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Colourful Fish Tacos

EAT, family meals By October 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Tacos are the new darling of the culinary world, and they help to inspire creativity, variety and healthfulness in our kids.  Not only fun and healthy as a meal, but fish tacos can help kids learn about sustainability in the seafood industry.  Parents can help their children learn more about the importance of sustainable seafood on the interactive website sponsored by President’s Choice/Loblaws, who have made a commitment to sell only sustainable seafood products by the end of 2013. The link “school of fish” includes a list of fish at risk, a ‘did you know’ section, more recipes that kids will love, and tips for parents to help even their picky eater like to eat more fish.

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2 tbsp (25 mL) sour cream
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lime juice
2 cups (500 mL) coarsely grated red cabbage, grated using large holes of box grater
4 green onions, thinly sliced on diagonal
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
Half jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
2 pkgs (each 280 g) PC Blue Menu Wild Pacific Halibut Skinless Fillets, thawed
2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper
8 PC Blue Menu Jalapeño Corn Whole Grain Tortillas
½ cup (125 mL) PC Tomatillo Salsa
½ cup (125 mL) fresh coriander leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In large bowl, stir together sour cream and lime juice. Stir in cabbage, green onions, ¼ tsp (1 mL) of the salt and jalapeño, if using; toss to coat.
  2. Cut each halibut fillet lengthwise into 6 strips. In large nonstick frying pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle halibut with pepper and remaining salt. Place in pan; cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Meanwhile, remove tortillas from package and wrap with foil; place in oven and heat 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. To assemble, fill tortillas with slaw, fish, salsa and coriander.

Nutritional information

Low in saturated fat pillar
Source of Fibre

Per serving:

220 calories
fat 8 g (1.5 g of it saturated)
sodium 440 mg
carbohydrate 22 g
fibre 4 g
protein 17 g
Omega-3 pillar

picky eaters

How to tempt a picky eater

FAM, health By September 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Almost every child goes through a picky eater stage…and some seem like they will never come out of it. How do you get a nutritious diet into a kid who won’t eat anything green or white, or who refuses to eat anything except chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese? Nearly two thirds of parents describe at least one problem with their child’s eating, according to a study in Contemporary Pediatrics, so you are definitely not alone here–millions of parents feel your pain. There’s more to this dilemma than just tempting a picky eater, but that is a great way to start. Here are some practical solutions to helping your kid get the nutrition they need, without the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

peanut basil pesto

Peanut Basil Pesto

EAT, family meals By July 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

This peanut basil pesto is terrific on pasta or meat and super simple to make.  Your kids can join in the fun of blending the ingredients.  (Don’t forget the chef hats!)


½ cup peanuts, toasted
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 cups packed basil leaves
⅓ cup olive oil
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Place cooled toasted peanuts and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely ground. Don’t pulse too much or you’ll have peanut butter. Add basil leaves and pulse until combined and finely chopped and a puree begins to form.

2. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil until combined. Add 2 tbsp (25 mL) more oil if you would like pesto a bit saucier. Turn into a bowl and stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Delicious as a pasta sauce or a sandwich or pizza spread. Makes about 1 cup (250 mL).

bacon wrapped asparagus

Perfect Summer Sides: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus on the Grill

EAT, family meals By June 24, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

If your family is anything like mine, they love bacon, and everyone knows, bacon makes everything better! When you’re making dinner on the grill, try this simple, inexpensive, and delicious perfect summer side dish: bacon wrapped asparagus on the grill!


Daddy’s Ice Cream Bar

EAT, family meals By June 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, the kids are begging for beach balls and popsicles every time we hit the grocery store.  I have romantic visions of old-fashioned ice-cream socials, but they are a bit more interested in tree climbing and cowboy games.  Being the mother of two boys sometimes necessitates getting a tad creative (read: wiley).  This is where the concept for ‘Daddy’s Ice Cream Bar’ came about.  We dressed in costumes (any excuse to wear the Little-House-on-the-Prairie outfit of course).  After setting up tables with flowing cloths in the garden, I started the creation of the bar.  Three flavours of ice cream set in crushed ice and antique vessels to hold toppings.  Long spoons.  Dainty napkins.  (I can’t believe I actually just used that word).  And edible flowers to add the final touches.  Despite my creativity, the kids and Daddy decided that the toppings pretty much made the whole event.

