Smoothies for Summer

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes, SnackLeave a Comment

Four glass of four different types of summer smoothies. Photography by Gabrielle Touchette

Perfect for your summer refreshment repertoire; 4 easy, delicious and cool summer smoothie recipes! This post contains paid and/or affiliate links. Read full disclosure here. Get out your blender because it’s going to get a good workout this summer! A local magazine, Sequoia, that explores “life, faith, and beauty in the everyday” asked me to create smoothie recipes for their summer edition and I had the privilege of spending a fun afternoon making all four of them with the team, including the talented photographer, Gabrielle Touchette, who took all the photos in this post. My aim was to use both … Read More

Brownie Batter Hummus

Jessica Penner, RDDessert, Dip & Spread, Recipes, SnackLeave a Comment

brownie batter hummus in a bowl with pretzel crackers and strawberries

This is a feel good recipe. But actually… I aim for all my recipes to make you feel good. This decadent chocolate pavlova with mascarpone cream and berries? It makes your tastebuds dance with delight. That feels pretty darn good. This sheetpan pesto gnocchi? It only takes 5 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to bake, and tastes like a gourmet Italian dinner. That feels pretty darn good. You see, there are different ways to feel good about your eating. Choosing nourishing foods and fueling your body Enjoying treats without guilt And they can co-exist happily… even in the same recipe! … Read More

Aussie Bites Recipe [+ VIDEO]

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Dessert, Recipes, Snack4 Comments

A plate of stacked homemade Aussie Bites with a glass of milk and two apples

Save money by making this Aussie Bites recipe at home! They’re quick, easy, and a near perfect replica! One batch makes 48 bites! Do you ever walk past the Aussie Bites at Costco, start to put them in your cart, then look at the price again and think… “I could probably make these at home for a fraction of the cost!” Well, if you just googled “Aussie Bites Recipe” and landed on this page, you probably did just that! And I have good news for you, my friend. It most certainly IS possible to make Aussie Bites at home and … Read More

Pesto Gnocchi [Sheet Pan Recipe]

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Dinner, Meatless, Recipes2 Comments

Overview of pesto gnocchi on a sheetpan and served on a plate with a glass of wine and parmesan cheese

 This pesto gnocchi gives you gourmet taste without the work! Dinner in 30 minutes with only 5 minutes of prep!  Sheet pan dinners continue to amaze me with how both simple and delicious they are and I think…. this pesto gnocchi just might be my favourite sheet pan dinner to date! I keep catching myself reminiscing about how tasty it was and planning on when I’m going to make it again….. Let’s review why sheet pan dinners are so awesome: They’re ridiculously easy. The pan and the oven do all the work for you! Compared with sauteeing, there’s no need to … Read More

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (no fancy equipment needed)

Jessica Penner, RDDrink, Recipes9 Comments

A mug of homemade pumpkin spice latte with a spoonful of spices and a bowl of pumpkin puree.

Enjoy this easy Pumpkin Spice Latte all year long. It’s much cheaper than Starbucks! No fancy equipment needed. Vegan version listed too. When does pumpkin spice latte season start? Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte usually makes its first appearance the last week of August or the first week of September. In my opinion, that’s much too early! At that time I’m still desperately holding on to the last shreds of summer I can. Remember, I live in glorious Winnipeg, Canada where we only get a solid two months of hot summer weather! But maybe you’re the opposite and are already itching … 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

How to Roast Nearly Any Vegetable [+video]

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Roasted Broccoli

An easy tutorial for learning how to roast vegetables in the oven using my show stopping all-purpose seasoning! (This post contains affiliate links) If you read nearly any food blog post it inevitable starts with a lot of gushing about how the recipe is now this person’s new all-time favourite food ever! And then you see the next post and it says the exact same thing. The cynic in you is probably doubting how every single recipe surpasses the one before. Now that I’m a food blogger, I totally get it. When you create and test a recipe, it’s hard … Read More