Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired!

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Salad3 Comments

Mango Quinoa Salad -Thai Inspired

A tasty Thai inspired mango quinoa salad filled with juicy mangoes; crisp red peppers, and creamy cashews; it’s good for your health and soul! I love Thai Mango Salad. I love Mango Quinoa Salad. Put them together = mind blown. It’s just perfect on a hot summer day…. or any time! I’ve certainly made it in the dead of winter just to insert a bit of a tropical feel inside the house, even if it’s a polar vortex outside! Feel free to add chicken or shrimp to kick it up a notch and add some extra protein and minerals. Why … Read More

Vegetable Smoothies: make ahead freezer packs!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, RecipesLeave a Comment

Make mornings easier & healthier with these grab ‘n blend vegetable smoothie packs in 4 delicious flavours: Chocolate Beet, Vanilla Green, PB Banana, and Blueberry! Just add your choice of milk! Mornings are hectic! People always tell me they want to eat healthier breakfasts, but don’t have the time to prep food in the morning. Breakfast ends up being a quick slice of toast before running out the door. This is a lost opportunity for fruits and veggies! Nearly 90% of Americans are NOT meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie intake!  What are vegetable smoothie freezer packs and how … Read More

Christmas Snacks: Healthy and Easy!

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, RecipesLeave a Comment

Easy Christmas Snacks for Kids #snacks #christmas #healthychristmas #healthysnacks

Using simple ingredients & taking only 5 minutes of your time, you can WOW your kids with these easy and healthy Christmas snacks ideas! I used to work in public health with new moms and babies in a drop-in group. Each week we would teach the moms a new baby rhyme or song to sing. We would always remind the moms that they didn’t need pretty singing voices as their babies didn’t care and just loved to hear their mom’s voice! I took that advice to heart and then SANG my heart out to my babies… much to my husband … Read More

Instant Pot Review from a Dietitian (spoiler alert: I love it!)

Jessica Penner, RDInspiration, Recipes2 Comments

Dietitian Reviews Instant Pot

People often ask me: “Is the Instant Pot worth it?” or “Do you think the Instant Pot is something I need?”  “Will the Instant Pot make me healthier?” Eventually I realized it was high time for an Instant Pot review. I’m sure you can live a fully functional life without an Instant Pot, but I legitimately feel a teeny bit happier each time I use mine. So having an Instant Pot will quantifiably make your life better. Can you really put a price on that? The only appliance I love more than the Instant Pot is my Vitamix. Now that’s … Read More

Chicken Kale Soup with Sweet Potato (Instant Pot Recipe)

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Soup6 Comments

Kale soup with sweet potato and chicken

This chicken kale soup is a great way to overcome the post-thanksgiving feeling of “oh… I’ve had enough roast turkey for an entire year.” Instead of force-feeding yourself turkey for a week, substitute it in this soup for the chicken! Sweet memories that are associated with a particular food can dramatically increase how much we enjoy that food! I’m convinced that half the reason we enjoy cake is because we have such great memories of friends gathering to celebrate birthdays. Half the reason we love traditional Thanksgiving food so much is because it reminds us of good times with family. … Read More

Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas (so it doesn’t go to waste)

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Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

Overwhelmed with all that leftover Halloween candy? Instead of throwing it out, check out these 8 ideas to make the candy loot go further.  You probably bought extra Halloween candy. Better safe than sorry, right? Sometimes you only get a trickle of trick or treaters, and you end up with a TON of extra candy. If you want to eat all the candy you bought, GO AHEAD AND EAT IT! It’s your candy and totally your prerogative to eat it. But perhaps you want to do something else with it. Some people invite the “Switch Witch” to come and exchange … Read More

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Quinoa (or stovetop directions)

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Recipes6 Comments

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Quinoa

For this recipe, I pulled together all the classic flavours of red hot wings into a healthy, balanced meal: chicken, Frank’s, carrots & celery, and bleu or mozza cheese. LEARN HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT BUFFALO CHICKEN QUINOA (47 sec): why this instant pot buffalo chicken quinoa is a smart choice Please meet my new favourite condiment: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce! Since Frank’s is entirely associated with wings in my mind I didn’t even think about it as a sauce I could use in my everyday cooking. One day, out of curiosity, I picked up a bottle and read the label. … Read More