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Sep
15

Cabbage Roll Casserole

I just love meaty cabbage rolls, my Polish relatives would call it Bolabki! I enjoy making cabbage rolls and it certainly took a few attempts to get the product I wanted. For many though, cabbage rolls may not be a realistic family supper for those busy weeks. And sometimes we want the hearty ingredients without the work that goes into making the whole roll. I've simplified my cabbage roll recipe into a casserole version. This is a great batch item that freezes and re-heats well for on-to-go dinners.     Preheat oven to 375 F Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium cabbage, shredded or chopped 2 tsp parsley, dried (or 1/4 cup fresh, chopped) 2 tsp oregano, dried 1/8...
Sep
06

Zesty Quinoa & Bean Casserole

This meal is a great way to introduce pulses into your family's diet. Pulses are part of the legume family, but the term pulse refers only to the dried seed and include (but are not limited to) dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses are a good source of fibre, protein and folate, and they make a great alternative to meat. This meal freezes well for workday lunches, or for busy family evenings.  Pre-heat oven to 400 F Ingredients: 1, 540ml can diced tomatoes 1, 540ml can black beans (or dark red kidney beans), rinsed 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and diced small 1 medium green or orange pepper, chopped 1 cup frozen kernel corn 1 cup vegetable broth (see our home made recipe here) 1 cup quinoa 1...
May
19

Ancient Grains & Shiitake Mushroom Pilaf

In my kitchen, shiitake mushrooms are one of our top choices of fungi. Not just for the quality, texture, and versatility of the mushroom, but for potential other health benefits. Nutritionally they are a good source of B vitamins and the antioxidant, selenium. But they may also play a role in boosting immune function. Shiitake's are cited widely for their medicinal properties but few human intervention studies exist. Early trials in Japan have studied effects of shiitake's on cancer risk reduction, and while outcomes are promising, the results have to be assessed with caution due lack of randomized or controlled research methods leaving room for error and bias. More recently, research from the University of Florida showed increased immunity...

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