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:

Chocolate isn’t good for you after all

Chocolate isn’t good for you after all

As a dietitian I keep hearing this questions time and time again – is chocolate good for you? Some common responses: Yes! Because it contains anti-oxidants. (This is true) No. Because chocolate contains a lot of fat and sugar. (This is also true) *sigh* I always find headlines like this exhausting because truth be told,(…)

Fitness trackers – Fit Bit and Jawbone

Fitness trackers – Fit Bit and Jawbone

You may have seen these cool, hip rubber bracelets that people have been wearing to track their activity level. Good-bye pedometers – hello fitness trackers! Fitness trackers take the simple concept of being aware of your activity throughout the day and enhance it. A fitness tracker not only acts as a pedometer, but it can(…)

How to cook rice

How to cook rice

As a dietitian, I often get asked how to cook certain things. The other day, someone asked “How do you cook rice?” and “How much does one cup of rice yield once cooked?” Fortunately, I have a number of excellent resources (Joy of Cooking and On Food and Cooking are just a couple of books(…)

New Year’s resolution – Learn to run 10km

New Year’s resolution – Learn to run 10km

For me, the new year happens to coincide with the start of my run and triathlon training. Running and triathlon season starts in the spring and goes into the summer/early fall. That gives me three to four months to get ready provided I start training in January or February. (I only do 10km runs or sprint(…)

French Kids Eat Everything – including baked apples

French Kids Eat Everything – including baked apples

I found out about this popular French dessert while reading the book “French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can, Too) – by Karen Le Billon”.  It’s a true story about a Canadian mother who moves her young family from Vancouver to her husband’s hometown in northern France for a couple years. It’s an honest depiction of(…)

Truvia® calorie-free sweetener

Truvia® calorie-free sweetener

I am super excited to be offering up Truvia® – a calorie free sweetener to members of the product review club this month. Truvia® is one of the brand names of stevia that is currently on the market right now. Other brands include PureVia, Krisda and Sweet Leaf. Stevia comes from a stevia rebaudiana plant(…)

How to cut winter squash without hurting yourself

How to cut winter squash without hurting yourself

We are into October where the leaves are changing colour and Thanksgiving celebrations are all around. Which also means it’s winter squash season (e.g. pumpkin, butternut, buttercup, acorn, hubbard)! I have a love/hate relationship with winter squash in general. I love their bright colour, smooth texture and sweet taste but found them intimidating to cook(…)

Is it broccoli or is it cauliflower? Neither – it’s Romanesco

Is it broccoli or is it cauliflower? Neither – it’s Romanesco

The first time I saw Romanesco was at the Jean Talon market in Montreal last fall. I wasn’t sure what it was at first but I was intrigued by its pyramid like shape and geometry. It kind of looks like a science fiction version of broccoli that’s ligher in colour and angular in shape versus(…)

What kind of apples should you use to make apple pie?

What kind of apples should you use to make apple pie?

There are a couple of comforting things about fall to help ease the adjustment of shorter days and cooler temperatures. The fact that it’s a time for apple picking, corn field mazes and winter squash (pumpkin, butternut and acorn to name a few). One of my favourite things to make is apple pie. It’s one(…)

Butter versus margarine – which one is better?

Butter versus margarine – which one is better?

For as long as I’ve been a dietitian, this debate is still going on. There always seems to be a different spin each time. Butter is saturated but margarine isn’t. Butter is ‘natural’ but margarine is manufactured. And don’t get me started on the whole hydrogenated vs. non-hydrogenated issue. Serious bakers and chefs swear by(…)