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The Story Of French Cassoulet

By definition Cassoulet is a slow cooked casserole originating in the South of France made with predominately, pork sausage, duck, Toulouse Sausages and white navy beans. It is named after it’s cooking vessel the, casserole dish which is usually made out of clay, or nowadays giving way to the Crock Pot.

In France there are varying degrees of the dish including more expensive versions using lamb or duck confit. Usually any fatty pre roasted protein will do then it is mixed in with a combination of white beans and vegetables and slow simmered. In North America it is often applied to a “hearty bean based casserole” with interesting innovations such as salmon.

Which brings me to my next point about our innovation of this classic European Peasant Dish. We have used our own roasted turkey sausage and boneless skinless air chilled chicken thighs with our pre soaked beans and vegetables to give it a light and flavourful taste. (without the heartburn and calories)

So if you are looking for a hearty and light meal to serve at home – try our very special: CASSOULET LIGHT

 cassoulet light

I Do Not Want To Be My Families Short Order Chef Anymore

Ever find yourself making separate dinners for your kids, I know I have. Dinner time should be about everyone enjoying what you have made. Not “we had broccoli last time” or – “cant we have plain pasta and parmesan cheese ” which by the way is not a healthy dinner on its own. So how do you find a solution to you not spending so much time in the kitchen? I suggest that everyone in the family gets to choose their favourite meal and incorporate that into the weekly meal planner. Obviously this needs to be within reason, and cheerios and milk are nice for breakfast with some fruit but not for dinner.

When you plan out your dinners make sure you stress the main food groups, protein, vegetables and starches. If you are vegetarian make sure you include other sources of protein such as beans or tofu. Also, it does not have to be over the top fancy, nor should you spend all day preparing dinners. Aslong as your kids feel they are being heard when it comes to telling you what they like they will more likely be open to other new ideas and food tastes. It is so very important to expose them to new taste at a young age, it will help them truly understand what they like and dont like.

Enjoy,

Paul Hickey – chef & owner Today’s Menu

Lighter Choice BBQ Options

100% GLUTEN FREE & Lean

Grainy Mustard Pork Tenderloin
all excess skin removed
Lemon Herb Chicken
boneless skinless chicken breast
Pesto Chicken
boneless skinless chicken breast
Santa Fe Chicken
boneless skinless chicken breast
Mild Jerk Chicken
bone in chicken thigh skin removed
Mandarin Drumsticks
chicken drumsticks skin removed
Flank Steak
lean cut
Honey Mustard Salmon
remove skin after BBQing

Available in store and on line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December Specials

The Holidays are right around the corner and we are here to help. This month we are offering a special of Braised Lamb with Garlic Mash Potatoes for $31.95.  This serves 2 people.

5 Family Dinners  $99

Take the stress out of the busy season with this great package.Only until December 31/11

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Delivery Notes

Orders can be placed on-line before midnight for next day delivery.
SCHEDULE
Monday-Friday 9:30am-12:30pm 6:30 pm-9:30pm.
Saturday 1pm-4pm.

and remember… There is NO minimum food order.

5 Breakfast Ideas You Are Sure To Love

Heard this line before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day ? Coming from a guy who makes his living selling prepared dinners may sound a little strange. However, I agree with that statement. Breakfast powers up your brain and gets you going so here are a few ideas my family and I want to share with you on making that morning rush a little bit easier.

Make Ahead Pancakes

Don’t buy the ready mix in a box because it usually contains high levels of sodium and the mixture tends to get stale quickly. Below is the best and easiest recipe I have ever used. (Joy of Cooking Page 236)

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons double acting baking powder
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 3 table spoons melted butter
  • Combine dry ingredients. Mix in wet.
  • Makes 14 pancakes. Freeze the rest in ziploc bags separated using aluminum foil. To
  • reheat place frozen pancake in the toaster or microwave 10-20 seconds.
  • 1 Banana

Combine dry ingredients. Mix in wet.

Makes 14 pancakes. Freeze the rest in ziploc bags separated using aluminum foil. To reheat place frozen pancake in the toaster o microwave 10-20 seconds.

Power Smoothie

Protein is essential for building strong muscles.  For children and adults this is an easy protein packed low sugar breakfast or snack.

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup of ice
  • 1 Cup chocolate soya milk or skim milk + 1 teaspoon of Fry’s Coco Powder
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1egg

Blend until smooth – SERVES 1

Sugarless Raspberry Fruit Yoghurt

If you are like me I love yoghurt but find the pre sweetened yoghurts have too much sugar.

  • 1/2 cup of berries (raspberries, blueberries or black berries)
  • 1 cup of 1% fat unsweetened plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey

SERVES 1

With a fork gently mash fruit in a small bowl. Add yoghurt and honey. Stir and enjoy.

Tip: make ahead and store in the refrigerator

Breakfast Burrito’s

This can be made ahead and frozen tightly wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap.

  • 1 Egg (scrambled or fried)
  • 1 tablespoon of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon salsa sauce
  • 1 medium tortilla

SERVES 1

Place egg in centre of tortilla, add cheese and salsa fold in both ends and wrap.

Pear and Cream Cheese

Simple and fast for those busy mornings. You be surprised how well the two ingredients taste together.

  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1-2 tablespoons of light cream cheese

Apply small amounts of cream cheese per wedge. Tip: try this sandwiched in between a toasted whole wheat English muffin.

November Today’s Menu Specials

Minimum Orders

All month long enjoy no charge delivery plus no minimum food orders. Now is a great time to send someone the gift of food or take advantage of more frequent orders without filling up the freezer.

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Soup Special Buy 6 Get 1 FREE

Our soups are made from scratch using market fresh vegetables and low iodized sea salt. Enjoy for lunch or as a light dinner with a side salad.

