salad/summer rolls with life changing walnut sauce

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Dip & Spread, 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

healthy edible play-dough

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Meatless, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

Healthy Edible Play Doh

My original intention for this recipe was to make a healthier version of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The sandwich idea definitely tasted great but unfortunately, the filling didn’t stick very well to the bread. When some of the peanut butter filling fell onto my toddler’s tray, he began to roll it between his hands and exclaimed “I’m making a peanut butter snake!”    Since I’m a big proponent of encouraging kids to play with their food, I rolled with this change to my intended recipe. Who needs delicious homemade sourdough bread anyway? We had a great rest of the lunch making … Read More

the best ever falafels

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes11 Comments

Best Ever Falafels

I have a special love for falafels but any of my at-home attempts have been complete failures. I tried a complete made from scratch recipe that completely fell apart and tasted like cardboard. I’ve tried the powdered box stuff, which was just completely gross. I’ve also brought pre-made frozen falafels, which were okay but nothing like what you get a falafel house. But it had been a few years since I had tried falafels at home so I decided it was time to give it another go. I am so happy I revisited the falafel. These really are the. best. … Read More

vegan thai yellow curry chickpeas and potatoes (+ instant pot instructions)

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes3 Comments

Thai Yellow Curry Chickpeas and Potatoes

An entry level (ie: not so spicy!) Thai yellow curry dish that’s full of  heart-healthy anti-inflammatory ingredients. Sure to warm you up from the inside out! [vegan & gluten free] If it was curry all day everyday in our house, I’d be in heaven. Unfortunately, Jeremy hasn’t hopped on board with me. The other day he declared that he simply does not and will not ever be a curry fan. I was shell shocked. In our house (and in my dietetic practice), we firmly believe that tastes are more nurture than nature. What this means, is that it’s possible, with an … Read More

one pan chipotle mexican quinoa

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes8 Comments

Chipotle Mexican Quinoa

What are your go-to meals? You know, the ones that you keep coming back to. The ones for which you usually have the ingredients stocked in your kitchen. The ones that you make when you’re like “oh shoot, I forgot to plan something for dinner and it’s 5:00 already!”   This is one of mine.  I’m surprised I haven’t blogged about this recipe before. I guess I don’t really think about it when I’m planning my posts since it’s not “new” to me.  I forget that this will be new to you! When it comes to getting started with meal planning, I … Read More

cashew raisin curried lentil soup

Jessica Penner, RDMeatless, Recipes, Soup2 Comments

Cashew Raisin Curried Lentil Soup

The holidays are officially over in the Penner household. We went to Christmas gathering 7/7 today. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. A good kind of busy. My heart has been filled with good memories and my stomach has been filled with delicious decadent food.  But as much as I look forward to Christmas and feel sad when it’s over, I’m also happy to get back into the routine of everyday life. I think it’s a sign that you’ve chosen a good career path when you’re happy to get back to work 🙂 And I’m so excited to see what 2016 … Read More

creamy enchilada casserole with spaghetti squash

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes14 Comments

Are you familiar with food guides such as the USDA’s Choose My Plate and The Plate Method from the Canadian Diabetes Association? In theory, I’m totally onboard with these concepts. The main idea is to fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with a meat or alternative, and the other quarter with a grain or starch alternative. This is fine if you are a traditional meat and potatoes type of person and eat segmented meals. I am not. As you can see from browsing the recipes on Smart Nutrition, I’m more of a casserole, stew, soup, one pot type … Read More