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Quinoa: the crop that’s changed the life of its farmers

  Do you remember the uproar a few years back when news reports described how the popularity of quinoa was negatively affecting quinoa farmers in South America? The story was that ethical consumers needed to be aware that quinoa farmers could no longer afford to feed their families because of our love affair with the […]

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World Pasta Day 2018 – Pasta with Tuna, Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Today marks World Pasta Day 2018  and while we often think of pasta in terms of the Mediterranean, it’s a staple of many cuisines around the globe. This year’s celebrations are taking place in Dubai, the site of a special 20th anniversary international gathering, where the activities are demonstrating the inclusiveness of pasta in cuisines […]

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Roasted Squash Salad with Apples

While summer has gone and with it the season’s glorious produce, autumn certainly had plenty to offer. Here’s a very tasty example from Foodland Ontario. While the ingredients called for are from Ontario, use your own local bounty. This salad has layers of sweetness from the squash, apples and honey, balanced by the cider vinegar […]

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Want whole grains? Read the label or you might be fooled – I was

The evidence on the benefits of whole grains just keeps on coming. And as the message gets out, people are indeed looking for whole grains over refined ones. But those refined products can sneak into your shopping cart, even if you’re nutritionally savvy. First, here’s the latest research on whole grains. In a study, published […]

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Whole Grains Month – what’s your new grain of choice?

  It’s Whole Grains Month, a time to celebrate these nuggets of goodness. They’re not just delicious but they also offer a diverse array of weaponry to fight disease. Eating whole grains, rather refined ones, are linked to easier weight management, better blood sugar regulation, decreased blood cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart […]

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Sweet Watermelon Pizza

There’s no doubt that watermelon is a summertime favourite. Truth be told, most people eat it simply because they love it. But it’s more than just refreshing. Check out some of its health perks such as its lycopene and potassium counts. Lycopene is the red pigment with antioxidant power and anti-cancer action that tomatoes are […]

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Peach, Tomato and Corn Salad with Haloumi Cheese

    This amazing tasting salad, inspired by my daughter Alyssa, is August perfection. The tomatoes and herbs from my garden and the peaches and corn from a farmer’s market together with haloumi cheese made for a perfect lunch one day and then the next and so forth. You get the message. While the haloumi […]

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5 health perks to reap while relishing your peaches

  Is there anything better in August then biting into a juicy peach? OK-maybe tomatoes are up there too but it’s pretty close. But truth be told, the nutritional value of peaches may be at the bottom of the list of reasons to eat them. The pleasures of the palate that peaches offer are hard […]

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