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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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Smashed Cucumber Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
8 months ago

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

A smashed cucumber tastes very different from a sliced one. Brighter, fresher, more floral, and the crushed pieces more readily absorb the flavours around them. Most magically, though, smashing releases other new and delicious botanical flavours from the cucumber itself. It’s fun to fill Half Your Plate with bright ideas like these!

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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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Red Cabbage Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Apples & Pumpkin Seeds
10 months ago

Red Cabbage Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Apples & Pumpkin Seeds

Red Cabbage is one of the very best vegetables for storing through the winter, in a cool dark place it can last a very long time. It’s worth waiting for because it’s such a tasty and healthy way to fill Half Your Plate. Its deep purple colour means it’s packed with micronutrients and its crisp texture is always delicious. This brassica packs a punch!

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Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Kiwi Salsa
11 months ago

Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Kiwi Salsa

Kiwi’s unique sweet and sour flavour makes it a favourite of fruit-lovers everywhere and a great choice for a simple snack. Those same flavours also make it ideal for anchoring savoury condiments like this salsa. Here it’s paired with an equally simple salmon but it’s just as tasty with any grilled meat or other fish. Whatever you top you’ll love how simple it is fill Half Your Plate with this brightly flavoured salsa!

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