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Food & Recipe of the Month: Oil-Free Onion Rings

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Onions may not be something to cry over after all! A member of the allium family, these vegetables have been consumed for centuries due to their rich flavours and medicinal properties. Onions can be incorporated into almost every savoury dish for a boost of flavour, colour, and health benefits. They have been linked to cancer prevention, especially stomach and colorectal due to being rich in organosulfur compounds. Additionally, they contain vitamin C which is an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Studies show that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had a lower risk of prostate cancer, potentially due to its high antioxidant and fibre levels. Along with these amazing benefits, onions contain folate which may help reduce depression. It aids in blood and nutrients to flow to the brain and release of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. So, onions will not only taste delicious, but they’ll make you feel amazing! Oil-Free Onion Rings Ingredients: – 2 large yellow onions – ½ cup flour – 2/3 cup non-dairy milk – ½ tsp paprika – ½ tsp garlic powder – ½ tsp salt – 1 cup bread crumbs… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Garlic Chives

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  As the Spring weather approaches so does our excitement for fresh produce. Spring herbs like garlic chives are not only a nice fresh and flavourful treat after a long, cold, root vegetable-laden winter, but they are also beneficial to us health wise. Garlic chives are abundant in folate, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, iron, and the antioxidant rich vitamins A and C. Aside from being nutrient dense, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy body weight, and keep chronic diseases at bay. It is the perfect time of year to clear out the proverbial old cobwebs and that goes for our eating habits as well. Introduce more flavourful plant-based ingredients into your regular diet in lieu of added fat, salt, and sugar, and you will be certain to put a little more spring into your step this Spring. Chive and macadamia nut pesto Makes 6 servings (2 tsp/serving) Preparation Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 bunch chives (approximately 30g) ½ cup macadamia nuts 2 tbsp nutritional yeast… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Maple Syrup

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com As the weather begin to warm, maple syrup season begins! This Canadian staple has been an ingredient used for centuries. Along with its rich taste, it comes with many health benefits. Compared to other sweeteners, maple syrup contains numerous antioxidants and can be beneficial for reducing free radical damage that contributes to the formation of various diseases. Although all sugars should be consumed in moderation, maple syrup may be a better alternative to refined sugars as it is lower on the glycemic index. It also contains zinc which is known to strengthen your immune system, perfect for the cold Canadian winters! Maple syrup has such a decadent flavour, it can be enjoyed on its own over pancakes or waffles, or added as a replacement to refined sugars. The rich flavour also allows for less amounts of it to be used in recipes. Try these raw energy bites sweetened with dates and maple syrup! Raw Energy Bites Makes 20 bites Ingredients: ½ cup almonds, raw ½ cup walnuts, raw 1 cup packed dates 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla warm water Directions: 1. In a food processor, blend all… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cashews

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  If you lead a mostly plant based diet, you are very familiar with the versatility of the cashew nut. Creamy, sweet, savoury, spicy, and salty – the possibilities are actually endless. The good news is that cashews as part of a whole-foods, plant-based diet are also beneficial to your health! Cashews, along with all nuts, contain heart healthy, monounsaturated fatty acids and high levels of beneficial antioxidants that have been shown to significantly reduce one’s risk of coronary heart disease if consumed regularly (Kelly and Sabate, 2006). Cashews are an excellent source of copper which aids in bone and connective tissue health, and a good source of magnesium which aids in muscle relaxation, manganese, an important component found in antioxidants, and zinc, which boosts our immune system and aids in digestion. It is important to ensure that your cashews and cashew butter are kept dry in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator to avoid rancidity. So, for good health enjoy those cashews (among other nuts) toasted in your favourite trail mix, as a creamy dairy free mac and cheese sauce, atop your morning parfait, or in a treat like these Cinnamon Bun Cookies!… Read More


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Discount Profile: Boon Burger Burlington

Care of Sherry Bowman On a nice crisp day, we can walk around downtown Burlington and and enjoy the hustle and bustle of activity near the Lakeshore. Due to their long hours, we can visit Boon Burger for lunch or dinner any day of the week. This is a good, casual place to relax with friends, enjoy some music, sign in for free WiFi, and delight in any food items on the menu. The community/family table is busy and there are a couple of high chairs still available. One of the bathrooms is wheelchair accessible, while the other is a good size for those with mobility issues to maneuver. A couple of concrete support columns have been painted black and have been chalked on by staff. There are panoramic black & white photos of farm animals hanging on the walls. My favourite is the photo of a cow that takes up most of the back wall – truly a noble creature. We order at the counter, and are given an animal figure to take back to the table. Although the word vegan is not used anywhere is the restaurant, you can be assured that… Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Mushrooms

