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Down Home Potato Scallop

EAT, family meals By September 26, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

When you’re out east, potato scallop is a diet staple.  With ham, turkey or on it’s own, there is no denying the comfort factor.  It can be prepared in kid-friendly individual ramekins for the little ones.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Butter
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling
(We also like to puree cauliflour and ‘hide’ it in the centre to get a few extra veggies into the kids.)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a saucepan, heat up the cream with a sprig of thyme, chopped garlic and nutmeg.

While cream is heating up, butter a casserole dish. Place a layer of potato in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper. Remove cream from heat, then pour a little over the potatoes. Top with some grated Parmesan. Make 2 more layers. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle some more Parmesan and broil until cheese browns, about 5 minutes.

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Quinoa Turkey Meatballs

EAT, family meals By July 17, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 18 Comments

Quinoa Turkey MeatballsSo Quinoa Turkey Meatballs are among our most popular recipes and it’s a great time-saver as you can make a large batch of meatballs ahead of time, freeze them and take them out each meal or snack time and add them to pasta, rice or veggies at dinner time or for a quick snack alongside cheese, crackers and fruit.  The meatballs are great for your kids to pitch in and help make.  They love the texture and rolling them into balls!

We add quinoa as it’s an ancient Incan grain that is packed with nutrition.  It has 20% more protein than other whole grains. It is loaded with vitamins A, E and B, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. Wow!!

Try to use organic ingredients where possible.  It just tastes better and is better for you and your little ones!

Serves 4 adults, PREP TIME- 20mins, COOK TIME-15-20mins

Meatballs:
1 lb (450g) organic ground turkey
1 large organic whole egg, beaten
1 cup (240ml) cooked quinoa
1 Tbsp crushed garlic
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp sage
2 tsp paprika
1/2-1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp sunflower seed oil for frying

COMBINE quinoa with all the spices and nutritional yeast
ADD ground turkey and beaten egg
MIX well
FORM balls (about 20 medium)
HEAT skillet with 2 tsp of oil
FRY at medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until meat temperature has reached 170F (80 C)

OPTION: Bake meatballs in a 350F (180C) for 30 minutes, or until done
Tomato Sauce-
1 large tin of crushed tomatoes
Handful of sweet cherry tomatoes
2 Tbsp of organic cane sugar
1 red pepper finely chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

HEAT the crushed tomatoes in a large saucepan
ADD the cherry tomatoes, sugar and red pepper
LEAVE to simmer and thicken for  10-12 minutes
STIR occasionally and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Brown Rice Pasta:

12 oz Brown Rice Fusilli (Spiral) Pasta
1 Tbsp of olive oil

COOK rice pasta in boiling water according to package instructions, rinse with cold water.  Drain and toss with olive oil back in saucepan.
Now add your tomato sauce and meatballs.
Serve with a nice crisp green salad for the perfect meal.

TIP:
You can find brown rice pasta at your local grocery store.  Tinkyada is a brand that I use at home and is fantastic.  Here’s why you should switch to brown rice pasta.  It’s wheat-free, gluten-free, organic, NO corn, eggs, dairy, casein, meat, soy, nut or peanut.   Corn and Soy are the worst GMO foods (genetically modified).  Try to avoid these foods if not organic.
If your not sure that your kids will like it you can mix regular white pasta 50/50 and gradually switch them over.  Also a great way to switch your kids from white rice to brown rice.
Remember white rice, white pasta = white bread (or equivalent)
Brown rice, brown rice pasta = wholewheat bread (or equivalent)

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Waldorf Bulgur Salad Recipe

EAT, family meals By June 20, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Stick to your healthy eating resolutions with this main course waldorf bulgur salad recipe that’s full of whole grain goodness. It’s a great use for any leftover roasted turkey you have, and packs easily for work lunches.  Makes 6 main course servings.

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Aunt Elsie’s “Passatelli” Soup

EAT, family meals By December 28, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

Soup is so full of nutrition and goodness.  It’s inexpensive and easy to make, and can be frozen.  What more could a Mom want?  Here’s a truly Canadian, easy soup recipe.

Aunt Elsie’s “Passatelli” soup
Submitted by Paul Lepri, Quebec

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Acadian Turkey a la King

EAT, family meals By December 20, 2010 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

We’re not even going to presume to give you a different Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey recipe than the one your family normally uses, but we will suspect that come Boxing Day, you’ll have a ton of turkey waiting to be ‘remade’ into family-friendly dishes.  (Aren’t you glad we didn’t say leftovers?)  This is a great recipe, and you can substitute tofu or chicken for those who want to avoid the tryptophan-induced sleepiness that comes on after eating turkey.  Here’s our take on Acadian Turkey a la King.

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Mother Dorothy’s Pork Tenderloin

EAT, family meals By December 20, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

What’s a traditional Canadian Christmas meal? Recipes, like family heirlooms, are often passed down through generations and Ancestry.ca, Canada’s leading family history website, turned to its customers to find out some of Canada’s favourite ancestral concoctions.  Here is Mother Dorothy’s Pork Tenderloin.

With hundreds, if not thousands, of customs making up the Canadian cultural identity, what Ancestry.ca discovered was a true mosaic of meals.

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Great-Great-Aunt Eliza’s Scottish Shortbread

EAT, snacks By December 20, 2010 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Ok, so there might not be any thing “light” about these Christmas delights, but the way these cookies melt in your mouth you’ll think they are! They are so easy to make and will be a Christmas tradition if they aren’t already.  Canada is made up of so many cultures and we are very lucky to sample the world in our cuisine.  Thank you, Scotland, (and Aunt Eliza) for these gems.

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Fitness Fettuccine Recipe

EAT, family meals By August 24, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

2 cups fettuccine noodles
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
½ cup sliced onions
½ cup chopped green bell peppers
½ cup chopped red bell peppers
1 ½ cups sliced button mushrooms
1 ½ cups quarter chopped artichoke hearts (canned)
¼ cup white wine
2 cups raw spinach
1 ½ cups Stock Up Vegetable Stock
salt and pepper to taste
2 fresh chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh basil

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