Sheet Pan Ginger Beef & Veggies

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Recipes3 Comments

Overhead view of three bowl of Sheetpan Ginger Beef and Veggies

Ginger beef made easy by cooking everything on a sheetpan! Flavourful, delicious, & healthier, with a ton of veggies! Ginger beef is my all-time favourite “Chinese” takeout dish. I put that in quotations because I know that the food we associate with Chinese restaurants in the Western world isn’t commonly what’s actually eaten in China. In university I took a class where we learned all about cultural food traditions. We did group projects where we taught the rest of the class about one culture’s food ways. A group of Chinese international students presented on cultural food from Northern China. Honestly, … Read More

6 Ways to Make Meal Prepping More Fun

Jessica Penner, RDMeal Planning3 Comments

6 ways to make meal prep fun

Do you dread meal prepping? Whether you’re just getting ready for dinner tonight, or batch cooking the whole week’s meals at once, it can definitely be a chore. Good news though: I can help make that dread disappear! Being a parent of small children has taught me that life is much easier if you can make a game out of anything. We took our son to Disney World when he was 2. Up until that point he had been happy to sit and observe life from within his stroller. The minute we stepped foot onto Main Street USA he decided that the … Read More

Big Batch Protein Muffins [peanut butter chocolate chip]

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Snack7 Comments

With 7g protein and 3g fibre, these protein muffins are great to keep in the freezer for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast! Makes 60 muffins. This post contains affiliate links. As a kid we always had muffins in the freezer, ready to defrost for a quick breakfast. It only occurred to me the other day that this was a form of “batch cooking”… or batch baking, rather. Yeah, my mom was the original mealprepper, 30 years ahead of her time. #mymomiscoolerthanyourmom I pretty much always double a muffin recipe. If I’m going to take the time to bake muffins, … Read More

A Veggie “Meal Prep” Plan: how to stock your kitchen to eat more veggies

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Recipes, SIde DishLeave a Comment

With this veggie meal prep plan you’ll have 5 different types of veggies in stock so that the easy choice is also the healthy choice! This post contains affiliate links. My foundational food recommendation across the board for anyone and everyone is to always include a fruit or a veggie at every meal or snack. Does that sound overwhelming to you? With a little bit of both planning and keeping your home stocked strategically, it can be very doable! (hint: you don’t HAVE to be eating fresh produce all the time!) A little planning, a little prepping can go a … Read More

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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Chicken fajitas with avocado sauce and cheddar cheese

Very little prep work & hands-on time go into making these easy sheet pan chicken fajitas! Includes instructions to use either fresh or frozen chicken breasts. Sheet pan dinners are such a brilliant, yet simple idea that it makes you scratch your head and go “why has no one thought to do this before?” They are so stinking easy and always turn out so well! A lot of dishes where you would have originally thought to cook in a frying pan such as fajitas, perogies, or even gnocchi, you can just throw on a sheet pan, toss in the oven, … Read More

Vegetable Smoothies: make ahead freezer packs!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes3 Comments

Make mornings easier & healthier with these grab ‘n blend vegetable smoothie packs in 4 delicious flavours: Chocolate Beet, Vanilla Green, PB Banana, and Blueberry! Just add your choice of milk! Mornings are hectic! People always tell me they want to eat healthier breakfasts, but don’t have the time to prep food in the morning. Breakfast ends up being a quick slice of toast before running out the door. This is a lost opportunity for fruits and veggies! Nearly 90% of Americans are NOT meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie intake!  What are vegetable smoothie freezer packs and how … Read More

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