Chipotle Salsa (fresh or canned)

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes3 Comments

chipotle salsa

I’ve found the secret to a happy, successful marriage: Chipotle peppers. You heard me right, folks. Get your hands on some of these bad boys. They will help you weather the storms of life. They’re essential to a good marriage. Or is that just mine? My husband adores chipotles,  and I don’t blame him; they are incredibly tasty. I love how they add a sweet, smoky, kick. He’s happy. I’m happy. We’re all happy.  Unless… I can no longer find the chipotle peppers at my grocery store. Then I’m not happy. I’m not happy when I spend half an hour combing … Read More

fall harvest roasted veggie lasagna

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes6 Comments

fall harvest roasted veggie lasagna

Is it lame for a couple to have a dish? I guess that’s what my husband signed up for when he married me: a Dietitian with a sappy heart. Some couples have “their” song. We have lasagna. I like to do things slightly out of the ordinary.  I’ve always loved my middle name, for instance, because it’s a little unusual.  Elyse.  So much more unique than Jessica, the #1 name of the 80s and 90s!   Anyways, when it came time to choosing our wedding meal, I wanted something a little out of the ordinary and something that screamed “Jeremy … Read More

The Perfect Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, SIde DishLeave a Comment

I don’t know if there is any greater feeling in the world than when you nail a recipe. There’s a major sense of accomplishment in your work… and then you get to eat delicious food. Euphoric. Euphoric. That’s how I felt after making these mashed potatoes. I started with the idea of mashing roasted garlic and green onions in with the potatoes.  I often like to add a little cream cheese (for, you know, the creaminess!) in addition to milk and butter, but I didn’t think I had any on hand today.  t Then I remembered that tub of Herb and … Read More

Top Requested Margherita Pizza

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes4 Comments

margherita pizza recipe

This is the quintessential word of mouth recipe.  Some dear friends brought this pizza to a potluck, and it was so good, I just had to get the recipe.  I then made it (with some changes) for a crowd gathered at my place, when we had friends over to help build a fence.  Several of them asked for the recipe as well.  One of these friends then made it for guests, and was ALSO asked for the recipe.  It’s that good people. If you need a boost of self-confidence, make this the next time you have company. This is an ego-flattering recipe. And the … Read More

Smoothie Tips and Hacks

Jessica Penner, RDDrink, Recipes, Tutorial6 Comments

smoothie tips and hacks

Don’t get the wrong impression from my last post, where I provide some caution about eating smoothies …  I’m actually a big fan of smoothies. I make them several times a week, and I’ve done so for the past 10 years or so. So, as a self-proclaimed smoothie expert, here are my top tips for getting the perfect smoothie. Texture Banana: This is the magical smoothie fruit. It has a subtle flavour so it won’t overpower the other flavours. BUT, don’t use an over ripe banana… they’re potent. Unless your intention is for your smoothie to taste like banana bread, use a just-ripe … Read More

Bún Thịt Nướng (Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli)

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes7 Comments

Bun Thit Nuong - Vietnamese Vermicelli with Pork

Bun Thit Nuong… carmelized pork, pickled carrots, fresh herbs, crunchy veggies, salty peanuts, & my Vietnamese Special Sauce = an explosion of flavour! I recently posted in my Instagram stories that I was making this Bun Thit Nuong recipe and my friend responded and said: “Literally one of my favourite recipes ever!”​ It’s one of my favourites, too! And my husband’s! It’s what he orders EVERY single time we’re at a Vietnamese restaurant! Sometimes a dish is so good there’s no point in gambling on trying something different. What is Bun Thit Nuong? The Vietnamese name for this dish we call Grilled … Read More

high fibre, white flour blueberry muffin

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Breakfast, Recipes7 Comments

High fibre white flour blueberry muffins

Sometimes you just want to bake with white flour. It happens. I know, I’ve been there. Maybe you have company coming over and you want your muffins to be fluffy and gorgeous. Maybe you want to see that amazing contrast of the dark blue berries and the white muffin.   At the same time, you don’t want to sacrifice the fibre that would come from using whole wheat and bran, because you know your body needs fibre.   What if I told you that you could have your white muffin and your fibre too?  It’s shocking, but true, and it’s all … Read More