spaghetti squash,

Spaghetti Squash with Herb Butter and Parmesan

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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! In the 90’s I worked in nutrition communications in the dairy industry (my first job!) and those were dark days when far too many health professional treated butter like a poison. We totally lost …

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What food can I pre-prep on the weekend for school lunches?

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My neighbour is back to work after being home with her kids for a few years and is keen to do some school lunch prep on weekends. With the rising cost of food she’s looking to avoid food waste too – a smart way to keep the family food budget in check. So I came up with a list of foods …

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Colour up School Lunches with Vegetable Hummus 3 Ways

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A colourful lunch may be key to getting your child to eat it. It seems kids really do eat with their eyes. Research from Cornell University found kids prefer six different colours on a plate. And that’s a good thing since more colours means more variety, one of the cornerstones of good nutrition. So why settle for beige hummus when you …

Fruit salsa with cinnamon crisps

Fruit Salsa With Cinnamon Crisps

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Talk about a better-for-you yummy treat for school lunches! I’ll give a container of fruit salsa to my kids and say, ” Close your eyes. Smell it. Take it all in. It’s fragrant. Now try it. The fruit is juicy and sweet. Oh it’s glorious.” They’ll usually reply with some variation of you’re weird mom but I press on encouraging …

Protein-packed edamame school lunch salad

Protein-Packed Edamame School Lunch Salad

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Looking for a good nut-free protein option for school lunches? Try edamame. They may look like another green vegetable but edamame are actually soy beans providing the same high quality protein as milk, meat or eggs.  A one-half cup serving of edamame packs in as much protein as 2 eggs (12 grams). I love the convenience of the frozen, shelled …

Fruity couscous salad

Fruity Couscous Salad

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Packing up healthy school lunches is so much easier when you have some time-saving tricks up your sleeves like this one. Double up on cooking grains such as whole wheat couscous, barley, brown rice or whole grain pasta. You’re sure to find a way to use them up in the 3-5 days they keep in the fridge. This fruity couscous …

Fruity coleslaw for healthy kids school lunches

Fruity Coleslaw

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Crunchy cabbage, juicy grapes and sweet pineapple make this school lunch coleslaw hard to resist. Pairing a favourite fruit with vegetables can be a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables. It’s a strategy that is worth a go. Try other fruits too such as apple, orange, pear or mango. What vegetable-fruit pairings do your kids like to …

Tutti Frutti School Lunch Salad

Tutti Frutti School Lunch Salad

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Are you good at coming up with snappy fun names? Because “day neutral strawberries” just doesn’t cut it for me. Yes of course I’m thankful that now in Ontario and maybe where you live too we have berries that grow May-October much longer than the, June-July-eat-your-weight-in-strawberries-before-it’s-gone season, I knew as a kid. But “day neutral”? As long as the temperatures …

Beef and Mushroom Stew with Glazed Carrots and Puffed Pastry Crouton Recipe

Beef and Mushroom Stew with Glazed Carrots and Puffed Pastry Crouton

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Once you’ve browned your meat, added the veggies and broth in a heavy pot, you can forget about this stew while it simmers away. Perfect for weekend cooking. Add some broth to leftover stew and you’ve got a great soup for lunches.   Beef and Mushroom Stew   Save Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 1 hour 30 mins …

If you've got 5 minutes, you can make roast beef! Roast Beef is best seasoned simply with salt and pepper -- it can be ready for the oven in just 5 minutes. Make this recipe with your favourite Oven Roast: Strip Loin, Eye of Round, Tenderloin, Prime Rib, Rib, Top Sirloin, Outside or Inside Round, Rib Eye, Rump or Tri-tip. You can cook beets ahead and glaze just before serving.

Roast Beef with Peppercorn Wine Sauce and Make-Ahead Glazed Beets

Carol Harrison Double Duty Dinners, Healthy Leftovers, Healthy Lunch Ideas, Recipes Leave a Comment

Make your own lunch meats by cooking up a larger roast and using the leftovers for lunches. I tell this to parents all the time when they ask for alternatives to processed lunch meats and we all agree it’s brilliant. (And have you seen the prices of processed lunch meats?) You’ll likely save money going this route, especially when you …