Broccoli cheese frittata

Quick Broccoli and Cheddar Muffin Tin Frittatas

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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you! Give folks easy ideas to get their veggies in at breakfast (and help them to meet their quota for the day).  That was one of the key messages I share at this year’s Canadian Produce …

spaghetti squash 4 ways

Spaghetti Squash 4 Ways

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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you! Meet Mother Nature’s original veggie “noodles”, the spaghetti squash yielding 4-5 cups of mild-tasting, low-calorie spaghetti-like strands. That’s A LOT I know, but this versatile veggie can be divved up and served in different …

roasted spaghetti squash Power Bowl

Speedy Power Bowl

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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you! Healthy eating is easier with some time saving tips like leaving out the dinner leftovers on the table adding a few more odd bits on hand and letting everyone get busy building their own …

spicy black bean and pepper salsa

Spicy Black Bean and Pepper Salsa

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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you! Fresh homemade salsa beats the jarred stuff hands down and only takes about 10 minutes to make. You can easily double this recipe and use it over the next 3 days with nachos or …

spaghetti squash burritos

Roasted Squash Burritos

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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you! I watched a documentary on food waste and it confirmed what I’ve heard before, most of the food waste, 40% in fact,  happens on the home front (gulp!). So I’m hoping this idea to …

Barley spring rolls for school lunches

5 ways to work barley into school lunches

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Photo credit: GoBarley Barley in school lunches? Why not! Kids generally like barley’s chewy texture and nutty taste but if you have a reluctant barley lover just keep serving it in new and different ways and trust that in time they’ll come around. Barley takes a good 40 minutes to cook so for speedy school lunches I like to make …

healthy lunches, blueberry barley muffin

Food, love and blueberry barley muffins

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Photo credit: GoBarley When you were a kid and got sick I bet you got soup. When I was sick I got green grapes… In our household with five kids, grapes were a rare splurge reserved for times when we were sick. Guaranteed once those grapes arrived you instantly had a room full of siblings fighting to get a spot …

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5 Surprising things to know about barley – Quiz!

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Get the most out of your barley. Do you know how? The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you. Compared to other grains, barley is the richest source of heart-healthy fibre. T/F? TRUE:  A half cup of cooked barley provides 60% of the beta-glucan fibre shown to help lower cholesterol. And with half of Canadians 20 years of age …

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School lunch power bars 3 ways

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Store-bought granola bars are convenient for school lunches but… I wanted something more nutritious and frankly better tasting for my kids. Sure there are ways to make better granola bar choices (How to choose a better granola bar) but they are not an everyday food at our house. These lunch bars pack in 1 1/2 cups of grated carrot and …

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5 Ways to work oats into school lunches

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 Why do we have to buy this wheaty bird seed bread? Meet my son. You might expect a dietitian’s kid to love everything whole grain well, no. That can be bit of a worry when heart disease, cancer and diabetes run in our family and I know eating whole grains protects against those diseases and keeps kids’ bowel function in …