IN THE KITCHEN WITH JACKIE

NAME: Jackie Silver

PROFESSION:  Registered Dietitian

WHO ARE YOU QUARANTINED WITH DURING THIS TIME? My parents and my sister.

1-2 SENTENCES TO SUM UP YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW: I recently finished the MHSc Nutrition Communications program at Ryerson University and so I am new to the field of dietetics. I’m taking a mindful eating training course online and another course on starting your own online business – basically I’m taking this time to focus on professional development.

WHAT IS ONE FOOD YOU’VE BEEN LOVING LATELY? Lentil curry!

WHAT ARE 3 NON-NEGOTIABLE GROCERY ITEMS RIGHT NOW?

  1. Tofu
  2. Dried lentils
  3. Greek yogurt

HOW AND WHERE ARE YOU FINDING INSPIRATION TO COOK?
Lately I’ve been making (and modifying) a lot of recipes from Minimalist Baker. Or if there is something I’m in the mood to make, I’ll do a google search and pick a recipe.  Other blogs that I love are FitFoodieFinds, Half Baked Harvest, Pinch of Yum, and Ambitious Kitchen.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DISH THAT YOU’VE MADE DURING QUARANTINE?

This Chickpea Tomato Peanut Stew recipe from Minimalist Baker

This Healthified Funfetti Granola, which can be found on my Instagram

WHAT IS ONE COOKING TIPE THAT YOU’VE LEARNED RECENTLY?

That if you use a hand mixer to mix instant coffee, hot water, and sugar then it turns into this magical whipped coffee!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT FOR TAKE-OUT, IF YOU’VE BEEN ORDERING?

Slice n’ Bites for pizza but I’ve barely been ordering for take-out.

ANY NEW HOBBIES/FAVOURITE BOOKS/FAVOURITE PODCASTS? I recently started making my own stretch cord bracelets which is a fun outlet for me to be creative with colours and designs. Other self-care activities that have been keeping me sane during quarantine include: cooking, baking, 10 minutes of daily meditation, a gratitude journal, and exercise (been loving the Peloton app lately). I recently read the book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini which I loved. A podcast that I’ve been listening to regularly is the “Skimm This” podcast by The Skimm. Each episode is just 10 minutes and they break down the latest news in plain language; it helps me stay on top of what’s going on in the world.

CAN YOU OFFER ONE TIP OR ACTIVITY THAT IS KEEPING YOU GROUNDED AND SANE DURING THIS TIME? Daily meditation – I’ve been making this a priority and it really helps ground me in the moment and sets me up for the day. I’ve also found it helpful to remind myself that this is temporary and to just take things one day at a time.

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