Mar 1
icon1 Kayla | icon2 Beef | icon4 03 1st, 2013| icon3No Comments »

Do you know the difference between a pot roast and a oven roast? 65% of Canadians don’t. Roast beef is the number one searched words that bring people to the Canada Beef site. Most are looking for easy recipes after all it one of the top 10 searches in the entire world. So for Canada’s Nutrition Month Canada, Canada Beef has launched a complimentary campaign at helping us Canadians cook with Canadian Beef.

Canada Beef wants us to know they are just a video away if needed to help us cook. As experts in how to buy cook and store Canadian Beef it is just like bring an expert into your kitchen.

Have you checked out this playlist they now have on the Youtube list filled with 30 second quick tips?

My favorite tip is this one.

 

 

Or how about the checkout this playlist for step by step cooking instructions?

My favorite lesson is this one.


 

You can even with Eat In Eat Out and Canadian Beef! One of 5 Canadian Beef prize packs that include a 32 G Apple Ipad 4, a talking thermometer, and a cooler tote. Be sure to enter the contest!

Nov 27
icon1 Jennifer | icon2 Dinner, Recipes | icon4 11 27th, 2012| icon3No Comments »

The most-used cookbook in my house?  Bisquick Impossibly Easy Pies.  Have you ever done these?  Talk about simple!  You throw all of your ingredients into a pie plate, pour the Bisquick mixture over everything, and bake.  When you pull the concoction out of the oven, the Bisquick “crust” has formed under and over the ingredients, creating a pie.  My kids will eat almost anything I make this way, especially if I give it a funny name to disguise what’s really in there.  In our regular rotation is Cheeseburger Pie and “Piggy Pie” (so-called because it’s made with ham, but they think I call it that because they can’t get enough of it).

So here’s my plan for all those Thanksgiving leftovers hanging out in the fridge:

TURKEY & STUFFING PIE
2 c. leftover turkey, cut up small
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 c. leftover bread stuffing
1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions
1/2 c. cooked green peas
1/2 c. Original Bisquick mix
1 c. milk
2 eggs
Leftover turkey gravy

Heat oven to 400.  Spray 9″ pie plate with cooking spray.  Spread turkey in pie plate, and sprinkle with seasoned salt.  Break stuffing into small pieces, and layer over turkey.  Top with onions and peas (in our case, I’m substituting corn for peas, because that’s what we have leftover).  Combine Bisquick mix, milk and eggs until well blended, and pour over mixture in pie plate.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let stand 5 minutes, and serve with gravy if desired.

There are tons more Bisquick recipes on the website.  Have fun!

 

Oct 28

Halloween is favourite holiday around our house- as soon as one is done our daughter is thinking up a costume for the next year – this year she is going to go as the wicked queen from Once upon a time.  Can’t wait to see her all dressed up!
Along with dressing up she loves all the wonderful Halloween treats that go along with it.  One of My best go to places for great desserts any time of the year is Kraft Canada [well for pretty much anything] their website is filled with so many great tips and information.
The Kraft Canada website even has a page specifically dedicated to Halloween, it is full of amazing recipes, party ideas, decorations  and tips for a great Halloween party! They also have some great stencils that we can use on our pumpkin.

Halloween pumpkin stencils
After  they go out trick or treating, the kids will be coming back for some Halloween treats at our house. I took   a quick look at the site and I found some great snacks for them to have when they come back with loaded bags.  This is a Mummy cookie balls recipe I found that looks great and will be a hit with the kids. It is also one that I can easily make gluten free, so my daughter can enjoy along with her friends.

There are also some great games available  on the site that they can play! I think this will be a fun one:
Mummy Wrap:
Divide kids into teams of 3 (1 mummy, 1 wrapper, 1 un-wrapper). Each team gets 1 extra-large roll of toilet paper. This is a timed event, so instruct the kids that on your signal, one team member must wrap the “mummy” in toilet paper. When the roll is complete (and the mummy is mostly covered) the 2nd team member unwraps the mummy (no tearing the toilet paper, it has to be unrolled). The first team to finish, wins. This is a great activity, especially when you play it to fast-paced Halloween music.

Whatever it is that the kids have or play afterwards, make sure that they are safe when they are going out; have some reflective tape on their clothing [I get the glow in the dark neon bracelets and necklaces for them to wear  that way they also have  bit of a light source] and make sure there is a group of them going out together [teens don't like you going with them] as well as making sure that they are carrying a cell phone to call if they need picking up or feel threatened in any way.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!  :)

 

Oct 26

Weekend Breakfasts

I don’t know about you but when the weekend rolls around I don’t always feel like getting up early to make up big weekend  breakfasts, I like lazing in bed as much as everybody. :) That is why it is great to be able to make breakfast ahead of time.  Whether you make up a strata or a fabulous French toast casserole the night before, whoever gets up first just has to take it out of the fridge, pop it in the oven at the desired temperature and have it ready for when the rest of the clan wakes up; no fuss, and no mess!

