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Turkey Parmesan Meatballs with Beet Greens

Tonight's dish includes one of my favourite greens - beet greens, which are the young leaves of the beetroot (the beets not yet ready for picking). Beets grow well in Saskatchewan and the greens offer a host of nutrients that can be enjoyed throughout the summer while waiting for the root to mature. Although not on everyone's favourite veggie list, beet greens can boost the nutritional value of a recipe in the most subtle ways, for example, chopping finely and adding to pasta sauce, lasagne, or meat dishes. Beet greens (along with many others such as kale, spinach, or chard) deserve some attention being rich in potassium, calcium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta carotene.   Pre-heat oven to 350 F Ingredients 1...

Food Sick? Food Safe!

Apparently on Monday I had a case of either Norwalk or a foodborne illness… either way, the health inspector narrowed it down to where I had eaten out on Saturday. Both can be spread from person to food, one food to another food, or from food to person. The inspector reminded me that 90% of illnesses from bacteria or viruses actually occur in the home. I felt it necessary to touch on food safety and hygiene basics to remind us all about the importance of protecting ourselves and others from unnecessary (potentially life-threatening), and at the very least highly inconveniencing, illnesses. 1) Separate. When buying or storing groceries, always ensure your raw meat/fish/poultry is separate from your fresh foods. Raw foods in the fridge...

Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

This recipe is a favourite in our family and beets are certainly not on our list of favourite vegetables! The sweet and salty of the beets and feta compliment each other well. Beets are a good source of potassium, fibre, and folate. The red pigment is a nitrogen-containing form of anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that falls under the category of flavonoids. In plain terms, beets are a good source of antioxidants and nutrients that may improve blood flow and blood pressure. Quinoa is a gluten free seed (we consider it a whole grain) that is rich in fibre, protein, and iron. Add some grilled chicken or tempeh on the side and you have a complete meal! Pre-heat oven to 375 F Ingredients: 2 large beets, peeled and quartered 2 cups cooked...

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