the easiest, tastiest spaghetti ever

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes4 Comments

easy flavourful spaghetti

If you’re used to making pasta by cooking up some spaghetti and pouring over a jar of pasta sauce, you might be intimidated by the prospect of making your own sauce.  The good news is that your spaghetti has a lot of room for improvement!  Continue reading for your directions to Flavour Country. Population: spaghetti. If you’re doing silly things like using jarred pasta sauce, allow me to introduce you to Jamie Oliver.  Jamie seems to have a genuine passion for helping people cook for themselves. He’s well known for beginner recipes that make it easy for newbies to navigate the kitchen.   As a dietitian, I … Read More

guacamole bowls recipe (gluten free)

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes6 Comments

Guacamole bowl recipe - gluten free recipe

For guacamole makers, the guacamole recipe is a huge source of pride.  Those of us who have been to a guac-off (no really, it’s a thing), know that every guacamole maker at such an event is convinced their recipe is the guacamole recipe to end all guacamole recipes. Did I say guacamole enough for you? Guacamole. It’s totally one of those words that gets weirder the more you say it. Guacamole.  Anyhow, for those who have never made guacamole before I’ll save you the trouble of experimenting with various ingredients and ratios. Seriously. Don’t go crazy and start adding weird things like pickles … Read More

breakfast berry apple crisp

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes2 Comments

Don’t you ever want to have apple crisp for breakfast? Don’t lie. I know I’m not the only one. You’re tempted but the responsible side of you says that you should keep dessert in its place. Well, it’s time to let loose! This recipe is fruit heavy, easy on the butter and sugar, and has the added bonus of flax. Oh, and I recommend a dollop of yogurt on top instead of ice cream….. but if you break out the ice cream, I won’t tell. Not only is this recipe a legit breakfast food, it is also super quick to … Read More

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad Recipe

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, SaladLeave a Comment

creamy chipotle pasta salad

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad Recipe Tomorrow is Canada Day, the day that my fellow Canadians and I celebrate how awesome we are and how much the rest of the world loves us. Is that patriotism or narcissism?  I may have a badittude at the moment. It’s been pretty rainy and dreary lately in Manitoba, which is very unfair, considering we endure harsh winter extremes for seven months of the year.  We only get three months of actual summer, and this year we’re cooped up inside because the clouds have decided to dump all of the melting glaciers onto our heads instead of … Read More

7 chia recipes to inspire

Jessica Penner, RDRecipe RoundUp, Recipes3 Comments

7 Chia Recipes to Inspire Everybody needs a chia recipe! After you read “the power of chia” did you immediately order a big bag of chia seeds? Is that bag now just sitting in your cupboard because you have no idea what to do with it? Don’t worry, I’ve rounded up 7 chia recipes for you. If you try one, let me know what you think! Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread Blueberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chia Seeds Dark Chocolate Cherry and Chia Energy Bars Chia Seed Bubble Tea Broccoli Slaw with Chia Balsamic Vinaigrette Banana … Read More

caramelized onion hummus

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes10 Comments

Caramelized Onion Hummus

I am obsessed with perfecting my basic hummus recipe. I’ve figured out the key to perfectly smooth, creamy, whipped hummus but the flavour isn’t quite there. Texture? Check. Flavour? Still working on it. I read the ingredients on some of my favourite hummus brands and try to replicate their recipes but it never ends up tasting quite the same. Don’t get me wrong; my hummus is good, just not amazing. I won’t settle for anything less than amazing. But I’ve hit the mark on several hummus variations. Like this caramelized onion hummus. Sooo delicious. It’s amazing, either with crackers or … Read More

one dish balsamic chicken -dinner in an hour

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Recipes6 Comments

balsamic chicken bake

An easy one dish meal featuring sweet balsamic chicken, baby potatoes, and plenty of veggies! Dinner ready in an hour -with hardly any cleanup! I was one of those kids that hated almost all vegetables, all meat, and all starches except bread and noodles. As I grew older and especially as I started to travel the world, I wanted to be able to enjoy a wider variety of foods. Once I made this decision, my palate didn’t get a complete overhaul overnight. It was (and still is!) a slow process of learning to like new foods. With some foods, my … Read More