Shop St. Lawrence Market this fall

 

The St. Lawrence Market is quite simply one of the World’s Greatest (and oldest) markets. It was named The World’s Best Food Market by National Geographic in 2012.

 

The Market is comprised of a three building complex. Each building serves a different purpose. The North Market is known for it’s Saturday Farmers’ Market, and for good reason — it’s been on since 1803! On Sundays, the North Market and surrounding plaza is home to over 80 antique dealers peddling their wares. The South Market accommodates over 120 specialty vendors who have made the Market their life’s work. Finally, St. Lawrence Hall, built in 1850, houses retail business on the ground floor, city offices on the second and the third floor can be rented out for special events. We talked to Amanda Diep, Program Development Officer for the St. Lawrence Market Complex, to see how they keep things fresh after so many years!

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

Amanda, what produce and products are in season this Fall at the Market?

 

Fall harvest in Ontario allows for delicious produce such as flavourful Brussels sprouts, beets and a wide variety of squashes, perfect for homemade soups (one of Fall’s best comfort foods).

 

When does the outdoor market close its doors for the season?

 

Farmers with outdoor stalls generally come inside at the end of October. However, one of the great things about our Farmers Market is that the indoor farmers are open all year round so that our customers always have access to in-season, fresh and locally grown products.

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

Are there any fall events at the Market that our readers will want to know about?

 

Readers will be excited to know that “Evening at the Market” is happening again next month onThursday, November 9th. The entire South Market will come alive after hours with cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and chef-inspired dishes from each of our 64 vendors. Proceeds will go to our charity partner Second Harvest. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stlawrencemarket.com.

 

Which vendors in the South Market are the most popular?

 

I think what makes the Market so special is that each vendor is popular for its own special set of products, and locals know it. From Cotton Candy grapes to crocodile steaks and raw vegan to peameal bacon, our customers know that they can always find what they’re looking for at the Market.

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

When’s the best time to visit the Market (in your opinion)?

 

Not a lot of people know that we open at 5 a.m. every Saturday morning. That’s when a lot of dedicated customers come to purchase products that sell out quick, such as fiddleheads during springtime. At 5 a.m., the Market is still calm, almost magical, and you can notice a lot of details that you might miss during a busy Saturday afternoon such as the original archways at the Front St. entrance when the space once served as Toronto’s City Hall.

 

That’s so early we might have to take your word for it! St. Lawrence Market has been around for a very long time. Is there anything different about the Market in recent years? What keeps the Market fresh?

 

Our Market Kitchen, which has remained somewhat of a hidden gem over the years, is gaining a large following with the rising popularity of home cooking and baking. The Market Kitchen has a wide variety of classes from Knife Skills to Taste of Tuscany. More details about these courses can be found at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/events.

Courtesy St Lawrence Market Complex/ Toronto Archives

 

There really is nothing else quite like the St. Lawrence Market. It has stood the test of time and remains a major Toronto landmark and community hub to this day. It connects us to our food and those who provide it, to our community and to our past. It’s life as it was centuries ago, evolved and adapted to suit our needs and wants today. It is an icon of our city.

 

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Spice it up at Marigold Indian Restaurant

 

There are several options in the Davisville neighbourhood when you are in the mood for authentic Indian cuisine. They all offer their own version of flavourful classic Indian dishes, heavy on spices and seasoning, that warm up the body and the soul. Most options also go heavy on the oil, butter and cream. It can be delicious, but it may not be very nutritious to eat on a regular basis. Marigold Indian Bistro (552 Mt Pleasant Road) is changing all that. We spoke with owner, Ritu Khadri to find out how they do it differently at Marigold.

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Tell us Ritu, what motivated you to incorporate both traditional and more modern takes on Indian cuisine in your menu?

 

Authentic Indian food calls for lots of oil, or butter, in pretty much everything. It’s a lot of variety, it’s so many spices and herbs from various states of India.  We have blended different combinations and tried to make it more like a healthier version of Indian food. Most of our sauces that we prepare are really healthy. We don’t use lots of oil in everything and not [too many] spices. So it’s like, authentic Indian – still the Indian taste, but considering the healthy aspect of it. So, the quality is better – I would say.

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

That sounds like a dream! What are your most popular menu items?

 

Our Butter Chicken ($15.95) is really popular. Our Palak Paneer ($12.95) is really popular. We have some vegan specialty items on the menu that people come for, like our tofu. Our seafood is popular, in particular the Calamari appetizer ($13.95). Aloo tikki is really popular.

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Who doesn’t like butter chicken! Is your butter chicken made in the healthier way that you were talking about?

