Any meats you use in a slow cooker allow the meat to become tender and softer allowing it to be more easily digested. Along with that, one of the key ingredients in slow cooking tends to be broth or stock.
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I have had to become resourceful and over time I have learned how to manage the restrictions in such a way that my kids can always find something to eat. If I can offer up advice or ideas that other moms or dads who are doing all of the preparation can find helpful I'm totally into that.
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The holidays have always been special for me and I have to admit I have gone to great lengths to create that Christmas spirit. My selection of ingredients for this wintery time of year is still very colourful and nutritious and I'm excited to see what we're all going to build using them.
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It's always interesting to see what others will do when given the exact same ingredients. From a small pool of options comes dozens (hundreds?) of possible recipe ideas, and I was lucky enough to encounter four such recipes during this round of The Main Ingredients.
We all like Indian food, my son included, and I liked the idea of making something that could be cooked in one pot because it meant fewer dishes. Also, with both red lentils and chickpeas, this dish is a great vegetarian source of protein, fibre, zinc, and iron.
Any Canadian living in the 21st century has heard of Alberta beef, but how many people's dinner plates have benefited from the country's recent bison renaissance?
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It was both very entertaining and insightful to see how families across the country dealt with the Main Ingredients Challenge. It's one thing to read a recipe and say "Oh, I think this might be a good recipe for dinner one night," but it's something totally different to try use a set of pre-determined ingredients and follow a plan knowing that your family may completely refuse your offerings.
For my challenge meal, the main event would be a big salad. What else are you going to do with uncooked foods in the summer? I can't stand raw beets or broccoli, so I decided on carpaccio: paper-thin slices of (vegetable) flesh marinated and tenderized in olive oil and lemon juice, served on a bed of arugula, with anything else that would add vitamins and fibre, without clashing, flavour-wise.
With summer in full swing, it's the perfect opportunity for us all to make some small lifestyle changes that will help us eat a more balanced and nutritious diet. So, over the next four weeks we'll be rolling out what we call " The Main Ingredients Challenge". Essentially, I'll select 12 ingredients and have to cook with them according to that week's theme. A "real mom or dad" tester will do the same, and we'll swap results each week!
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We have a new favourite vegetable side dish over here: cheesy cauliflower cakes. They are delicious, nutritious, and come with a bit of heat. Try them. I think you'll like them.
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All too often, when I review my clients' food journals, I see these "food-like" items on their have-eaten list. They admit to indulging in them after having a bad day -- they wanted something quick an...