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Vegetarian Barley Moussaka

Each month the Oldways Whole Grains Council features a different whole grain on their website, including information on its health benefits, cooking tips and recipes, historical/cultural facts, and more. Barley, one of my personal favourites, is this month’s pick. I love its chewy texture, in all kinds of dishes from soups and salads to risotto […]

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Spinach Polenta with Mushrooms, Leek and Poached Egg

Baby, it’s cold outside. Really cold and snowy too. Yes, comfort food is definitely called for. Here’s a recipe from Mushrooms Canada and the Egg Farmers of Canada that certainly fits the bill. While polenta does take time to cook, it’s worth the wait  – comfort food at its best! Look for whole grain cornmeal […]

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Quick Skillet Mixed Berry Crumble

Eating more fruits and vegetables is definitely one of the top nutrition recommendations for promoting good health. In fact, for healthy eating,  half your plate should be made up of these foods. At the same time, though, shopping is not currently an easy task as most of us are trying to minimize our potential exposure […]

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers

There’s no doubt that plant-based meats, especially burgers, are hot sellers these days. Ultra-processed foods, though, whether vegetarian or vegan, are still usually filled with excess sodium and short on the assorted benefits found in whole foods. They also tend to be quite pricey. Think of them as a convenience food and enjoy them occasionally, […]

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Za’atar Roasted Vegetables & Lentils

Here’s a perfect combo of flavours, from Lentils.org, for this time of year. Roasting, especially with a generous amount of za’atar, brings out the best of so many vegetables. Note that the red lentils called for are whole (versus those that are split which are great for soups). As there are plenty of servings – […]

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Farfalle with Tuna

While canned tuna devotees certainly love their tuna sandwiches, I also love it in pasta dishes – especially when food shopping has been less than ideal (welcome to 2020!). In a recent post, I delved into the topic of tuna and mercury and pointed to the wonderful albacore tuna of the Pacific Northwest that need […]

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Quinoa, Black Bean & Strawberry Salad

While berries are now available all year long, for berry eaters, this is an exciting time of year as local offerings become available. Strawberries are first on the market and while eating them naked is definitely a taste treat, you can’t really have too many recipes. If you’re not a fruit eater, including berries in […]

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Sprouted Chickpea Mushroom Burgers with Tahini Sauce

In my last post, I pointed to the benefits of eating sprouted grains and pulses. Not only do many people find them easier to digest but they also offer increased absorption of some valuable nutrients. You can now find these products in your local supermarket or order them online from sources such as Second Spring […]

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