We’ve all said it before – even if it’s only lasted for the first two weeks of January: “My resolution this year is to eat healthier meals and stop snacking on junk.” Even though a protein-packed and nutrient-rich diet may be ideal, the truth is that a low-fat life is not easy to sustain for everyone.
Thankfully, healthy eating does not have to mean drab and flavourless eating. The following recipes are designed to keep you fuller longer, provide ample nutrition, and satisfy any unhealthy cravings left over from the holidays.
During a busy workweek, it can be difficult to make time for a well-rounded breakfast that will get you through the day. While oatmeal has a reputation for being bland, there are countless variations that will allow you to switch it up daily. Add cinnamon, maple syrup, and dried fruit to your oats the night before, and allow your mixture to soak up all the goodness. The addition of chia seeds supplies an early morning dose of Omega-3s to allow for a bustling day ahead.
When you have a hankering for a big plate of Chinese food from your local restaurant, you may not regret it at first, but all that grease won’t settle well in your stomach. If you’re vegetarian, it’s difficult to find anything on the menu you can eat at all. Lettuce wraps can be made at home for everyone, and are even speedier than takeout. With hoisin sauce, Sriracha and soy sauce as a base, all you need is fresh lettuce, tofu and veggies of your choice. Meat lovers can even substitute chicken or shrimp to make it family-friendly.
Although squash is a staple of the fall season, they can usually be found at the grocery store year-round. Whenever there’s a significant cold spell in the city, nothing is better than turning on the oven and baking an aromatic, savoury-sweet dinner. This dish is extremely versatile: just add whatever protein you’re in the mood for, quinoa or rice, veggies on hand and toppings such as walnuts and parmesan cheese. Another easily-adaptable meal, roasted squash can also be substituted with bell peppers and zucchini.
Carb-cutting might seem near-impossible (or just unrealistic), but as long as you eat it in moderation, and you have no gluten sensitivities, there’s no harm in having pizza once in a while! Personalized flatbread (usually featuring a little less dough than a pizza crush) is one healthy— and delicious—way to curb your craving. Using health-conscious ingredients like organic sugar, and spelt flour (in addition to all purpose flour) can lessen the guilt and add to the flavour. Top your flatbread with hummus, sautéed vegetables, and a protein of your choice. Drizzle with a balsamic dressing for added sweetness.
When you’re looking for an extra boost of energy—whether training for a marathon or preparing for a presentation at work—it can be difficult to eat mindfully. It’s far too easy to load up on carbohydrates like pasta, or simply drink a protein shake and call it a day. Make sure you reap all the benefits from this protein and fibre-packed salad. Olive oil, sunflower seeds, apples and kale can be topped with breaded or grilled chicken, fish or pork. Add a handful of chopped figs for sweetness and sprinkle with hemp hearts for Omega-3s, iron and zinc.
For another vegetarian dish that will please everyone at the dinner table, grab that can of chickpeas you’ve been saving in your pantry and make this creamy curry. Canned tomatoes, coconut milk, tomato paste and spices make the sauce for this stew. Add eggplant, sweet potato and spinach to round it off. Served on rice or quinoa, this is a foolproof dish perfect for the winter. Hint: double the recipe and freeze a portion for another day.
Using just a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, these peanut butter quinoa bars are great as a snack to throw in your bag, a quick breakfast on-the-go, or as a satisfying dessert after dinner. Substitute peanut butter with almond butter in case of allergies, and chocolate chips with raisins. Oats, quinoa, honey, coconut oil and chia seeds make this a jam-packed protein bar reminiscent of sweet blondies or granola bars.
Dark chocolate is not only acceptable as a healthy treat, but it’s also recommended for daily intake. It contains heart-healthy antioxidants, amino acids and releases feel-good chemicals in your brain. Of course, only 1 to 2 ounces of dark chocolate is needed per day to promote some of these health benefits, but don’t worry, we won’t tell if you exceed that amount. Dip dried apricot halves in melted chocolate and sprinkle with chilli powder for a fast and decadent dessert with a kick.
It’s almost that time of year again – the time to exchange inner tubes for backpacks and coolers for lunchboxes. Whether you’re helping your kids get back to a strict schedule, or you are returning to work or school after a holiday, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. One way to efficiently save time (and grief) is to plan your meals in advance. Instead of having the daily headache of grocery shopping and dinner preparation, try these simple meal plans that will free up more time and energy in your busy life.
There’s nothing like the experience of gathering around the dinner table and building your own fajitas. It’s a fool proof way to ensure every individual in the family, dorm room, or household eats a nutritious dinner made specifically to their own tastes. The kicker? It takes almost no time to prepare – and if you make the taco beef in bulk, it can last you for days.
