Lentils are not the first thing people thing people think of when asked to describe the Canadian diet. Ironically, Canada (mostly Saskatchewan) is the world leader in lentil exports. These humble legumes deserve more time in our dietary spotlight. Not only are they easy to prepare, they’re chock full of protein, fibre, folate, vitamin B1, and iron. They’re gluten-free, and have a low glycemic index, for those following restricted diets. Use this recipe, and you have a complete protein at a fraction of the cost of meat. Continue reading Food Bank Recipes: Lentils and Rice
Not everyone likes to cook. Not everyone even knows how to cook. If you have enough money to eat at restaurants all the time, maybe it’s not a big deal…but most of us don’t have that kind of cash. So here’s a few things that will make even the most kitchen-phobic folks lives a little easier, not to mention saving time and money. Continue reading 5 Basic Cooking Skills Everyone Should Know.
Wow. What amazing Olympic Games we had. And how proud are we of our 221 athletes?! We were well represented, and we walked away with fistfuls of hardware, including 10 gold. With Sochi behind us, we look forward to February 28th, which is not just the last day of the month, but also Yukon Heritage Day. So this recipe for Yukon Gold Potato Soup seems very appropriate (and delicious). As always, most of the ingredients can be found in a food hamper or purchased very inexpensively at dollar stores or other discount stores. This makes this dish filling, frugal, and perfect for that last stretch of winter. Continue reading Food Bank Recipes: Canadian Gold Edition
On Tasty Tuesday, we highlight tasty, nutritious, easy-to-put-together recipes using ingredients typically found in a food basket or cheaply available at the store. Today we provide an unfussy, super-tasty recipe for a bean salad. Between the beans and the hard-boiled eggs in the salad, you have a great source of protein for a light meal. The recipe comes from Turkey, and in Turkish this dish is called piyaz. Continue reading Food Bank Recipes: Canned Beans
Though you need an oven to make this dish, it makes a lot of food that can feed a family or get portioned and frozen to make several meals. Filling and yummy, this is a super simple recipe that should please everyone, and would be easy to adapt for gluten sensitivities, vegetarians, restricted salt or low-fat diets and more. You can prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven after work and/or when the kids get home. My kind of meal. Continue reading Food Bank Recipes: Extra Easy Casserole
For our second Tasty Tuesday, the ever-present staple, peanut butter, seems obvious. As mentioned in our first recipe post we’ll offer easy meals using ingredients you can typically find in a food hamper. We’ll also try to include plenty of one-pot recipes that can be prepared on a stove top, or even on a hot plate. Continue reading Food Bank Recipes: Peanut Butter