Archives for April 2020

Tips for Freezing Produce to Avoid Food Waste

Stop Food Waste Day is April 29. In the Simple Bites kitchen, I’m always looking to increase my zero waste efforts and get others on board too.

If you can’t eat it immediately, tossing produce in the freezer is the quickest way to save it for later. I’d much rather make and freeze a quick pesto with wilting herbs, then lose them to the compost bin.

Many fresh ingredients, such as berries and spinach, can quite simply be bagged and frozen. But what if you want to do something more – and set yourself up with a stash of staples?

I’ve put together a list of recipes and methods for “putting up” produce by freezing foods. From pesto to pizza sauce, these are my favourite ways to stock the freezer – and stop food waste.

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Cinnamon Toast with Ricotta and Strawberries

A simple and vibrant five-ingredient recipe that kids can make (for mom!). Features fresh berries, creamy cheese and crispy cinnamon toast.

Today, and over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to inspire you with a couple of five-ingredient recipes. They can work for breakfast, lunch or snack, because meals are more flexible these days at home.

Since kids have stopped going to school, my most frequent request from parents is ‘What are some simple lunch ideas for kids?” I get it. They roam the kitchen like a pack of wild animals, looking for handouts.

So I’ve also simplified these recipes for the kiddos, because self-sufficiency is important. Read on for lunch ideas and a simple cinnamon toast recipe anyone can make.

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Earth Day Craft: Spring Garden Seed Kit

A simple gardening craft for kids that makes a special eco-friendly gift.

Here’s an Earth Day craft that is perfect for adults and kids alike and makes a sweet gift.

Perhaps the recipient is a neighbour in quarantine or your health practitioner friend down the street. We’re all feeling alone right now and its nice to let others know they are in our thoughts.

No matter which doorstep you choose to leave this handmade seed kit, it will be sure to evokes the sense of spring, a much-needed feeling when most of our yards are still brown and barren.

Happy Earth Day!

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The Ultimate Comfort Foods Recipe Round-Up

An invitation to return to restorative kitchen rituals and create the happy nostalgia of a comforting family recipe.

Since the beginning of ‘The Great Pause’, I’ve been encouraging my readers to cook comfort foods.

On social media and in private chats, my advice has remained the same: during this challenging time at home, cook and bake what makes you happy.

Now I don’t mean a steady diet of doughnuts, but instead a return to rituals we’ve loved in the past, such as simmering a pot of chicken noodle soup or baking a loaf of bread.

There’s a restorative pleasure to be found in eating a dish that we associate with love.

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How to Build Power Bowls

Recipes and tips for cooking nourishing power bowls at home.

With a little creativity and a lot of flexibility, nourishing power bowls are a fantastic family dinner plan.

They are great use of leftovers, feature pantry ingredients and can be customized to suit the different taste preferences around the table.

Sure, macaroni and cheese is great, but we can’t eat it all the time! In a recent interview with the National Post, I shared some of my favourite isolation meals, including a big rice bowl topped with kimchi, chili oil and a fried egg. So simple and yet so comforting.

Today’s post looks at how to build power bowls in your own kitchen. I share my best ideas for building block ingredients and power bowl ‘themes’. Oh and plenty of recipes, too!

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