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Fresh herbs from the garden are a taste sensation.

Add fresh basil to your recipes

Fresh herbs are an excellent way to add a hit of flavour without any salt

When I want to relax a bit, I meander outside to tend my backyard plants, which include a variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs. I don’t even mind weeding (too much) because my vegetable and herb gardens are in elevated four-foot-wide by eight-foot-long garden boxes. My garden beds are about three feet off the ground,

Abstain from romaine: Canada, U.S. warn on E. coli in lettuce

Reuters — Public health officials in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday warned against eating romaine lettuce while they investigate an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened 50 people in the two countries, including 13 who were hospitalized. The alerts, issued as millions of Americans plan their Thanksgiving Day menus, covered all forms of


2016 is International Year of Pulses

Recipe Swap: Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwiches, Lentil Macaroni And Cheese and The Ultimate Can‘Eh’dian Salad

A new year always begins with resolve to eat better, shed a few pounds, and become healthier. 2016 just might be the year more make good on those intentions. The United Nations has declared 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) to get people around the world rethinking a healthy diet — for the good of

I pledge not to be a sloth this winter

Prairie Fare: Chicken (Or Turkey) and Cranberry Salad

Through the years, I have worked with numerous “super-fit” student interns, graduate students and program assistants. They arrive at work bright eyed and report that they ran five miles, swam laps for an hour or biked several miles earlier that morning. Some of them exercise regardless of how cold the weather is. I look at

Food banks want that garden overload

Recipe Swap: Summer Beet Salad and Carefree Cabbage Roll Casserole

Do you have a garden full of vegetables you can’t possibly use? That heady excitement that goes with garden centre visits in spring often leads to surplus vegetables in fall you can’t even give away. Everyone else has the same problem. But you can give them away. Your local food bank will be glad to


Waldorf Berry Salad (see recipe below)

You can’t eat your lawn but…

Recipe Swap: Tomato and Zucchini Gratin and Waldorf Berry Salad

Is a lawn “beautiful?” Is a vegetable garden “ugly?” Or is it the other way around? It depends who you ask. A press release plinked into my mailbox from the folks with Food Matters Manitoba last week announcing their second annual Manitoba Garden Makeover Competition. It’s urging Manitobans to convert their lawns into an “edible

Gardens and green lunches shine a light on two rural schools

Two rural schools nominated for a Food Matters Manitoba’s Golden Carrot Award 
help kids learn about food, while keeping things fun and delicious

There is a new food fad catching on among young students in the community of Pinawa. Chives. “I never would have guessed it, but yes, chives — they love chives, every time I turn around out there they’re munching away,” said Darcia Light, principal of F.W. Gilbert Elementary, where an innovative garden program has earned



Recipe Swap – for Mar. 3, 2011

Sendyourrecipesorreciperequeststo: ManitobaCo-operatorRecipe Swap Box 1794, Carman, Man. R0G 0J0 or email [email protected] The beginning of March marks the start of Nutrition Month, an annual campaign by Dietitians of Canada encouraging Canadians to eat healthier and enjoy a wider array of foods. This year’s theme is a carry-over from last year’s highly successful Celebrate Food… From

Create Healthy And Appealing School Lunches

Are the kids sick of sandwiches and baby carrots in their school lunches? These healthy and resourceful ideas can spice up the lunch box and require minimal preparation time. NOODLES Cook up a batch of noodles the night before, store them in the refrigerator and you have the beginnings of a tasty cold salad for