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QUICK PICKLES
1 year 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
1 year 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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Raspberry Rhubarb Granola Crisp
2 years ago

Raspberry Rhubarb Granola Crisp

Rhubarb is more than a vegetable; it’s a sign of hope. Its arrival every year signifies the end of winter, the start of summer and a time for baking. In this delicious crisp, rhubarb is paired with tart raspberries and topped with a delicious granola crust. You won’t believe how easy it is to get a batch into the oven and how easy it is to fill Half Your Plate with a seasonal dessert.

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Steamed Broccoli 101
2 years 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
2 years 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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MP BRUCE STANTON’S FAMOUS GREEN PEA & THYME SOUP
2 years ago

MP BRUCE STANTON’S FAMOUS GREEN PEA & THYME 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 MP Bruce Stanton with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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MP CELINA CAESAR-CHAVANNES’ FAMOUS SWEET POTATO & ROSEMARY SOUP
2 years ago

MP CELINA CAESAR-CHAVANNES’ FAMOUS SWEET POTATO & ROSEMARY 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 MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!

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Leek & Apple Compote
2 years ago

Leek & Apple Compote

Leeks are the easiest-to-get-along-with members of the onion family. They’re deliciously sweet, mildly pungent and simple to prepare. In this recipe they’re paired with apples and thyme. They easily fill Half Your Plate with flavour so you can fill the other half with any simple pork, chicken or fish dish!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 years ago

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are many ways to bake a memorable chocolate chip cookie, but this version emphasizes chewiness. If you prefer your cookies with lots of chewy texture without much crispy brittleness, then you'll love these deeply flavoured and tantalizingly textured treats.

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Curry Roast Sweet Potato and Chickpeas
2 years ago

Curry Roast Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

Sweet potatoes are a superfood. They’ve earned this title by being so packed with nutrients, ounce for ounce, that they’re just plain nutritionally dense. Quite simply, they’re one of the single healthiest foods you can bring to your table. Tasty and easy too. Especially with the bright flavours of curry and ease of canned chickpeas. For this recipe simply toss everything together, toss into the oven, then sit back and wait for the compliments!

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Five Chocolate Bread Pudding with Chocolate Whipped Cream
2 years ago

Five Chocolate Bread Pudding with Chocolate Whipped Cream

It's fun to try new ideas and it's always fun to freestyle cook. And it's particularly fun to stir every form of chocolate into one bread pudding. I admit sometimes I feel the need to go overboard a little bit and even push some limits, but the kitchen is a really safe place to do that, and a fun place too. Once you know the bread pudding rules, you can break them all day long. Who knows? You might just end up with Five Chocolate Bread Pudding with Chocolate Whipped Cream.

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Pulse Tacos
2 years ago

Pulse Tacos

The year 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses by the United Nations to celebrate one of the world’s most important foods: the edible seeds of the legume family.

Beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils are packed with fibre, protein, nutrients, and flavour. Their nutritional intensity, inexpensive accessibility, and ease of cooking have made them indispensible staples to cooks all over the globe.

Wherever we live, we all do our best to make healthy choices at home but it’s a lot easier when those choices are delicious. These meatless tacos are stuffed with so much sunny southwestern flavour that no one will notice anything missing. What a great way for your family to join families around the world in a global celebration of flavour and nutrition!

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