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Snacks and lunches to go

Spring can be a busy time so try these quick and nutritious food ideas

Spring break marks the home stretch for school and the start of spring farm work. For us home cooks, this means making more lunches and snacks to go. Keeping your kids and farmers fuelled with good food will help them function at their best and prevent fatigue, constipation, energy crashes and dehydration. For the best […] Read more


Your guide to a better diet

Red meat, poultry and dairy are still on the menu, but so are other protein foods

Canada’s new food guide is less prescriptive than it has ever been. There are no recommendations for number of servings or serving sizes for any specific food. There are just broad guiding statements to help Canadians make more healthy eating choices. These statements echo healthy eating recommendations by countries around the world and reflect current […] Read more



Eat more vegetables despite rising prices

You can take steps to eat a better diet while keeping costs down

Eat more vegetables. If you’re looking for one piece of advice for improving your eating habits in 2019, this is it. Look at any food guide across the globe, including the just-released Canadian one, ask any health professional, research recommendations from any chronic disease organization and you’ll find they all recommend eating more vegetables for […] Read more


Beautiful vegetable platters for the holidays

Add a delicious, attractive and healthy option to your holiday season fare

Happy holidays! If your holiday season is like ours, food will be a common theme in your festivities. And rightly so. Sharing good food with loved ones is a way of celebrating our good fortune and passing on our traditions, culture, religion and family rituals. In our family, big, beautiful vegetable platters have become part […] Read more



Enjoy an onion

They’re tasty with flavours that run from spicy to sweet and surprisingly nutritious

Raw, sautéed, grilled, caramelized, fried or boiled, onions can be used in many different ways in an endless variety of dishes. In fact, onions are the most commonly used vegetable across the globe. We enjoy them for the crisp, spicy bite they provide when raw and the sweet, savoury depth they add when cooked. And […] Read more


Food waste in Canada and our role at home

Just how much food is thrown away in Canada? Probably far more than you think

In Canada, as much as 40 per cent of our food is wasted. This waste happens at every step of the food chain, from fields to processing plants, to retail outlets to our homes. A study by Gooch et al in 2010 for Value Chain Management Report, showed consumers are the worst contributors of all, […] Read more



Harvesting, storing and enjoying carrots

All carrots, in any form, are an excellent addition to any diet

Delicious, affordable and versatile, carrots are everything we could want in a vegetable. It’s no wonder this nutritious, subtly sweet root vegetable is loved by young and old and is one of the most popular root vegetables in the world, second only to potatoes. Carrots, whether red, purple, yellow or orange, are rich in fibre, […] Read more


Jars of freshly applesauce with home-canning equipment in the background.

The latest in home canning

Grandma was wrong — you shouldn’t be boiling your lids, and beware of pressure cookers

Home canning has and continues to undergo constant changes. While it’s nice to romanticize about putting up food just like Grandma did, keeping up with the times and following canning processes based on scientific research will lead to much better and safer results. The most reliable and trusted source for current home canning standards in […] Read more



Freezing your bounty of fruits and vegetables

Prairie Fare: As gardens hit high gear, it’s time to preserve some of the excess for the coming winter

Freezing is an easy, convenient and affordable way to preserve fruits and vegetables. In fact, when fresh produce is frozen shortly after being harvested, it can contain more nutrients than fresh vegetables that have been shipped long distances or stored in warehouses or on retail shelves. If you have a garden, a neighbour with surplus […] Read more


It’s fruit-picking time

Prairie Fare: Make the most of Manitoba’s short season

We are fortunate to have an incredible variety of fruit here on the Prairies. We have apples, cherries, choke­cherries, crabapples, currants, gooseberries, grapes, has­kaps or honeyberries, melons, pears, plums, raspberries, saskatoons, strawberries and many more. It’s enough to make one’s mouth water. Our beautiful, jewel-coloured fruit is high in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients making it […] Read more