Food of the Month

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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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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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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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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