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Roast Parsnips with Pumpkin Seed Green Onion Pesto
1 month ago

Roast Parsnips with Pumpkin Seed Green Onion Pesto

Parsnips are my all-time favourite root vegetable, which makes them ideal for roasting. Their sweet earthy flavour and firm texture are complemented with just a hint of delicious sharpness. My kids call them ‘white carrots’ and love when Dad fills up Half Their Plate with their tasty goodness.

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Spinach Dal with Toasted Spices & Basmati Rice
2 months ago

Spinach Dal with Toasted Spices & Basmati Rice

You can fill more than Half Your Plate with this traditional Indian dish. It’s a complete vegetarian meal and a super-simple way to fill all your plate with big flavour and a last-second blast of dark green nutrition. You’ll love the bright finishing touch baby spinach adds to the dish and how easy it is to try this healthy trick anytime you cook up your favourite soup, stew or pasta!

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Applesauce Stuffed Pumpkin
3 months ago

Applesauce Stuffed Pumpkin

Pumpkins are not just for carving into pretty faces they’re vegetables, so you can eat them too! As members of the squash family they’re deliciously versatile, inexpensive and packed with nutrients. Your best choice for cooking though are not the various jack-o-lantern varieties, they tend to be too big and bland. Instead, try this simple yet stunning idea with a few mini decorative pumpkins during harvest. With all this seasonal flavour they’re a great way to fill Half Your Plate!

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Kenyan Gather Vegetarian Corn, Beans & Kale
5 months ago

Kenyan Gather Vegetarian Corn, Beans & Kale

You can fill more than Half Your Plate with this traditional Kenyan dish. It’s a complete vegetarian meal and so tasty that you just might end up filling all your plate. It’s often made with old-fashioned maize but even tastier with sweet corn.

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Grilled Watermelon Steak Pickled Red Onions & Mint Almond Feta Pesto
6 months ago

Grilled Watermelon Steak Pickled Red Onions & Mint Almond Feta Pesto

This is a delicious way to fill Half Your Plate during grilling season with a unique technique and fun group of flavours. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to grill watermelon and how well these tantalizing tastes complement each other.

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YOUR FAVOURITE PASTA WITH ROAST TOMATO SAUCE
8 months ago

YOUR FAVOURITE PASTA WITH ROAST TOMATO SAUCE

You haven’t lived until you’ve slow roasted a tomato. This simple method unlocks the deepest possible flavour from just about any tomato. A long slow roast surrounded by lots of aromatic flavours easily melts whole baby tomatoes into a tasty sauce for your favourite pasta that more than fills Half Your Plate!

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CELERY POTATO SALAD
8 months ago

CELERY POTATO SALAD

Celery gets top billing in this amped-up picnic classic. No back-up role this time. Ubiquitous and surprisingly healthy celery steps up with cool crisp texture and light aromatic flavour to balance the earthy potatoes. Tossed in lemony dressing they come together as an awesome way to fill Half Your Plate!

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RED & YELLOW POTATO HASH
8 months ago

RED & YELLOW POTATO HASH

This time-honoured meal-in-a-pan is a wonderfully tasty way to show off your favourite potatoes any time of the day. Toss in some crisp bacon, crack in a few eggs and you’re ready to fill Half Your Plate with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Next level? For a full plate of flavour just top with a few handfuls of your favourite simple salad!

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QUICK PICKLES
8 months ago

QUICK PICKLES

These quickly pickled cucumbers are half light salad, half bright condiment. You won’t believe how easy it is to simply simmer together an aromatic pickling liquid to soak a mess of sliced cucumbers. These tasty pickles are strong enough to top fish, chicken or pork but light enough to be an excellent side salad. You’ll love filling Half Your Plate with these big bright flavours!

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Basil Caesar Salad
8 months ago

Basil Caesar Salad

When I toss romaine hearts into my shopping cart, chances are I’m heading home to make my family’s favourite salad. Every cook should know the joy of crafting a true Caesar salad while avoiding the also-ran dressings at the supermarket that never quite measure up to the real thing. Over time we’ve experimented with lots of additional flavours in this salad but, more often than not, I toss in lots of fresh basil leaves and brightly flavoured cherry tomatoes. What a great way to fill Half Your Plate!

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Steamed Broccoli 101
11 months ago

Steamed Broccoli 101

This is by far my favourite way to cook and serve broccoli. It’s super-simple, super-speedy and super-tasty and because you’re not boiling the broccoli and leaching away nutrients and flavour, it’s also super-healthy.

As the broccoli steams it’s perfumed – but not overwhelmed – with garlic. You can also add your favourite flavours. After trying this method once or twice you’ll quickly realize how easy it is to modify with your own ideas. Feel free to experiment because this will always be the best way to get a head of steaming broccoli on the table in ten minutes flat!

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HONOURABLE LAWRENCE MACAULAY’S FAMOUS RED BELL PEPPER & NUTMEG SOUP
11 months ago

HONOURABLE LAWRENCE MACAULAY’S FAMOUS RED BELL PEPPER & NUTMEG SOUP

One of the best ways to fill Half Your Plate (and all of your soup bowl) is with a simple pureed 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 the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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