This works really well even for early mornings like Christmas, when the kids [so that means you too] are up early and they want to get to opening presents – you can pop it in the oven and just sit and enjoy the mayhem while breakfast is getting prepared.

Here is an easy brunch strata from Kraft Canada– If you are gluten free you can use GF bread instead of the regular bread.

This is a recipe that I have used in the past and has been a hit at Christmas time; it is very sweet and gooey, but oh so good! So if the kids aren’t hyper enough from all the unwrapping they have done on Christmas morning, they can get jump started on this recipe from allrecipes.com  :)

 

Enjoy, hope you get those extra zzz’s ;)

 

 

Oct 25

It always interests me how much Halloween candy and what type is consumed the most, take a look at this:

Halloween Candy infographic

Oct 24

I have to admit, I love President’s Choice products.  So much so, that I when we moved to Vancouver years ago, I had to make a few calls before we left just to make sure that I would be able to get their products out there. And I made sure that our apartment was not more than 20 minutes away from the store!  I also get really excited when PC insiders report comes out – they are always full of great new products and some fabulous recipes. I am a bit geeky that way!
I like having things around in case we have people drop by unexpectedly, the PC 5 layer fiesta dip is perfect for this – it is all ready and looks amazing when you serve it [any of the dips are really amazing]– I also pick up some of the PC Sea Salt Kettle Style Tortilla Chips to serve along with them – they are a big hit!

Presidents Choice Products

Photo taken from President's Choice website

 


 They also have some great healthy items for a fast dinner on the go – here is one I like to get for my family:  the PC Chicken Breast Strips, they are fire roasted and fully cooked so they are ready to add to any salad, sandwich or wrap!
Do you have any favorite President’s Choice Products you would like to share?

 

Have any of  you been watching “Recipe to Riches”?  I love it!

 

President's Choice Products

Photo taken from President's Choice Website

 

Oct 12
icon1 rossana | icon2 Beef, Conference, Recipes, Uncategorized | icon4 10 12th, 2012| icon3No Comments »

One of the great sponsors of the ShesConnected conference {#SCCTO} is Canadian Beef Inc.  They are an independent national organization handling the marketing and promotion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide.

Did you know?

  • There are 83,000 farms and ranches with beef cattle across Canada.
  • The average beef cow herd size in Canada is 61.
  • There are a lot of small cattle farms with 61% of the farms having less than 47 cows.
  • Canada produced 3.4 billion pounds of beef in 2009.
  • Canadians eat 46 pounds (20.9 kg) of beef per person annually.
  • Canada is the 6th largest beef exporting country in the world.
  • Beef production contributed $23 billion to Canada’s economy in 2009.

Canadian Beef Inc. supports Canada’s 83,000 hard working beef farming families from coast to coast.  They are  an awesome organization!

This week, I will get to meet some of their team at the ShesConnected conference, and I am so excited! Along with being great sponsors of the conference they have done some great blogger outreach programs with ShesConnected.

Now, I love my beef and the fact that it is Canadian is even better, because when I buy Canadian beef, I know am helping to support some of those 83000 beef farmers we have here in Canada.  The best part of eating Canadian Beef?  Beef is all natural, so I can have it any time on my gluten free diet.  I love that – just natural!

Canadian beef is also nutrient rich; every bite of lean Canadian beef is packed with 14 essential nutrients. There are 34.6 g of protein in 100 grams of cooked, lean only Canadian beef. It is also naturally rich in iron that is easily absorbed by your body. Iron, is an essential mineral found in every cell in your body that helps builds red blood cells and keeps your cells working. So I know I am giving my family great nutrition when I serve beef.

Their website www.beefinfo.org  has hundreds of recipes, video cooking lessons, step-by-step cooking instructions, nutrition & health tips along with tons of nutritional information .  There is so much information available; they also have a monthly newsletter, Make it Beef Club. Definitely worth signing up for!

They also have a great blog, full of great information and they answer a lot of reader questions, such a great resource! So much great information and great recipes!

This is one I will have to try next time we have company over :

Lime-Chipotle Rotisserie Roast

Canadian Beef

Taken from the Canadian Beef Website

 

So if you are at the ShesConnected  Conference on October 19 and 20th,  please stop by and say hello to the lovely ladies from Canadian Beef and show them some love! ;)

See you at the conference!

Oct 11
icon1 Kayla | icon2 Beef, Information | icon4 10 11th, 2012| icon3No Comments »

When I was feeding my daughter her first foods when she was about 6 months old I started with cereal. Then vegetables and fruit, then meat, but now there are new guidelines that show a baby’s first foods need to include those that are iron rich.

