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Veggies. Your Best Nutritional Value for the Money

April 22, 2014 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: value, nutrient density, low cost, dark green, orange

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Veggies. Your Best Nutritional Value for the Money

"Eat more vegetables" is one of the few healthy eating messages that have endured the test of time. Recommendations for the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and a number of other chronic health conditions all encourage people to "eat more vegetables".

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The Benefits of Preserving Veggies and Fruit

March 11, 2014 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: can, freeze, dry, pickle, preserving

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The Benefits of Preserving Veggies and Fruit

Have you ever wanted to can tomatoes, freeze berries, dry herbs, or pickle cucumbers, beets and carrots? If so, now's the time to look into getting some training so that you'e ready for the 2014 harvest.

If you've never done it before, preserving produce can seem daunting. But, with a little instruction and some basic supplies, you'll find that preserving produce can open up a whole new aspect of your culinary world.  + MORE

Time to Cook up Some Root Vegetables

November 19, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: winter vegetables, sweet potato, carrots

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Time to Cook up Some Root Vegetables

Can you feel winter in the air?

Brr…it's time to cook up some satisfying root vegetables.

I like root vegetables because they're simple, soothing and affordable. Root vegetables like turnips, beets and potatoes are hearty staple foods that have carried many societies through the cold depths of winter. + MORE

How to Stew Fruit

August 20, 2013 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: BC, Fruits, summer

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How to Stew Fruit

I must have been overzealous when I bought peaches and nectarines the other day. Before I had a chance to make a dent in my towering fruit bowl, I noticed I had been beaten to it. Fruit flies had settled in; nature’s little reminder to eat my fruit (and put it in the fridge when it’s ripe).

There are all kinds of ways to use ripe seasonal fruit: you can freeze it, can it, put it in smoothies, use it in desserts, make fruit salsa or just sink your teeth into it fresh in its pure form. + MORE

"You Say [Sweet] Potato…"

October 25, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: sweet potatoes, yams, differences

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"You Say [Sweet] Potato…"

I learned a lesson about sweet potatoes once while teaching a cooking class in Northern BC.

I had requested sweet potatoes for a recipe, thinking that the only ones available at the small local grocery would be orange. When the organizer presented me with the light yellow flesh variety, I realized that I should have been more specific about the colour. Maybe I should have asked for “yams.”

The confusion about yams and sweet potatoes is ongoing. + MORE

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