roasted hazelnut brussels sprouts

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes, SIde Dish1 Comment

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

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

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

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

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes13 Comments

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