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I prefer hot weather, so I'm always a bit sad when winter gets closer. I do, however, have one consolation prize: soup. It probably wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that soup is my favourite thing to eat. As a result, I've gotten pretty good at making it, and I can throw together a basic vegetable soup without much thought or trouble; so that's what we're doing this week!
Winter brings the holiday season and the desire to stay home and eat lovely, warm, comforting food. All that delicious food is often washed down with a glass of wine, or a mug of eggnog. When it comes...
With the holidays just around the corner, it can be easy to get off track in terms of healthy eating. So many parties, so many buffets, so many seasonal treats! Instead of accepting those extra calori...
Playing on the classic winter combination of beef and barley, I thought using low sodium beef broth would make a chewy and delicious pilaf dotted with a few sweet currants and the fennel for a subtle anise note.
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This week, I've decided to make dishes for an office holiday party or pot luck dinner that I think everyone will love without all the fried or heavy offerings. My inspiration for my first dish is the Greek holiday table which by definition has a ton of options.
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I'm pretty fortunate to have a broad list of contacts available to me, and among them is celebrity chef Christian Pritchard. When I was at a loss for how to pull off this challenge, I reached out to him and he quickly called me while he was in between shows at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Within only a few minutes we hammered out the framework for a dish, which I continued building out until I eventually came up with the following recipe. Enjoy!
From candy canes and gum drops to gingerbread cookies and shortbread, so much of the holiday season is synonymous with treats and goodies. With some resourcefulness, you can offer smart snacking for t...
For my third time around with Health Canada's Main Ingredients Challenge, it was the more "exotic" fruit section I familiarized myself with, as I headed off in search of a pomegranate to prepare an arugula, pear, goat cheese and pomegranate salad to serve with scrambled eggs on Saturday morning.
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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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As holiday season inches towards us on the calendar, you know what lies ahead: countless dinners, brunches, feasts, and family meals. So, over the next weeks, we will be showcasing the best healthy ho...
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For my first dish of the Holiday Edition of the Main Ingredients, I'm going with a crowd-pleasing egg dish that is nutritionally balanced but also looks very festive. For brunch, eggs are still king. They are so versatile and have few nutritional equivalents. But since vegetables are usually lacking in most brunch options, I'm adding some fresh cooked pieces of rapini right into the frittata.
Walking down the dairy aisle at a grocery store can be overwhelming, with yogurt available in what seems to be every flavour, package colour and size imaginable. This once simple calcium-rich milk pro...
You've probably started noticing that coconuts and coconut oil suddenly seem to be all over the grocery shelves, from big bottles of the solid oil to products like coconut yogurt and coconut-infused g...
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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.
This week's challenge is a way to celebrate this multicultural menu and use our twelve chosen ingredients in an ethnic way with a breakfast, lunch or dinner. I've chosen to make dinner and put my spin on some Italian specialties.
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Our mission: make a soup with a list of healthy ingredients and see if my picky eaters might prefer bok choy to their usual green vegetable of choice, -- which is broccoli -- on occasion. My plan was for a vegetable-broth-based turkey soup, also including lentils, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and squash with whole wheat pitas for dipping. What could possibly go wrong?
In my books, turkey makes the best stock for soup because it has so much flavour and body. Normally, I suggest making a proper, long, slow-cooked stock or using turkey bones left over from a roast turkey As a shortcut I'm making an express stock by simmering a turkey leg while prepping the rest of the ingredients.
The challenge presented to me was to come up with a lunch that was suitable for an entire family while using as many of a specific list of ingredients as possible. In this instance, my ingredient list was as follows: bok choy, apples, turkey, walnuts, lentils, whole wheat pita, edamame, squash, sweet potatoes, ricotta cheese, bananas and cauliflower.
For the kids, portability and nutrition are always key factors so I really think they will love this week's meal challenge, a quick little pita pocket lunch. I was able to sneak in some ricotta cheese, which is creamy and sweet but pretty neutral in flavour.
The after-school slump doesn’t need to be a free-for-all of sugary sweets. With a little bit of planning ahead, you can pre-empt the inevitable pantry raid with delicious, wholesome snacks that will k...
Once requiring a trek to the health food store to find, coconut water has now gone global, and you'll find it stocked on grocery store shelves, sold in gyms and yoga studios, passed along to runners d...
For breakfast, you may be perfectly satisfied with scarfing down a danish at the coffee shop, but you owe your kids a lot more in the way of nutrition. We have some great breakfast suggestions for you...
We all seem to be suffering from a chronic lack of time. There is never enough time to work out, relax or cook. This means we’re always pressed to find the fastest meal solution, eating out too much a...
My wife and our 18-month old Luke took on a Main Ingredients cooking challenge this summer and found it really fun and fulfilling, literally. So when our family was presented with this newest cook-off task, we were raring to go.
Our challenge this week is to make a quick breakfast before everyone rushes off to work or school, using as many of the ingredients from the list as possible.
It seems like conventional wisdom: Eating breakfast helps prevent weight gain because it reduces the need to snack later in the day. But a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutr...
For this busy back to school time of year, I have chosen these 12 ingredients from nature's Canadian fall bounty that I think will make great additions to your autumn table. As before, I will be introducing the challenges next week, but for now here's why I love them.
Over the next few weeks, we’re putting four parents to the test with a back-to-school mealtime challenge. These four parents will be up for judgment against celebrity chef, Christine Cushing, and her...
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.
Feeding yourself and your family is a balancing act -- how do you compromise between eating what you like and eating what's good for you? Luckily, you don't always have to choose; eating healthy doesn...