 

Yes, yes, yes. Most of the Indian restaurants use a lot of cream to prepare butter chicken. We actually cook it with milk. It’s a very healthy version.

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Do you take inspiration for your meals from all over India, or certain regions?

 

It’s actually from all around the country. Some of our dishes are inspired from the North side like Aloo Tikki ($9.95), Dahl Puri ($9.95), you know, more of the yogurt options and more of the street food options are inspired by the North part of India – like, samosas, pakoras and everything, so Punjab and Haryana. Then we have some sauces, like our Goan Seafood Curry ($21.95), it’s a specialty from a region in India – Goa. We have Kerala Fish, which is inspired from the state Kerala which is the South side – so yeah, it’s actually from all over.

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Is there anything else that sets Marigold apart from other Indian restaurants in Toronto?

 

As our name suggests it’s a bistro. In terms of what we serve, it’s a fusion of Indian spice with a Canadian taste. So, it’s good for the diversified Canadian crowd as well as the Ayurvedic crowd, so it’s good for both. Every dish of ours has a unique flavour. We use many different types of sauces, and each sauce is extremely different from the others. Most of the other Indian Restaurants, they have a few basic sauces that they are using in all the dishes. Ours is not so. We use many different types of spice. Our pakoras are made of mixed seasonal vegetables, so we keep changing the menu according to [the season]. That’s what makes us different.

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

What would say is the atmosphere at Marigold Indian Bistro?

 

Considering the ambiance of the place, it’s good for couples as well as for families. We have crowds of all different kinds. Business lunches, family gatherings, big groups coming in for dinner. It’s good for parties. People can book [the entire restaurant] and we close for [private] parties. I think it suits everybody.

 

If you love the flavour of authentic Indian food, and love the idea of a healthier alternative, you owe it to yourself to give Marigold Indian Bistro a try. Their unique take on traditional cuisine is part of what makes this neighbourhood special.
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Discover the Davisville Village Farmers Market

 

One of the great things about living in Ontario is the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce available in the summertime. The Davisville Village Farmers Market is a great nearby market to visit to pick some up this season. The market is open every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm, from mid-May to early October. It’s part of the Apple Tree family of markets, run by founders Lesley Stoyan and Chris Trussell. We spoke with Lesley to learn more about how this community market has grown and what’s in store for this season!

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

So Lesley, when was the market first opened, and has it grown since?

 

We started our first market at Yonge and Eglinton 10 years ago. So, we’re actually in our tenth season there now. It started off as literally a one-off project. We were asked to coordinate a community event by (former City Councillor) Karen Stintz. We did a one-off market because local foods were just becoming popular in the Toronto community and public market spaces. It was so successful that we decided to keep it going as a regular, weekly thing. So in 2008, The North Toronto Farmers Market opened. It was dubbed The Apple Tree Market. We’ve opened three markets since then. The next market that we opened was Ryerson University, and the Davisville Village Farmers Market was our third. So it’s grown. Those three are our every season, staple, marketplaces but we’ve got over twenty pop-up markets that go on throughout the city, throughout the year. We also run a fresh food program with the TDSB (Toronto District School Board).

 

Wow, you’re making the rounds! Who does the fresh food program serve?

 

(It) predominantly serves Davisville Junior Public School which is at Yonge and Davisville. It’s a farm fresh fare snack program — so that the kids can have fresh fruits and vegetables everyday at school.

 

What a great initiative! Many of our our residents send their children to that public school. The program is free for the kids?

 

It’s subsidized by the TDSB and parents have the option to contribute, if they’d like, but every child gets it. Davisville Village has a very significant, low-income community. A lot of new Canadians making under $25, 000 a year reside here, so Davisville qualifies as a high needs school, so they get a subsidized food program. That’s actually why we started the Apple Tree Group. As I said, it started in 2008 as a one-off, fun project and we’re now a fully registered non-profit and our mission is to build community around food initiatives and family-friendly events. The farmers market is just a small amount of the project work that we do per week. We try to have outdoor, free public events predominantly in Davisville Park. We do the “movie night in the park”, which happens every September. It’s a free movie for everybody to attend. We build a skating rink in Davisville Park that everyone is able to come out and enjoy in the winter as well. We also do a Pumpkin Parade. We’re doing something called the Apple Seed and Kernel Festival this year, which is a big apple harvest festival, so kids can come out and have a fun day. There’s farmers and bouncy castles and everything is free to ensure that the neighbourhood, the people that can’t afford it, can take part in it.

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

What a wonderful and fun way to reach out and engage with the community! What is your role at Apple Tree?

