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Food and Recipe of the Month: Molasses

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com  When thinking of molasses we’re often reminded of the stick-to-your-ribs, molasses-rich baked beans, grandma’s sticky date spread, or hot porridge on a cold morning topped with heaping spoonfuls of the sticky stuff – past memories of our childhood. Even now, most packaging found in the baking aisle screams old timeyness. However, one should not be fooled by the nostalgia of it all; molasses has never been more “now.” Derived from cane or beet sugar, molasses is most commonly used in baked goodies. This holiday season, molasses more than surely makes a guest appearance on the dessert table in various spiced cookie and cake forms. However, its deep, rich and bold flavour can sneak its way into the most unfamiliar areas of the kitchen and we should be joyful that it does. Molasses has a great deal of (gasp) nutritional benefits to note; blackstrap molasses in particular. It is obtained after the third extraction during sugar processing and has the lowest sugar content of all the extractions (the first and second are lighter molasses and have higher sugar contents). Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of manganese and copper, as well as being a very… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Tomatoes

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Tomato Tamato! These vegetables (or fruit to be correct) are nutrition powerhouses. They can be found in different varieties from small cherry tomatoes, to large hot house tomatoes, as well as many different colours. Tomatoes are known for their lycopene content which is what gives them their bright red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful free radicals, which can prevent heart disease, many cancers, as well as accelerated aging. An interesting concept with lycopene is that the amount of it in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes. So pizza may be a healthy option after all! However, it is still recommended to consume fresh tomatoes more often, to get the other benefits such as fibre and vitamin C which is destroyed with heat. Eating tomatoes raw or cooked has amazing health benefits. Adding them to sandwiches, salads, salsas, or soups will increase your fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidant intake. Try this easy homemade tomato sauce recipe to have over vegetables, pasta, or on pizza! Tomato Basil Sauce Ingredients: – 1 head of garlic, roasted – 2 tbsp olive oil –… Read More


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Discount Profile: Boon Burger

Care of Danielle Kirshenbaum A day in downtown Barrie is always a must-do for my husband and I while staying at my in-laws nearby cottage over the summer. We love walking along the gorgeous waterfront, wandering along the famous Dunlop street where you’re always sure to see a variety of quaint coffee shops, casual and more upscale restaurants, juice bars, groups of people enjoying cold beers on patios – and now – my new favourite reason to venture to this bopping downtown mainstreet: Boon Burger Cafe is here! For those of you who have never been to this little piece of vegan heaven, the menu for this burger joint is entirely plant-based and most of the ingredients are prepared in-house. The atmosphere is quaint with picnic benches and adorable pics of animals adorning the walls. Gems from the menu include the Surf’n turf burger with bbq sauce, vegan cheese, bacon, veggies and sriracha, peach chutney & tartar sauce – surprisingly spicy but delightful; and of course my personal favourite, the Greek Almighty on the chick’n patty with Boon’s out-of-this world olive tapenade. The poutines are delicious too – as my non-vegan poutine-loving friends have… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Leeks

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com  The lovely leek is a cousin to both garlic and onions, and like garlic and onions it is a part of the health promoting allium vegetable family. Allium vegetables are rich in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which have been shown to aid in preventing heart disease and stroke. Leeks are also high in dietary fibre which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, consequently aiding in type 2 diabetes prevention and management. And like garlic and onions, they may also aid in reducing oxidative stress which in turn may reduce the risk of cancer. In addition to fibre they are also a good source of vitamin B6, iron and magnesium, and a very good source of folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Eat them thinly sliced in a slaw, slow cooked in a soup, stew or chowder or have them caramelized and on a salad, sandwich or pizza. Or of course, in this delicious sandwich! BLTA – coconut bacon, caramelized leeks and roasted tomato with avocado on cornbread Makes 6 sandwiches Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1.5 hours Sandwich ingredients: 2 tsp grapeseed oil or canola, divided 4 cups whole grape tomatoes… Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Red Curry Cauliflower

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com The cauliflower is yet another superfood to add to the list. This cruciferous vegetable can be deceiving from its simple exterior, yet nutrient-packed interior. Cauliflower is known for its high antioxidant content such as its glucosinolates. These antioxidants have been shown to slow the growth and development of cancer cells. Along with this, it contains carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants which can have cancer suppressing effects, as well as reducing other diseases such as heart disease. Another benefit is its sulphur content. Although smelly, the antioxidant sulforaphane can stop cancer growth and reduce high blood pressure. Cauliflower’s mild flavour makes it a great hidden ingredient in sauces, salads, or even carb-replacers. It can be shredded to replace rice, boiled and mashed to replace potatoes, or blended to make a cheese sauce. Cauliflower has a great source of fibre and has a low calorie count, resulting as an aid in weight loss. This versatile vegetable is super tasty and beneficial for our health. Try this easy red curry cauliflower dish to please your palette and your body! Red Curry Cauliflower Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 2 tbsp red curry paste 1/2 red pepper, sliced… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Bell Peppers & Marinated Veggie Skewers

