Category: Food & Entertaining

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

While we all want to make healthy food choices, it can be tough and time consuming to identify the best ingredients. Fortunately, making one or two changes can have a big impact on the nutritional value of a dish. “Swapping an ingredient or two in a favourite homemade meal is one of the easiest ways […]

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Tips for Eating Healthier When Dining Out

We’ve all been there — too tired to cook after a long day at work and hanging out with the kids so you order delivery, or give in to a tempting invitation from a friend to join them for dinner and drinks at your favourite restaurant. Either way, your goal of eating healthy meals is […]

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Vegetarian Mushroom Miso Soup

The key to delicious DIY soup is as simple as getting the base right, according to chef Antonio Park, a judge on Chopped Canada and owner of two successful restaurants. Starting with a flavourful broth made with natural ingredients is essential to creating a sensational pot of soup. “Quality recipes start with quality ingredients,” explains […]

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Bean & Maple Syrup Bars

Two classic Canadian ingredients come together to make this delectable dessert. Don’t feel too guilty for indulging — using beans in your baking ups the protein and fibre content and adds important vitamins and minerals you wouldn’t normally find in a sweet treat. Bean & Maple Syrup Bars Makes: 24 bars Ingredients: • 2 cups (500 […]

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Cream of Bacon Corn Salsa Soup

Mixing cultures through food is a delicious trend that lets both professional chefs and home cooks get creative in the kitchen. As a judge on Chopped Canada and the owner of two successful restaurants, acclaimed chef Antonio Park is an expert in fusion cuisine. Raised by Korean parents, Park grew up in Argentina before moving […]

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Simple Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a family favourite and an easy step into Indian flavours that even kids will enjoy. Use a butter chicken sauce to make this classic dish an easy and quick homemade meal. The addition of chick peas adds fibre, protein, and is an inexpensive way to stretch a meal to feed more people […]

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Honey Fennel and Grapefruit Glazed Chicken

As we get deeper into winter, it becomes more difficult to fill our shopping carts and dinner plates with fresh, in-season produce. During these months however, Florida Grapefruit reaches peak season, making it ripe for grocery aisle picking. Florida Grapefruit supports our bodies with the essential nutrients and high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin […]

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Creole-Style Bean Soup

Ontario bean growers grow some of the best white pea beans (or navy beans) in the world. Added to this Creole-inspired recipe, they bump up the protein and fibre content to make for a delicious filling soup. Creole-Style Bean Soup Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 90 minutes Makes: 4 servings Ingredients: • 2 1/2 cups […]

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Creative Ways to Enjoy Granola Bars

Granola bars are staples in many families’ pantries. While they make the perfect on-the-go snack, granola bars can also be the foundation for some simple and delicious treats. Here are some ideas courtesy of Great Value Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, which are peanut-free and contain no artificial colours or preservatives, for the next time you […]

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Tips to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget

Hosting a New Years Eve party can be equal parts exciting and expensive. Between food, drinks, decorations, not to mention unforeseen expenses, it can be hard to not only set a budget but stick to it. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With a little creativity and a lot of planning, you can […]

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Yummy New Year’s Eve Cocktails

When the clock strikes midnight, what drink will your guests be cheers-ing with?   Orange Cherry Champagne Find the recipe here.   Grape sparklers Find the recipe here.   Pomegranate and ginger spritzer Find the recipe here:   Champagne cocktail Find the recipe here.   Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco Find the recipe here.

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Comfy Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

This classic baked bean recipe may take some time to prepare, but it’s oh-so-worth-it. White beans are slow-cooked with molasses and bacon, making for a fragrant welcome home after a long day. Comfy Slow-Cooker Baked Beans Makes: 10 cups Ingredients: • 3 cups (750 mL) dry white pea beans • 1 can (28 oz/798 mL) […]

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3 Tips for Going Gluten-Free in the New Year

Embrace the gluten-free trend by using creative ideas to get the nutrients your body needs and the flavours you crave. Whether you or a family member needs to go gluten-free, these tips are perfect for you. Remember that some individuals may be sensitive to gluten but don’t have celiac disease. Known as gluten sensitivity or […]

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Video Tutorials: Christmas Desserts You Want to Eat

Looking for a quick and delicious treat for the holidays? Try one of these delicious recipes! #1) Easy Christmas Treats ♥︎ #2) Quick and Easy Party Treats #3) DIY Holiday Treats ♡ Pinterest Inspired Christmas Party Desserts #4) Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe #5) Christmas Desserts Recipes #6) DIY Holiday/Winter Treats! Quick, Easy, and Delicious #7) […]

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Hot Holiday Playlists for 2016

Looking for the perfect playlist for your holiday party? Here are some of our favorites for 2016! Traditional Christmas Songs Playlist 2016 Christmas Songs Playlist 2016 – 2017 | Christmas Songs Top Hits Best Pop Christmas Songs Ever 2016 – 2017 Glee: The Music, The Best of the Christmas Albums Top 30 Songs Of Christmas […]

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Tips for Ensuring a Budget-Friendly Holiday Season

If you’re on a diet or on a tight budget, the holiday season can be a testing time. For those who are on the latter, keep reading for our tips and tricks for ensuring your holiday season is a budget-friendly one.   Opt for no gifts Keep in mind, that the whole point behind Christmas […]

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Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party at Home

When it comes to hosting, we’re all about making your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. True to form, we’ve compiled some holiday-specific tips and tricks to streamline your hosting experience during this particularly demanding time of year.   Make a list With so much going on during the holidays, it can be easy […]

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Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party in a Small Space

Opt for an alternative Christmas tree There’s nothing quite like a real tree to festive-ify your home, but if you’re lacking space, you may want to consider alternative options. Not only is a tree space consuming, but in a party setting lights and delicate ornaments can be bumped off by unsuspecting guests, creating more mess […]

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Tips for Hosting a Holiday Wine Tasting

If there were ever a month to eat, drink and be merry, this would be it. And while we can’t necessarily gift your merriment this holiday season, let us at least help you with the drink part with these tips for hosting a fabulously festive wine tasting for your family and friends.   Get out the good glassware It’s […]

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Perfect Wine Pairings for Traditional Holiday Dishes

Whether you’re planning on serving poultry, fish or tofu at your annual Christmas dinner, your guests are bound to get thirsty. Avoid confusing their pallets by pairing your dish with a one size fits all wine, and instead refer to our wine pairing cheat sheet for all your holiday spirit needs.   If you’re serving […]

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9 Delicious Ways to Enjoy the Taste of Eggnog

Love the taste of eggnog? Try one of these delicious treats with an eggnog flavor!

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Christmas Recipes Using Coffee

Looking for a way to liven up your holiday menu? Add a hint of coffee flavor to classic dishes!

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Gingerbread Muffins

Holiday baking wouldn’t be complete without everyone’s favourite, gingerbread. Not only are these delicious muffins high in fibre, they’re dairy-free and gluten-free. Made with pulses — crops that include dry beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas — this staple is low in fat and high in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates. First, make the brown […]

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Avocado Lime and Coconut No-Bake Cheesecake

Try something new, with this creamy and delicious no-bake cheesecake recipe. This tropically-inspired spin on a traditional cheesecake features a richly flavoured toasted coconut crust, topped with a creamy avocado and zesty lime cream cheese blend. “It’s a gorgeous shade of lime green that contrasts beautifully with the garnish of red raspberries,” says Tom Filippou, […]

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Last Minute Ideas to Get Your Family and Your Home Holiday Ready

  Anybody who’s ever hosted family or friends over the holiday season will know that there never seems to be enough minutes in the day to get your home in order for guests. Between food prep, gift wrapping, decorating, not to mention all that cleaning; it’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up not enjoying […]

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