About Lisa

Member since 10/27/2012
Occupation: Dietitian
City: Toronto, ON
Website: http://www.confessionsofadietitian.com
Twitter: @confessionsRD

I am a dietitian who loves food. I'm originally from Vancouver but now reside in Toronto. I started blogging as a way to document cooking experiments and for professional development. I write about various cooking experiments, the art of eating well and food adventures.

Favourite food: sushi
Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: immersion blender
Favourite cooking shortcut: batch cooking
Favourite meal(s) to prepare: anything that's quick and tastes good
Recipe that you have always wanted to make but have yet to attempt: baked Alaska

Comments by Lisa:

  • T-Fal Actifry machine
    Thanks Kiku. I'm glad that you found the information helpful. I would not recommend it for cooking tempura. The paddle would move it around too much and most of the coating would fall off and it would be a bit messy. However, with some models you can remove the paddle and just use it like a convection oven (but then it becomes the same as just baking things in a regular oven).
  • What is the FODMAP diet?
    Thanks Antonia! Glad you found it helpful.
  • My visit to a chocolate factory – ChocoSol Traders
    Glad to hear it. Yes, they offer tours on a regular basis. Be sure to check out their website for upcoming dates.
  • Panna cotta - full fat or skinny?
    Thanks Julie. I will have to try this!
  • Product review: International Delight Iced Coffee
    When I tried the International Delight Iced Coffee the first thing I thought was "This really doesn't taste like coffee. It isn't strong enough. It tastes more like a 'coffee flavoured' beverage." It also comes in a 1.89L carton which seems like a huge amount. For my caffeine fix, I brew my own coffee in the morning and in the summer, I have an iced coffee as an occasional afternoon treat. The vanilla flavour was my favourite out of the three. The mocha flavour had a bitter flavour associated with it and the caramel macchiato flavour had an overly sweet, artificial tasting butterscotch flavour. Needless to say, I would rather go out and buy a really good iced coffee from a coffee shop rather than settling for a weak 'iced coffee flavoured' beverage in my fridge. Sorry International Delight - I prefer my iced coffee to taste like coffee and am willing to pay more for the real thing.
  • Tiramisu taste off
    Both versions tasted great! But if I had to choose between one or the other I would still go with the original version. I just love the taste of the creamy mascarpone.
  • What is red palm oil?
    I used the red palm oil to make roasted potatoes and baked eggplant. I brushed the red palm oil on the sliced eggplant which left an orange hue on the eggplant and the roasted potatoes ended up with a yellow tinge. The red palm oil has a neutral taste (it doesn't taste like anything) but it's very orange. It looks kinda like chili oil or piri piri. It performed equally well compared to olive oil (which is the oil I usually use to prepare these dishes). However, the higher smoke point and carotenoids aren't enough to convince me to switch given the higher cost. My choices for fat are still butter and vegetable oil. I'll get my carotenoids from carrots and sweet potatoes which I'm okay with being bright orange.

Posts by Lisa:

Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton

As a dietitian, I feel that it is super important to be up-to-date on new products that come out in the market. It’s just a matter of time that clients will ask you about them and it’s always good to have an informed option. Some food products start out as natural health products before they(…)

OIKOS SuperGrains Yogurt Review

OIKOS SuperGrains Yogurt Review

I was so happy to receive complimentary samples of the new OIKOS SuperGrains Greek yogurt the other day! This product comes in four different flavours and has a combination of grains mixed into it. The flavours I tried were: Cranberry Orange with quinoa, flaxseed and buckwheat Mixed Berry with quinoa, chia seed and buckwheat Peach(…)

OIKOS SuperGrains Greek Yogurt

OIKOS SuperGrains Greek Yogurt

I have recently seeing more and more yogurts with seeds and fruit added to them. I usually try to make my own muesli but have to admit that there are some mornings where I’m just not organized enough or have enough time. I’m seeing more and more yogurts that have seeds and fruit mixed in(…)

What is vinegar?

What is vinegar?

The word vinegar comes form the French term “vin aigre” which means sour wine. It’s made by fermenting alcohol which can come from a variety of sources – rice (used to make rice wine), fruits such as apples (used to make apple cider) and grapes (used to make red wine, white wine and champagne) and(…)

Celebrating the 2016 International Year of Pulses – Cooking with lentils workshop

Today I had the great fortune to attend the Hands-On Cooking Workshop with Canadian Lentils. I have been going this dietitian invite-only event for the past two years and every year I learn something new. This year, Chef Christine Farkas, Manager, Food Product & Culinary Innovation from Pulse Canada and Gloria Tsang, Vancouver-based dietitian and(…)

An update from culinary school

An update from culinary school

It has been awhile since I’ve had a chance to write on my blog which I miss terribly. But since enrolling in culinary school, and working in the industry, it feels like I’m constantly putting out fires (literally) which leaves little time for the finer things in life – like writing about food. I’m sure(…)

Liberté Greek Seeds & Fruit Yogourt‏

Liberté Greek Seeds & Fruit Yogourt‏

I recently saw Liberté Greek Seeds & Fruit Yogourt in the grocery store and thought “What a great idea! I l love mixing seeds and fruit in my yogourt but don’t always have the time or the items on hand.” Liberté Greek Seeds & Fruit Yogourt comes in two flavours – Strawberry and Pineapple &(…)

Culinary school, here I come

Culinary school, here I come

I am going to culinary school! Yippee! This has been a l-o-n-g time coming. I actually wanted to go to culinary school after finishing my dietetics degree because food compliments nutrition so well. However, the timing wasn’t right (and I wasn’t ready). But this year I decided to finally take the plunge. One of the(…)

One day I will go strawberry picking

One day I will go strawberry picking

Earlier this month, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go strawberry picking up at Whittamore’s Farm. This is a popular place to pick strawberries since it’s just outside of Toronto. Of course I said yes! Growing up, my family had a strawberry patch in the garden. I was easily entertained as(…)

Master cheese class with Chef Christine Cushing

Master cheese class with Chef Christine Cushing

People often asked me how I came up with the idea to start a product review club. Well, I actually go the idea from a beauty and make-up review club that I am part of called ChickAdvisor. I’m still part of the ChickAdvisor community and was fortunate enough to attend their in-person master cheese class(…)