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Top 21 Recipes of 2023
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What a fantastic year it’s been, exploring and savoring an array of healthful + soulful recipes! Below, we’ve compiled some of the most popular recipes of 2023 spanning lunch, dinner, breakfast, and dessert categories for you to enjoy. These recipes not only boast delicious flavors but are also healthy and easy to prepare. Simply click on the title or the image to check out the recipe details.

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TOP LUNCH AND DINNER RECIPES

Are you looking for a new way to serve fish? This recipe is packed with flavour and is a refreshing weeknight option. It may even entice those who are not huge fish fans! Fish packs a nutritional punch as a great source of protein and healthy fats. The dill sauce in this recipe can be used in many ways including as a salad dressing, sauce for fish or eggs, and as a vegetable dip!
Fish Tacos Topped with Zesty Dill Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for a delicious way to get some more veggies into your diet, you are going to love these shrimp salad rolls. We’ve designed this recipe to include a whole rainbow of tasty vegetables and fruits. You can enjoy this with or without the shrimp if you’d rather have a vegetarian salad roll. Don’t forget to try the tasty dipping sauce with these! 
Healthy shrimp salad rolls and the dipping sauce on a table
This delicious and affordable pasta sauce recipe is a simple way to add some excitement to your regular weeknight dinner routine! If you are looking to switch up your typical pasta sauce, this recipe is for you. Packed with extra protein and fiber, this lentil pasta sauce is a great way to make your meal more nutritious without sacrificing taste. Easy to make and perfect for the whole family, this sauce is a must-try for any pasta lover.  
Homemade lentil pasta sauce and spaghetti
Cool, crunchy, spice, and zesty – this Mexican rice salad has flavors and textures everyone enjoys. It will become your new favorite side dish to have on hand in the fridge for a quick lunch or to serve along with grilled meat or fish during the summer. It tastes so good you’ll forget that it’s also a great source of protein and fiber from beans and black rice.
Healthy Mexican Rice Salad Recipe with rice, beans, cilantro and more

As food prices continue to rise the humble baked potato is a nutrition-packed, budget-friendly option for family dinners.  Creating a healthy baked potato bar at home with fun toppings for your family to assemble is a great idea to accommodate a wide variety of food preferences and good nutrition. 

Loaded Baked Potato Bar Recipes
Take your salad game to the next level with this delicious barley, lentil, and kale salad, topped with apple, almonds, and feta cheese. Serve the homemade vinaigrette over top and toss it together for a healthy dinner or lunch everyone will love! It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and you can leave out the dressing and instead pack it in a small container if you prefer to take it for lunch the next day.
Barley, Lentil Salad with Kale, Apples, Almonds, and Feta
It’s the splash of lemon that really makes this recipe come together, don’t miss out on adding a fresh squeeze to this meal.
Sheet pan meal with lemon chicken, potatoes, and spinach

This broccoli bites recipe is delicious and a fan favourite for many family members… it’s even kid friendly! It’s a great veggie side that compliments many meals and can even be eaten as an appetizer or veggie packed snack. The warm gooey cheese on the inside pairs deliciously with the breaded crispy texture on the outside. Feel free to experiment with whatever different veggies or types of cheese you have on hand. Try swapping out the broccoli for cauliflower, zucchini or even carrots depending on what you have. Enjoy!

