I appeared on Global Toronto with Jennifer Valentyne today, talking Healthy Camping & Picnic Swaps! Below are the featured recipes:

Chickpea Veggie Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A fresh, light, Italian-inspired pasta recipe perfect for a summer dinner.


  • 2 cup dry macaroni pasta
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • Italian dressing
  • whole almonds for topping


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta.
  2. Mix together the veggies, chickpeas and cooked pasta.
  3. Top with Italian dressing before serving.

Build-Your Own Burrito Bowl

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A great family meal, perfect for customizing!


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups of black beans
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 head of lettuce, chopped


  1. Combine any combination of the above. Top with guacamole and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Watermelon Pizzas

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A delicious and light dessert, perfect for a Build-Your-Own dessert


  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 watermelon, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla together until combined.
  2. Mix together sliced almonds, oats and cinnamon.
  3. Spread cheese mixture onto slice of watermelon. Top with oat mixture. Top with other toppings, if desired.

Written by Nicole Osinga, RD, MAN, BASc

I'm a Registered Dietitian who works with clients in the Durham Region! I use evidence-based recommendations to help you achieve your nutrition goals. I have many hearty and delicious recipes to share! My office is in Courtice, ON. I regularly work with clients from Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Newcastle, Bowmanville and Courtice.

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