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The rise of #MeatlessMonday: President’s Choice Plant-Based Recipes

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With 38% of Canadians looking to incorporate plant-based foods into their diets along with the #MeatlessMonday movement becoming more prominent in many households, plant-based alternatives allow us to get adventurous in the kitchen and add variety to our diet!

The PC® team has a number of delicious plant-based recipes that are sure to bring Canadians’ #MeatlessMonday meals to life, including:

Here are some of the PC® plant-based items that are included in the recipes below:

PC® Plant-Based Chickenless Chicken Breasts: These tasty, plant-based chicken breasts make mealtime a breeze. Simply pop in the oven for 20 minutes and they are ready to pair with everything from cauliflower purée to steamed broccoli to Greek-style salads.

PC® Plant-Based Cashew Dips: Available in Original, Red Pepper and Cucumber Dill flavors, these delicious dips are ideal for both dipping and spreading.

PC® Plant-Based Mayo-Style Spread: This mayo-style spread is thick, creamy and delicious – perfect for sandwiches, burgers and wraps, or as a base for dips, dressings and sauces.

Recipes:

15-Minute Vegan Romesco Rotini

Serves: 6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 15 minutes

Per serving: 450 calories, fat 14 g (2 g of which is saturated), sodium 390 mg, carbohydrate 68 g, fibre 4 g, sugars 6 g, protein 15 g

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (454 g) rotini
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp (90 mL) unsalted natural (skin-on) whole almonds, toasted
  • 1 pkg (200 g) PC® Plant-Based Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Dip
  • 1 cup (250 mL) canned whole plum tomatoes (with juices)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) olive oil
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL)fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

1. Bring 4 L (16 cups) water to a rapid boil. Add pasta. Stir occasionally until water returns to a boil. Cook until al dente or tender but firm, 8 to 9 minutes, adding frozen peas during the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time. Reserving 1 cup cooking liquid, drain.

2. Meanwhile, pulse ¼ cup toasted almonds in a blender on high speed until finely ground. Add cashew dip, tomatoes with juices, oil, salt and paprika. Blend, scraping down side, until smooth sauce forms. Set aside. Chop remaining 2 tbsp toasted almonds for garnish; set aside.

3. Return pasta mixture to saucepan off heat. Stir in sauce and ½ cup pasta cooking liquid, adding more cooking liquid if necessary to coat pasta and reach desired consistency of sauce.

4. Sprinkle pasta with chopped almonds and parsley.

Chef’s Tip: Toast whole almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring or shaking often, until light golden and fragrant, about 6 minutes.

Chickenless Marbella

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Marinating time: 2 hours
Cook time: 25 minutes
Ready in: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Chicken Marbella was the go-to party dish of the ‘80s, brought to popularity by the Silver Palate Cookbook. Here, the combination of brown sugar, prunes, capers and olives makes a sweet, briny, tangy marinade for PC® Plant-Based Chickenless Breasts. Bonus: The marinade doubles as a serving sauce.

Per serving: 430 calories, fat 22 g (5 g of which is saturated), sodium 650 mg, carbohydrate 41 g, fibre 1 g, sugars 4 g, protein 19 g

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¾ cup (188 mL) pitted prunes
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup (83 mL)pitted green olives
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) capers (with brine)
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) each dried oregano and ground black pepper
  • 1 pkg (400 g) frozen PC® Plant-Based Chickenless Breasts
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL)packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Directions

1. Stir together garlic, bay leaves, prunes, wine, olives, oil, capers, oregano and black pepper in a bowl. Arrange frozen chickenless breasts in a single layer in an 8-inch (2 L) square glass baking dish. Spoon garlic mixture evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Drizzle chickenless breasts with vinegar and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake uncovered until liquid is gently bubbling and chickenless breasts are cooked through, 22 to 24 minutes.

3. Transfer chickenless breasts, prunes, olives and capers with slotted spoon to serving platter; cover to keep warm. Transfer remaining sauce to small saucepan; discard bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat; cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

4. Spoon sauce over chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.

Chef’s Tip: Dry wine simply means it isn’t overly sweet. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc are all great options.

Vegan 7-Layer Salad with Bacon Maple Tempeh

Makes: 12 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Ready in: 45 minutes

Kick it old school with this vegan take on your grandma’s go-to layered salad. We’ve swapped the iceberg lettuce for hearty kale and used tempeh instead of the traditional layer of bacon. Chickpeas make a great protein-rich stand-in for the eggs. Don’t worry, we’ve kept the creamy mayo-based dressing you love (sans eggs, of course) by calling on our PC® Plant-Based Mayo-Style Spread.

