"Pure Prairie Eating Plan"

Fresh food, practical menus and a healthy lifestyle

About the Book

The Pure Prairie Eating Plan includes four weeks of complete daily menus, including three meals and three snacks. The plan also includes recipes, weekly grocery lists and cooking tips.  The cookbook is a great resource for people wanting a diabetic meal plan or anyone wanting a healthy menu plan.

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The Pure Prairie Eating Plan is now available online and at selected retail outlets.

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PPEP supports healthy eating

Translating the recommendations about what we should eat from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide into practice is sometimes difficult. Taking this into account, we developed the Pure Prairie Eating Plan (PPEP).  
PPEP can help you enjoy a well-balanced diet while still giving you access to a variety of delicious foods.

Strawberries!

Strawberries!

We always look forward to fresh local strawberries.  They are another sign that summer has finally arrived.  They make a colourful addition to any meal and they have the benefit of being low in calories but relatively high in nutritional value.  From a nutritional standpoint, they are high in anthocyanin and ellagic acid, an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid and contain vitamin-A, vitamin-E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts as...

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Summer smoothies

Summer smoothies

Smoothies are great at any time of year…summer’s fresh bounty of fruits and veggies make them particularly great at this time of year.  There are lots of smoothie recipes on line (click here for some yummy ideas) and in cookbooks (Oh She Glows, for example). Here’s a simple recipe made with fresh ingredients I had in my kitchen.   Kale, cucumber and lemon are the basis for it and then the secret is to add your favourite seasonal fruit(s) to sweeten it up just a little. Creamy Kale and Pineapple Smoothie Serves 2, Serving Size: 2 cups Ingredients: 1 cup (250 mL) fresh...

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The Perfect Salad

The Perfect Salad

On a recent trip to Scotland I found myself in a restaurant craving a salad.  Unfortunately there was no salad on the menu.  My heart sank for a moment but when the waitress came by to take our order, I said “All I really want is a salad!”  ”No problem”, she replied, “What would you like in your salad?  Greens? Tomatoes, carrots, cucumber?  Meat, cheese, nuts?”  It was as easy as that – and the picture tells it all – it was colourful, fresh and delicious.  I chose halloumi, a grillable cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk, as the...

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Nothing says ‘summer’ like barbecuing!

Nothing says ‘summer’ like barbecuing!

No matter what we barbecue, there’s something special about a summer barbecue.  We tend to eat outside on the deck and have friends over more often in summer.  Summer days are longer and life seems to take on a more relaxed pace…and food seems fresher and more flavourful.  Nancy Hughes developed a number of recipes for us for the Pure Prairie Eating Plan and one of our favourites is the Grilled Sirloin with Fresh Horseradish-Mint Relish on page 148.  Here it is again, just in time for the nice warm summer days.  Serve with fresh baby potatoes and asparagus. Grilled Sirloin with...

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Rhubarb – Queen of the spring garden!

Rhubarb – Queen of the spring garden!

Rhubarb is hardy, full of flavour and it comes up at a time when everyone is longing for fresh garden produce. It used to be that every Prairie garden had a rhubarb patch. As a result, it’s been used in fruit compotes, baked in crisp, cobblers and cakes, made into jam, relish or chutney and served as a beverage.  This week we’ve adapted one of our PPEP recipes “Fresh Raspberry Muffins” to make “Fresh Rhubarb Muffins”.  The sweet topping contrasts really nicely with the tartness of the rhubarb.  The recipe makes 16 muffins, so there’s lots to share...

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From the Farm: The Alberta Farmers’ Market Association Cookbook

From the Farm: The Alberta Farmers’ Market Association Cookbook

Last fall the Alberta Farmers Market Association published a beautiful little cookbook to celebrate their 20th Anniversary as an Association.  Like the Pure Prairie Eating Plan, it highlights foods that are produced on the Prairies.  The recipes were developed by chefs across Alberta and include Breakfasts, Starters, Vegetables, Mains, Desserts and Pantry staples like chicken stock. The meats in the book range from beef, pork, lamb and chicken to bison, goat and rabbit.  There’s Pan-Seared Alberta Lake Whitefish with Eggplant Relish, Crispy Kennebec Potato Rosti & Cumin Aioli and...

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Breakfast On-The-Go

Breakfast On-The-Go

We are always looking for easy, quick, healthy recipes and ideas, especially for breakfast.  So many of us are on the run in the morning and it’s good to have some ‘grab and go’ ideas for those days.  This summer ‘porridge’ is great whether or not you have to run – using a jar makes it really easy to take along if need be. Summer Porridge: (adapted from theyummylife.com).  It’s so easy to make this recipe up the night before and easy to vary the ingredients according to your taste and what you have on hand.  Frozen berries keep it cold and fresh, if...

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