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

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

feta beet salad

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Feta Beet Salad

Feta beet salad – a filling, earthy, salad with a sweet side: Candied nuts, salty feta, roasted beets, quinoa, and salad greens all get drizzled with the most scrumptious sweet balsamic dressing! I’m pretty excited to share with you my latest favourite thing ever: sweet balsamic vinaigrette. This is a pretty big statement coming from someone who previously despised anything and everything balsamic. Let’s just say miracles happen. Or rather, I smartened up and realized that I could overcome my fear of certain foods. Since I started to do that, life has gotten infinitely more delicious. This balsamic dressing goes with … Read More

spinach and artichoke hummus with feta

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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

ratatouille baked eggs (shakshouka)

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Ratatouille Egg Bake (shakshouka)

This ratatouille baked eggs dish is a mashup of classic French rataouille and North African/Middle Eastern shakshouka. And then topped with some Greek cheese. As many of you know, I was quite the picky eater as a kid and into my early adulthood. But even as I started to open my mind and expand my palate there remained a few stubborn foods that I continued to dislike: mayo, fish, eggs, to name a few. It dawned on me one day that I could even learn to like those “big ones.”  It’s strange how something about you can really become ingrained into … Read More

spinach and artichoke quinoa bake

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Remember that time you had a baby and some loving soul brought you food? I remember each and every dish that people brought to our house when we welcomed our little guy home. Maybe it’s because food tastes better when other people cook it, or maybe it was the added hunger from breastfeeding, or maybe it was the crazy hormones, or maybe it’s just that all my friends and family are great cooks, but ALL of the food was crazy delicious! And so, so appreciated.  Now, whenever a friend has a baby, I try to make it over to their place … Read More

salad/summer rolls with life changing walnut sauce

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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