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Top 5 Reader Favourites of 2015

Sorry for the lame December guys. I know I promised delicious holiday recipes, but life got in the way as it tends to do. We got back from our cruise in mid-December and then – bam! – all of a sudden it was the holiday season and I so was not ready for it. I spent the next 1.5 weeks in a blur of shopping, baking, and catching up at work. Actually, the first thing I did after flying back was go to the mall to do my Christmas shopping… and let’s just say I was not prepared for facing all the rude drivers in the parking lot after spending the past week surrounded by drunk, happy cruisers.

But anyways, Christmas came and went – and it was a wonderful four days of family time, good food, and lots of lazing around. I’m looking forward to getting back to somewhat of a routine after this crazy month, which will hopefully mean a return to more regular blogging. But for now I’ll leave you with a glimpse back at my top 5 most popular recipes of this year:

5. Nut Free Banana Chocolate Chip Date Bars

These bars combine 3 of my favourites: bananas (in chip form!), chocolate, and dates. And you don’t have to bake them, which means you get to eat them faster. Win on all counts!

Banana chocolate chip date bars (nut free + vegan) via chelseashealthykitchen.com

4. Vegan Jamoca Almond Fudge Cookies

This recipe takes all the amazing components of this Baskin Robbins ice cream flavour and sticks them into a better-for-you cookie made with whole wheat flour and coconut oil.

Healthy mocha almond fudge cookies that are vegan and made with whole wheat flour!

3. My Favourite Everyday Banana Oatmeal

This super easy oatmeal is my breakfast of choice. I made this recipe all the time before I posted it last January – and I still make it several times per week! Banana with almond butter just never gets old, am I right?

Make breakfast easy with this 2 minute microwave banana oatmeal that's healthy and easily adapted to be dairy free, gluten free, and nut free!

2. Shallot and Gruyere Omelette

Seems like simple recipes really were a hit in 2015! This omelette is one of the easiest meals ever, but so delicious. Also it makes me feel like I’m a fancy French girl, even if I’m eating it in my PJs on the couch while marathoning The Mindy Project for 6 hours straight.

This shallot and gruyère omelette is a healthy vegetarian breakfast or brunch that's naturally gluten free!

1. Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet Hash

This has become a regular staple at our house since I posted this! It’s healthy, it’s cheap, it can be a fast dinner (when I pre-cook the sweet potatoes ahead of time), and John will eat it without complaining that I’m feeding him weird vegetarian food – ha!

This Mexican sweet potato skillet hash and fried egg topped with melted mozzarella cheese is a hearty vegetarian breakfast or brunch!

Have an awesome New Year’s Eve everyone! See you in 2016!

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Month In Review: May 2015

It’s the first of June which means the end of my birthday month… oh wait, just kidding, I’m celebrating again this weekend! But after that I swear I’m done with the festivities. Other than birthday celebrations though, here’s what went down this month:

Month In Review: May 2015

// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes

Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies: Made with oats, bananas, flax, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips, these wholesome cookies make a good healthy snack or breakfast!

Sunbutter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mediterranean Millet Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese: If you love the flavours of Greek cuisine, you’ll love this salad!

Mediterranean Millet Salad

// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Blog Posts

8 Ways to Teach Children About Food: Food education may not be mandatory in schools, but you can make it happen at home with these ideas!

Boyfriend Approved Vegetable Side Dishes: If JZ likes these dishes, your picky boyfriend will too. Trust me.

Healthy vegetable recipes that your boyfriend will actually like!

Birthday Week: Friends, family, and food – what more could a girl ask for?

// Off The Blog

The beginning of this month was stressful because I had to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam to get my permanent RD license. I still don’t know my results yet, so cross your fingers for me!

The rest of my month was smooth sailing. Mid May I attended a cooking class at Sobeys with fellow RD Andrea. It was taught by a local chef who was actually on an episode of Chopped! He made a fantastic Italian themed menu with grilled apricot and burrata salad, gnocchi and morels in cream sauce, lemon and parsley breaded pork loin, and mini ricotta cheesecakes with stawberry rhubarb compote. Pictures are up on my Instagram!

We also started hunting for a new place this month, which has been a headache to say the list. Why can’t we find an apartment with a renovated kitchen, air conditioning, parking for two cars, and no ugly flooring for a price that won’t empty our bank accounts? All I can say is that we’d better find somewhere in the next four weeks, or else we’re going to be taking up residence in a cardboard box in the park!

// Favourite Links

Our new favourite breakfast
The most delicious shrimp recipe
Loved these banana muffins
This strata was a big hit on Mother’s Day
Yes! Please tell me I’m not the only one who loved this movie
This post from fellow RD Helen West is a good laugh

What were the highlights of your month?

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Month In Review: April 2015

I know last month I said I was happy for March to be over, but I’m now happy for April to be over too. Especially considering it SNOWED just last week. Not impressed. But at least other than the weather the month was good!

I’ve been settling into the new place and enjoying my free time with JZ, so blogging got a bit pushed to the wayside this month and I started dwindling down to just one post per week. I think that will probably become the norm around here. I don’t have the time to post more frequently, so I’d rather stick with what is doable than stress myself out!

Anyway, here’s what went down on the blog this month:

Month In Review - April 2015

// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes

Kabocha Squash with Garlic Yogurt Sauce – I know it’s spring, not fall, but I just couldn’t hold myself back from making this recipe once the idea popped into my head. It may not be in season, but it’s delicious!

Squash with garlic yogurt sauce (vegetarian, gluten free, nut free)

Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad – starting a full time job has meant packing my lunch again. This makes a great one dish lunch that’s full of protein and fibre!

Black bean, mango, and quinoa salad

Mexican Skillet Sweet Potato Hash – one of the only ways I can get JZ to eat a vegetarian meal.

Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet Hash

Black Bean Rice Bowl with Garlic Yogurt Sauce – a copycat recipe from a café chain here in Ontario. The sauce is seriously addictive!

Black Bean Rice Bowl with Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)

// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Blog Posts

I’ve always liked to think of myself as a savvy shopper, but now that I’m a dietitian working at a grocery store, I’ve learned even more tricks to saving money on food, which I shared in this post.

It can sometimes be hard to find nut free snacks recipes online, but I rounded up 20 in this post: 20 healthy nut free snacks. Who needs peanut butter?!

// Off The Blog

Things at the new job are going well! Sometimes I’ll be in the store’s kitchen whipping up a batch of granola or flax muffins to sample along with my booth on whatever nutrition topic I’m promoting, and I’ll feel in total disbelief that this is my job that I get paid for! I also taught my first class this month I was only a little nervous going into it, but I felt so at ease once I was up in front of the class and got great feedback from the participants. I just feel so in my element!

Granola sample

I also had the chance to connect this month with local RD Andrea who writes a blog for her business, Dietetic Directions. We’ve been chatting over social media for months, so it was fun to finally meet in person. She made us reservations at Public Kitchen – a local small plates restaurant – and we had a fantastic meal. I wish I’d taken pictures, but you’ll just have to trust me when I say how good the eggplant crostini with whipped feta and crispy onions was.

// Favourite Links

This loaf
Can’t get enough of rhubarb lately
My new favourite veggie burger
Loved these pancakes

What were the highlights of your month?

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