Is your plate half full yet?

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Posted by mmallet on 2014-12-1 15:15

For the past couple of months we have presented you with many reasons to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Here’s a recap of our favourite fruit or vegetable of the month:
 

All About the Avocado
I couldn’t be more excited to write this post about avocados. Is there really a better fruit? I like to think of it as the butter of fruit. Creamy and delicious, and very versatile - you can pretty much incorporate avocado into any meal of the day. The most obvious example is guacamole for a snack (there’s nothing like avocado with a little lime and cilantro). But they are also great in salads, sandwiches, or even for breakfast on the side of your egg. More...

Crunch and munch on carrots
So when I was asked to continue the series and talk about carrots, I asked myself “how do I make carrots, a root vegetable fed to rabbits, seem sexy? ” More...

Oranges Rhyme with Every Meal
Oranges; there are so many varieties and so many uses. Oranges are a delicious sweet fruit that is readily available all winter with some varieties also available over the summer. It is one of my go-to snacks when I am looking for something sweet, yet tangy. More...

It’s time for asparagus
This month we are featuring the lovely vegetable known as asparagus. The next couple of months are the time to stalk up (pun-intended), as they come into season in the spring, particularly May and June. Tall and slender, this vegetable is not only nutritious; it’s also fun to eat with its mix of textures. Some say it’s an acquired taste, but asparagus can add flavour and texture to pastas, salads, and omelettes, and, if dressed up right, is a tasty side dish just on its own. More...

Cherry season is a bloomin’ good time
When I think of cherries, the image of my grandfather’s cherry tree pops into my mind. And I guiltily admit that soon thereafter, the succulent image of a maraschino cherry atop a Black Forest cake (my favourite) invades my mind. But let’s get back to the cherry trees; the beauties that herald spring with their tiny blossoms. And each of these cheery blossoms will become a beautiful cherry. More...

Let stalk celery
Celery. It’s that vegetable that populates most veggie platters and quietly (or not so quietly) provides finger foods to many hungry party guests. And it always seems to be in my crisper, ready to be used somewhere! More...

Say it with an artichoke!
This month’s vegetable, the artichoke, has special meaning for me. The first time I ever tasted artichoke hearts was on one of my first dates with my future husband. A few years later, I learned how to cook them with two leading Cordon Bleu Ottawa chefs. More...

Hang on, did you say caviar?
Having grown up in Fermont, a small town in northern Quebec, I do not recall knowing about eggplant until going to study "in the South" in Quebec City. This vegetable with feminine curves remained a mystery to me until I tasted a dish of eggplant au gratin prepared by a friend of a friend. That was it, I just had to learn how to make it! More...

Want to go on a date?!
When I think about dates, I immediately think of the famous date "squares" made by Thérèse in "La Petie Vie" (a popular French Canadian television series). Date squares are a holiday favourite in our family, and in many other families. Did you know that in some cultures dates are eaten to break the fast? More...
 

The Many Faces of Garlic
Now that Halloween is over, our little monsters, spies, vampires and princesses have hung up their costumes after a plentiful harvest of sweets. Did you celebrate the event by watching your favourite horror movies? http://www.healthcheck.org/content/many-faces-garlic)">More...

There are so many more fruits and veggies to choose from! I hope that your plate is always half full... of fruits or veggies!
 

Marie-Claude
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