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!

Half Your Plate Goes In Season

Would you like to share recipes or information with consumers? From June-November, Half Your Plate will be launching Half Your Plate in season – recipes, tips, and blog posts focused on produce that’s in season in Canada. Here are the fruit and veggies we’ll be focusing on:

  • June – Cherries and Cucumbers
  • July – Raspberries and Beets
  • August – Peaches and Zucchini
  • September – Blueberries and Tomatoes
  • October – Apples and Butternut Squash
  • November – Cranberries and Cabbage

Interested in submitting? Here is an example of a blog post that was submitted and a recipe. Just email or call Vanessa Sherry ((+1) 613-226-4187 x225) to discuss content and submission! Your blog post may even be featured in the monthly Half Your Plate newsletter to consumers!

May's Favourite Vegetable - Asparagus!

Asparagus

Asparagus is a sure sign of spring in Canada.  You can find locally grown asparagus in your farmer's market or grocery store from April through June and it's the perfect time to make the most of this easy to prepare vegetable.

It's a great source of Vitamin K, folacin and iron with only 18 calories for 6 spears!  You're probably most familiar with green asparagus but you can also find white and purple varieties which can make for a very colourful dish.

You can learn more about asparagus with this handy asparagus fact sheet from Half Your Plate with tips on selecting, storing and preparing asparagus.

Asparagus Recipe Ideas

We went to FBC Members and asked them to share some of their favourite asparagus recipes idea and they didn't disappoint.  Here's 10 delicious ideas for using asparagus in your meals.  And be sure to check out more great recipe ideas on Half Your Plate.

10 Asparagus Recipes to Celebrate Spring

By Food Bloggers of Canada

 

Make the most of this spring favourite with these 10 FBC Member recipes!

  • Pan Asparagus with Poached Eggs

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pan Asparagus with Poached Eggs from Kristy at She Eats

  • Smoked Salmon Canapes with Asparagus

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Smoked Salmon Canapes with Asparagus from Shareba at In Search of Yummy

  • Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus from Hector and Kim at Our Fresh Kitchen

  • Grilled Vegetable And Feta Salad

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Grilled Vegetable and Feta Salad from Christine at Within the Kitchen

  • Crustless Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Crustless Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche from Jennifer at Ricotta and Radishes

  • Crab and Asparagus Salad

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Crab and Asparagus Salad with Avocado from Julia at Swirls and Spice

  • Spring Asparagus Tart

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Spring Asparagus Tart from Jen at Clock Watching Tart

  • Cream of Asparagus and Carrot Soup

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Cream of Asparagus and Carrot Soup from Meaghan at Unassaggio

  • Asparagus Radish Salad with Tahini Cider Dressing

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Asparagus Radish Salad with Tahini Cider Dressing from Laureen at Fox Kitchen

  • Pomegranate Lime Asparagus Quinoa Salad

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pomegranate Lime Asparagus Quinoa Salad from Janet at Taste Space

  • Chorizo Asparagus Goat Cheese Pizza

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Chorizo Asparagus Goat Cheese Pizza from Samantha at My Kitchen Love

Have a Tropical Escape with Pineapple

pineapple

We always think of citrus fruit as a great way to get our vitamin C but did you know that a serving of pineapple contains 65% of your daily vitamin C intake?  Plus it always makes you feel like you're escaping on a tropical vacation when you add pineapple to a dish!

One of the trickiest things with pineapple can be figuring out how to prepare it with its tough skin and core.  But here are some simple instructions on prepping a pineapple or, you can purchase one of these pineapple corer/slicers.  I have one and it takes seconds to have a ready to eat pineapple!

Pineapple Recipe Ideas

Add a little bit of the tropics to your meals with pineapple - it works great in desserts but it also makes for an interesting savoury side dish and it's so good grilled!  Here are 15 pineapple recipes that will have you saying "aloha!"

15 Ways to Add Pineapple to Your Menu

By Food Bloggers of Canada

 

15 pineapple recipes to add a tropical twist to any of your meals - all from FBC members! 

  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Sweet and sour meatballs from Bernice at Dish n the Kitchen

  • Teriyaki Mahi Mahi with Vegetables & Coconut Rice

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Teriyake Mahi Mahi With Vegetables and Coconut Rice from Aimee at Simple Bites

  • Bryan Adams Pineapple Ginger Juice

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Bryan Adams Pineapple Ginger Juice from Rolling Spoon

  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Sri from Coconut Craze

  • Pineapple Carrot Muffins

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pineapple Carrot Muffins from Lyndsay at Officially Gluten Free

  • Pineapple and Cheese Sticks Party Appetizer

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pineapple and cheese sticks party appetizer from Kristy at She Eats

  • Pina Colada Parfaits

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pina Colada parfaits from Jeanine at the Baking Beauties

  • Jalepeno Pineapple Jelly

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Jalepeno Pineapple Jelly from Stacy at Bake, Eat, Repeat

  • Grilled Pineapple With Cinnamon Coconut Sugar

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Grilled pineapple with cinnamon coconut sugar from Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

  • Pineapple Chips n Dip

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Paleo Pineapple Chips n Dip from Holley and Raj at The Primal Desire

  • Pineapple Salsa

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pineapple salsa from Louisa at Living Lou

  • Broccoli and Pineapple Udon Bowl

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Broccoli and pineapple udon bowl with pineapple peanut sauce from Janet at Taste Space

  • Pina Colada Cupcakes

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pina Colada Cupcakes from Shayna at Mommy Outside the Box

  • Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce from Ashley at The Recipe Rebel

  • Coconut and Pineapple Dreamcatchers

    By Food Bloggers of Canada

    Coconut and Pineapple Dreamcatchers from Samantha at My Kitchen Love

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