What We’re Lovin for June

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What Jenn’s Lovin


For the past couple months my family has been enjoying almost weekly takout. From sushi to BBQ to tacos to fried chicken, we are making our rounds to pick up from our favourite local spots. Takeout or even eating out is not something we do very often but these are not usual times and giving myself permission to order takeout as a delicious and satisfying option to feed my family has brought my family so much joy.

It also warms my heart to see farmers supporting the restaurant community. Food is more than calories. It nourishes the soul and lifts the human spirit. We are all in this together, we can all eat more meals together and it’s ok to make takeout part of your weekly meal plan. Where will you order your next takout meal?

What Lynn’s Lovin

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Veggies: To Wash or Not to Wash?

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get asked: “When fruits and vegetables are farmers market fresh or grown from your own garden, do you need to wash them, even if you are going to peel away the skin and eat the inside?”

The simple answer is yes. Washing removes dirt, insects, and residues. Produce can become contaminated through contact with soil, contaminated water, wild or domestic animals or improperly composted manure.  Cutting through unwashed produce can carry dirt or bacteria to the inside flesh – something you want to make sure you do not eat.

To clean your fresh produce:

  • Choose carefully. Choose fruit or vegetables that do not have signs of decay or mold.  Cut off bruised or damaged spots that may harbour mold or bacteria.
  • Use one cutting board for produce, and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.
  • Remove tough or damaged outer leaves on lettuce, cabbage, and other leafy vegetables.
  • Wash produce with clean, running water. It is not necessary to use a produce cleanser and never use soap or detergents.
  • Scrub firm surfaced produce such as melons, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, parsnips with a clean produce brush.
  • Store cleaned produce in clean containers or plastic storage bags to prevent them from being cross-contaminated.
  • Keep your refrigerator produce drawer clean – wash and sanitize often.
  • Wash reusable grocery bags frequently.

What questions food or nutrition questions do you have?

What Ellen’s Lovin

My new garden boxes

Ellen's garden boxesNot only will they hopefully grow some vegetables but they made me smile because it was a project that took a community to build.

Mike and I built them together, I connected with my garden community for advice on how to fill the boxes (leaves, compost and topsoil), I supported a local charity with buying seedlings (40 plants) and our family planted everything together.

Eat well…Jenn, Lynn and Ellen



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186 thoughts on “What We’re Lovin for June

  1. I live in a condo without a balcony, and boy do I wish I had space for a wee container garden. However, my birthday is soon, and we’re planning a social-distancing sisters’ BBQ in my sister’s garden. I’m asking for BBQ ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake!

  2. I actually like to cook chicken on the bbq in a roasting pan and finish it off by grilling it. That way it gets cooked on the inside without burning it on the outside.

  3. I’m a carnivore so I love all meat grilled and grilled veggies also taste so much better grilled!!

  4. My favorite is grilled vegetable kabobs loaded with vegetables like zucchini. onions. green and red peppers and cherry tomatoes

  5. I love hamburgers, seasoned with salt, pepper, crushed garlic and Worcestershire sauce, grilled on our BBQ

  6. I tried this and I love it. Bunless Bison Burger with Sautéed Vegetables and Balsamic Reduction.

  7. My absolute favourite grilling recipe is a skewer of peppers, meat, and shrimp. Just delicious!

  8. I would have to say that my most favourite grilling recipe is good old fashion sausages and hamburger patties. Beautiful!

  9. I’m not picky – burgers, chicken, steak but grilled lemon herb lamb chops are the real treat! Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway

  10. I live in an apartment with no balcony, so I love getting a chance to take my portable grill out to a park or camping in summer! One of my favorites is kabobs: either vegetable, or vegetable and smoked sausage. Peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, sweet onion and little new potatoes (blanched) – I just mix some canola oil and some salt-free grill seasoning. Extremely simple, but very tasty!

  11. I love doing a dry rub on back ribs and finishing them with bbq sauce on the grill.

  12. Veggie kebabs, foil wrapped corn on the cob, and veggie burgers are my favourite things to grill!

  13. My favorite grill recipe is a veggie dish and it has carrots, peppers, mushrooms and broccoli; it’s marinated in Italian dressing and veggie seasoning and at the end I add some cheese for extra flavour

  14. Chicken Wings of course. The smokey taste from the grill makes them so much better than baked in the oven or deep fried.

  15. Remove the skin from a pineapple and dredge it through melted butter, then cover it with brown sugar and grill it!

  16. My favourite grilling recipe is souvlaki marinated chicken skewers with peppers, mushrooms and red onions. I also LOVE grilling chicken wings and beef burgers as well, it is the best summer meal!

  17. I like to grill salmon wrapped in tin foil, sprinkled with lemon juice, salt and pepper and some fresh herbs.

  18. Grilled Veggie Kabobs with lots of vegetables zucchini , yellow squash , onion, tomatoes, pineapple, and bell pepper

  19. Hamburgers. I know that’s not very exciting, but they’re so satisfying.

  20. Simple grilled zucchini with a little bit of salt and pepper and lightly brushes with canola oil before grilling!

  21. I love kabobs on the grill – mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes, tofu and bell peppers in a nice soy marinade!

  22. I like kabobs on the grill – mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, tofu in a nice soy marinade

  23. I love to grill chicken, fresh vegetables such as tomatoes and onions and grill thick bread, served with mayo and a touch of Italian dressing. Use canola brushed on the grill and nothing sticks!

  24. I love grilled steak, hamburgers, chicken, sausages, & vegetables. Everything grilled tastes better!

  25. When making homemade burgers make sure the center is thinner then the edges for even cooking and they won’t look like flying saucers.

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