Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Take Action to Get GMOs Out of the Food Supply

Although most of the foods listed are south of the border to Canada, we as consumers have these very products in our grocery stores. Personally I don't want to eat GMO foods, I want to know that what I am putting into my body is healthy food, free of pesticides and toxins. Is that so hard to ask of our governments? If the governments want a solution to the rising costs of health care shouldn't they be concerned with ensuring healthy food is available, that junk food is taken out of schools and that we grow and provide the best possible food? There is a good PDF list of foods to take shopping and is easily downloaded.

Take Action to Get GMOs Out of the Food Supply

Monday, 12 April 2010

Roast & Boast

We didn't have an Easter Dinner and we weren't invited to one either. Instead we had a few Easter eggs, cinnamon buns and eggs for breakfast on Easter Sunday. On Easter Monday we went grocery shopping and found ham along with turkey on sale. We had a turkey roast at Christmas which was great, providing a few meals and even one in February from the leftovers we froze. We didn't find the turkey roast we'd had before but we did find a Lilydale Roast and Boast. I remember my parents roasting turkey in a bag along with the potatoes and vegetables but haven't seen this sort of thing in ages. We cooked this up during the week we were on vacation. Made really tender turkey, easy to cook and easy to cut up. I recommend this type of turkey for one or two people. The turkey freezes well too for making meals later, even a stir fry or cut into fine pieces for soup. There were juices to make gravy as well, although we don't eat gravy so I put the juices aside to add to the soup I'll make.


Saturday, 10 April 2010

Making Time to Cook or Easy Stir Fry

When I was single I really tried to cook for myself. This isn't easy as most packaging is for two or more and it is so easy to be lazy. Or "no one cares except me" and I will eat whatever, a bowl of cereal often doing for dinner. This isn't how I wish to feed my partner, John or myself anymore. To be honest I felt guilty not treating myself by cooking and feeding myself healthy meals. I've been doing very well since July when I moved in and one became two. After making a few basic meals, I've decided to branch out and add some interest to our menu.

On the back of Green Giant's Valley Selections Japanese mix is a recipe for Thai noodles with Shrimp.


1/2 lb chow mein noodles or chunk soba noodles
(I used kamut spaghetti)
2 teaspoons of sesame oil (buy the sesame oil it is well worth it)
1/4 cup each less sodium soy sauce and reduced sodium chicken broth
(I used Bragg instead of soy sauce)
1 Tablespoon of light peanut butter
(I used raw organic almond butter)
2 teaspoon each of sugar and minced ginger
(I used 1 teaspoon of raw cane sugar)
1 teaspoon of canola oil
(I used olive oil)
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 package of Green Giant Valley Selections Japanese Mix frozen vegetables
1 lb medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
(I used two steamed skinless boneless chicken breasts)
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

Boil the spaghetti as per package directions. Drain well and toss with sesame oil.
While the noodles are cooking, in a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, nut butter, sugar and ginger. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet or wok. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook 30 seconds. Stir in vegetables and cook and stir on medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes Add meat. If using shrimp cook until shrimp turns pink. Stir in soy mixture and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute. Toss with noodles. Sprinkle with cilantro.

I added the noodles into the mixture and cooked it together for about 3 minutes to blend the flavours.