Nutrition Month

Simply Cook and Enjoy!

It doesn’t matter what your life circumstance or age is - at some point, we will all need to shop, cook and enjoy.

The Dietitians of Canada have prepared a number of helpful tips to support people with these everyday actions. With helpful, practical information - that includes yummy recipes - people can have fun shopping and cooking and improve their diet, one choice at a time.

1. Simplify weekday cooking. Prepare some ingredients in advance.

2. In a hurry? Take a kitchen short cut with healthier convenience foods like pre-cut veggies.

3. Feel sandwiched for time? What could be simpler than a sandwich for supper?

4. Time-crunched? Good-for-you meals can take less time than take-out!

5. Double up! Make a double batch of breakfast on the weekend to enjoy during the week.

6. Cook once. Eat twice. Make weeknight cooking a breeze with planned extras.

7. Make a no-fuss meal with just six simple ingredients or less!

8. A few good kitchen tools, like sharp knives and a blender, can make cooking a whole lot easier!

9. Be prepared! Read the recipe and prepare ingredients before you start cooking.

10. Keep your kitchen ready for action any night of the week with basic staples.

11. Cooking dinner is a snap with satisfying one-pot meals.

12. Marinate inexpensive cuts of meat for deliciously tender results.

13. Saving cents makes sense! Simmer up a pot of scrumptious soup.

14. Make your food dollar go farther. Put a little plant in your pot. More cost-savers.

15. Get saucy! Make your own spaghetti sauce for less with just a few ingredients.

16. Your kitchen doubles as a classroom that equips kids with life skills galore.

17. Find weekdays to hectic to cook with kids? KISS: Keep it simple sweetie!

18. Got teens? Try “create-it-yourself” meals, like fajitas, so they can experiment in the kitchen.

19. Bring a little fun to your kitchen with a family “new recipe” cooking challenge.

20. Parents frosty about kids cooking? Smoothies are a super way to introduce kids to the kitchen.

21. Eating alone? Make breakfast for dinner!

22. Cooking for one? Switch it up with stir-fries.

23. Get fresh with simple dinner salads!

24. Cooking for a crowd? Big batch cooking is a super supper solution.

25. Get social! Host a cooking party with friends.

26. Savour flavour! Cook with small amounts of nutrient-rich foods, like cheese and nuts, to boost taste.

27. Get steamy in the kitchen! Steaming makes tender-crisp veggies that taste great!

28. Give healthy cooking a whirl. Think outside the salad spinner! Green meatballs

29. Baking bonanza! Balance your baking with simple swaps.

30. Cook healthy! Get delicious results with good-for-you ingredients. Cook this

31. Taste is king! Add some zing! Try red pepper flakes, ginger and garlic.

Other resources

If you have a question about feeding yourself or your family, speak to the dietitians at Dial-a-Dietitian by calling 204 788 8248 or toll free 1 877 830 2892 outside of Winnipeg. It’s free!

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