Per serving: 250 calories, fat 16 g (2 g of which is saturated), sodium 360 mg, carbohydrate 23 g, fibre 5 g, sugars 5 g, protein 6 g

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 600 g/1-1/4 lb total), scrubbed and cut into 1/2–inch (1 cm) cubes
  • 2 tbsp (30mL) olive oil
  • ½ tsp (2mL) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper
  • Half pkg (198 g pkg) PC® Blue Menu Bacon Maple Flavour Tempeh (about 8 slices)
  • 4 cups (1 L) chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 cups (1 L) thinly sliced stemmed curly kale
  • 1 can (540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) sliced skin-on (natural) almonds

Dressing:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) PC® Plant-Based Mayo-Style Spread
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Toss together sweet potatoes, 1 tbsp oil, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper in a large bowl. Arrange in a single layer on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake, flipping potatoes once, until tender and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tempeh; cook, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool slightly. Chop or crumble into bite-size pieces.

3. Dressing: Stir together mayo-style spread, maple syrup, lemon juice, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

4. Layer romaine and kale in a 12-cup (3 L) glass bowl or other large serving dish. Top with sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Dollop dressing over top. Sprinkle with tempeh, pomegranate seeds and almonds. Toss gently to coat just before serving.

Chef’s Tip: Make this salad up to 24 hours ahead – just cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Makes: 22 to 24 balls
Prep time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Keep a stash of these bites in your fridge for a quick grab-and-go snack. Read the labels of chocolate chips to ensure they’re vegan – ingredients to watch for are milk powder and whey.

Per ball: 100 calories, fat 7 g (2 g of which is saturated), sodium 35 mg, carbohydrate 7 g, fibre 2 g, sugars 3 g, protein 4 g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (188 mL) quick-cooking (not instant) oats
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) PC® Vanilla Vegan Protein Drink Mix
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) vegan mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup

Directions

1. Stir together peanut butter, oats, protein drink mix, chocolate chips and maple syrup in large bowl until well combined.

2. Roll into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls. Refrigerate until firm, 4 hours or overnight. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Chef’s Tip: We use regular peanut butter for this recipe, but you can easily swap in natural peanut butter. You may need to microwave the natural peanut butter for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir – just be sure to let it cool slightly before mixing it with the chocolate chips to keep them from melting.

Vegan Tropical Frozen Yogurt Bark

Makes: 24 pieces
Prep time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours, 25 minutes

The fruit and seeds in this recipe are merely suggestions – you can easily use whatever you have on-hand. Try frozen sliced strawberries in place of the raspberries and chopped pistachios instead of pumpkin seeds.

Per serving (4 pieces): 120 calories, fat 4 g (2 g of which is saturated), sodium 10 mg, carbohydrate 23 g, fibre 2 g, sugars 13 g, protein 2 g

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tub (500 g) PC® Plant-Based Plain Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) agave syrup
  • ½ cup (125 mL) frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) chia seeds

Directions

1. Blend together 1 banana, the yogurt, frozen mango and agave in blender until smooth.

2. Pour onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spreading to about ¼-inch (5 mm) thickness.

3. Slice remaining banana into ¼-inch (5 mm) thick rounds. Arrange banana and frozen raspberries evenly over top of yogurt mixture. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and chia.

4. Freeze uncovered until solid, at least 4 hours or overnight.

5. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Cut into 24 pieces, about 2-inch (5 cm) each. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Chef’s Tip: Look for agave syrup in the natural foods section of the supermarket.

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Bring Italy to You with the Art of Aperitivo

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The pandemic may have shifted your travel plans, but if this year has taught us anything, it’s to learn how to adapt. With international travel looking unlikely for the foreseeable future, now’s the time to bring home the best cultural experiences from your favorite destinations and recreate them with your close friends and family, no boarding pass required.

Craving a taste of Italy? Take a break from this unsettling time and bring the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine to you with the art of the Italian aperitivo. As per the Italian tradition, aperitivo is the time of day to take a break to unwind with friends. This custom is present throughout the country; it’s a state of mind and an attitude which demonstrates gratitude for everything that makes life possible.

Here are three simple ways you can master the culture and art of aperitivo:

1: Give yourself some time to slow down

  1. The aperitivo represents the time of day when taking a break is most needed, so it’s of utmost importance to put yourself in a relaxed state of mind. Stop scrolling, sign out of Zoom, and connect with your socially distant bubble.

2: Recreate an Italian-inspired ambiance at home

  1. Aperitivo is always best enjoyed in the relaxed comfort of your own home. Treat your guests to an Italian-style spritz like Bella Amari on your patio during a sunny September afternoon. An effortlessly refreshing beverage, Bella Amari balances sweetness with bitterness and is available in three natural flavours: Blood Orange, Pomegranate Cherry and Limone.

