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young boy eating vegetables reluctantly

From picky to healthy eater

Avoid the temptations of grocery store marketing strategies

I suppose this is going to be a column,” my son said as I pushed a grocery cart and he added items to it. We had paused in the produce aisle and he added bananas, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, potatoes, several types of peppers and other colourful produce items. He examined the items […] Read more


Add some new flavours to your menu

More herbs can help keep recipes flavourful while reducing fat and salt

Do you know what’s in the sauce?” I asked the server. “Do you not like it?” he asked. I need to adjust my facial expression, I thought to myself. “Oh, I like it a lot. I’m just wondering what the ingredients are,” I responded with a smile. “I am not sure, but I will check […] Read more



Staying safe with food

Food safety scares underline the need for proper food handling for fresh produce

A recent scare around romaine lettuce here in the U.S. (Canadian readers can rest assured they were unaffected, though the CFIA says it’s monitoring the situation) has many wondering just how safe those leafy greens really are. “Can I eat the romaine lettuce in my refrigerator?” one recent caller asked me. “No, we need to […] Read more


Lunch in a jar

Make a nutritious and well-balanced salad ahead of time and enjoy it with just a few quick shakes to mix it

Every now and then I get a little envious of the creativity of my co-workers’ lunches. I have noted a couple of people making “salads in a jar” on occasion. All they need to do is gently shake the glass quart jar to mix the ingredients, grab a fork and enjoy their healthful creation. Maybe […] Read more



Get grilling!

It’s time to dust off the barbecue and start enjoying delicious summer treats

At long last, it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy delicious barbecued food. Whether you used your barbecue throughout the winter or are just bringing it out of hibernation, now’s the time to show it a little TLC and prepare it for grilling season. A clean grill not only looks great, it also […] Read more


Coffee time

If you are a coffee drinker, you are not alone; nearly two out of three people have coffee daily

Do you start your day with a cup of coffee or two? Many people do. I remember the “egg coffee” that accompanied the traditional Scandinavian church dinners in my hometown. A raw egg was added to the coffee grounds before the coffee was cooked in a big pot on the stove. As a kid, I […] Read more



Cleaning up

It’s spring cleaning time for your kitchen too, and studies show there’s plenty of lurking bacteria

The calendar insists it’s spring, despite the snow and ice that continue to keep the daffodils and tulips hidden below ground. The birds probably are wondering if they missed summer. Spring puts me in a cleaning mood, even when snow still is blanketing the ground. In the kitchen, spring cleaning usually means scrubbing surfaces and […] Read more


Are eggs healthful?

They’re a good source of protein and a chemical that helps with brain, nerve and, potentially, memory health

I remember going to my daughter’s preschool for “green eggs and ham” day. Yes, the food was dyed green in honour of the Dr. Seuss book that inspired the menu, and the kids were quite excited. Unfortunately, I associate green ham with mouldy ham, but I ate the emerald-coloured ham and eggs, and forced a […] Read more



Put wheat and barley and other grains in your diet

The crops produced on Prairie farms don’t need processing to be eaten

Isn’t it ironic that we live in the Grain Belt of Canada and produce some of the world’s finest grains, but we rarely eat those grains until they’re processed? For the longest time, I didn’t even know you could cook raw wheat kernels just as they are. The only thing I ever ate out of […] Read more


Keep your motor running

Prairie Fare: Men care about health and wellness issues, they just need better information — and a new website can help

“Gentlemen, start your engines!” I wonder how many times I have overheard that sentence in my house. Yes, I am married to an automobile racing fan. Because the race-car drivers usually drink milk at the end, I guess racing has a nutrition connection. This long, cold winter has been a challenge for vehicles and our […] Read more