Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving


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Cooking in the time of COVID19

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Image from Cook Smarts

Since you’re all (hopefully) joining me in social-isolation (I’ve been practicing for a while being on mat leave) I thought I’d compile some useful websites for pantry recipes and meal planning.

Also, while it’s good to have enough food at home to see you through two weeks, please be considerate when you’re shopping and don’t buy more than you need. There are many people who can’t afford to stock-up and/or don’t have facilities to store piles of food.

With that out of the way, I’m a big fan of Budget Bytes and she’s compiled a list of 15 pantry recipes. She has lots of other recipes on her website too that are affordable and require very few perishable ingredients. And for more affordable recipes you might want to check out Jack Monroe’s (aka The Bootstrap Cook) website. Smitten Kitchen’s blog and cookbooks are a couple of my favourite recipe resources. She’s also got a section for pantry recipes on her website. Another great source of simple, affordable recipes is Leanne Brown’s free pdf cookbook: Good & Cheap.

Why not take advantage of being home to try a new baking recipe? Personally, I’m planning on tackling croissants. Sally’s Baking Addiction has compiled a list of 36+ fun home baking projects for everyone who’s holed up at home.

If you’re new to meal planning, UnlockFood.ca has a list of 7 steps for quick and easy meal planning and if you scroll down to the bottom there are a bunch of additional meal planning tools.

This is just a short list I threw together off the top of my head to get you started. If you know of additional websites please share in the comments. Also, if you decide to undertake a baking project send me a pic!


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Why I won’t tell you what to eat

When people learn that I’m a dietitian they often ask me to tell them what to eat. While I could hand over a menu plan for a week this isn’t really what we do. My goal is to help people figure out how to make healthier decisions on their own.

It’s quite possible that I would tell you to eat foods that you dislike (I’m a huge fan of things like tofu, beans, and plain yoghurt). Even if I were to give you a menu plan consisting of foods that you enjoy, what would you do when it ended? Would you just start again? Could you stand to eat such a limited variety of food for the rest of your life? Bearing in mind that variety is important in a healthy diet.

Wouldn’t you rather be given the tools you need to make healthy choices on your own? Sure, it’s more work to decide what to make for supper or what to pack for lunch but if it’s the difference between enjoying your food and following a prescribed diet it seems like a no brainer to me.