 

I’m the co-founder, with my husband (co-founder, Chris Trussell). It’s honestly just the two of us that do 90% of the work. We have a handful of contractors that we bring onboard when it gets to be too much. We hope to be able to grow that number so that we can continue to grow and keep spreading out the volume of work. My focus is mostly on family health education. Around the farmers markets we do a lot of things. We offer free recipes and educational workshops, we teach cooking classes in the public schools. At all of our events, we often have fresh food and food tastings. I curate the menu. I studied holistic nutrition in school, so I do a lot of the programming ideas and my husband, Chris, does most of the executive direction, the planning, the logistics, the operation, that sort of thing.

 

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

Sounds like a small but mighty operation! How many vendors serve the Davisville Village Farmers market?

 

In the Apple Tree Family of vendors, so that’s anybody who’s part of our organization, I think our membership is at sixty-five vendors this year. That means whenever we do an event, we can pool from our family of vendors. For the Davisville Market I think we’re just shy of 40 vendors this year.

 

And what types of products do they sell?

 

The market really represents the complete bounty of the Ontario harvest. In May we have the early spring vegetables. This year it happened quite early, we had asparagus, strawberries pretty much right out of that. We’ve got all the greenhouse, year-round vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, peppers – all the things that you can now have year long. You can actually have strawberries now, year long. There’s something called an ever-bearing strawberry! As the season progresses, you get into the more seasonal stuff. So, rasberry season just ended. Raspberries are pretty well done. Peaches just came out, corn just came out, again, a little bit early because of how much rain we’ve had. We’ve got a full gamut of everything that is Ontario, plus a few unique products that people may not know about. One of our vendors carries more of the exotic Ontario fruits and vegetables – which is really fun to showcase, especially when we get back in the school year. There is something called a northern Kiwi, that is grown in Ontario. We get to showcase that…

 

Then we’ve got wonderful, ready-made foods. There are a large percentage of shoppers that want grab-and-go, so we’ve got soups and tacos, pre-made salads and bottled juices, hummus, fresh pastas and olive oils, and fresh breads, fresh cheeses. All the things you want to pick up so that you don’t have to make dinner.

 

What a bounty! What is the season for the Davisville Village Market?

 

We usually open in the second week in May, and we close right before Thanksgiving.

 

Do you host any special events that close out the season?

 

A bunch of things, actually! We’ve got our movie night in the park – that’s always the lead up to the end of the season – which is on September 22nd. The Seed and Kernel Festival is the next day, on September 23rd. Then on the last day of the market we do a couple of things. We have the New Vendor Showcase. There are so many young businesses that want to get into selling food, but they may not have the capacity, they may not have the volume, the stock. We give new chefs and new producers or new farmers a one day time when they can come and introduce themselves to the community. We always do that on the last day. Then we have a big harvest party when it’s all over!

 

Sounds like a lot of fun! We can’t wait to come by and dig in. Thanks for speaking with us, Lesley!

 

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Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola's Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

 

Tucked away in the heart of Old Toronto, only steps away from Yorkville and Church and Wellesley Village, you’ll find Lola’s Kitchen. The hidden gem is housed in a classic Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street.  Lola’s has been serving high quality comfort food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere since 2009. We spoke with General Manager, Spencer Reynolds to find out what makes Lola’s Kitchen work so well.

 

At Lola’s Kitchen, they pride themselves on a fresh, from-scratch menu. “With the exception of bread and desserts, we make everything in house! We even make our own ketchup”, Spencer says. Lola’s features naturally raised, local meats, fresh organic produce and serve only local craft beers. They also offer a great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and even made our list of The Best Restaurants with Gluten Free Options. As Spencer tells us:


Lola’s has evolved over time into the restaurant we know and love today. Established in 2009, Lola’s has always made a point of keeping things fresh and changing our menu to suit the trends. We try to stay current!

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Even though Lola’s Kitchen is constantly evolving and changing to stay current and cater to the tastes of their clientele, they manage to stay true to themselves and the spirit of neighbourhood.


 

The Church St. corridor has always informed the ethos at Lola’s Kitchen and has definitely become our home. The community that surrounds us, especially throughout the summer months in which the Pride parade goes right past our door, is an integral part of what we do.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s patio is the perfect place to watch the parade go by, or simply to settle in and enjoy the all-too-short summer season with a friend or two and a drink or two. When the weather isn’t cooperating, don’t let it rain on your parade – the interior atmosphere at Lola’s is relaxed, comfortable and inviting. It’s no wonder Lola’s attracts a wide spectrum clientele from all walks of life.

