Chicken Kale Soup with Sweet Potato (Instant Pot Recipe)

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Soup9 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

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

The Big Salad… how to build a meal-worthy salad

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes, Salad2 Comments

Mango Quinoa Nourish Bowl

Have you ever eaten a salad and then felt hungry again fifteen minutes later? Then you may suffer from Small Salad Syndrome! A big salad won’t leave you hungry, and it’s a tremendous way to help you meet your daily servings of veggies. A plate-sized salad could equal 4-5 servings of veggies! Vegetables are important for nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals. Did you know that fruits and vegetables are the ONLY foods that have Vitamin C? Scurvy develops when Vitamin C levels drop very low, and until recently we thought scurvy was long gone. We’re talking about a … Read More

Spicy Pork with Mangos and Rice [+ VIDEO]

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spicy pork with mango and rice

Stir-fry spicy pork with mangos and rice – easy, sweet, spicy, loaded with fruit and veggies, protein, and healthy carbs.  When our son was born we were blessed with many delicious dinners brought over by loving family and friends. One such dish, brought over by my mother-in-law, was the inspiration for this recipe. It’s been in the back of my mind ever since so this recipe has really been four years in the making!  I can’t decide what I love best about this dish: the tangy pork… the sweet mango…. the hit of cilantro… or how the rice soaks up … Read More

Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa [+ VIDEO]

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes10 Comments

Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa

A simple skillet meal, this gluten free Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa dish is humble but deliciously satisfying!  When I told my husband what I planned on naming this dish his response was “I didn’t think quinoa was Mediterranean!” He’s correct, quinoa originally hail from Bolivia. So, perhaps I should explain… I called this a Mediterranean dish because: a) it has flavours reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine like Italian or Greek b) it falls in line with a Mediterranean Diet style of eating What? You haven’t heard of the Mediterranean Diet? It’s only the healthiest way of living ever discovered! Check out this Food Pyramid … Read More

guacamole bowls recipe (gluten free)

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, 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