The Best Tofu You Will Ever Eat (gluten free and vegan)

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Meatless, Recipes18 Comments

The Best Tofu You Will Ever Eat... guaranteed!

A super easy way to make TEXTURE perfect baked tofu! The outside turns out crisp and ready to be tossed in your favourite sauce. It took me a while to learn to  LIKE tofu. I would tolerate it when my vegan friends would make tofu dishes, but I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around actually LIKING it. It doesn’t have much of a taste and is actually quite special in the way that it can take on other flavours. It was definitely a mental block. Tofu just didn’t sound appetizing. When my baby started to eat solid food I bought him … Read More

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

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Quinoa (or stovetop directions)

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, 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

5 Minute Chicken Taco Salad

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes, SaladLeave a Comment

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

Sheet Pan Dinner with Pork and Dried Plums

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes2 Comments

sheet pan pork and dried plums

This sheet pan dinner combines pork and dried plums with onions and walnuts, in a quick and easy fine dining experience with a hidden agenda: bone health! I want to talk about this delicious sheet pan dinner. I really do. It’s got pork, dried plums, walnuts, onions, and it is my favourite thing right now. But first, we need to talk about how it supports bone health, and why that’s so important. why you (yes you) need to start paying attention to your bones If you’re under 30, preventing a hip fracture in 40 years is probably not on your … Read More

Spicy Pork with Mangos and Rice [+ VIDEO]

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes2 Comments

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