3: Prepare a delicious charcuterie platter al fresco

  1. Italians consider it important to prepare the body for a meal by slowly waking up the appetite, hence the concept of a small snack beforehand. Charcuterie, mozzarella, bruschetta with fresh herbs (maybe from your quarantine patio garden), pickled olives, peppers and gourmet chips served with a spritz over ice can all enhance your aperitivo.

With seemingly so many moments, vacations, and celebrations on hold this year, it’s more important than ever to practice gratitude for the small joys in life, like spending time with your close loved ones, that likely would have been easy to take for granted in any other year. Salute!

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Pandemic Puts Sustainability at the Top of the Shopping List for B.C. Residents

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Oroweat Organic releases new research revealing an increased desire to shop locally and eat sustainably following the outbreak of COVID-19

B.C. residents are prioritizing eating locally-sourced food and making more sustainable food decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly commissioned study by Oroweat Organic. The research shows that fears around food scarcity at the start of the pandemic have shed light on the importance of being more self-sufficient, in turn leading to a greater desire to support local food producers and adopt more sustainable eating habits.

The survey was commissioned by Oroweat Organic, sustainably baked bread produced locally in Langley, BC, to mark its launch in Western Canada. Results revealed that 85 percent of B.C. residents are more aware of the importance of supporting locally-sourced food as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, one in three residents are more likely to prioritize locally-sourced food, and notably, this stands true regardless of household income. When it comes to sustainability specifically, 75 percent of B.C. residents are more aware of the importance of eating sustainably and the environmental impacts of their food choices, as a result of the pandemic.

While survey results indicate that shoppers are putting more focus on sustainability, this year’s unique and unpredictable back-to-school season raises concern. Fifty-two percent of B.C. residents are worried about their ability to juggle their schedules in the ‘new normal’ this fall and 48 percent worry this will impact their renewed efforts to shop and eat sustainably.

This September, three varieties of Oroweat Organic hit shelves in Western Canada, making sustainable and healthy bread options simple and accessible for British Columbians. The brand is locally produced in B.C., using sustainable baking practices and certified organic ingredients.

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Celebrate National Organic Week With the Launch of Coors Organic

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Did you know that tomorrow marks the beginning of National Organic Month (or even more widely celebrated, Organic Week (Sept 7-13)? To help celebrate this month, Coors has launched the latest addition to its line introducing: Coors Organic a new, organic beer that is brewed with one thing in mind – simplicity.

Coors Organic decided to offer a simple way to feel better about your choices for Canadians looking to integrate healthier alternatives into their day-to-day lifestyle but who feel overwhelmed by all of the options to choose from. Next time you are reaching for a beer, enjoy an organic option and feel good about the healthier choice you made.

Certified organic, 90 calories and 4g carbs (per/355mL), this light, refreshing organic lager is expertly brewed with minimal ingredients including organic hops, organic barley, and water.

Product:

  • Made with three simple ingredients: Organic hops, organic barley and water.
  • Certified Organic
  • 3.8% ABV
  • 90 calories, 4g carbs (per 355ml)

Taste:

  • Light and refreshing malt-forward taste with a crisp and clean finish.

Availability:

  • Coors Organic is available at BC Liquor Store and Independents.
    • Single can – $3.05
    • 12 x 355ml can – $27.50
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Introducing: Le Cheeseburger Week 2020

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From September 1st to 7th, Le Burger Week is back with a cheesy twist, and, it’s called, Le Cheeseburger Week

From September 1st until September 7th, 2020, gather up your appetite because Canada’s beloved food festival, Le Burger Week, sponsored by Saputo & Lightspeed is back! With Saputo, Canada’s cheese dynasty in the mix, this year’s catch is cheese, cheese, and more cheese, thus transforming Le Burger Week 2020 into Le Cheeseburger Week. Chefs & restaurants across the nation must abide by one rule – integrate cheese or “fauxmage” (vegan cheese) into their burger, because, why not? In addition to providing Canadian’s with a delicious and fun experience, Le Cheeseburger Week is committed to giving back to their local communities notably, through their 2020 affiliation with United Way Centraide. Get ready for the cheese to melt, Canada, as you dive in, mouth first, to Le Cheeseburger Week!

Heading into its ninth year, Le Burger Week has become an annual autumn foodie tradition to look forward to. Restaurants across the nation are asked to think outside the bun and create a unique burger reflective of their overall concept, style, and cuisine. The 2020 edition will replace the traditional call to vote for the best burgers with a call to help through the charity partnerships. Both Lightspeed and Saputo will be awarding the “Lightspeed Choice” & “Saputo Choice” awards to their favourite burgers!

