Vegan chocolate syrup Soy milk Almond milk Pizza sauce Ranch dressing Relish Aged cheese Olive oil That last one was a joke but it actually had me thinking for a while… is it possible to make your own olive oil? The answer is no. Unless you have an olive tree growing in your backyard, which is impossible for me living in Canada. I ended up … Read More

sweet n spicy garam masala skillet

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Garam Masala Curry

This recipe is warm, and comforting like a cozy blanket in Winter. The combination of sweet and spicy is nicely balanced with a drizzle of cream when you serve it. I can not get enough of this curry skillet! There were so many words I could use to describe it, it was so hard to narrow it down to one name. Here were some of my options: Garam Masala Lentil Skillet Sweet n Spicy Lentil Curry Creamy Curry with Sweet Carrots Sweet n Spicy Garam Masala Skillet Which name sounds the most appealing to you? Which one would you have gone … Read More

peanut chicken noodle bowl

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Peanut Chicken Stirfry

I’ve been making this stirfry for a few years now and my family has never been disappointed. When I told my husband that I was planning on posting this recipe his reply was “I can’t believe you haven’t shared that one yet! It’s amazing!!!”  Keep in mind that he’s not very excitable, so I might be exaggerating a bit.  He would never use three exclamation marks, for instance.  But he did get pretty animated. Why It’s A Smart Choice This recipe is a great way to eat more veggies. In general, stir fry is an excellent for that as many … Read More

one pot or crockpot texan turkey quinoa

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When I was in University I ate this meal all the time. Literally. I would make a big batch and then freeze it in individual portions. My freezer was always stocked. In other news, I’m conducting an experiment to see whether any one actually reads this paragraph before the recipe. I know when I’m browsing other blogs for recipe ideas, I just hop, skip, and jump down to the actual recipe. So if you’re reading this and you actually like these little introductions, tell me in the comments!  Why It’s A Smart Choice This recipe is a superstar choice for … Read More