My Dream Restaurant Menu

In a perfect world my restaurnat menu would be short, easy to read and done by a chef not an advertising executive who used polling numbers to tell him what would sell.


Creamed Mushrooms and Onions on Crispy Bread Rounds

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with a dollop of Maple Cream

Figs, Avocado,Tomato Salad on a bed of Lettuce with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette


Pan Fried Halibut with a Mango-Tomato Chutney. Seasoned Rice

Spinach and Cheese Baked Ziti with home-made  Marinara Sauce. Grilled Vegetables

Oven-Roasted Chicken  with a Pesto Cream Sauce. Glazed Baby Carrots and Couscous with Chick Peas

New York Sirloin Steak, Brown Butter Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Parsnip/Sweet Potato Chips

Creamy Scallop and Shrimp in Puff Pastry. Steamed Seasonal Vegetables


Perfect Flan, see Featured Recipe section

Cream Puffs with fresh Caramel Sauce

Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream with a Dark Chocolate Square


A really big mug of steaming Coffee or Tea

Published by maisievanriel

Welcome to my website. My name is Maisie Vanriel and I am a Registered Dietitian. I am a graduate of The University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Science and a Diploma in Food Safety from the Guelph Food Technology Centre. I realized a few years ago that some of the best times I have had in my career as a Dietitian have been those times when I was writing. For many years I was part of the Editorial Advisory Board of Diabetes Dialogue Magazine (The Canadian Diabetes Association) which afforded me the opportunity to write articles and editorials on diabetes. I contributed to the first Ontario Healthy Eating Manual and recently reviewed the lesson plans in the updated version launched this March 2012. In May of 2011, I won the Toronto Star’s MoneyVille section Next Blogger’s contest beating out 265 other contestants for the chance to write on nutrition and sensible shopping. My winning Blog was entitled: 5 things your grocery store won’t tell you. Writing is one of my favourite ways of communicating and like cooking it relaxes me; so in some ways your allowing me to communicate with you will contribute to my health and I hope in return I can contribute to your health and wellbeing. The inspiration for this website is my grandmother who lived 97 years and enjoyed excellent health for almost all of those 97 years. She believed in healing power of herbs, a plant-based diet and in paying attention to the type of fuel (food) that she put in her body. So my postings will be less about the constant stream of research and studies around what and how to eat and more about reminding us that we have always known how to eat. We just need to get back in tune with our bodies and focus on providing it with the best possible fuel, quality foods.

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