Introduce New Bean Varieties for Healthier Spring Cooking

(NC) Spring has arrived and Ontario farmers are gearing up for planting season, many of them sowing their fields with edible beans. Canada is a world leader in bean production, exporting 80 to 90 per cent of the yield to over 70 countries across the globe. Out of the 28,000 grain farmers in Ontario who grow barley, wheat, oats, corn and soy, around 1,200 also grow beans. Cost of produc ....

Chocolate Lovers will Delight in Brownies with a Nutritional Boost

(NC) Whip up these flourless and gluten-free chocolate truffles for a delicious snack. Created by Ontario Bean Growers, you'd never know the secret ingredient is black beans. Chocolate Brownie Truffles Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Makes: 24 truffles Ingredients: • 1 can (540 mL) black beans, drained and rinsed• 3 eggs• 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla ext ....

Coconut Butter has Big Dairy Running Scared

As consumer habits continue to shift towards more plant-based foods, the dairy industry is feeling the threat. Analysts predict that dairy alternatives are projected to surpass $35 billion by 2024. While milk has been the primary product of the battleground du jour for Big Dairy, as seen in the recent Dairy Pride Act, a new threat is waiting on the horizon. Most people are familiar with the ....

Not Your Traditional Bean Recipe

(NC) These protein packed tortillas from Ontario Bean Growers take white pea beans out of their traditional baked beans, soup and salad recipe roles and make a tasty pairing with chicken. Chicken and Bean Baked Tortillas Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes Makes: 6 tortillas Ingredients: • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked white pea beans • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked chicken brea ....

5 Easy Ways to Cut carbs this Spring

(NC) Carbohydrates are a great source of fuel for our bodies and give us the energy we need to power an active lifestyle. While a diet rich in healthy, complex carbs can be good in moderation, a long, cold winter can have us craving something fresher for spring. Here are simple ways to lower your intake: 1. Say no to sugar: Not that indulging every now and then isn't ....

How to Use Veggies as Carb Alternatives

(NC) Love carbs but hate what it does to your mid-section? Consider trying a trendy substitute to the typical comfort foods. Vegetables like zucchini, carrots, spaghetti squash and cauliflower are tasty ways to continue enjoying your favourite foods. This yummy recipe uses cauliflower to thicken the sauce for a lighter version gratin. Cauliettes Mushroom Gratin Prep time: 15 minutes ....

Springtime Salads that Eat like a Meal

(NC) There's no time like springtime to fill up on farm-fresh greens and crisp vegetables. Take advantage of nature's peak season by eating easy dinner salads all week. Add protein. Protein transforms a boring side salad into a satisfying main course. Marinated steak, grilled chicken, boiled eggs and seafood are all hearty options, but don't overlook plant-based prote ....

EPA Under Pressure to Dump Fluoride from Water Supply

Fluoride is an ubiquitous chemical that has penetrated public water supplies across the United States. The CDC reports that about two-thirds of the population has fluoridated public water. And for those of us served by community water systems, that number climbs up to about 74 percent. Historically, fluoride been added to water in the name of preventing tooth decay and cavities. However, ....

How diet affects your dental hygiene

(NC) Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy requires more than just daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. Did you know that the food and beverage choices you make have an impact on your oral health? The more sugar you eat, the worse off your teeth will be. Sugar-rich food and beverages contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel and increase the risks of tooth decay. As your partners in ....

Warming up the Grill this Spring

(NC) April showers bring May flowers, but that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors and avoid using your barbecue. Get outside and grill with some delicious recipes to bring a little cold weather comfort food to your dinner table. Grilled Chicken Soup Cook time: 1 hour Serves 4-6 Ingredients • 4 to 5 carrots • 1 sweet onion • 4 to 5 fingerling potatoes • 1 stalk celer ....

Welcome Back Grilling Season with a Steak Sandwich

(NC) The snow has melted and grilling season is around the corner. It may not be summer just yet, but you do not have to wait to enjoy that perfectly charred steak fresh off the grill. Open-faced Steak Sandwich Serves 2-3 Ingredients • 1 10oz New York Strip Steak, 1” thick • 2 red, green or orange peppers • 1 sweet onion • 1 bottle (341 mL) Rickard's Red • 1 lime ....

Mom-sourced and kid-approved: Easy Beef Bulgogi

(NC) There's a battle taking place in the kitchens of homes all across Canada. On one side, you have tired parents, and on the other side, picky eaters. Parents just want to provide their kids with a nutritious meal, but it can be tough in the face of “ews,” “yucks,” and “can we have pizza?” The struggle to create healthy kid-approved meals is a common one. Nearly four-in-10 ....

Simplify Weekday Dinners with easy-to-cook Staples

(NC) We all dream of creating gourmet meals worthy of Food Network stardom – filled with decadent, hard-to-pronounce ingredients and rich flavour profiles. But this dream is hard to turn into a reality at the end of a long and busy weekday. Between after-school hockey practice and dance classes, parents have enough activities to juggle before adding grocery shopping to the list. Acco ....

Weekday Dinner Wins Start with Pantry Staples

(NC) There are few tasks less desirable than making dinner after a long day. Finding something to please picky eaters that doesn't break the bank or take hours to prepare – can feel impossible. Keep things organized and get a delicious, wholesome dinner on the table as fast as possible stocking your pantry with staples like olive oil, instant rice, or pasta. The next time you face a d ....

Reasons to Consider plant-based Eating

(NC) Plant-based eating has grown into a major health food trend in recent years, however, it is far from new. In fact, Canada's Food Guide recommends we eat more daily servings of vegetables, fruits and grains and that we consume a variety of plant-based meat alternatives like beans, lentils and tofu. You are probably asking yourself, “Is skipping the meat really good for me?” or ....

Plant-based Eating 101: Getting Started is Easier than you Think

(NC) You may have heard of plant-based eating, but did you know it does not have to mean being vegan or vegetarian? Rather, plant-based eating is about eating a diet of mainly plant-based foods like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, while enjoying fewer animal-based foods. For those interested in plant-based eating, making a few simple changes to ....

Women's Heart Health: Simple Habits to Protect Your Ticker

(NC) Many Canadians do not consider their heart health until they are older. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, two out of three Canadian women have one or more major health factors that elevate their risk for heart disease, like diabetes or menopause. No matter your age, it is always a good time to start managing your heart health. There are many small changes you can make ....

MLB Might Inspire Trudeau Government to Support Sports Betting and Online Casinos

The future of sports betting and online casinos has always been shrouded in uncertainty due to the various provinces lukewarm attitude towards its legalization. However, latest developments concerning sports betting in the Major League Baseball proves that the law on online gambling may not continue to be considered as a “grey area” for very long. Major League Baseball’s plan to tak ....