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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.
Meal planning, at first glance, may not be the most exciting prospect for your children. But you may be surprised by how interested your kids are when you ask them to help decide on healthy meals for...
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.