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com We’re often told that a food that lacks colour doesn’t contain adequate nutrients. Mushrooms, which are commonly white, prove quite the contrary. Grown in almost any climate, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient to incorporate into your diet. Mushrooms are the only non-animal based source of vitamin D. This is essential for those who follow a vegan diet, or do not get enough exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D works with calcium to help your bones, muscles, nerves, and immune system work properly. It’s also full of B vitamins which are important to metabolize fat and protein to give your body energy. Mushrooms are a great source of plant-based protein and are often an easy substitute for meat. Either sautéed, baked, or even raw, mushrooms have a hearty texture and rich flavour that compliments any dish. Mushroom Quinoa Patty Ingredients (makes 6-8): 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (1/4 cup dry) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, fine dice Handful of white mushrooms (7-9), chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1-14 oz. can cannellini beans 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup tahini 1/4… Read More


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Holiday Coleslaw with Orange Vinaigrette

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Makes 5 servings, serving size: 1 cup (250ml) Ingredients Salad: 1 medium Bartlett pear, julienned 1 medium golden (or red) beet, julienned ½ small green cabbage, thinly sliced, approximately 3 cups ½ red onion, thinly sliced Dressing: 1 medium orange zested and juiced, approximately ¼ cup juice and 1 tbsp zest 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp djion mustard 1 tsp maple syrup ¼ tsp salt Garnish: ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped 1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries 3 tbsp chopped parsley Directions In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Top with hazelnuts, cranberries, and parsley. Read More


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Food of the Month: Cabbage

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com Cabbages, cabbages, yum yum yum! Cabbage, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, is a vegetable to make serious friends with. Cruciferous vegetables, in general, are full of fibre and phytochemicals, specifically sulphuric compounds that may reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease. Cabbage is also an excellent source of vitamin C and K. Although green is the most commonly consumed cabbage, red cabbage contains the antioxidant anthocyanin, which has nutritional perks such as providing anti-inflammatory benefits. In order to retain its maximum health benefits, raw, lightly steamed, or sauteed are the preferred cooking methods of cabbage. No matter how you slice it though, cabbage is one vegetable you won’t want to turn your nose up at. Read More


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Harvest Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Serves 4 Ingredients: – 2 acorn squash – 3 tbsp olive oil – 2 tbsp maple syrup – 1 onion, diced – 2 cloves garlic, minced – 1/2 cup celery, diced – 1 green apple, diced – 1/2 cup dried cranberries – 1 tsp dried sage – 1 tsp dried thyme – 1/2 tsp cinnamon – 2 cups cooked quinoa – 1/2 orange, zest and juice – Salt and pepper – Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out insides. 2. Combine olive oil and maple syrup. Brush dressing over squash and season. Place on baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes. 3. While cooking, heat skillet with oil. Add onion, garlic, celery, and apple. Once onion is translucent, add cranberries, sage, thyme, and cinnamon. 4. Add cooked quinoa, orange zest and juice and fully combine. Turn heat to low and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Season to taste. 5. When squash is ready, fill with quinoa mixture. Place back… Read More


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Food of the Month: Acorn Squash

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Squash, the symbolic ingredient for Autumn! This hearty root vegetable can be found in a variety of forms such as pumpkins and zucchinis, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. Each type has unique characteristics such as shape, colour, and seasonality. They also require different cooking techniques and can be used as a garnish, or blended into a soup. Squash is packed full of antioxidant compounds such as vitamin C and magnesium, which can help boost our immunity. They are a great source of B-vitamins which aid in metabolism and can lower blood sugar. They’re typical orange colour comes from beta carotene and vitamin A. These compounds are great for our eyes as well as bone growth which can benefit us as we age. Another secret component to this vegetable is the seeds! After washing and baking, this nutritious snack is loaded with protein having 7g in one handful. This versatile vegetable can be best enjoyed in a soup, a salad, or even as the main ingredient in a quinoa stuffed acorn squash! Celebrate the cooler weather and treat your tastebuds with this delicious, hearty vegetable. Read More


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