We could all stand to eat more fruits and veggies on a daily basis which is why we've teamed up with Half Your Plate, a new initiative to get Canadians incorporating more fruits and veg into their diets. And it doesn't have to be that hard - simply fill half your plate with veggie and fruit goodness at every meal or snack!

Chef Michael Smith Joins Half Your Plate!

Chef Michael Smith Joins Half Your Plate

More and more people are getting behind the Half Your Plate movement.  And why not? It's such an easy way to make sure you and your family are getting all the fruits and vegetables you need.  So it's very exciting to see that Chef Michael Smith has become the new Half Your Plate Ambassador!   Chef Smith embodies the Half Your Plate philosophy with his emphasis on cooking healthy, fresh, family friendly food at home.  In his own words, Chef Smith says "It’s my mission to remind everyone how simple healthy cooking is, that it’s not expensive, difficult or time consuming".  Be sure to read more about Chef Smith's involvement with Half Your Plate.

Don't Let Onions Drive You To Tears!

Half Your Plate | Chef Michael Smith

Onions may cause a lot of tears in the kitchen but they're so worth it with all the added dimension and flavour they add to our meals.  Do you know how many varieties there are?  From cooking onions to sweet onions, to shallots to chives, and even leeks, onions add so much flavour to every dish -whether cooked or raw.  They're easy to store and certain varieties can stay fresh for over a month if stored properly!  With some varieties being available all year round - it's no wonder they're the Half Your Plate April Veggie of the month!

You can find out everything you need to know about onions from how to choose them, how to store them, how to eat them and their nutritional value with this handy downloadable onion fact sheet.

**Onion Tip:  When storing fresh green onions, remove all ties or rubber bands, wrap them in paper towel and store in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge.  They should last a week this way!

Onion Recipe Ideas

Onions often play a supporting role in dishes, adding depth, flavour and aroma.  But what about recipes where onions are the star of the show?  With so many different flavour profiles, onions deserve a little more attention.  These great recipes from FBC Members across Canada will give you lots of great ideas for adding onions to your menu and filling up half your plate!

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Seven Delicious Onion Recipes

By Food Bloggers of Canada

 

FBC Members across the country show how amazing onions can be when you make them the star of your dish!

  • Vegan French Onion Dip

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Vegan French Onion Dip from The Viet Vegan

  • Easy Roasted Onion Flowers from Taste Space
  • Cheddar and Onion Pie

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Cheddar and Onion Pie from MBA MamaMusings

  • Mejadra from Dish n The Kitchen
  • Caramelized Onion Feta & Sundried Tomato Pizza

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Caramelized Onion Feta & Sundried Tomato Pizza from Bridget's Green Kitchen

  • Posole

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    How To Make Posole from Bacon is Magic

  • Onion Gravy

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Onion Gravy from Older Mommy, Still Yummy

 

Kiwifruit - It IS Easy Being Green!

Half Your Plate | Chef Michael Smith

Kiwifruit are an amazing little powerhouse of a fruit!  Did you know one kiwifruit contains your entire daily recommended dose of vitamin C?  And nearly half your daily dose of Vitamin K?  They're also a good source of fibre and weigh in at a tiny 46 calories per fruit.  You can easily pop them in a lunch box or even your desk drawer at work.  With their tangy sweet flavour, they're the perfect portable snack!

Kiwifruit are also an excellent fruit to use when you're entertaining.  The don't brown after being cut and their brilliant green makes them a colour, bright addition to any fruit plate, tart, salsa or even as a garnish.

**Kiwifruit Tip: Got kiwifruit that are hard as a rock?  Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight.  To make them ripen even faster, store them in a paper back with an apple or banana.  For even more great tips on buying, storing and preparing kiwifruit, check out this downloadable and printable fact sheet.

Kiwifruit Recipe Ideas

Looking for some great kiwifruit recipe ideas?  Check out our Kiwifruit Pinterest Board.

Follow Food Bloggers of Canada's board Kiwi Recipes on Pinterest.

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