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Knock The Wind Out Of Your Beans

November 1, 2011 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: beans, did you know?, food choices, Healthy Eating

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Knock The Wind Out Of Your Beans

Beans are one of the most underrated ingredients. Very inexpensive, very versatile and very shelf-stable, beans can be made into delicious dishes from breakfast to dessert. They are no nutritional slouch either as they are packed with nutrition (protein, fibre and folate to name just a few nutrients). Whether it’s basic beans and rice, cheerful chili, complex curries, or top secret baked bean recipes, beans are a great way to increase your food creativity repertoire on the cheap. To extend a meal by making a side dish into an entrée, try adding beans to a salad.

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The Black White and Grey of Eating in Modern Times

October 13, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: personal experience, prepared foods

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The Black White and Grey of Eating in Modern Times

If you listen to the news, you might begin to think that the world is neatly divided into ‘left and right, North and South, East and West’.

The world of food and nutrition often falls into this kind of thinking. We find it hard to resist classifying foods as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for us. You may have heard that “nobody cooks anymore”! This preposterous claim is often cited as contributing to childhood obesity and fractured families. Just as the world is neither black nor white, modern home cooking happens in a shifting grey zone between meals that are made completely from scratch and meals that come ready-to-eat from the food industry. + MORE

Full Fridge No Plan

October 11, 2011 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: dietitian services, food choices, personal experience

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Full Fridge No Plan

Advice from a Winner: Part 3

I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of person when it comes to mealtime.

This works great until I realize something needs to be defrosted (or I don’t have the ingredients I need) and I am already feeling “hangry” (angry from hunger... spread the word!).

My crafty culinary co-workers (Dean and Andrea) have suggested that planning meals ahead of time could add creativity and meal variety. The thought of taking the time to visit my cookbooks is appealing. Very appealing. + MORE

Just Peachy

September 29, 2011 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: canning, food safety, fruit

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Just Peachy

You know you have a good peach when you bite into it and wish you were outside so that you didn’t have to worry about the juice running down your arm.

It’s hard to believe that there can be this much WOW in a little ball of fruit. If only I could have a little taste of this all year round. Fresh in season peaches (or any fruit for that matter) can’t be beat, but canned ones, especially in the winter are a pretty special thing as well. What a bonus to have more tasty, nutritious options for Vegetables and Fruit in the winter.  + MORE

Save the Berries

August 18, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: berries, snacks, summer, wellness, seasonal

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Save the Berries

Second to Christmas, this really is "the most wonderful time of the year". Summer has finally turned on the heat and the fall harvest is coming in. The problem is that the bounty of the harvest all comes at once. What do you do with 20 pounds of berries? Home food preservation solves the ‘problem’ of an abundant harvest. If your image of home food preservation includes bags of sugar and hours spent sweating over a hot pot of water sterilizing jars then you might be surprised at how easy and cool it can be.

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