Happy Birthday Canada!
As we approach the long weekend that celebrates our nation's 150th birthday, we would like to share with you a delicious recipe that adds colours at your outdoor feasts!
Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring! There are a variety of fun and creative healthy options for you to have at your summer barbeques while maintaining your blood glucose within the target ranges!
Balance is key! Admit it, everyone has been told to eat more fruits and vegetables; “they’re good for you!” It’s true! Dark green and orange vegetables are packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, C and potassium. Fibre moderates the digestion of carbohydrates and keeps you feeling satisfied for longer.
To enhance their flavours, try grilling vegetables such as zucchinis, bell peppers, eggplant, asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. Grilling releases the natural sugars in vegetables, and the resulting caramelization adds an extra layer of flavour. But don't burn them! Overcooking can destroy their flavours and nutrients.
Summertime Roasted Vegetable Salad
Ingredients (serves 4):
1 sweet potato, sliced into 1cm semi-circle
1 red bell pepper, 2cm slices
1 eggplant, sliced thinly
1 large zucchini, sliced
2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
2 corn cobs, sliced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Place sweet potato, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, thyme, oregano, and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Coat with vegetable oil.
Place corn and sweet potato onto the grill (times and temperatures may vary based on the type of grill and heat source) for 15 minutes, turning corn every 5 minutes. Then spread the rest of the vegetables onto the grill for 5-10 minutes.
Once cooked, place vegetables in a serving bowl. Mix in balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with pine nuts.
For beverages, quench your thirst with water infused with lemons, cucumbers, strawberries or ginger for some extra summery flavour!
Eating well doesn’t have to be dull and repetitive. There are a variety of creative and delicious recipes that add fun and key nutrients to your diet. Be inspired and celebrate this summer with the vibrancy of colourful vegetables that nature has to offer.