For the first 6 months it is so important to breast feed if possible. After that breast milk does not give a growing baby the nutrients that they need. “At this age, iron-rich foods, such as meat, meat alternatives (e.g., eggs, tofu, and legumes), and iron-fortified infant cereals, are important to help meet the nutrient needs of the rapidly growing infants. ”

The new recommendations from Health Canada have definitely changed. Guess a steak for baby would be a safe beat now..well a pureed steak. These new guidelines look much like what an aboriginal diet for a baby looks like. Meats are now being introduced much sooner then before.

The recommendations say to serve your babies iron-rich foods at least two or more times each day; and meat, such as beef, poultry, fish or meat alternatives daily. Frequent consumption of meat, poultry and fish, can contribute considerably to meeting infant iron requirements because the heme iron they provide is more readily absorbed than non-heme iron found in plant based foods such as infant cereals.

Why the change? Iron rich foods including beef, chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, and legumes offer rapidly growing nutrients needed for development. Iron is critical for a baby’s growth and cognitive development. Perhaps the aboriginals who have been doing this for years have it right.

Need to know how to make a simple beef puree for your baby:

Puréed Baby Meat

1/2 cup (125 mL)beef, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup (50 mL) water or cooking liquid or milk

In a food processor or blender, combine meat and water. Process for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately or freeze for later use.

*Source for this post: Canada Beef

Oct 10
icon1 Kayla | icon2 Uncategorized | icon4 10 10th, 2012| icon3No Comments »

When I was feeding my daughter her first foods when she was about 6 months old I started with cereal. Then vegetables and fruit, then meat, but now there are new guidelines that show a baby’s first foods need to include those that are iron rich.

For the first 6 months it is so important to breast feed if possible. After that breast milk does not give a growing baby the nutrients that they need. “At this age, iron-rich foods, such as meat, meat alternatives (e.g., eggs, tofu, and legumes), and iron-fortified infant cereals, are important to help meet the nutrient needs of the rapidly growing infants. ”

The new recommendations from Health Canada have definitely changed. Guess a steak for baby would be a safe beat now..well a pureed steak. These new guidelines look much like what an aboriginal diet for a baby looks like. Meats are now being introduced much sooner then before.

The recommendations say to serve your babies  iron-rich foods  at least two or more times each day; and meat, such as beef, poultry, fish or meat alternatives daily. Frequent consumption of meat, poultry and fish, can contribute considerably to meeting infant iron requirements because the heme iron they provide is more readily absorbed than non-heme iron found in plant based foods such as infant cereals.

Why the change? Iron rich foods including beef, chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, and legumes offer rapidly growing nutrients needed for development. Iron is critical for a baby’s growth and cognitive development. Perhaps the aboriginals who have been doing this for years have it right.

Need to know how to make a simple beef puree for your baby:

Puréed Baby Meat

1/2 cup (125 mL)beef, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup (50 mL) water or cooking liquid or milk

In a food processor or blender, combine meat and water. Process for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately or freeze for later use.

*Source for this post: Canada Beef

Oct 4
icon1 rossana | icon2 Fun, Uncategorized | icon4 10 4th, 2012| icon3No Comments »

Halloween is coming up just around the corner. Do your kids have a favourite Halloween costume planned?  My daughter would start to think about her costume literally the week after Halloween – I loved her enthusiasm!

She came up with some pretty cool ideas and she would get them all together herself.  She must have caught that from my husband – he loved dressing up for Halloween – had elaborate costumes that he made himself – we finally got rid of some of them on our move back from Vancouver, but I am sure he is wishing we had kept them.  I remember one year, he decided he was going to be a Christmas tree – he looked great, awesome tree – only problem was that back then we didn’t have battery powered lights, so he had to stay close to a plug so his lights would work!

Here is one of the costumes we did manage to keep.

Favourite Halloween Costume

 

Do you have a favorite costume that you made up from your past or your child’s?

If you happen to have captured some awesome Halloween costumes and moments,  Nestle Canada  is sponsoring a great contest -> https://apps.facebook.com/myfavouritehalloween/  .  Enter to win grand prize of  $2000 of Chocolates for you and your street!  There will also be 5 weekly prizes drawn.

Make sure to like their page and just upload at least one (1) photograph of yourself, somebody or someone you know wearing a Halloween costume. You can enter as many times as you would like; you have until Oct 8th, then finalists will be  chosen by the judging panel.  They  will judge the entries based on a combination of the following judging criteria; the best that  demonstrate costume creativity, humour, scariness and originality. You will then be able to vote for your favourite FINALIST by October 22nd, the winner will be announced October 24th.  Unfortunately, this contest is only open to Canadians, except those in Quebec. Read rules and regulations.

Good luck !

 

 

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