#FeatureFriday – Lentils, the All-star in the Legume family

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This mini version of a “bean” is a powerhouse within the legume family and usually comes in red, brown and green varieties. Lentils are high in fiber , protein and contains many other nutrients that support heart health. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, increased fiber intake can reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels beyond what can be achieved in a diet that revolves around being low in saturated and trans fat alone. Selenium is also one of the minerals that can be found in lentils and Selenium helps prevent inflammation, decreasing tumor growth rates and helps improve immune responses to inflection! Lentils can also be incorporated into diets to boost your digestive system and can help fight fatigue. Talk about being an all-star of the family!

Read more about the health benefits of Lentils on MedicalNewsToday.com

7 Days of Smart Soup – Moroccan Chick Pea Beef Stew

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It’s Christmas Eve! As per many family traditions and Christmas dinners, holiday stews are must. What better way to celebrate the last day of the 7 days of Smart Soup campaign with this homemade recipe? Stick around and see how we take this classic holiday recipe and put our own spin to it! Presenting the Moroccan Chick Pea Beef Stew :)

Read about our Indian Bean Masala Wrap

If you like hearty soups, then you will absolutely love our Moroccan Chick Pea Smart Soup. This sweet and savory soup has the perfect balance of chickpeas, vegetables, raisins and authentic North African spices, making this soup irresistible served on its own. Since the holidays are just around the corner, we revisited some of our favourite holiday recipes, and stumbled upon the classic beef stew.

In a small pan, cook the beef with heated butter or oil over medium heat until it is seared and browned on both sides. In a separate pot, Heat up a pack or two of the Moroccan Chick Pea Smart Soup and add the cooked beef briskets in once the soup starts boiling. Bring the entire pot to a boil and reduce the heat as you slowly stir and simmer the ingredients for about 30 minutes to an hour. The raisins in the Moroccan Chick Pea Smart Soup should act as natural sugar in the stew so you shouldn’t have to add extra seasoning. Serve it up in a large bowl and it’s ready for the Christmas dinner table. Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy our 7 days of Smart Soup recipes!

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7 Days of Smart Soup – Indian Bean Masala Wrap

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Needing a quick and easy appetizer for that holiday pot luck you forgot about? Here is a protein-rich recipe that is super simple to whip up. Inspired by the classic bean burritos and na’an bread wraps, try putting together this Indian Bean Masala Wrap recipe!

Read about our Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass Risotto

Using mung beans as the key ingredient, our Indian Bean Masala Smart Soup is packed with vegetables that are simmered in a rich, exotic tomato broth. Though our line of Smart Soups are all vegan and gluten free, beans actually pair really nicely with beef and/or chicken. In this specific recipe, we used beef briskets to bulk up the ingredients in this tortilla wrap.

Before piling in the ingredients, heat up some butter and sear that tortilla wrap until it is a bit crispy and golden brown. To make the wrap filling, combine the ingredients from the Indian Bean Masala Smart Soup and add in our lightly seasoned beef briskets. Cut up some fresh lettuce and add it in the wrap for more bite. To seal all the ingredients together, sprinkle some shredded cheese before wrapping it up. That’s it! Super quick and delicious recipe you can easily put together before any party. Enjoy!

 

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7 days of Smart Soup – Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass Risotto

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If you’re a fan of the sweet, creamy flavours in a butternut squash risotto, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe out! Best served as a side dish or as a main entrée, this redefined Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass Risotto will be the star of your holiday meals.

Read about our Santa Fe Corn Chowder Quesadillas

 

Our Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass Smart Soup is often praised to resemble a butternut squash soup. This lively puree of carrots and Asian vegetables is infused with aromatic lemongrass, curry spices and coconut water making this Smart Soup one of our all-star favourites. Taking note of its consistency being very similar to a classic butternut squash soup, we decided to replicate the recipe of a butternut squash risotto but instead, replacing the butternut squash base with our vegan, gluten free Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass Smart Soup.

