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:

Minute Rice® Review and Giveway

Minute Rice® Review and Giveway

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a Minute Rice® event at George Brown College. The event was led by Chef John Higgens, Director of George Brown College Chef School and judge on Chopped Canada who provided a wealth of knowledge during the event and offered a number of tips when it comes(…)

Portion Perfection – A Weight Loss Program designed by a dietitian

Portion Perfection – A Weight Loss Program designed by a dietitian

As a dietitian, one of the most common things I hear from people is “ I want to lose weight but I don’t know how to eat healthy. Can you make me a meal plan?” *groan* Meals plans for weight loss It’s not that I don’t want to provide examples of healthy meals or tips(…)

How to cook asparagus

How to cook asparagus

Now that spring is finally here I am seeing tons of asparagus at the Farmers’ Markets. I was at St. Lawrence Market this weekend and saw tables of asparagus being sold for $1/bunch. It’s so great when asparagus is in season. When I first cooked asparagus I didn’t know that the bottom of the stalks are(…)

Omega Crunch flax seed giveaway

Omega Crunch flax seed giveaway

As a dietitian, when I hear the word flax I automatically think “omega-3s, omega-6s and a good source of fibre”. However, I rarely stop to think about what flax actually is. What is flax? Flax is a flowering blue plant that grows in the cooler prairie provinces of Canada. Flax seeds have gained a lot of(…)

New to gardening? FoodShare is now offering workshops

New to gardening? FoodShare is now offering workshops

Attention all gardeners (and wannabe gardeners): FoodShare is currently offering organic gardening workshops. Learn everything you need to know from planning out your garden, to sprouting seeds, transplanting, container gardening, composting and more. These workshops are great if you are new to gardening or want to learn more about how to take care of a garden(…)

T-Fal Actifry machine

T-Fal Actifry machine

I am so excited to be reviewing the T-Fal Actifry machine. I have been wanting to try this machine since it came out on the market a couple years ago. Claiming to be able to make healthy French fries using just one tablespoon of oil, it definitely got my attention. I don’t have a lot(…)

FoodShare Organic Gardening Workshops

FoodShare Organic Gardening Workshops

Gardening is something that doesn’t come naturally to me so it took me three attempts just to get a herb garden to survive on my patio. I plant a herb garden on my balcony every year and love going out and picking up fresh herbs when I’m preparing meals in my kitchen. It ends up being(…)

My day at Kensington Market – famous food bloggers, food tours and delicious food

My day at Kensington Market – famous food bloggers, food tours and delicious food

Today was the first sunny (and warm) weekend that Toronto has had all spring so I took the opportunity to visit one of my favourite neighbourhoods – Kensington Market. Little did I know that I would stumble upon a famous food blogger, a food tour in progress and have some of the most delicious fries(…)

Pork meatball recipe

Pork meatball recipe

This is the pork meatball recipe I used for an experiment that my friends and I did to see if the meat in Chinatown is safe to eat. (Note: The key is not to use too many ingredients so the flavour of the pork can really shine through) Pork meatballs (makes 24 mini meatballs) Ingredients:(…)

Is the meat in Chinatown safe to eat?

Is the meat in Chinatown safe to eat?

Chinatown is one of the cheapest places to buy groceries in Toronto so I often shop there for produce, frozen dumplings and Asian ingredients that are less common at supermarkets. But I never buy meat because the stores are generally less clean. One day, I had some friends over for dinner and they were talking(…)