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Ginger Steamed Bok Choy
1 week ago

Ginger Steamed Bok Choy

Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage prized for its sweet tender flavour and off-the-charts nutritional density. This beautiful vegetable forms heads of tightly clustered light green stems with dark green leaves. This simple dish is our favourite way to cook one of our favourite vegetables and fill Half Your Plate!

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Spaghetti Squash Salad with Roast Tomatoes and Fresh Basil
4 weeks ago

Spaghetti Squash Salad with Roast Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

Spaghetti squash is known for its distinctive inner threads and their unique resemblance to cooked pasta. That unique texture and sweet flavour anchor this dish and its group of familiar Mediterranean flavours. I love the convenience of the one baking-pan method too. A tasty and easy way to fill Half Your Plate!

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Chardonnay Thyme Leeks
3 months ago

Chardonnay Thyme Leeks

Leeks are milder cousins of the onion with a sweet neutral texture that absorbs any flavour and complements everything on your plate. They’re a long cylinder of bundled leaves, easy to cook and a deliciously simple way to fill Half Your Plate.

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Green Beans with Brown Butter & Sage
4 months 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
5 months 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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Granola Baked Apples
6 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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Watermelon Mint Salsa
8 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
9 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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Rosemary Vanilla Glazed Parsnips
12 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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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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Summer Snap Pea Salad  with Ginger Lime Dressing
2 years ago

Summer Snap Pea Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

This snappy summer salad is packed with big, bright garden flavours that are perfect for picnics and potlucks. Raw summer salads are crunchy, delicious and a super simple way to dress up your table any time of the year. They’re always a great way to fill Half Your Plate with fruits and vegetables!

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Grilled Zucchini & Tomato Salad with Basil Leaves & Lemon Dressing
2 years ago

Grilled Zucchini & Tomato Salad with Basil Leaves & Lemon Dressing

Zucchini is the perfect summer vegetable for filling Half Your Plate. Not only is it seasonally fresh, packed with flavour and nutritionally dense but it’s simple to grill. Its firm texture easily handles the heat while absorbing lots of delicious charred flavours. This side dish is equally delicious hot off the grill or chilled for later making it ideal for grilling season.

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