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    Super Festive Feast

    Super Festive Feast

    Every year, it seems, health advocates come out with new lists of superfoods: foods that are the darlings of optimal health and well-being. In our feature this month, we’ve compiled a holiday superfood menu where locally and seasonally grown is the focus.
    One of the challenges of hosting a dinner these days includes accommodating the various dietary needs, requests, and expectations of our guests. From vegan to carnivorous to those with food sensitivities and allergies—planning a festive dinner that meets everyone’s needs is no easy feat.
    Add in the locally produced element to give a lower carbon footprint a respectful seat at the table, and one almost needs a PhD in nutrition and farming to plan a menu. Not to mention a minor in psychology if discussions at the table about sustainable and
    ethical food choices take serious sides.
    In this feature, we’ve designed an easy-to-follow, yet spectacular, nutritious holiday feast that respects all boundaries while supporting locally produced options. From seasonal root salad to mixed holiday grill, from prairie lentils and wild rice to berries chock full of antioxidants, we hope you’ll enjoy this super festive feast!

    Root Veggie Carpaccio with Burrata Cheese and Capers

    Wild and Basmati Rice with Cranberries and Candied Hazelnuts

    Savoury Lentils with Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

    Three-Way Mixed Holiday Grill

    Mini Oat Milk Chocolate Mousse with Sweet Beetroot Chips

    Canada’s superfood bounty

    Canada produces an enormous variety of superfoods. We don’t have to look abroad to satisfy our nutritional requirements over the winter months.

    Superfood Grown and cultivated
    Beets Across Canada
    Blueberries, wild and cultivated BC, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
    Brussel sprouts across Canada, but primarily BC, Ontario, and Quebec
    cranberries grown wild in Atlantic Canada; cultivated in BC and Quebec
    Dark leafy greens across Canada
    Farro (also known as emmer) Saskatchewan
    flaxseed prairie provinces
    garlic Across Canada
    Goji berries BC, Ontario
    Hempseed Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario
    Lentils primarily Saskatchewan
    Oats prairie provinces, Ontario, Quebec
    Raspberries–wild and cultivated across Canada
    Wild rice Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan

    Irene McGuinness is a passionate food writer, editor, and food stylist living on a small farm outside of Vancouver. When not writing, she is nurturing animals and tending to her extensive garden. Her work appears in a variety of Canadian, US, and Australian magazines.


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