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Basil Tomato Cream Cheese Frittata - view recipe
Frittata is the Italian word for omelette. Frittatas are prepared differently than omelettes, usually started on the stovetop and finished under ...

Crispy Baked Asian Blackberry Chicken Wings - view recipe
There are few occasions when I’d argue that “baked” rules over “deep-fried.” But believe it or not, a piping hot oven—and not a vat of bubbling ...

Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings - view recipe
There are few occasions when I’d argue that “baked” rules over “deep-fried.” But believe it or not, a piping hot oven—and not a vat of bubbling ...

Crustless Broccoli Quiche - view recipe
Quiches are easy and versatile. Although by the usual definition, a quiche must be in a crust, it isn't necessary.The health benefits of this ...


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Greek Omelet - view recipe
With flavors reminiscent of the classic Greek spanakopita, this easy omelet is just right for a light dinner or brunch. Frozen leaf spinach ...

Portobello Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Walnut Sliders - view recipe
This bite-size mushroom burger makes a tasty meat-free option at summer barbecues. Portobello mushrooms, sometimes also spelled portabella, ...

Quinoa and lentil pilaf - view recipe
Canada's Food Guide recommends that you make half of your grain servings whole grain. The Incas, who first cultivated quinoa in the Andes, ...

Sausage, Cheese and Basil Lasagna - view recipe
This recipes has three cheese: part-skim ricotta cheese, grated mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. I like to add in baby spinach ...


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Spinach Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust - Gluten Free - view recipe
Sweet Potato Crust is a Must Sweet potatoes might actually be my favorite ingredient. They’re incredibly versatile, naturally sweet, loaded ...

Traditional squash casserole with Pomegranate Juice - view recipe
Acorn squash has a green skin speckled with orange patches and pale yellow-orange flesh, this squash has a unique flavor that is a combination ...

Vegetarian Curried Lentil Shepherd's Pie - view recipe
Traditional shepherd's pie is usually made with ground meat and white potatoes. This one has sweet potatoes mixed in. The curried lentil filling ...

WW Turkey Burgers with Zucchini - view recipe
Want your kids to eat more veggies? Hide them in their burgers, they'll never know! Try adding zucchini to my turkey burgers. This was great ...


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Wellness Tip
Breakfast Fast Food
Fast food breakfasts can be killers. According to our dietitian, some egg and sausage biscuit meals contain as many as 600 calories and 40 grams of fat! An English muffin with egg and Canadian bacon, although not "lite", is clearly a better option. It has about 385 calories and 20 grams of fat. In either case, try for balance in the rest of your day and week. Include plenty of fruit, vegetables and physical activity.


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Evolution and Abundance Ltd.with Sheryl Parkin
Specialty: Angel Empowerment Practitioner
Using the modalities of Angel Connection, Reiki and Life Coaching, Sheryl facilitate your life journey through healing, guidance and support.
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Level One Therapeutic Touch (Kelowna)
Date: Feb 16, 2018
Location: Kelowna & Central Okanagan
Learn a non-invasive therapy using near touch and light touch; Discover a method to help reduce pain and stimulate relaxation; Especially useful for chronic or catastrophic conditions.
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Who were the First People to Settle in Ireland?
According to the Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions), the first people to settle in Ireland were led by a woman named Cessair. The granddaughter of the biblical character Noah, it is said Cessair, her followers and her father Bith were denied admission to the Ark. Cessair then made an...
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Tuscan Leek & Bean Soup
Category: Soup
Description: Welcome those crisp winter days with a pot of hearty Tuscan bean soup. Leeks are a unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables belong in your diet on a regular basis. Like their allium cousins, onions and garlic, let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes after cutting and before cooking to enhance their health-promoting qualities.
A good source of dietary fiber, leeks also contain goodly amounts of folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Easier to digest than standard onions, leeks have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties.
Leeks contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.
Leeks are low in calories. 100 g fresh stalks contain 61 calories. Further, their elongated stalks provide good amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities.
Allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO); thereby bring reduction in the total blood pressure. It also blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.
Leeks are great source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions. 100 g fresh stalks provide 64 µg of folates. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Their adequate levels in the diet during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
In addition, leeks are one of the good source of vitamin A (1667 IU or 55% of RDA per 100 g) and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, xanthin, and lutein. They also have some other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, K, and vitamin E. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Further, its stalks have small amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
Often overlooked in leeks is their important concentration of the B vitamin folate. Folate is present in leeks in one of its bioactive forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb).
Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks. Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag will help them to retain moisture.
Tips for Preparing Leeks - Cut off green tops of leeks and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Cut leeks into 2-inch lengths. Holding the leek sections cut side up, cut lengthwise so that you end up with thin strips, known as the chiffonade cut, slicing until you reach the green portion. Make sure slices are cut very thin to shorten cooking time. Let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes before cooking.
With a more delicate and sweeter flavor than onions, leeks add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors that are present. Although leeks are available throughout the year they are in season from the fall through the early part of spring when they are at their best.
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