cheesy quinoa waffles: a truly unique recipe

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Cheesy Quinoa Waffles Have you heard of cheesy quinoa waffles? NO? I’m pretty sure they’re not actually a thing. I only made them accidentally, while trying to make quinoa burgers. I don’t know what happened! All of a sudden I was pulling out the waffle iron and throwing them in. Blame it on laziness. The waffle iron is so much easier than flipping burgers!  I made these for supper and served them alongside some veggies to balance out the meal. But these would work equally well for breakfast. They are waffles after all!  When I suggested that my husband put his waffle on … Read More

lentil & bean recipes: quick, easy, and simple!

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18 quick easy and simple lentil and bean recipes

If you’re accustomed to cooking with meat, trying a meatless meal featuring beans might feel overwhelming. So start with something that’s quick, easy, or simple! I’ve grouped these pulse-based recipe into those that are  quick (30 minutes or less to prepare) easy (let the slow cooker do the work for you) simple (need 8 ingredients or less) Why It’s A Smart Choice Pulses are part of the legume family. Legumes are plants whose fruit is inside a pod. Think peanuts, soybeans, peas, beans, etc. Pulses are legumes that have been dried. These are chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, black beans, and any … Read More

easy one pan pad thai

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes14 Comments

This  one pan Pad Thai is so easy, you’ll question ever ordering out for Thai again. It’s far tastier than any Pad Thai dish I’ve had outside of Asia. One of the biggest drawbacks of living up north is the loss of daylight. The time change for daylight savings is the worst. I made this Pad Thai for dinner today…. at 3:30 PM. I suddenly realized that if I wanted to photograph it in natural light I’d have to hurry my booty up and start making dinner two hours earlier than usual. And the photos STILL turned out dark!   So … Read More

quinoa-encrusted tofu parmesan (gluten free)

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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

maple roasted tomatoes

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maple roasted tomatoes

Fall, fall, fall. It’s strange how much I can both love and hate it at the same time. With equal intensity. On the one hand, I’m mourning all the summer sun, sandals, and how you can leave the house without calculating just how many layers you might need that day. And I love summer laundry: no socks to try and match and fold and figure out which ones have holes! Just kidding about that last one. Anyone who knows me knows I usually have a hole or two in my socks. The matching and folding is enough for me. I … 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