We’ve all been there. It’s the day before a big potluck and you’re stuck coming up with a fresh idea to blow everyone away.
If it happens to you this Canada Day, never fear. The good folks at CanadianLiving.com have you covered like icing on a cake with this delicious recipe.
It’s red, white, and amazing with a summery taste that will be a hit in the great outdoors, in your own backyard, or anywhere else in the true north strong and free.
Let’s begin with some basic information, as well as and everything you’ll need to create this festive classic:
Prep time: 45 minute
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Portion size: 16
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-2/3 cups milk
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
6 oz raspberries
Cream Cheese Icing:
1-1/3 pkg (250 g each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cups icing sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla
When fall arrives, we can’t help but crave hearty, home-cooked meals.
Kale, walnust, maple syrup, roasted beets, and Boursin cheese – basically, we’re talking the perfect fall salad. It’s healthy, hearty, delicious, and keeps for a few days in the fridge. What’s not to love? Just don’t forget to massage the kale to soften it up before mixing the salad.
[Recipe at The Endless Meal]
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They say everything old is new again—and so perhaps it’s unsurprising that just like macramé, fringe and jumpsuits, slow cookers have made a huge comeback. But this is not your grandmother’s Crock-Pot; today’s slow cookers are smart, being WiFi enabled and remote controllable from your phone or tablet.
And it’s not just the tech that’s superior: so are the meals. Long gone are the recipes for mushy meats, bland beans and overdone veggies from yesteryear. Instead, celebrity chefs and foodies alike have developed ways to sex up slow-cooked suppers.
Here are five easy recipes guaranteed to keep your pot hot, and your belly happy.
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Long an Asian staple, ramen recently conquered the dining tables of the Western world. Become your neighbourhood’s Ivan Orkin (the Tokyo Ramen genius!) to make a delicious home cooked bowl on the double.
In fact, this is one of the most shared Ramen noodle recipes on Pinterest for a reason…it’s AMAZING. And you’ll have plenty left over for later.
Pro tip: If you can swing it…don’t skip the curry roasted acorn squash! That savoury sweet topper puts this soup over the edge.
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To be fair, not all slow cooker recipes are created equal: some require just too much advance prep for folks in a rush. Thankfully, it’s not that hard to find recipes like this one, involving low-to-no prep.
And unless its super warm in your kitchen, you won’t even break a sweat from chopping the onions and peppers for these bean enchiladas… and then you just toss the veggies and roll ‘em up in some tortillas. Heck, they don’t even have to be rolled that well because the entire mess is covered in mmmmm-elted cheese (make sure to get the pre-grated kind.)
A de-lish dish, to be sure.
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Vegetarians were once entirely overlooked in Crock-Pot cookbooks—and for good reason, since tackling vegetables in the slow cooker is a delicate task: too much time means a soggy soup, and not enough can be tough on teeth. Thankfully, sophisticated slow cooker veggie recipes are much easier to find nowadays.
For instance, these stuffed peppers make the perfect Sunday supper. And the stuffing can be done with pretty much any type of grain, bean or cheese you have on hand. Perfect every time.
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Historically, slow cooked meals too often involved heavy starches, like pastas and potatoes. Now, newer recipes bring in hearty alternatives like oats and grains that are easier on the starch—and the waistline. In fact, this recipe for velvety beef goodness dished over polenta melts in your mouth, and the ragu tastes even better on toast for leftovers the next day.
Trust me, this is one you’ll want to try.
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Naxon Beaneries (the original name of the slow-cooker) are for more than just cooking dinner. Delicious desserts like cheesecakes, cobblers and crumbles are family favourites you can easily whip up in a slow cooker. These brownies by Martha Stewart for one, are an essential in the Crock-Pot canon—because really, why stop at a single chocolate brownie when you could triple that?? ‘Nuff said.
With twice as many households using slow cookers than just a generation ago it’s no wonder that today’s time-strapped families rely on them for everyday survival. If you don’t have one yet, consider the investment… a good slow cooker is worth its weight in gold…er, at least truffles?
We’re in the full swing of summer, and that means your barbecue should be ground zero for the majority of your meals for the next few months. Whether it’s the smoky, delicious flavour barbecue provides or the act of cooking al fresco, BBQing is one of the pleasures of summer. Here are 8 tips to help make you the master of the grill.
Lindt’s Swiss Classic 300g Gold Bar will be part of the Foods of Europe promotion at London Drugs from October 10-22, 2014, so we thought it would be nice to include recipes that use this delectable chocolate.
All these recipes have been created in the Lindt kitchen and introduce a new spin on an old favourite.
For everyone who loves chocolate in their peanut butter and vice versa.
Yield:Approx. 3 dozen cookies
Recipe by Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja