Easy Pork Stir Fry

 

A meal of pork stir fry arranged on a beautiful Chinese red platter.

Easy Pork Stir Fry

This recipe is bursting with flavours - ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil! Ready in less than 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 5 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas
  • 1 large carrot, sliced thinly
  • 1 package dried chow mein noodles (454 g or 1 lb) (or substitute your favourite long noodle)
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil (canola, sunflower, peanut, etc.)
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions
 

  • Trim off the silver skin from the pork (this is the silvery-white connective tissue that is tough and doesn't dissolve upon cooking). Slice the pork into thin strips and place in a bowl.
  • Make the marinade / sauce. In a small bowl, combine the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar. Pour about 1/3 of the marinade over the pork strips. Allow pork to marinate at room temperature while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Cook noodles in a large pot according to package directions. In the last minute of cooking, add snow peas and carrots to the pot. Drain noodles, snow peas and carrots, and rinse under cold water.
  • Heat oil on medium-high heat in a large frying pan or wok. Add the marinated pork. Stir fry for about 4-5 minutes or until the pork is no longer pink.
  • Add noodles and veggies to the frying pan or wok. Add green onions. Toss to mix all of the ingredients. Pour remaining marinade over noodles and toss so that noodles are evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

Notes

A meal of pork stir fry arranged on a beautiful Chinese red platter.
Keyword Easy Pork Stir Fry, Noodles, Pork, Pork stir fry, Stir fry recipe

Banana Berry Smoothie

 

A cup of smoothie decorated with a slice of strawberry, banana and blue straw

Banana Berry Smoothie

PREbiotics in bananas work with PRObiotics in yogurt to make this a power smoothie! Use a slightly green banana instead of a ripe / frozen one for more prebiotics.
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 banana (slightly green), sliced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt (or plain yogurt)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen sliced strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!

Notes

A cup of smoothie decorated with a slice of strawberry, banana and blue straw
Keyword banana berry smoothie, bananas, green bananas, prebiotics, probiotics, smoothie

Caprese Avocado Toast

 

Tomatoes, cheese, spinach and basil on avocado toast

Caprese Avocado Toast

Take your avocado toast to the next level with protein and fresh tomatoes! Healthy fats from the avocado boost the absorption of the powerful disease-fighting phyto-nutrients found in spinach and tomatoes.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 slices your favourite bread
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 6 slices tomato (about 2 small tomatoes or 1 large tomato)
  • 6-12 leaves fresh spinach
  • 6 leaves fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Toast the bread.
  • Mash the avocado and spread on toast.
  • Build your layers: add 1 slice mozzarella cheese to the toast. Top with 1-2 spinach leaves, 1-2 basil leaves and 1 slice of tomato. Repeat to make 3 layers in total.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Notes

Keyword avocado, avocado toast, basil, Caprese Avocado Toast, mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomatoes

Cheese and Veggie Omelet

 

Cheese and veggie omelette on a white plate served with orange slices, strawberries and toast

Cheese and Veggie Omelet

Did you know that the vitamin D in eggs boosts the absorption of calcium from cheese? Add any veggie you have on hand for this easy and delicious meal!
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp diced onions or green onions

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, beat eggs with a whisk or fork.
  • Add milk, salt and pepper. Whisk again.
  • Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Tilt and rotate the pan so that the egg is spread out evenly.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the egg starts to set. Fill half of the omelet with red pepper, onions and cheese.
  • Use a spatula to gently fold the unfilled side of the omelet onto the filled side.
  • Cook for about 1 minute.

Notes

Cheese and veggie omelette on a white plate served with orange slices, strawberries and toast
Keyword cheese and veggie omelet, cheese omelet, eggs, omelet, veggie omelet

After school snack ideas!

Looking for some snacks to feed the hungry kids?

Pair PROTEIN with PRODUCE for a healthy and nutritious snack! Protein gives us sustained energy and helps us feel full. Produce (fruits and veggies) provide essential nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and fibre. And let’s face it, most kids (and adults) just aren’t getting enough fruits, vegetables or fibre.

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Here are my 4 go-to after school snacks that combine protein and produce.

Cheese biscuits with fresh fruit

Make a big batch of these garlicky Cheese Biscuits and pop them in the freezer. They take less than 25 minutes to make. Grab one whenever you need a snack and pair with fresh fruit.

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Energy balls

These no-bake snacks taste like a treat! Packed with protein from peanut butter, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, these little gems are made with oats, cocoa, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.  Find the recipe here.

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Chicken Wrap

Open faced tortilla with Tzatziki sauce, diced chicken, lettuce, carrots and cucumbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start with a tortilla. Make a slit about halfway up the tortilla to create 4 quadrants or sections. Fill the first section with Tzatziki sauce (or hummus or mashed avocado); the second section with your choice of protein; and the last two sections with produce. Fold each section onto itself to make a triangular shaped wrap. Enjoy as is or grill it on a sandwich press.

Tortilla wrap filled with veggies; first quarter section of the wrap is folded up.

