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Spiced Pear Oatmeal

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

As a dietitian, people often assume that I eat the “perfect” diet, whatever that is.

And then I laugh at them.

“Ugh I ate so much crap this weekend. But you can’t relate to that, can you?” “Well last night I had – cover your ears, Chelsea – takeout pizza for dinner.” “It must be easy for you, but I find it hard to eat enough vegetables.”

These are all things I’ve heard from patients, friends, and family members… and I can totally relate to all of them! I don’t always eat enough vegetables. I eat out at restaurants frequently and don’t always order the healthier options. I sometimes cook with too much butter. I overeat in social situations. I love dessert.

In the grand scheme of things, I aim for balance, but my diet definitely ebbs and flows with the seasons. This season is currently a little off balance with Thanksgiving, birthday parties, dinners out, and a Toronto trip with my sister taking up my weekends. And hey, that’s life!

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

That being said, it always feels SO good to return to nutritious meals and a regular meal pattern after weekends like that – especially breakfast time. I know the latest research doesn’t necessarily support the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I still live by that motto. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than starting off the day with a healthy breakfast!

Those of you who have been reading me for a while know I’m oatmeal obsessed. I could eat oatmeal for breakfast every day, always switching up the mix ins and toppings to keep it interesting. My latest favourite is this spiced pear oatmeal that I’ve been loving with local Ontario Bartlett pears. With the warm flavours of cinnamon and allspice, it’s the perfect fall breakfast to warm you up on chilly mornings. I make it with cow’s milk to make it high in protein, and add chia seeds and hemp hearts for a boost in healthy fats, leaving me with a hearty stick-to-your ribs bowl of oatmeal!

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

Spiced Pear Oatmeal
 
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This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!
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Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup milk*
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats**
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ½ pear, diced
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • Sliced pear, granola, hemp hearts, nut butter, etc for topping
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, heat up the milk and add the oats, chia seeds, chopped pear, cinnamon, allspice, and raisins. Add maple syrup if you'd prefer.
  2. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Top your bowl with the other half of the pear, hemp hearts, granola or any other toppings you'd like.
Notes
* Sub almond, soy, rice, or hemp milk to make it dairy free/vegan
** Use gluten free oats if necessary

This spiced pear oatmeal is the perfect healthy fall breakfast bursting with fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

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Small Batch Stovetop Baked Beans

Small batch stovetop baked beans that take just 10 minutes to make! High in fibre and protein, this is a healthy and easy dinner for two.

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I’m starting to get that itch to buy a house. Figures I would want to buy a house now, when the housing market is absolutely redonkulous. Seriously, I was on a bike ride in my hometown Burlington (we want to move back there eventually), and an average-looking bungalow was going for a million dollars. A freaking million! We’re doomed.

Luckily we’re not planning on moving back to Burlington quite yet, so buying a house is on hold for now. But man, could we ever use the extra space. And by “we” I mostly mean “me”. My side of the closet? Stuffed full. My cookbook shelf? Overflowing. Our freezer? Jam packed.

Small batch stovetop baked beans that take just 10 minutes to make! High in fibre and protein, this is a healthy and easy dinner for two.

So when I was craving baked beans last month (whoops, it’s taken me a while to get around to posting this), I didn’t want to make my standard recipe because the leftovers wouldn’t even fit in our freezer right now. But I also didn’t want to turn on the oven for 3 hours to just make a small batch. Enter my idea to make small batch stovetop baked beans that is the perfect size to serve just two people. And better yet, you can make it in just 10 minutes!

So until we get a house with room for a deep freezer (and a Wolf gas range, two ovens, and while we’re at it, a walk-in closet too), I’ll be enjoying these easy small batch stovetop baked beans without having to worry about storing leftovers.

Small batch stovetop baked beans that take just 10 minutes to make! High in fibre and protein, this is a healthy and easy dinner for two.

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Small batch stovetop baked beans that take just 10 minutes to make! Serve on their own with a salad and crusty roll, or stuff into a sweet potato for an easy meal.
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Yield: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce*
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • 15 oz can navy beans (no salt added), drained and rinsed
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In a small pot combine the tomato sauce, molasses, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and maple syrup.
  2. When the mixture starts bubbling, add the drained beans and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring often for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and add more to taste.
Notes
*Use vegan and/or gluten free Worcestershire sauce if needed

What are your favourite small batch recipes? What’s on your dream house wishlist? 

Small batch stovetop baked beans that take just 10 minutes to make! High in fibre and protein, this is a healthy and easy dinner for two.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Tofu Pudding

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

Have I talked about how much I hate throwing out food? Because I really do.

I talk a lot about reducing food waste in my classes I teach because I think it’s such an easy way to save money! The average family throws out about $30 of food per week, which over the year adds up to over $1500. That’s like a Balenciaga purse! Or two Vitamixes! Or a week at an all-inclusive resort!!!

But as much as I hate wasting food, I’m not perfect either. This past week I discovered 3 mystery flours in my pantry and could not for the life of me figure out what they were! But I knew they’d been there for at least 3 years and probably weren’t the best quality anymore. So I threw them out. Note to self: start labelling your flours from now on.

During my pantry clean out I also discovered a package of silken tofu… that expired in January. Oops. But I gave it the ol’ sniff test and it smelled fine to me! So I decided to put it to use in a quick chocolate pudding (I have a thing for pudding lately, apparently). Have you guys ever tried tofu pudding before? It’s one of those recipes that mimics the real thing so closely you wouldn’t even know it has a sneaky ingredient in it – I even managed to fool John with it!

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

I find that using the right tofu is key though. First of all, you want to make sure you’re using a soft silken tofu, which has a higher water content to give it a more jello-like consistency (this is a great article to learn about the different types of tofu). Second, you want to try out some different brands to find one with the mildest flavour so that it’s more easily disguised in sweet recipes. I’ve only tried a few, but my favourite so far is Mori Nu, which is also shelf stable for easy storage.

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding is easy to whip up with just a few additional ingredients – cocoa powder, banana to cut down on the added sugar, honey for sweetness (sub agave if vegan), almond butter to mellow out the tofu flavour, and just a bit of vanilla. Enjoy on its own or if you’re a toppings freak like me, dress it up with extra almond butter, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs!

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

Dairy Free Chocolate Tofu Pudding
 
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This chocolate pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious dairy free treat!
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 oz soft silken tofu, well drained
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter
  • 4 tsp honey (or agave for vegan option)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
Notes
For best results, make it advance and let sit in an air tight container in the fridge for 24 hours before serving.

Have you ever used tofu in dessert before? 

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