We understand that this year is different, but one thing remains the same – Canada’s love for burgers. To adapt to the current landscape, many of Le Cheeseburger Week’s participating restaurants will be offering their burgers for take-out and delivery, so that customers can still enjoy the festival whether they plan on dining-in or indulging in the comfort of their own home with mobile ordering apps, like Lightspeed’s.

For the past few years, Le Burger Week has remained committed to giving back to communities across Canada. This year, a proceed of select burgers sold in Canada will be going to Centraide and United Way ; philanthropic organizations that collect donations to support a vast network of community agencies that help individuals and families. Locally and nationally, their goal is the same – to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities. United Way Centraide uses local knowledge to make community investments that provide the greatest impact including; food programs, housing programs, job skills training, continued education opportunities, amongst others.

Created in 2013, by Montreal-based entrepreneurs Na’eem Adam and Thierry Rassam, the idea for Le Burger Week was born out of their shared love of burgers and an understanding that their fellow Canadians shared that same love. Adam and Rassam wanted to create a fun and exciting way for burger lovers to interact and support their favorite restaurants, while, at the same time, providing restaurants with the chance to build greater public awareness through their participation. As co-founder Na’eem Adam explains, “Le Burger Week began as a fun local food project to celebrate our city’s (Montreal) love for burgers. Over the years, we have grown into a national festival that continuously helps to stimulate businesses across the nation.”

On September 1st, burger-lovers across the nation are called upon to get stomachs hungry as they get a chance to discover the very best (cheese) burgers that Le Burger Week has to offer. Bon appétit!

For more information regarding Le Burger Week, please go to www.leburgerweek.com.

About Saputo:

Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, a leading cheese manufacturer and fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the top dairy processor in Australia and the second largest in Argentina. In the USA, Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products.

In the United Kingdom, Saputo is the largest manufacturer of branded cheese and a top manufacturer of dairy spreads. Our products are sold in several countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Cathedral City, Clover, COON, Cracker Barrel*, Dairyland, DairyStar, Devondale, Friendship Dairies, Frigo Cheese Heads, Joyya, La Paulina, Liddells, Milk2Go/Lait’s Go, Montchevre, Murray Goulburn Ingredients, Neilson, Nutrilait, Scotsburn*, South Cape, Stella, Sungold, Tasmanian Heritage, Treasure Cave and Woolwich Goat Dairy. Saputo Inc. is a publicly-traded company and its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SAP”.

*Trademark used under license.

About Lightspeed:

Lightspeed (TSX: LSPD) powers complex small and medium-sized businesses with its cloud-based, omnichannel commerce platforms in over 100 countries. With smart, scalable and dependable point of sale systems, Lightspeed provides all-in-one solutions that drive innovation and digital transformation within the retail, hospitality and golf industries. Its product suite enables SMBs to sell across channels, manage operations, engage with consumers, accept payments and ultimately grow their business. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Lightspeed is trusted by favorite local businesses worldwide, where communities go to shop and dine. Lightspeed has staff located in Canada, USA, Europe, and Australia.

For More Information, Please Visit www.lightspeedhq.com.

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Uber Eats Celebrates 1 Year of Starbucks Delivery With BC and Canadian Trends Data

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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Starbucks on the Uber Eats platform, Uber Eats has released top trends highlighting Canadians ordering habits at Starbucks.

While COVID-19 prevented many of us from going in-store to grab our favourite Starbucks beverages and treats, Uber Eats Starbucks orders tripled from March-August 2020 compared to August 2019-March 2020.

So, what are Canadians ordering? From coast-to-coast, Canadians love their Starbucks Caramel Macchiato – it’s the most ordered beverage on the platform. And while Alberta and British Columbia prefer it hot, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan like it iced.

Overall, order sizes have increased since March with many customers ordering food along with their favourite beverages. The Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop, which is the most popular food item on the platform, is a Canadian favourite in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, while Canadians on the East and West coasts love the Double Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg sandwich. Both Nova Scotians and British Columbians enjoy this savoury breakfast item more often!

Below are some fun facts highlighting the Canadian love for Starbucks on Uber Eats:

  • A Torontonian placed the most amount of Starbucks orders in one year ordering 342 times.
  • The largest Starbucks order placed through Uber Eats was delivered to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. The order contained 8 bagels, 8 banana bread, 8 blueberry scones, 8 carrot muffins, 10 classic coffee cakes, 8 lemon loaf, and 3 coffee travellers.

What province orders the most Starbucks coffee on Uber Eats?

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan

What province orders the most Starbucks tea on Uber Eats?

  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario
  • Nova Scotia
  • Manitoba
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
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