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Recipe Swap: November and “Mo Bros”

Know anyone starting to look like Burt Reynolds about now? At mid-November a new moustache will be showing on anyone taking part in Movember. This is the month men taking part in the global men’s health awareness project are growing a ’stache to raise awareness and fundraise for men’s health, specifically prostrate cancer research and male mental health initiatives. Clean-shaven guys who rarely, if ever, wear a moustache registered online November 1 to become one of the “Mo Bros” to fundraise by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

There’s practical reasons to grow a “lip sweater” at the beginning of a Canadian winter. But Movember is actually a global event that started in much warmer Australia with 30 “Mo Bros” in 2003. Last year 854,288 were signed on across the world. Men have raised major money this way — $125.7 million as of 2011.

This is a fun way for men to remind themselves and each other to take better care of their health. The sad fact is men die five to six years younger than women from many preventable illnesses. Their suicide rates are four times higher than females. Research suggests up to half of the male cancer cases could be prevented by a healthier diet and lifestyle.

Movember is a month tens of thousands of moustachiod men remind each other to go to that doctor’s appointment they’ve put off, put a healthier choice on the dinner plate, and get some much-needed rest.

You can read more about Movember online at: http://ca.movember.com/.

How many of us know someone with diabetes? The month of November is also Diabetes Awareness Month. Here is a sampling of the dozen recipes you’ll find on CanolaInfo’s Diabetes Canada Calendar. You can download your own copy of the 2013 calendar at http://www.mcgacanola.org/cookbook_form.cfm.

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Blackberry Dressing

  • 1/2 c. wild rice2 c. water 1/2 c. celery, diced1/2 c. cucumber, diced1/4 c. green onion, chopped1/2 c. fresh or frozen blackberries, divided 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar1-1/2 tbsp. canola oil2 tsp. granulated sugar1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper1/4 c. toasted pecans, chopped

1. In a large saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes. Remove from heat with lid still on and allow to stand for 30 to 60 minutes until desired texture is achieved. Drain and cool.

2. In a large bowl, combine rice, celery, cucumber and green onion.

3. Prepare dressing: Whisk well or use blender to combine 1/4 cup of the blackberries, red wine vinegar, canola oil, sugar and pepper.

4. When ready to serve in a large bowl or individual plates, place rice mixture on bottom, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup blackberries, pecans and drizzle attractively with dressing.

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Lorraine Stevenson

Lorraine Stevenson is a reporter and photographer for the Manitoba Co-operator with 25 years experience writing news and features. She was previously a reporter with the Farmers Independent Weekly and has also written for community newspapers in Winnipeg and Manitoba's Interlake.

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