September 2015 Archive

Zesty Zucchini Turkey Burgers

These healthy zesty turkey burgers make a quick lunch or dinner, and are packed full of delicious flavour! Paleo and gluten-free!

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I’m pretty sure I haven’t revealed this fact about myself yet, but I LOVE burgers.

This probably surprises a lot of people because for some strange reason, the second people meet me, they think that I’m a vegetarian.

I have NO clue why.

Maybe they assume because we dietitians love our veggies, it automatically makes us vegetarians?!


Just to clear it up, I’m not a vegetarian.

And in my opinion, nothing beats a nice juicy burger.


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Similar to meatballs, I really enjoy experimenting with new burger flavours.

I’ll never forget the time when Matt brought me to a place called “The Works” when we first started dating. I was amazed at how many different burger flavours and combos existed!

It blew my mind.

You can basically choose the type of meat you want, whether you want it topped up or naked, and then there’s all of these awesome burgers with fun names to choose from!

Who knew there was so much you could do with a burger?!

Eat it with a bun.

Eat it naked.

Load it with veggies.

Slap on some cheese.

Put the cheese inside the patty.

Serve it with different sauces and spreads.

So yeah….burgers are pretty awesome.

While every once in a while, I enjoy a fully loaded go-big-or-go-home type of burger, for the most part, I try to keep it relatively lean and light since burgers tend to be a regular part of my diet. It just works better for my overall health and fitness goals.

That’s why I love this zesty zucchini turkey burger!

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It’s loaded with zucchini which packs it with moisture (and an extra serving of veggies!), and the lemon zest and garlic give it a great zesty flavour!

I highly recommend that you top it up with some tzatziki as well. It compliments the flavours really nicely.

I’ve served this burger naked and with a bun and I love it both ways!

Hope you enjoy this zesty burger!

Zesty Zucchini Turkey Burgers

Yield: Makes 4 burgers


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped finely
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt, or to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and form mixture into four evenly sized patties. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the patties on top of the parchment paper.
  3. Bake patties for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Top with tzatziki, and serve with or without a bun.

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 4 • Calories: 147 • Fat: 3 g • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g • Fibre: 1.3 g • Protein: 28 g • Sugar: 1 g • Sodium: 237 mg • Cholesterol: 101 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Peach & Almond Crumble

This peach and almond crumble makes a delicious dessert and is even healthy enough to serve for breakfast! A vegan option full of healthy fats and fibre, but low in sugar! 

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Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great long weekend!

I can’t believe how smokin’ HOT it was this weekend!

Like probably the hottest it’s been all summer.

As much as the temperatures are still screaming summer, in my mind, I know that fall is just around the corner.

At this time of year, I get this sudden urge to whip up recipes that bring out that warm and fuzzy feeling (even though I feel like dumping a bucket of ice over my head).

It’s just something about September.

Last week, we had a whole bunch of fresh and local peaches, and I was itching to make some peachy recipe.

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I started dreaming of autumn apple crisps and crunchy crumbled toppings, and decided, why not make a peach crumble?!


I made the recipe with the intention of creating a healthier dessert, but was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be healthy enough to eat for breakfast too!

Who doesn’t want to eat dessert for breakfast??

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Especially a dessert that packs fibre, heart healthy fats and a whole bunch of vitamin A and C!

That’s my kind of breakfast-dessert!

I loved how the flavour of the peaches sweetened up the crumble, to the point where hardly any added sugar was necessary.

Plus, the oat and almond crumbled topping gave it this amazing crunch almost like a granola!

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I think my parents liked it too because within a day, it was gone.

Technically, the recipe says that it makes 9 servings, which pretty much means that they each had 4.5 servings in one day.

Just saying.

I suggest pacing yourself a little bit more than they did.

Even if you’re scared of running out, it’s easy enough to make again and again.

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So please don’t freak out and feel the need to consume it all at once.

It’s really not necessary.

Peach & Almond Crumble

Yield: Makes 9 servings


  • 5-6 medium peaches, diced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • ¾ c old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • ¼ c oat flour*
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • * Oat flour can be store-bought or made by blending whole oats in a blender until a flour-like consistency is reached


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat an 8”square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the diced peaches, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, oat flour, pecans and remaining cinnamon. Add in the honey and coconut oil, mixing until completely incorporated.
  4. Spread the peach mixture into the prepared pan, and evenly sprinkle the oat mixture on top. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes, or until the peach juice is bubbling and the oat mixture turns crunchy. Cool completely to room temperature. For best results, let the crumble rest for 2 hours at room temperature before serving to allow juices to thicken.

