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Jun 30, 2018

Easy Family friendly meal prep for vegetables all week

Grilled Veggies

Time slips away from all of us at one point or another. You get home from work, you’re hungry, you…

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Jun 28, 2018

Rhubarb Chutney for Grilling Season

rhubarb chutney

Recipe by Chef Michael Smith 2018 Rhubarb chutney is a tasty condiment side-kick for whatever hits your grill this season.…

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May 30, 2018

Sweet Pea & Mint Hummus with Spicy Pita Chips

Sweet Pea Minted Hummus

© Chef Michael Smith 2018 Hummus is most often made with dried legumes like chickpeas but it’s just as delicious…

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Apr 20, 2018

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Smashed Cucumber Salad with an Asian style dressing from Chef Michael Smith

Recipe by Chef Michael Smith A smashed cucumber tastes very different from a sliced one. Brighter, fresher, more floral, and…

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Apr 9, 2018

Vegetable Croquettes

Croquettes that the whole family will love, that’s a winning recipe! Everyone knows you’re supposed to be eating more veggies…

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Mar 26, 2018

Rosemary Vanilla Glazed Parsnips

Rosemary Vanilla Parsnips fill Half Your Plate

© Chef Michael Smith 2018 Parsnips are a root vegetable, the way a plant stores sunshine as sugar. They keep…

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Mar 20, 2018

5 uses for your cauliflower

You always hear, the more colorful a vegetable is, the more vitamins and nutrients it contains.  Certain vitamins are responsible…

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Mar 5, 2018

What do you do with butternut squash?

Butternut Squash

Are you cooking with butternut squash? Check out this video that will show you how to prepare your squash and…

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Feb 28, 2018

All about Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage on cutting board

The beautiful colour of red cabbage, our vegetable for February, will attract any shopper!  Go ahead and put that delicious…

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Feb 26, 2018

Red Cabbage Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Apples & Pumpkin Seeds

Michael Smith Red Cabbage Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

© Chef Michael Smith 2018 Red Cabbage is one of the very best vegetables for storing through the winter, in…

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Feb 16, 2018

Three homemade salsas and how to use them!

Sunshine Salsa

One of my favourite ways to use fruits and veggies up is to make salsa.  It’s such an easy way…

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Jan 26, 2018

Filling Half Your Plate is oh so easy with a pressure cooker

Instant Pot Zucchini Noodle Pho

We’ve all heard about the Instant Pot and how versatile it is, but how does it hold up to Half…

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Jan 19, 2018

Culinary Terms and Techniques

Carrot and Squash Ginger Soup

January is a great time of the year to make new commitments to your health, so why not start in…

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Jan 15, 2018

Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Kiwi Salsa

Fresh Kiwi Salsa on Pan Roasted Salmon

Recipe by Half Your Plate Ambassador Chef Michael Smith Kiwi’s unique sweet and sour flavour makes it a favourite of fruit-lovers everywhere…

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Dec 11, 2017

3 Ways to use Carrot tops

All the ingredients you need for carrot top pesto laid out on the table including parmesan cheese, lemon, garlic.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a third of all foods is spoiled or squandered…

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