The Main Ingredients


The Main Ingredients Challenge #4: Smorgasbord Meal

As we head into the last of our challenges, for these 12 ingredients, no doubt you've already been inspired with some new ways to cook with all of them. For the last challenge, we have to dig deep and use every single one of the ingredients to prepare a smorgasbord (why is that word so funny?) of recipes still abiding by the same principles of nutrition and balance. Let's do this!

Want Healthy Kids? Cook with Them!

You want to know how to raise a healthy eater? Be one. And teach your kids to cook. Oh, yes, it slows you down and it's a drag but in the long run, having a kid who can cook does as many good things for you and your household as it does for them and their lifelong health success.
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The Main Ingredients Challenge: The No-Cook Meal

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.

7 Reasons To Keep Hydrated

Every doctor, dietitian, fitness expert, and parent says the same thing: Drink more water. If you're one of those people who aren't convinced of hydration's many benefits, here are some very important...

Berry Pancake Delight

This was very simple, easy, and fun to prepare. The kids loved watching their pancakes turn purple (from the pureed berries) and I loved watching them devour a couple of silver dollar sized servings knowing how much goodness was inside.

Dessert: Peach and Berry Crisp

This peach and berry crisp is a super easy way to use summer berries in concert with any stone fruit like peaches, nectarines or plums. The filling is entirely sweetened by the natural sugars in the fruit. To reduce the fat and sugar, reduce the crisp topping in half so you'll have more fruit than topping.

Quick Meal: Yogurt-Marinated Trout

Like many other families out there, our household is a busy one, between work, school, camp, domestic duties, social engagements, and life. Although we try to cook at home most nights, we do go the takeout route when things are particularly hectic.

Healthy Grilling Options

Summer's here and that means patios, cold drinks, gelato and many, many barbeques. Why grill? Apart from the joy of being outside in fabulous weather, barbequing gives you an option for healthy, flav...

Eating Raw Garlic Can Prevent Cancer

Eating raw garlic twice a week can cut the chances of lung cancer by almost half, new research suggests. The results, published online Wednesday in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, showed thos...

The Main Ingredients: Introduction by Christine Cushing

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!

5 Foods For Better Skin

By The Skiny You are what you eat. Was mom right all along? Science says so. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 supports this long-held belief. The British researc...

RECIPE: Saskatoon Berry Pie

Last night I suddenly remembered that last year my dad had given me a bag of Saskatoon Berries he had received from a friend. I baked him a pie that we enjoyed together and he said to keep the extras for another pie. So I went and dug out that little bag.