roasted spaghetti squash Power Bowl

Speedy Power Bowl

Carol Harrison HalfYourPlate, Healthy Leftovers, Healthy Lunch Ideas, Recipes Leave a Comment

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

Carol Harrison HalfYourPlate, Healthy Lunch Ideas, Recipes Leave a Comment

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

Carol Harrison HalfYourPlate, Healthy Leftovers, Healthy Lunch Ideas, Recipes Leave a Comment

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 …

Vegetable, brown rice, egg fried rice

Easy Fried Rice

Carol Harrison Healthy Leftovers, Recipes, Time and Money Savers, Yummy Lunch Club Leave a Comment

As the end of the week approaches the odd bits and leftovers in the fridge may not inspire you with school lunch ideas but this might. Use leftovers to make fried rice for healthy school lunches. The idea for an easy, use what you have on hand style recipe started with a text from my son, “how do you make fried …

chickpeas, pulses, fibre, protein, school lunches

5 Surprising Things to Know About Chickpeas – Quiz!

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Get the most out of your chickpeas. Do you know how? The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you.  Chickpeas are pulses. T/F? TRUE.  It’s International Year of Pulses but what the heck are they and how are they different than legumes? Legumes include: fresh beans and peas; peanuts, soybeans and; pulses which are dried beans, peas, lentils and …

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

Carol Harrison Healthy Lunch Ideas, Healthy Snack Ideas, Recipes, Yummy Lunch Club Leave a Comment

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!

Carol Harrison Healthy Lunch Ideas, Time and Money Savers, Yummy Lunch Club Leave a Comment

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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A healthy approach to school fundraising: Fresh From the Farm

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Can you remember the paraphernalia you peddled for school fundraisers? Were chocolate almonds one of them? I bet you sold them and didn’t eat them like my brother-in-law. Over the two weeks he should have been selling, he was eating. To avoid his mom’s wrath, he stuffed the boxes with acorns, resealed them and sent them back to school. Serves …