March is Nutrition Month! The goal of Dietitians of Canada's national campaign is to encourage Canadians to get back to their kitchens and get cooking! To support and promote this year's theme we're posting one tip everyday for the month of March.
These tips are too good to delete after we post them so we are re-posting them on our blog to be archived. They are grouped by categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. We hope these tips continue to inspire everyone to get cooking!
Breakfast foods are usually easy to make, and they're versatile enough for any meal of the day. Try these deliciously nutritious meals:
- Greek omelette filled with diced tomatoes, red onion, olives and feta cheese
- Soft poached eggs, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, on top of toast or a baked potato
- Burrito with scrambled egg or soft tofu, sautéed red pepper slices, avocado and salsa wrapped in a warm tortilla
- French toast topped with a spoonful of yogurt and warm sautéed apple slices
22. Cooking for one? Switch it up with stir-fries.
Stir-fries serve up a whole lot of variety in one small meal. Start with vegetables that you can buy loose. That way, you get as little as you need, reducing food waste. Try a sliced carrot with a handful of snow peas, sliced mushrooms and sweet peppers. Saute your veggies with a little olive oil, fresh garlic and ginger. Add protein, such as chicken, turkey, shrimp, beef, legumes or tofu. Enjoy over brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pasta or barley. Switch up your stir-fries for a new meal every time!
A dinner salad is a simple solution for couples to crunch on a variety of veggies. Buy a container of baby spinach, mixed greens or arugula and make 3 different salads this week. Top them with a little olive oil vinaigrette and:
- Sliced fresh pear, dried cranberries, toasted almonds and crumbled blue cheese
- Grilled salmon, green onion, grapefruit or orange pieces, and celery, and serve with a side of crusty whole grain bread
- Cherry tomatoes, English cucumber, minced red onion, lentils and barley
24. Cooking for a crowd? Big-batch cooking is a super supper solution.
Big-batch dishes that you can make ahead help you feed a crowd. Lasagna, chill, curries and stews are all great options. Leafy green salads can be made a day in advance. Keep them in the fridge and add dressing just before serving. Flavourful lentil, bean and grain salads can be made a couple of days ahead. Try cooking roast beef, a salmon fillet or roasted chicken or turkey in advance. Slice and serve cold with whole grain buns and lots of veggie toppings for a make-it-yourself sandwich meal.
25. Get social! Host a cooking party.
The party always ends up in the kitchen anyway, so why not start there? Invite your friends, and instead of cooking for them, cook with them! Have guests bring ingredients and share the tasks. Start simply with trusted favourite recipes. Or experiment with a new cuisine or ingredient and learn new skills. Make it a taste adventure with a theme like "Canadiana Cuisine" or "Mexican Fiesta". Once the cooking is done, relax and enjoy a delicious meal together.
For more information visit Dietitians of Canada.