Hooray for hummus

My colleagues always have hummus as part of an afternoon snack with cut up vegetables. Thinking that it was made primarily out of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), I figured it was mostly healthy but not so! It can be high in fat because it also contains tahini (sesame seed butter) and vegetable oil whichContinue reading “Hooray for hummus”

Black bean flour brownies

I was talking with some coworkers the other day and someone started talking about black bean flour and how it’s supposed to be a healthy gluten free alternative. She reads a number of food/nutrition blogs and it sounds like it’s becoming pretty popular so I figured it would be worth looking into. Black bean flourContinue reading “Black bean flour brownies”

Chocolate pudding – Is it worth making from scratch?

Chocolate pudding isn’t something that I grew up eating so I didn’t even know what it was made of. Basically it’s just cocoa, sugar and milk thickened up with cornstarch. Sounds simple enough. I don’t see it made from scratch that often but I do see it on grocery store shelves packaged in already portionedContinue reading “Chocolate pudding – Is it worth making from scratch?”

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

Last month, I decided to have a ‘poutine party’. Well, it was really an Oscar party where one of the items on the menu was poutine so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make poutine while watching the Oscars. I love having parties like this because I find that the environmentContinue reading “French fries: Deep fried vs. baked”

Salmon burgers – fresh vs. canned

I attended a cooking demo the other day where they were featuring a “kids in the kitchen” segment. One of the recipes they made was salmon burgers using fresh salmon. It was delicious! I really wanted to try making it but I felt bad taking a beautiful fillet of salmon and butchering it up toContinue reading “Salmon burgers – fresh vs. canned”

Buffalo vs cow’s milk taste taste

Every week or so, I set up a taste test with my fellow dietitians and foodies to learn something new about various foods/ingredients. This week’s topic was fresh mozzarella. In a previous blog post, I wrote about the different types of fresh mozzarella cheese that are available (mozzarella di bufala, fior di latte, bocconcini andContinue reading “Buffalo vs cow’s milk taste taste”

Pumpkin pie – from scratch or from a can

It’s pumpkin pie season! For those of you who love pumpkin pie and are wondering how to make it (should you make the crust from scratch? should you use pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree or should you just buy it already made?) I have a series of pumpkin pie taste tests that I’ve done.Continue reading “Pumpkin pie – from scratch or from a can”

Muffin recipe: Chia seeds as an egg substitute

To kick off the chia seed campaign that is currently going on I decided to use chia seeds as an egg replacement when baking muffins. I heard they can be used instead of eggs to act as a binder (to keep things from crumbling apart) but not as a leavener (they won’t make things rise)Continue reading “Muffin recipe: Chia seeds as an egg substitute”

Tiramisu taste off

I had some left over mascarpone cheese in my fridge from the clotted cream taste test that I did a couple weeks ago. There is no way that I am going to let a tub of mascarpone cheese go bad so I started to think of ways that I could use it up. The firstContinue reading “Tiramisu taste off”