I have been loving Salad in a Jars for lunch lately - not only are they healthy, they are also budget friendly! This recipe has been inspired by Jamal Campbell, who is the Offensive Lineman for the Toronto Argos. He loves to have Vietnamese food before his games, which include broccoli, vermicelli, and chicken.
I met Jamal Campbell at the Purolator Tackle Hunger event at the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Since its inception in 2003, Purolator Tackle Hunger (PTH) has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 12 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada. According to Food Banks Canada's 2016 HungerCount report, more than 850,000 Canadians, one third of whom are children, rely on food banks each month.
The Purolator Tackle Hunger Campaign is now in its 17th season, which is a partnership between the Canadian Football League and all 9 of its teams.
Last week the Toronto Argos and Purolator collected...
Recently I wrote an article for SELF Magazine featuring a variety of ethnic veggies that go beyond your mainstream kale. I took it a step further and actually bought most of the veggies shared by other Dietitians to try myself.
Chayote is one of the veggies I picked up. I've seen it at the supermarket before but was never adventurous enough to try it until now. It looks like a green pear with a fist at the bottom.
In terms of nutrition, it is a source of:
- vitamin C
Chayotes can be eaten cooked or raw. When I took a bite of it, it was crunchy and had a flavour profile similar to cucumber and a bit of celery.
I put together this pickled chayote salad while I was putting together a turkey dinner. It was quick, easy, and made with simple ingredients found in my kitchen.
This post is sponsored by Bothwell Cheese. As always, all opinions are my own.
I always prided myself in my spice tolerance. I mean, I used to eat a whole green chili with my food sometimes! When I got pregnant with my 2nd daughter earlier last year, I was unable to handle the heat anymore. Even a little cayenne would make my throat burn. Fortunately, I'm 9 months postpartum and have been able to enjoy spice again since then. Spice brings a whole different flavor profile to food and it's what makes South Asian food so delicious!
A lot of my recipes are inspired by my South Asian taste buds so when I tried Bothwell's Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper Monterey, I was pleasantly surprised by the spice level. The spice profile got me excited and thinking up of ways I can use the cheese in my recipes (while trying not to finish the cheese on its own - it was THAT good). It's no surprise that Bothwell's won Silver Medal for their Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper at the bi-annual World Cham...
How many of you have tried Brussels sprouts? It was definitely not a food I grew up eating and the first time I tried them was when I was an adult. The first time I tried them, they were..well, just-meh. Nothing special, but I wasn't going to give up on Brussels sprouts so quickly. After all, what kind of dietitian would I be if didn't at least try them again. While I was brainstorming ways I could prepare Brussels sprouts in a way that would satisfy my taste buds, I turned back to my Desi roots and decided to season them with garam masala! Oh boy! This was a game changer! Paring the somewhat new food (ie the Brussels sprouts) with flavours that my family and me are familiar with turned us into Brussels sprout fans! These Brussels sprouts are spicy, crispy, and filled with flavour.
Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous family. Other members of this family include kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, collard greens, mustard greens..and the list goes on). They are als...
The reason I love meal prepping so much is because it allows me to make healthier choices when I'm short on time or not in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen- essentially it lets the healthy choice be the easy choice for me and my family. One of my go-to recipes during Ramadan was my Spicy Salmon Burger that I shared for www.self.com. The great thing about these burgers is that they freeze extremely well! This means you can make a big batch and keep them in the freezer-perfect for grilling season or quick weeknight meals.
I took your regular ol' burrito and not only converted it into a bowl of goodness, but turned the tortilla into crispy tortilla strips. The trick to getting them into thin strips quickly and easily is to use scissors to cut them! Since they are so thin, you don't need to pull out your deep fryer and instead it can be pan-fried in a little bit of olive oil.
The bean mixture and the guacamole mixture are the two other parts of this bowl you will have to make. The bean mixture is a lighter alternative to refried beans and is packed with lots of flavour from the spices.
California Prunes are not only a portable nutritious snack but also a great addition to a variety of sweet and savoury recipes. If you’ve had Middle Eastern style rice before, you may want to try this Fruity Rice Pilaf with California Prunes. Prunes are so versatile and should be a part of your pantry so that you can incorporate them into a variety of your recipes.
There is nothing worst than a "healthy" dessert that doesn't taste good. Trust me, I have a husband and toddler that will tell me right to my face. I know a recipe isn't blog worthy when my husband says it "tastes healthy" and my toddler won't taste seconds. So, when I develop a recipe that my family is grabbing seconds and thirds of, I know it's a winner. These two bite brownies are a definite winner.
This post is sponsored by Tea India. As always, all opinions are my own.
I love helping people start living healthier and showing them that it doesn't mean you have to be on a restrictive diet. The number one question most of my South Asian clients ask me is if they can still have their tea now that they're eating healthier.
At first, I used to say "yes of course" because I know how essential a cup of chai is to every Desi woman's day. But then, I realized that a cup of chai usually means a sweet treat on the side. Whether it is biscuits or rusk. That's where I would try and find healthier options to have with that cup of chai.
I'm so excited to share this recipe for Chocolate Almond Biscotti that is low carb and naturally sweetened! For all you true blue Desis, you can call this rusk as well.
I don't know about you, but snacks are an important part of my day; even more so after becoming a mother of two! I am pretty particular about my snacks and won't just grab anything. The dietitian in me requires them to be nutritious and wholesome, while the foodie in me whats them to taste amazing!
One of my all-time favourite things to meal prep are energy bites or energy balls. They come together very quickly and usually require a handful of ingredients that most people already have in their kitchens. Another great thing about energy balls are that they are great to give your children as snacks as well. If you want to learn more about why snacks are important for kids check out this post.
These energy balls feature an all-time classic flavour combination- peanut butter and chocolate! One thing I do want to mention is to read the ingredients when purchasing any type of nut butter as they can often be a loaded with sugar (find out more here).