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Homemade Mac & Cheese

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

  HEALTHY HOMEMADE MAC & CHEESE



INGREDIENTS
•    3 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs
•    1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
•    1/4 teaspoon paprika
•    1 16-ounce or 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
•    1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
•    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•    2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
•    1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
•    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•    1/4 teaspoon salt
•    Freshly ground pepper, to taste
•    8 ounces (2 cups) whole-wheat elbow macaroni (or penne)

PREPARATION
1.    Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

2.    Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.

3.    Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

4.    Cook pasta for 4 minutes, or until not quite tender. (It will continue to cook during baking.) Drain and add to the cheese sauce; mix well. Spread half the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top. Top with the remaining pasta; sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.

5.    Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.


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Start the New Year With A New Recipe!

Posted on: January 5th, 2016 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

TRY THIS LIGHT AND DELIGHTFUL RECIPE!

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           ROASTED PEAR AND GRAPE KUCHEN

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup warm 2% reduced-fat milk (100° to 110°)
2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
Baking spray with flour
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes
2 firm peeled pears, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed

PREPARATION

1. Combine milk, yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Let stand 5 minutes.

2. Add remaining granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon oil, vanilla, rind, salt, nutmeg, and eggs; beat with a mixer at low speed until well combined. Add flour; beat at low speed 5 minutes or until batter is smooth. Add 5 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating after each addition. Smooth batter into a 9-inch springform pan coated with baking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), away from drafts, 1 1/2 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 450°.

4. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, grapes, and pears; arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

5. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Combine grape mixture, butter, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Arrange mixture over dough. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan, and place on a serving platter. Serve with whipped topping.

our very best suggestion for simplifying your Holiday? Remember the reasons why you are celebrating and the things that are most important to you!
Thanks to Deb Wise at myrecipes.com!

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Healthy Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

      PRINT THIS ONE TO PIN TO YOUR FRIDGE!

       Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ginger and Honey

                  

•    3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
•    1/2 cup honey
•    3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
•    2 tablespoons walnut oil
•    1 teaspoon ground cardamom
•    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1.    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2.    Toss together the sweet potatoes, honey, ginger, walnut oil, cardamom, and pepper. Transfer to a large cast iron frying pan.

3.    Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Stir the potatoes to expose the pieces from the bottom of the pan. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and caramelized on the outside.

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P.S. Check out these clever Christmas cookie recipes
from kidsactivitiesblog.com!

 



GET HEALTHY With a Yummy Lasagna Recipe!

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Try this yummy recipe for Swiss Chard Lasagna, direct from Martha Stewart!

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GET HEALTHY Soup and Salad Recipes

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


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I love the summer and fall in Southwestern Ontario because of the great variety of fresh produce we are able to enjoy. Tomatoes, corn-on-the-cob and crisp apples have always been some of my favourites.

Here are a soup and salad you can make in no time!

Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

3 tomatoes
3 cucumbers
1 onion
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix well. Let it chill for 1-2 hours. It can’t get much simpler!

Thanks to Dawn at Neworld Coaching for sharing her soup recipe.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

1 cantaloupe – peeled, seeded and cubed
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place cantaloupe and ½ cup orange juice in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in remaining orange juice, lime juice and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Yummy!

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!



Our Favourite Chickpea Salad Recipe!

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

A friend shared this Chickpea Veggie Salad recipe from Deanna Trask’s Nutritious Living Facebook post.

I’ve made it several times, and everyone loved it!

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CHICKPEA VEGGIE SALAD

1 can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
1/3 of a cucumber – chopped
1/2 of a tomato – chopped
1 pepper (I like to use 1/2 green and 1/2 red, orange or yellow pepper) – chopped
1/3 of a red onion – chopped
2 stalks of celery – chopped
1 clove of garlic (use a press)
1/4 cup of olive oil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (to taste)

Mix together and enjoy!

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!



Healthy Granola Recipe

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Amy’s Best Ever Granola

This is easily one of my most favourite recipes! It is quick, easy and nutritious. Store bought varieties are often laden with a few different sugars. This doesn’t make them such a healthy choice after all. It takes only minutes to put this recipe together, and it should last you a few weeks.

3 cups rolled oats, not instant or quick
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
6 tbsp. sunflower seeds
6 tbsp. sesame seeds
3 tbsp. flax seeds
½ cup unsweetened coconut
½ tsp. cinnamon 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
6 tbsp. maple syrup or honey

Preheat oven to 225º F. Mix ingredients and spread out on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 40 minutes stirring 4 times. You can add ½ cup dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, raisins or candied ginger) after granola has baked. Store in glass jars once cooled. Enjoy as a yogurt topping, with milk of your choice (cow, almond, rice) or nibble on as a snack. This also makes a lovely gift to share with others. Enjoy!

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!



How Long Should I Keep THAT in My Fridge?

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

foodland-ontario-logo-primaryDuring the cold days of winter, a warm cup of soup is always nice. Check out this Foodland Ontario recipe for Mighty Minestrone.

Winter is a good time to clean out your freezer and refrigerator. Check out:
How Long You Can Keep (Almost) Anything In The Fridge, Freezer, & Pantry.”

                                      It’s never too late to make healthier choices!



Healthy Tips for Eating on the Run

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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The holidays usually mean busy days. When eating on the run, we often choose options that are not the best.

Start your day with these Egg Muffins.

How much food do you waste?

Did you know More than $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much”? Click here to read more.

Fifty per cent of food waste in Canada is happening at the household level … with Canadian households spending $1,500 annually on wasted food, about a bag of groceries a week.”  Tommara Soma shares her tips in Five ways to reduce your food waste.



Healthy Holiday Choices

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

The holidays mean homemade goodies. Remember–moderation is key!

If you like to bake, check out these Fancy Christmas Cookies.

Did you remember? Did you test your smoke detector and change the batteries on the weekend we fell back to Standard Time?

Beginning November 1, 2014, every home in Ontario must have a carbon monoxide detector. For more information, click here.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!