Broccoli Bites Recipe Image

TOP SNACK AND DESSERT RECIPES

Do you ever struggle with low energy during hikes? Or feel like you “hit a wall” halfway through? Or are you just curious if you’re eating the right things to fuel your outdoor adventures? Then this blog post is for you! Continue reading as we discuss what foods are best for hiking and explore some hiking snacks for energy
Best Energizing Hiking Snacks
As the Chocoholic Nutritionist naturally you can bet if I’m making a birthday cake for a family member, I’m going to make a chocolate cake.  Here is my go-to recipe for my favorite chocolate cake. I’d personally suggest the coconut pecan frosting as my number one choice, but this cake is also delicious with a traditional chocolate cream cheese icing too.  
Oatmeal Chocolate Cake Recipe with Coconut Pecan Frosting
These vegan cookies are packed with healthy fats and fibre which make them a satisfying snack and also a great option to bring on hikes or other outdoor activities. They are just the right level of sweetness and can be enjoyed by all ages. I like taking a few along with me on outdoor adventures to share with friends on ski days or summer hikes.
Healthy Vegan Cookies Recipe
These energy balls are a delicious snack that I often have on hand in my fridge or freezer. They are great as a snack when I get home from work or in the afternoon paired with some fruit to beat the afternoon slump. They are easy to whip together and I often like to double the recipe and store extra in my freezer. They contain fibre, protein, and chocolate for the flavour factor.  
Chocolate chip peanut butter energy ball recipe
This is a great recipe to make in the summer and fall when zucchini is abundant.This recipe freezes well and works great for school lunches as a nut-free recipe. You can also serve this for dessert with a glass of milk or a bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit. This recipe also multiples easily to make in bulk.
Chocolate zucchini bread recipe
Looking for a high calcium dessert? Homemade pudding is much healthier than store-bought packaged pudding. Try my Grandma Viola’s classic vanilla pudding. She would serve this with a raspberry fruit sauce or stewed rhubarb. You can also enjoy this plain, with fresh berries or top this with sliced banana and a spoon of shredded coconut. Enjoy this simple Registered Dietitian approved healthy dessert.
Vanilla pudding recipe with fresh berries
If you need a pick-me-up in the snack department, try these refreshing lemon poppy seed bites with almond and coconut. Insider tip: they are even better frozen!
Lemon poppy seed bites with coconut and almonds
Mid-afternoon is a fatiguing time of day for most people regardless if you are remote working and experiencing screen fatigue, in the office or on-the-go shuttling kids from school to activities.  You can keep yourself and your family fueled with quick, healthy energizing snack ideas everyone will like.
Healthy Energy-Boosting Snacks to Fuel Your Day
Calling all coconut lovers! This soulful food recipe for toasted coconut custard is for you! Enjoy this creamy dessert as is, or top with fresh fruit such as berries, banana slices or diced mango or pineapple slices.
Toasted Coconut Custard REcipe

TOP BREAKFAST RECIPES

New England johnnycakes are usually made with corn flour, but our version uses quinoa instead. The greatest compliment any chef can receive is when a guest says a dish is “the best thing I’ve ever eaten!” I’ve heard these very words many times from folks who have just polished off our Quinoa Johnnycakes. We serve them with blueberries in season and bananas the rest of the year!
Quinoa Johnnycakes
Looking to add more protein to your breakfast? Look no further with this delicious and protein-packed scrambled eggs recipe and cottage cheese! While scrambled eggs are a beloved classic, adding a half cup of creamy cottage cheese takes this dish to the next level, adding extra nutrients and flavour. Packed with protein, these scrambled eggs will keep you feeling satisfied all morning. Plus, with the option to customize your scrambled eggs with your favourite veggies like tomatoes or spinach, you can make this dish extra nutritious and delicious!
High protein scrambled eggs and cottage cheese recipe
This protein-packed granola recipe is so much tastier and more nutritious than purchasing commercial brands. Enjoy granola on top of yogurt with fruit or as a morning breakfast cereal with milk. My family is a huge fan of granola so this makes a big batch but you can of course make a half recipe if you want a smaller quantity or place it in the freezer (just don’t add the dried fruit until you are going to enjoy fresh).
Protein Packed Granola Recipe

Food connects us and brings us back to people and memories by preparing what loved ones once had baked. Our papa’s waffles do just that for us! I remember as a child, I would smell the aroma of waffles and bacon in the early morning before the rest of the family was up. They quickly became a staple in our own homes as we got older, and remind us of our special grandpa every time we make them. They have simple ingredients that you may already have on hand. Serve with cut-up fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup, and even some whipped cream if you are feeling fancy!

Papa's Waffles Recipe

Here they are! The our top Health Stand recipes throughout 2023. Share your favorites below and make sure to stay tuned for our recipe posts in 2024!

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