NEW This Month

Chorizo & White Bean Soup

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Recommended Reading

The Family Dinner Book – Great Ways To Connect With Your Kids One Meal At A Time.

My wife bought this cookbook for me and I love it!

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Quick Prepared Meal Packages

At Today’s Menu our focus is to have “More time cuddling, less time cooking” that’s why we’ve prepared meals to fit your family size.  Our prepared meal packages are a great way for your family of 1 to a family of 200 will have everything you need to to stay healthy while not demanding time out of your day to cook a meal.   With packages starting at around $90 for 5 days for two people, you can’t beat these prices!

5 LIGHTER CHOICE DINNERS FOR TWO (2)
Each Meal Serves two (2). Package includes: 1-Moroccan Chicken Tagine 2-Lemon Herb Chicken with Barley Pilaf 3-Smothered Chicken with Vegetable Pesto Orzo 4-Honey Mustard Salmon with Seven Vegetable Lentil Curry 5-Turkey Chili With Sweet Potato. *scroll over image for details*

HEALTH LIGHTER CHOICE PACKAGE *GLUTEN FREE* 10 Single Meals + 2 Soups + 2 Sauces
1-Honey Mustard Salmon(X2) 2-Seven Vegetable Lentil Curry(X2) 3-Mild Indian Chicken with Vegetables (X2) 4-Turkey Chili with Vegetables (X2)5-Spicy Asian Beef Stir Fry 2 SOUP: Mild Black Bean Soup(X2) SAUCE: Marinara (X2)*scroll over image for details*

NEW PARENTS PACKAGE (Serves 2) – 5 Dinners + 5 Lunches + 1 Desset
(1) Chicken Chasseur with Barley Pilaf (2) Roasted Vegetable Lasagna (3) Smothered Chicken with Vegetable Pesto Orzo (4) Coq au Vin (5) Shepherd’s Pie LUNCHES: 1-Turkey Chili 2-Tomato Soup 3-Seven Vegetable Lentil Curry 4-Cauliflower Curry Soup 5- Mushroom Soup DESSERT: Apple Crumble *scroll over image for details*

NEW PARENTS PACKAGE – 7 Day meal planner
Package includes: 1-Roasted vegetable lasagna 2-Chicken Chasseur with Barley Pilaf 3-Smothered Chicken with vegetable pesto orzo 4-Shepherds Pie 5-Thai Coconut Chicken 6-White Lasagna 7- Beef Bourguignon with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes + Dessert Date and Sticky Toffee Pudding

NEW! SENIORS PACKAGE – (5 Dinners For Two (2) + 2 Lunches)
1-Chicken Chasseur with Barley Pilaf 2-White Lasagna (spinach & chicken) 3-Beef Bourguignon (X2) 5-Honey Mustard Salmon with Couscous (Sundried Tomatoes & Feta) 5-Shepherds Pie SOUPS: Tomato & Mushroom *scroll over image for details*

OUTDOOR RECREATION PACKAGE – Great for the boat, RV’s, Camping and the Cottage!
You get 6 meals that serve 2-3. (1) Chicken Fricassee (2) Turkey Chili (3) Moroccan Chicken Tagine (4) Coq Au Vin (5) Beef Bourguignon (6) Sicilian Chicken Meatballs *scroll over image for details*

SINGLES TWO WEEK MENU PLANNER (10 Meals)
Package includes: 1-Turkey Chili 2-Wholegrain Squash Risotto 3-Salmon Papillote 4-Moroccan Chidcken Tagine 5-Mild Indian Chicken with Vegetables 6-Thai Coconut Chicken 7-Beef Bourguignon 8-Beef Stir Fry 9-Seven Vegetable Lentil Curry 10-Vegetable Chili with Barley

VEGETARIAN PACKAGE
1- Seven Vegetable Lentil Curry (2xsml)2-Mediterranean Vegetable Tagine(2xsml) 3-Vegetable Chili(2xsml) 3-Roasted Vegetable Lasagna 4-Three Grain Mushroom Risotto(2xsml)5- Barley Pilaf (2) *scroll over image for details*

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Save Your Sanity this Christmas

Tis the season for stress, headaches, messy kitchens and more!

Christmas and the holiday season can be more of a stress than a time to enjoy the company friends and loved ones. With that in mind, Today’s Menu would like to submit some helpful tips and ideas to ease the holiday stress this year and save you some valuable time.

Tip #1: Bake Ahead – The holidays typically means a lot of baking and can mean a lot of stress if your leave that baking to the last minute. Schedule yourself accordingly and consider getting all of your baking done on one Saturday afternoon. Plan your items, do your shopping and then turn your kitchen into a holiday baking machine!

For fun, turn on some good tunes and feel free to “sample” the good vino :)

Tip #2: Shop online – Much like baked goods… the holidays are most often remembers for CRAZY mall shopping days, a severe lack of parking and more full contact than a pee-wee hockey game. Consider doing your shopping from the comfort of your home. Almost everything is available online and you can save yourself a bundle with price comparison options.

Tip #3: Delegate – Shopping, wrapping, cleaning, baking, decorating… OY! There is a lot to do! Consider delegating some of your “to-do” list to others. If you have kids that are old enough, consider asking them to wrap presents and make a game of it. Same goes for cleaning!

Tip #4: Outsource – Consider outsourcing some of your meals! You’re already doing enough baking and cooking on the big day, why not take the week before (or after) off from being the family chef.

If your looking for some prepared meal options, your could always order them here :)

Tip #5: Take a Deep Breath – The holiday’s are supposed to be fun. Take a deep breath, step back and enjoy yourself a little. You won’t resent Christmas next year if you do!