In order to control the texture of the Arborio rice, we cooked the rice and soup separately. We added Parmesan cheese in the softened rice to give the risotto a creamy consistency. This recipe does require a bit of attention as you have to continue stirring the rice as you add the soup in a little bit at a time. When you see that the rice has been coated with the Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass Smart Soup, add a bit of extra cheese to bond all the ingredients together. There you have it! A delicious Vietnamese Carrot Lemongrass risotto that is perfect for the dinner table.

Let us know if you’ve tried this recipe by tagging us in #7daysofSmartSoup! Need some more Smart Soup? Find a store near you!

7 Days of Smart Soup – Santa Fe Corn Chowder Quesadillas

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Looking for a quick and delicious appetizer to satisfy the crowds at a dinner party? Why not give our Santa Fe Corn Chowder Quesadillas a try! Ideally served with a couple fresh dipping sauces – or by itself, this cheesy appetizer will definitely be a crowd favourite.

Read about our Greek Minestrone Zucchini Pasta

The Santa Fe Corn Chowder Smart Soup is packed with black beans, sweet corns and is flavoured with various southwest spices. As we have mentioned before, corn provides a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, B, E, iron and other essential nutritive minerals. With the addition of black bean, which is also high in finer and contains phytonutrient content, this Santa Fe Corn Chowder Quesadilla dish will be perfect for those needing an extra protein kick!

We heated up this classic New Mexican soup and dried up most of the liquids before putting it in a tortilla wrap. Sear the tortilla wrap in a pan with some butter to add some flavour and crunch. Top it off with a dollop of sour cream and salsa (guacamole if you have any lying around ;)) and it’s ready to be served up! This zesty fusion is perfect to serve as a dip for nachos or in this case, as the filling for quesadillas. Enjoy :)

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#FeatureFriday: Lemongrass the Aromatic Healer

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Like the name suggests, Lemongrass is essentially a plant with thin long leaves that smells like lemons and primitive in many Asian countries. Though many people use Lemongrass as culinary herbs, their nutritional and health benefits are not always acknowledged or known. Having the ability to relief fevers, infections, stomach and respiratory disorders and insomnia, this aromatic healer acts as an antioxidant that the body against antibiotic-resistant activity. Due to its acidic nature, Lemongrass is also known to be a good source of vitamins A and C, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper and other essential nutrients that are beneficial to the body.

Read more about the top 10 health benefits of Lemongrass on Top10homeremedies.com

7 Days of Smart Soup – Greek Minestrone Zucchini Pasta

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One more day till the weekend meaning that’s one more day closer to Christmas! As the holiday festivities continue, most people would agree that it’s quite difficult to stick to a “healthy” meal plan. We on the other hand, don’t think it is completely impossible. Take our Greek Minestrone Zucchini Pasta recipe as an example!

Our Greek Minestrone Smart Soup is known to have a combination of cannellini beans, juicy plum tomatoes, carrots and celery, all infused in a homemade vegetable stock. This rustic, hearty soup is flavoured with Mediterranean herbs and spices, making this a perfect minestrone to serve by itself or in this modified recipe.

Read about our Thai Coconut Vermicelli Noodles with Shrimp Recipe

We used the Greek Minestrone Smart Soup as a pasta base and added some zucchini to give the pasta more flavour and texture. Depending on your preference, spaghetti or penne pasta will work with this dish. Heat the soup up and mix in the cooked penne pasta. To top it off, add some mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese to it. This Mediterranean-style family staple will be a hit at your holiday parties.

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6 Steps to a Healthier Heart

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February is American Heart Month.  It is a time when tens of thousands of volunteers donate their time to raise money to support lifesaving research, as well as raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. I t is important to consider that although heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, it is both preventable and controllable. Below are six easy steps to get on the road to a healthier heart today! Continue reading…

3 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Promote Heart Health

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Believe it or not, living a healthy lifestyle isn’t all hard work and sacrifice! You can easily improve your cardiovascular health by adding certain foods – delicious foods – to your diet. Read on for the top 3 easiest ways to promote heart health (one of them involves chocolate!)
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