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

Jessica Penner, RDInspiration, Recipes4 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, Soup8 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

Apple Nachos – hot & cheesy!

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Apple Nachos -hot and cheesy! #applenachos #apples #applechips #nachos #afterschoolsnack #snack #kidsnacks #kidfriendly #funfood

This apple nachos post is sponsored by Martin’s Apple Chips but, as always, my opinions are entirely my own.  He just started kindergarten this fall, but it’s happening already. “Mama, all the other kids get Jell-O/yogurt drinks/other-fun-heavily-marketed-food in their snack evvvvvveryday!” Welcome to your life, kid. Sorry. I’m a dietitian mama who makes things from scratch. The snacks I send you are going to be lower in sugar than the other kids’. They’re gonna be mostly homemade. It’s going to be a long school career for you. I totally feel for him. My mom always sent me to school with … Read More

Chocolate Granola with Cherries and Quinoa

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes2 Comments

Chocolate Granola with Cherries and Quinoa #breakfast #healthybreakfast #glutenfreerecipes #veganrecipes #lovecrunch #granola

This chocolate granola only takes one bowl and 10 minutes of prep work! It’s studded with cherries and health boosted with chia seeds and quinoa. There came a time last February when it was suddenly Valentine’s Day and my Instagram feed was blowing up with wonderful heart-shaped kids’ food, and romantic chocolate-covered-fruit recipes. I felt like covering my face in shame. I’m the worst food blogger ever! I’m horrible at planning ahead for seasonal posts. I just go with the flow and cook/bake wherever the wind takes me…. so in December I’m baking Christmas cookies like a normal person, and I’ve … Read More

5 Minute Chicken Taco Salad

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Chicken Taco Salad

With a store bought rotisserie chicken, you can prepare the meat for a chicken taco salad in 5 minutes! Hands up if you love rotisserie chicken! Picking up a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store is one of my favourite mealtime shortcuts. In a few minutes I remove the meat from the chicken, and then I can use it in recipes throughout the week! This recipe is a simple way to turn rotisserie chicken into taco filling! Just use whatever ingredients you have on hand to throw together a salad. #onefamilyonemeal One of the biggest feeding traps parents fall … Read More