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Here we are, almost in November already! The clocks are due to fall back; Halloween is a mere day away; Thanksgiving is a distant memory and Santa is polishing his sleigh in readiness for a busy end to the year. Is it just me or does this time of year seem far busier than other times? It always seems to be rush, rush, rush and dinner is quite often an afterthought. Preparation and planning for most people is the key and certainly helps in my house. A good crock pot (or two) and a handful of quick nutritious recipes work wonders to fill tummies and leave time for snuggling with a good book by the fire. This issue of our newsletter features some of those recipes. Sadly they weren’t tested at the height of summer with an arsenal of food stylists and photographed seductively in flattering light. Did I mention this is a busy time? They were tested and photographed in my kitchen accompanied by my impatient family’s cries of ‘What’s for Dinner?!’ Served with love and a nice fresh slice of Magpies Bakery Bread I hope you enjoy them too.

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This recipe is from our vaults but definitely deserves to be shared again. It is a subtly flavoured curry and great winter warmer. Delicately spiced and utilizing the tail end of the apple season why not give it try. Serve over rice with roti or naan bread and your favourite mango chutney. Enjoy! ~J

Ingredients (Serves 6-8)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch-wide slivers
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups Anita’s Organic chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt

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Chili is a staple in our house and can be made easily either on the stove top or in a slow cooker. Whip up a batch of cornbread or serve over rice with warm tortilla chips and all your favourite chili fi xin’s. This recipe can be cooked on the stovetop as well if preferred but this version just throws everything into the slow cooker. Adjust level of spiciness to your tastes. ~J

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cups butternut squash or sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed & thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes (28oz)
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 3 cups of your favourite (dark) cooked beans black; kidney; pinto
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

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Spicy Red Beans & Rice

November 1, 2014

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Having never eaten Red Beans and Rice before I wasn’t sure what to expect. But
after seeing a few recipes (well lots really) floating around the virtual world I thought I’d give it a go. At first glance the recipe doesn’t scream flavour and when making it I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out but I was pleasantly surprised.
It quickly came together and my how yummy it tasted. It is warm, comforting and full of flavour. Just perfect for a cold, rainy BC day. Enjoy! ~J

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white or brown
  • basmati rice
  • 3 cups cooked kidney beans (or pinto beans), divided
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 vegan sausages, cut into quarters lengthwise and chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced on the bias

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oct_news_tbWith Thanksgiving little more than 2 weeks away (oh my, is it really!!!) preparations for this precious family time are being made in homes all across the country. Food glorious food is the focus on most people’s minds so less chat this month and more recipes!!!!

So Happy Thanksgiving to all our lovely customers both near and far and enjoy this precious time with your loved ones. We’ll be back with the detox; post-Thanksgiving – run up to Christmas newsletter in November.

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indulgence-webThis recipe has to be up there in my Top 10 of desserts and will definitely be gracing our table at some point (or maybe even multiple times!!) over the upcoming festive holidays. It can be enjoyed just as a cake – or elevate it to a succulent dessert with the addition of the Toffee Sauce. Either way it definitely needs to be on your ‘I must try that’ list.

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cranberry-walnut-pieThis Cranberry Walnut Pie will make a beautiful centre piece to any Thanksgiving table. Sweet and tart all at the same time and full of autumnal flavours it’s a winner all round. The temperature to cook the pie is quite high so if you know your oven has a tendency to be overly hot dial it back a notch as burnt cranberries are never a good thing! Serve with whipped coconut cream – yum – J

Filling
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic Walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 340g fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup Anita’s Organic Sultana Raisins
  • ½ cup Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar

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Pumpkin Garlic Knots

September 28, 2014

garlic-knotsAdapted from www.ohsheglows.com. This recipe was an absolute winner with every single person who tried these delicious garlic knots. The pumpkin adds a very slight sweetness but gives them a very typical fall flavour. An absolutely perfect addition to any meal especially a cozy Thanksgiving Celebration. But be warned it is impossible to only eat one! – J

Ingredients for the Dough
  • ½ cup very warm water
  • 2 tsp instant dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup organic pumpkin puree (we use Pacific)
  • 1 tbsp organic olive oil (we use Maison Orphee)
  • ¾ tsp Himalayan salt

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

September 27, 2014

Chocolate-Mint-TrufflesFor a quick after….after dinner treat and great to go with coffee are these delicious raw truffles. Made in a flash and full of wholesome organic ingredients who could ask for more? Enjoy – J

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sept_news_tbThis month we have a selection of rolled flakes and oats on special and a few ways that you can use them to make something delicious!

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