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Green Beans with Brown Butter & Sage
2 weeks ago

Green Beans with Brown Butter & Sage

Green Beans are one of the tastiest and healthiest vegetables in your kitchen repertoire. They’re also one of the easiest, kids love them and steaming beans is super simple. Craving an upgrade though? It’s equally easy to add the addictive scent of sage and garlic toasting in brown butter to the works. What a great way to fill Half Your Plate with classic deliciousness!

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Salad 101
1 month ago

Salad 101

There are many, many ways to serve up healthy vegetables but perhaps none as easy or versatile as a classic salad. Here’s how to transform a few simple ingredients into a memorable salad that will easily fill more than Half Your Plate with homemade goodness!

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MP Pat Finnigan’s Tomato Curry Soup
2 months ago

MP Pat Finnigan’s Tomato Curry Soup

One of the best ways to fill Half Your Plate (and all of your soup bowl) is with a simple puréed soup. They’re a time-honoured and super-simple way to get a whole lot of vegetable flavour on the table in a hurry – maybe even hide vegetables from finicky eaters. This one was custom created by MP Pat Finnigan with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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Granola Baked Apples
3 months ago

Granola Baked Apples

Nothing says fall in Canada like fresh local apples. They’re crisp and tasty straight off the tree and magically even more delicious baked. Everyone loves their warm rustic flavours and you’ll love how easy it is to stuff them in the oven but why wait? You can fill Half Your Plate and enjoy this treat any time of year!

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Apricot Ginger Sauce Fruit Sauce 101
3 months ago

Apricot Ginger Sauce Fruit Sauce 101

Every chef knows how easy it is to jazz up dessert by pureeing fruits into simple sauces. With just a few simple ingredients, a bit of gentle heat and a strong blender you too can transform almost any ripe fruit into a colourful backdrop for almost any dessert. Apricot uniquely creates the smoothest sauce of them all though. Its’ juicy tender flesh and fresh aromatic flavour go well with everything. Even at dessert you can fill Half Your Plate!

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Watermelon Mint Salsa
4 months ago

Watermelon Mint Salsa

This is a delicious condiment to add to your grilling or snacking repertoire. Like any great salsa it’s packed with big, bright, balanced taste that easily complements other ingredients. What a great way to fill Half Your Plate with zesty flavours!

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Rhubarb Chutney  for Grilling Season
6 months ago

Rhubarb Chutney for Grilling Season

Rhubarb chutney is a tasty condiment side-kick for whatever hits your grill this season. Meat, fish or fowl – even grilled veggie burgers – get a big bright boost from this balanced classic. Rhubarb’s sour tang is mellowed with sweetness, fragrant spices and spicy heat in this make-ahead topping. You can perk up more than Half Your Plate with this fragrant chutney!

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Sweet Pea & Mint Hummus  with Spicy Pita Chips
6 months ago

Sweet Pea & Mint Hummus with Spicy Pita Chips

Hummus is most often made with dried legumes like chickpeas but it’s just as delicious whipped up with fresh, green peas. Especially when it’s brightened with lots of spicy flavour balanced with cool mint. And what better dipper for dipping such dip than a crispy pita chip? What a great way to fill Half Your Plate with fruits and vegetables!

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Rosemary Vanilla Glazed Parsnips
9 months ago

Rosemary Vanilla Glazed Parsnips

Parsnips are a root vegetable, the way a plant stores sunshine as sugar. They keep well which makes them a traditional winter vegetable. Their sweet earthy flavour and firm texture means they’re great for slow cooking, especially when they absorb the flavours of a delicious glaze along the way. Parsnips are a great way to fill Half Your Plate with root vegetable goodness.

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Arugula Pesto Pasta with Rotisserie Chicken & Melted Bell Peppers
1 year ago

Arugula Pesto Pasta with Rotisserie Chicken & Melted Bell Peppers

Running out of time to cook vegetables? You can make this delicious dish in the time it takes you to boil water and cook pasta. You just need a few delicious timesavers. Tricks like a simple pesto built on the snappy flavour of arugula or the convenience of a store-bought rotisserie chicken. And it doesn’t take long to melt bell peppers. Save time and fill Half Your Plate with vegetables!

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MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAWRENCE MACAULAY’S HARVEST SALAD WITH RICE WINE MAPLE VINAIGRETTE
1 year ago

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAWRENCE MACAULAY’S HARVEST SALAD WITH RICE WINE MAPLE VINAIGRETTE

You can fill more than Half Your Plate and create your own salad with this recipe. Chefs know that the art and craft of filling a salad bowl is one of the greatest expressions of the culinary arts. Home cooks love how easy it is to cram the salad bowl with healthy flavours. Everyone enjoys emptying the bowl. You’ll love knowing you have plenty of delicious dressing leftover for the next salad and nothing beats impressing yourself in your own kitchen! This one was custom created by Honorable Lawrence MacAulay with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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Southwestern Potato Frittata with Edamame Salsa Salad
1 year ago

Southwestern Potato Frittata with Edamame Salsa Salad

Potatoes are not just tasty, nutritious, inexpensive and easy to find, they’re also wildly versatile, especially with eggs in the mix. Cultures and cuisines all over the world have found innovative ways to cook with this dynamic duo. Here they play a starring role in a classic frittata with a tasty Tex-Mex twist. The salsa side salad is bright and spicy, a refreshing condiment of sorts. This recipe will easily fill Half Your Plate – but not for long. It’ll be empty in no time!

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