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Pickled garden veggie dogs

Veggie dogs topped with spicy pickled vegetables, honey mustard and green onions | www.ricottaandradishes.com

In the final installment of my healthy vegetarian hot dog toppings series, I bring you these pickled garden veggie dogs.  Like the Greek dogs and spicy pineapple dogs posted last week, these puppies can be made with regular hot dogs or vegetarian hot dogs.  The choice is up to you of course, but just know that veggie dogs taste great and usually have a better nutritional profile than normal hot dogs.

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14 refreshing smoothies, chilled drinks & cocktails to keep you cool this summer | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Whether you’re spending the dog days of summer by the pool, at the cottage or in your own backyard, one thing that’s guaranteed to make the experience more enjoyable is a cold, thirst-quenching drink.  It doesn’t have to be boozy (though that’s good too!).  Fruit smoothies, naturally flavoured waters and chilled coffee and tea drinks are just as refreshing on a hot day as an icy cold beer.

I don’t get around to posting many drink recipes on this blog, but I know you guys love getting ideas!  So I’ve put together a roundup of delicious and refreshing smoothies, chilled drinks and cocktails from some of my fellow food bloggers to keep you cool this summer.  Scroll through the list, find one you like and then click through to get the recipe. [click to continue…]

Spicy pineapple veggie dogs

Spicy pineapple veggie dogs | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Next up on the healthier hot dog agenda: these ridiculously simple, so-basic-you-don’t-need-a-recipe spicy pineapple veggie dogs!  The only toppings are diced fresh pineapple, finely diced red onion and pickled jalapeño peppers.

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Greek veggie dogs

Greek-inspired veggie dogs topped with cucumber, tomato, red onion and Greek yogurt | www.ricottaandradishes.com

On Monday I brought you a list of healthy vegetarian hot dog toppings to pile on your next veggie dog (or regular hot dog, if you’re keeping things classic).  It’s the perfect cheat sheet if you’re already getting tired of the old ketchup, mustard and relish routine but want something a little healthier and less processed.  It’s all about fresh flavour here!

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Healthy vegetarian hot dog toppings

Healthy vegetarian hot dog toppings | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Hot dogs will probably never be health food.  I’m cool with that.  But that doesn’t change the fact that you and I will in all likelihood have a hot dog (or two, or twelve) at some point this summer.

There are a few things you can do to make your next hot dog experience a (slightly) healthier one.  First, if you have the option, swap out the wiener for a veggie dog.  You definitely don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan to have one!  Vegetarian hot dogs have pretty much the same taste and texture as meat-based hot dogs and boast fewer calories, fat and preservatives.  Just be sure to choose smaller ones and always read the nutrition information to be sure it’s actually a more nutritious option.

Healthy vegetarian hot dog toppings | www.ricottaandradishes.com

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Grilled peach, mozzarella and basil sandwich

Grilled peach, mozzarella and basil sandwiches {vegetarian} | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Today feels like a sandwich day.  You know, one of those regular old, run-of-the-mill days where anything fancier or more involved than a sandwich would feel out of place.

Sandwiches are easy and classic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring.  (And believe me, I know a little something about boring sandwiches.  White bread and Kraft Singles was my jam as a kid until I was, like, 14.  Former picky eater here, nice to meet you!)

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Grilled peach, corn & avocado chicken salad with healthy Greek yogurt lime dressing - nutritious, simple and perfect for summer! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Hey there, you!  I hope summer has been treating you well so far.  If you’ve had a chance to enjoy the outdoors, some good eats and fun times with friends and family, then you’re off to a great start.  The best part? There’s still several weeks left to go!  Ahh.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted something new.  This wasn’t planned…time just kind of passed by and things got ridiculously busy, especially at home as we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our house. (I’ve been saying this for months now, but it really is in the final stages at this point!) [click to continue…]

Greek yogurt lime dressing

Creamy, protein-rich Greek yogurt lime dressing - the perfect healthier alternative to cream-based dressings for any type of salad| www.ricottaandradishes.com

Well well, what do we have here…a delicious, creamy dressing made with nothing but Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro, lime juice, green onions and a little salt?  Just what your salad has been missing!

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34 Uniquely Canadian Foods (Other Than Poutine)

34 uniquely Canadian foods (other than poutine)

Tomorrow marks Canada’s 148th birthday. That’s pretty young as far as countries go, but it doesn’t mean the Great White North is short on food culture.

You’ve heard of poutine and maple syrup, but what about Nanaimo bars, ketchup chips or beaver tails? (Relax, it’s just a dessert!) There are tons of dishes, brands and products beyond the obvious that are just as—if not more so—quintessentially Canadian as those well known staples.

In honour of Canada Day, here is a list of 34 uniquely (for the most part) Canadian foods you should know. Sounds pretty delicious, eh?

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White bean, parsley and lemon salad

White bean, parsley and lemon salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Let’s hear it for beans! Ok, maybe that was a little overenthusiastic. But hear me out: beans are a nutritious and super versatile whole food just begging for a spot on your plate. The best thing about them (other than their stellar health profile) is that they can be incorporated into pretty much any type of dish – from soups, stews and chili to curries, tacos, stir-fries and more. You really can’t get bored when it comes to beans! [click to continue…]