 

 

 

 

Tortilla wrap showing cucumbers

Tortilla wrap folded into a triangle

 

 

 

Naan Pizza

I used to make pizza on bagels but didn’t like how the cheese would ooze out of the hole.  Naan fits perfectly in the toaster oven. Kids can make their own pizza and customize with protein (cheese, chicken, ham, etc,) and their favourite produce toppings (red peppers, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, olives, tomatoes, pineapple).

Pizza made on naan and sliced into sections on a white plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it OK to eat processed foods?

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In short, the answer is YES! As a Registered Dietitian, I believe that all foods can be part of a healthy diet, in sensible amounts. But there are actually different categories of processed foods, and some are better choices than others. Let’s break it down.

When you hear the term “processed foods”, you may automatically think of foods that come in a box or package. There’s more to the term “processed foods” though. Scientists at the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil developed a classification system called NOVA (it’s not an acronym) that groups foods into 4 different categories depending on the extent of the processing:

Unprocessed or Minimally Processed Foods: 

Unprocessed foods have not undergone any changes whatsoever. Some examples are fresh fruit and veggies as well as plain unseasoned fish and meats. Minimally processed foods are essentially unprocessed foods that have been cleaned, dried, ground, pasteurized, fermented or frozen. No oils, fats, sugars, salt or other substances have been added to the original food. Dried fruit, frozen veggies, dried beans, dried herbs and ground spices are just a few examples of minimally processed foods. Both unprocessed and minimally processed foods should from the foundation of a healthy, balanced diet.

Processed Culinary Ingredients: 

These are oils, fats, salt and sugars. These ingredients have been extracted from whole foods using processes such as pressing, grinding, refining and crushing. Vegetable oils for example are made from crushed seeds, nuts and fruit. Table sugar and molasses are obtained from sugarcane or sugar beet. Maple syrup is extracted from maple trees, and sea salt is mined from sea water. 

Processed Foods:

These are unprocessed foods with added oils, fats, salt or sugars. Most processed foods have just 2 or 3 ingredients. Some examples are salted nuts, smoked fish, fruit packed in syrup, pickled veggies, and homemade / bakery-made bread. These foods can still be enjoyed as part of an overall healthy diet. 

Ultra-processed Foods:

Most ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat products would be considered as ultra-processed foods. These are foods that are made by a series of processes and have extra ingredients such as additives, colours, flavours, emulsifiers, thickeners. Some examples are cake mixes, packaged pasta dishes, frozen entrées, reconstituted meat products and seasoned packaged snacks. While these foods can be convenient, enjoy them occasionally and in sensible amounts.

 

Strawberry Bruschetta

 

Strawberry bruschetta appetizers on a wooden cutting board

Strawberry Bruschetta

Baguette slices are layered with creamy ricotta cheese, strawberries, fresh mint and a drizzle of honey. A delicious snack or appetizer for entertaining.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 baguette
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp honey, plus extra for drizzle
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries (about 6 strawberries)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves

Instructions
 

  • Slice baguette into 18-24pieces. (Optional: Toast the baguette slices.)
  • In a small bowl, combine honey with ricotta cheese. Spread the ricotta cheese mixture on each slice of baguette.
  • Top with diced strawberries.
  •  Garnish with mint leaves and a drizzle of honey.
Keyword appetizer, baguette, bruschetta, finger food, fresh strawberries, no cook meals, picnic food, ricotta cheese, strawberries, strawberry, Strawberry Bruschetta, summer appetizers, summer recipes

Spinach Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

 

A plate of spinach salad drizzled with poppyseed dressing.

Spinach Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

Greek yogurt is the secret ingredient in this sweet and tangy homemade poppyseed dressing! You can swap out the sliced strawberries for peaches, nectarines, apples or pears.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries (about 6 strawberries)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • Toss spinach, strawberries and red onion in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle walnuts and feta cheese over the salad.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour the poppyseed dressing over salad just before serving.
Keyword homemade poppyseed dressing, poppyseed dressing, Salad, spinach salad

Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad

 

Bean, corn and avocado salad in a large white platter

Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salad

Take one can of black beans and dress it up with corn, tomatoes, and creamy avocado. The lime juice vinaigrette and cilantro give this vibrant salad a fantastic fresh flavour.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 1 can (19oz/540mL) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, canned or frozen thawed)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped Add more cilantro if you like!

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Gently toss salad ingredients ina large serving bowl.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the bean salad and toss to coat.
Keyword avocado, avocado salad, bean salad, Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad, black beans, corn, lime, quinoa and beet salad, summer salad

Webinar Replay – Food and Nutrition Trends

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Join Sue Mah and Jo-Ann McArthur President at Nourish Food Marketing, as they reveal the top 6 food and nutrition trends that are driving consumers’ food decisions.

* Discover how the last year has changed consumers’ relationship to health, food and beverage
* Take away tips / tools that are relevant to you, your clients and your business

Watch the recording here!