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com Crunchy, juicy, refreshing bell peppers are one of the most nutritious, delicious and versatile summer time veggies. Aside from being the bell of the salad ball, peppers can be used in everything from simple crudité platters to hot or chilled soups to complex, intricate hors d’oeuvres to being the star of a classic, stodgy, stuffed pepper dish. They come in every colour of the rainbow and brighten any plate. Depending upon the colour, bell peppers are rich in vitamin A, C, E, K, potassium and B6. Surprisingly, red peppers in particular, pack more vitamin C punch than even your average orange. They are a fibre rich food which aids in digestion, blood sugar regulation and chronic disease prevention. Moreover, they contain antioxidants, lutein, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids which if consumed regularly and in sufficient amounts may improve eye health significantly! Eat them raw or lightly cooked like the below recipe for best nutrient dense results! Marinated Veggie Skewers – What better way to utilize summer’s bounty than with seasonal vegetables! Veggie skewers can be made and marinated far in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to roast or BBQ. Try our tofu, mushroom,… Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  Blueberries are nature’s candy! Their sweet and tart flavour satisfy all sugar cravings. This nutrient dense berry is considered a super food as it is abundant with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and more! Blueberries are known for their deep blue colour. This colour comes from the antioxidant anthocyanins which is part of the flavonoid family. Flavonoids fight harmful free radicals which prevent cell damage that can cause external problems like wrinkles, as well as internal concerns such as chronic disease and cancer. Blueberries contain the highest total antioxidant capacity compared to its brothers and sisters like strawberries and blackberries. These little decadent treats are also full of fibre. One cup has 3.6 grams of fibre which will aid in keeping you full longer, and with weight loss and digestive health. The antioxidant potency can have other benefits such as reducing inflammation, promoting heart health, boosting brain health, and slowing down aging. The best way to eat blueberries are in their raw form or frozen, so try this amazing smoothie bowl recipe to get all of their benefits! Ingredients: 1 frozen banana 1 cup frozen blueberries ½ cup frozen raspberries ½… Read More


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Discount Profile: Away Kitchen and Cafe

Care of Barbi Lazarus Walking into Away Kitchen and Cafe in Little Italy is like walking into a garden, with living walls and a bright, airy decor. But before sitting down we wandered up to the counter to place our order and see what pastries were on hand that day. From the menu, my partner and I ordered the sweet potato empanada, and two sandwiches: lemongrass seitan and a pulled “pork” style sandwich made from king oyster mushrooms. The filling of the empanada was just sweet enough with a delicious, warm crust. The sandwiches were both delightful yet totally different from one another! The lemongrass seitan sandwich was light and refreshing, with cold, chopped carrot and daikon, while the pulled mushroom sandwich had a delicious BBQ sauce and was warm and hearty. We couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of items from the case. First up was a quiche, whose pastry was so perfect, flaky and light. And to top it all off was dessert: a beet cake which was incredibly moist and soft, without being overly sweet. With a new patio, and YamChops pretty much right across the street, do yourself a favour and make an afternoon to Little Italy your next weekend jaunt. Read More


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Food of the Month: Artichokes in Caesar Potato Salad

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  Although somewhat intimidating in appearance, artichokes are one of the friendliest vegetables you can consume! They are rich in inulin fibre, which aids in reducing one’s overall risk of cardiovascular disease by helping to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and consequently avoid the build up of harmful plaque in your arteries. Moreover, they are rich in potassium which aids in regulating blood pressure, further increasing their heart health benefits. They are also high in polyphenols, rutin, quercetin, and vitamin C, which are antioxidants directly linked to a reduced risk of cancer. Lastly, they are high in fibre in general, which is an important component of any healthy diet that wishes to focus on preventing diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. If the health benefits don’t intrigue you, they are also a distinctive and versatile vegetable that will help to add a unique taste and texture to any soup, salad or entrée! Try our summer inspired Potato Caesar Salad below and see what the addition of artichokes can make! Bon Appetit! Potato Caesar Salad Makes 8 servings (1 cup/serving) Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 30-35 minutes… Read More


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