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 9 • Calories: 134 • Fat: 5 g • Carbohydrates: 22 g • Fibre: 3 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 12 g • Sodium: 0 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Apple Nachos

These apple nachos make the perfect healthy treat, snack or appetizer! They’re an easily customizable gluten-free and vegetarian option! Who could resist a plate of apple nachos!?

I cannot believe that it’s already September.

Like seriously?!

Where the heck did the summer go?

As much as I love summer, there’s also something very comforting about fall.

I love the fall colours.

The smells.

And most of all, the flavours of fall cooking.

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I think it’s my favourite time of year to experiment with recipes.

Just think about all of those recipes that can be made with apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and squash.

Eeeek! I’m EXCITED!

So for today, I’ve got an awesome recipe for apple nachos that can be served as a snack, appetizer or even dessert!

In the many times that I’ve served or demonstrated this recipe, I’ve never once received a bad review.

It’s such a tasty option for kids and adults!

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I once did a class with a bunch of kids and provided them with a plate of apple slices.

I told them that we were going to be making apple nachos.

At first, they were all whining because naturally they wanted cookies, BUT I convinced them that these apple nachos were pretty awesome.

I gave them a bunch of different toppings to choose from, so that they could customize their nachos according to their likes and dislikes.

Then I let them go at it!

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And guess what?

They LOVED it!

By the end, they had completely forgotten about the cookies and some of them were even licking their plates.

It was pretty hilarious considering they weren’t even sure if they wanted to try this whole apple nacho thing at the beginning.

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s a super fun way to sneak in an extra serving of produce.

I mean, who can seriously turn down a plate of apple nachos with fun toppings like coconut, nuts and dark chocolate chips with a mock caramel drizzle?!

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I recommend making a large batch of the “caramel” drizzle to keep in a squeeze bottle in the fridge.

Whenever you’re feeling like a treat, just drizzle some on some apple slices and top it up!

Instant satisfaction.

Apple Nachos

Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 3 apples, sliced (try Gala or Courtland)
  • 3 tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional Toppings:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (or preferred nuts)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Slice up the apples thin enough so that it would be easy to eat the slice in one or two bites. Lightly spritz the apples with lemon juice to keep them from browning too fast. Evenly distribute the apple slices onto a large plate.
  2. In a small bowl, mix almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together until it reaches a smooth, caramel-like consistency. Using a spoon or squeeze bottle, drizzle the almond butter mixture onto the apples.
  3. Top with a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips (or any preferred toppings). Drizzle a a little more of the almond butter mixture onto the apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 6 • Calories: 200 • Fat: 12 g • Carbohydrates: 22 g • Fibre: 5 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 12 g • Sodium: 5 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Apple nachos Collage

Elysia, XOXO
Thick and Creamy Tzatziki

Rich and creamy tzatziki that’s high in flavour and nutrients, but low in calories. Use it as a healthy and high protein dip or spread!

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet, but I absolutely LOVE Greek food.

If I’m ever struggling to come up with a meal idea, usually I’ll do Greek.

There’s just something about those flavours….

Yumm…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it..

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Several weeks ago, Matt and I made a Greek-style meal with lemon and garlic marinated chicken, this heavenly Spiralized Cucumber Greek Salad, homemade baked pita chips and tzatziki.

It turned out so good! I will get around to posting all of the recipes eventually! Bear with me..

Now in my opinion, a meal is not a Greek meal without some tzatziki.

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I love tzatziki because it tastes rich and creamy, but it’s actually quite light when considering its overall caloric content. Plus it’s packed full of calcium and protein!

So basically, it’s the perfect dip or spread.

I love using it to dip veggies or pita chips in, or evening serving it alongside some chicken to jazz it up a bit.

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It also tastes amazing on burgers.

More to come on this in another post.

So yeah, tzatziki is where it’s at.

Thick & Creamy Tzatziki

Yield: Makes approximately 8 servings


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled (1 cup grated and drained)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped finely
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste


  1. Measure out the yogurt into a metal strainer or coffee filter in a medium bowl. Place in the refrigerator and allow liquid to strain from the yogurt for several hours. Set aside.
  2. Peel and grate the cucumber. Drain the liquid from the cucumber in a metal strainer. It may help to use the back of a spoon to help squeeze out any excess liquid.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine shredded cucumber, garlic, yogurt, salt, pepper, lemon juice, dill, chives and refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Adapted from Skinny Taste 

Nutrients per serving (per ¼ cup of tzatziki)

Servings: 8 • Calories: 19 • Fat: 0 g • Carbohydrates: 3 g • Fibre: 0 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 1 g • Sodium: 13 mg • Cholesterol: 1 mg

Elysia, XOXO