Delighted (as always) to to take over Vita Fitness’s FB page and cook up a good-for-you storm (and dessert of course!)!! Bonus: as of Tuesday, Feb 16th, 2021 – we can head back to the gym and work off all the chocolate = my kinda ‘balance’!!

From my kitchen to yours: Happy Valentine’s & Family Day weekend!!

Almond Crusted Salmon With Herb Yogurt Dip ~ click here for the recipe

Roasted Carrot & Parsnip ‘Fries’

A simple and nutritious side dish.  

1 lbs. (500 g) carrots, well washed *skin left on

1 lbs. (500 g) parsnips, well washed *skin left on 

1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

2 tsp (10 mL) melted butter or quality olive oil

1 tsp (5 mL) liquid honey

½ tsp (2 mL) each: minced garlic and minced fresh ginger

1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Cut carrots and parsnips in ‘French fry’ thick sticks. Toss with oil, salt and pepper. Place on a large baking sheet (or two small baking sheets) lined with parchment paper. Bake in center of oven for about 40 minutes, tossing once or twice during cooking.

Remove from oven. Cool for a few minutes. Stir together: butter, honey, garlic, ginger and parsley. Toss with carrots & parsnips. Serves 6 (as a side dish). 

Char’s Chocolate Mousse ~ click here for the recipe

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers IN StudioRogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning Live and Breakfast Television sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

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