Spring Greens Creamy Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Creamy Vinaigrette

EAT, family meals By April 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Last week during a Cityline filming I had the pleasure of re-acquainting with Trish Magwood, Food Network host, creator of Dish Cooking Studio and all-around supermom.  She shared this amazing salad recipe on the show and it is absolutely delicious.  There’s nothing quite like a great spring salad to help celebrate the change in season. You can keep it in the fridge for a few days as well, and add the dressing each time you need a snack. If you time it right you may be able to find flowering pea shoots. They make a beautiful addition to this perfect springtime salad. Serves 6

Spring Green Salad Ingredients

1/3 cup (75 mL) baby peas
1 bunch thin asparagus (about 12 stalks), ends snapped off
1 head red leaf lettuce
1 small head frisée or chicory
1/4 cup (60 mL) shaved pecorino cheese

Creamy Vinaigrette Ingredients

3 tbsp (50 mL) sour cream
2 tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil

How to compile the salad and vinaigrette

Blanch peas in a pot of boiling salted water for 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer with a slotted spoon (don’t drain the water) to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
In the same pot, blanch asparagus until tender-crisp. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice and cold water, then drain and pat dry. Cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch (1 cm) pieces.
Wash, spin dry and tear the lettuces. Set aside.

To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together sour cream, vinegar and salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil until emulsified.  Drizzle some of the dressing into a salad bowl. Add the lettuces and toss to lightly coat, adding more dressing if needed. Season with salt and pepper. (Reserve remaining dressing for a different salad the next night.) Top with asparagus, peas and pecorino.

Photo and recipe excerpted with permission from Trish Magwood’s ‘In My Mother’s Kitchen‘ .


Quick and Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

EAT, family meals By February 28, 2012 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

We love this quick and easy pizza dough recipe. It’s delicious and versatile bread that can be frozen and makes dinner or a snack quick and easy.

Makes 6 (10 inch) pizzas

1 package of dry active yeast
2 cups of lukewarm water
4 teaspoons of salt
4 ½ cups of all-purpose flour (you can use whole wheat too)
2 tablespoons olive oil

In an electric mixer with the dough hook attached, stir yeast and lukewarm water until combined. Add salt and then add flour until dough begins to form and is not sticky, about 10-12 minutes.Remove dough from bowl and place on a smooth working surface. Divide dough into 6 balls, about 6 ounces each. Place each dough ball on a lightly floured surface and cover with a towel. Let rise for about 45 minutes.

One at a time, roll each dough ball on a floured surface until a thin 10 inch round pizza shape is formed. Store by simply freezing unused dough in plastic wrap.


Easy, Tasty Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork with Bok Choi

EAT, family meals By February 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Looking for an easy, tasty recipe for a romantic dinner? This super simple meal has a fancy feel without the “fancy” work. Enjoy bacon-wrapped pork with bok choi at home on a blustery night when the kids are at the grandparents.   You can find some great ingredients using Meijer coupon codes.


1 lb pork tenderloin
1 tbsp vegetable oil
8-10 slices of bacon
8 cups of baby bok choy, sliced in half length wise and washed
1 bottle of VH Sweet and Sour Sauce

Heat oven to 400F (200C), slice tenderloin into 2 pieces. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high, brown the pork about 7 minutes. Layer 4-5 bacon slices by side on a cutting board, allow edges to only slightly overlap. Place one piece of pork across the bottom ends of the bacon strips, roll the bacon around the tenderloin and place the wrapped pork seam side down in a baking dish. Repeat with second piece and remaining bacon. Place baking dish in oven and cook until bacon is browned and pork is cooked through, about 30 minutes (pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F (70C)). Pour out leftover oil from sauté pan, add baby bok choy and 2 tbsp (30 mL) water, cover and cook on medium heat for 8 minutes, add bottle of VH Sweet and Sour Sauce and heat through, lower heat to simmer and keep warm. When pork is ready, slice and serve with bok choy and VH Sweet and Sour Sauce.