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Flaming Bananas
3 weeks ago

Flaming Bananas

Are you looking for a signature party trick? Having a dinner party? Trying to impress your kids? Leaping flames! Dangerous heat! Cooking on the edge! This is how to fill Half Your Plate with delicious bananas and a showstopper dessert that no one will ever forget!

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AGRICULTURE MINISTER NORM LETNICK’S MUSHROOM & BASIL SOUP
1 month ago

AGRICULTURE MINISTER NORM LETNICK’S MUSHROOM & BASIL 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 Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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HEALTH MINISTER TERRY LAKE’S KALE & CUMIN CURRY SOUP
1 month ago

HEALTH MINISTER TERRY LAKE’S KALE & CUMIN 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 Health Minister Terry Lake with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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Roast Parsnips with Pumpkin Seed Green Onion Pesto
3 months 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
4 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
5 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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Curried Carrot Hummus
7 months ago

Curried Carrot Hummus

Hummus is perhaps the world’s greatest dip. It’s unparalleled for addictive avor, smooth texture, nutritional value and the all-important functionality factor. With a batch of hummus ready, you can really release your creative juices. Try it on your favorite crackers, flatbreads or chips. Then top with smoked salmon, various charcuterie, even just plain sprinkled with green onions or giant dill sprigs.

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Kenyan Githeri Vegetarian Corn, Beans & Kale
7 months ago

Kenyan Githeri 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
8 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
10 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
10 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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