 

We have a great mix of clients. Many people love the menu for being accommodating, while others love the proximity to work and the quick service. The brunch crowd is usually younger and more diverse, while the lunch and dinner crowd are the regulars: our die hard fans.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

And those die hard fans keep growing. Lola’s doesn’t need to be flashy or loud to attract your attention. If you go there once, chances are you’ll be back. The food, the friendly service and the easy-going vibe make Lola’s easy to come back to. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating at Lola’s, Spencer recommends the California Bowl ($15.50) – black and purple kale, organic quinoa or brown rice, avocado, sundried tomatoes, toasted organic nuts and seeds, sweet cider vinaigrette and grilled organic tofu (or substitute chicken breast for $2). “The California Bowl is by far our most popular item; healthful, simple, delicious.”

 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend brunch, a quick workday lunch or a delicious dinner, Lola’s Kitchen is truly your friendly, neighbourhood hangout and a proud member of the community. Come home to Lola’s kitchen, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Greenrock is also a proud member of the Church and Wellesley community. For information on ourVillage Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.


The Best Restaurants with Gluten Free Options (Near Yonge & Bloor)

 

The Best Restaurants with Gluten Free Options (Near Yonge & Bloor)

 

Many people avoid gluten. Whether it is the due to celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, a wheat allergy or for other reasons, there are a growing number of people actively looking for great tasting alternatives. If you’re avoiding gluten, you’re in luck! It has never been easier to find delicious gluten free food. The chances are, no matter where you live, you can find a restaurant that has at least one meal option for this dietary restriction. The tricky part can be finding a place that has more than one. We want to give you a few solid options, so here are three of the best restaurants with gluten free menu items near Yonge and Bloor in Toronto. These establishments won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on anything.

 

Lola’s Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen is located in a charming Victorian mansion at 634 Church Street. It’s easy to get to, but just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Bloor Street. A visit to Lola’s feels like you’re coming home, or to a friend’s place. The interior is elegant and understated, but still warm and inviting. The chairs are comfortable and you get the feeling that you’re being taken care of. “Lola’s Kitchen has always offered gluten free options because our community is diverse and has complex needs!”, says General Manager, Spencer Reynolds. Lola’s Kitchen is a “from scratch kitchen”.

 

We pride ourselves on using small batches. With the exception of bread and desserts, we make everything in house! We even make our own ketchup.

Spencer recommends trying something from Lola’s gluten free fryer. “Our tortilla chips are hand cut and fried, and there are lots of amazing garnishes (like crispy leeks, capers and chickpeas) that aren’t often accessible to people with gluten intolerance.”

When we dine gluten free at Lola’s we love to order The Sante Fe Bowl ($16). It features organic brown rice, black beans, guacamole, roasted corn, grilled sweet potato, romaine, green onions, pico de gallo, crispy tortillas and yogurt lime drizzle.  If you’ve never experienced Lola’s kitchen before, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

 

Urban Herbivore

Photo courtesy of Urban Herbivore

Photo courtesy of Urban Herbivore

 

Urban Herbivore is a vegetarian restaurant that started out in Kensington Market. It has grown to open locations on College Street, the Eaton Centre and has another on they way in Union Station. They are a trusted source for gluten free and vegan meals and an incredible option for people on special diets looking to enjoy a meal close to home or on the go. General Manager Angelo Filaccio tells us:

 

We have offered gluten free items from the beginning. We realized that we could serve the largest number of vegans by making our entire Fresh and Custom Bowl menu gluten free. The grains we offer pack a great protein punch while being safe for gluten sensitive guests, and we only use gluten free soy sauce.

They have an entirely gluten free salad bar, custom bowls, baked goods, as well as soups and stews. Try their perfectly seasoned, hearty Moroccan Stew with tomato, sweet potato, tofu steaks, brown and black rice, and lots of chunky veggies – just hold the breadstick! Angelo adds:

 

Our kitchen is actually gluten free.  All of our baked goods are made in our bakery which is on the second floor of our Kensington Market location.  We make our breads there so while we have wheat flour in our bakery we do our best to keep any gluten out of our cupcakes and other gluten free treats.  We make almost all of our food from scratch in our kitchen and bakery at Kensington Market.

At Urban Herbivore, they take gluten free seriously and their menu was designed with gluten free top of mind, not an afterthought. Drop by any of their locations for fast, fresh and delicious gluten free fare.

 

Planta

Photo courtesy of Planta

Photo courtesy of Planta

 

If you are looking for an elegant and upscale option for gluten free and plant-based dining, look no further than Planta in Yorkville (1221 Bay Street). As Steven Salm, President of Chase Hospitality Group (owners of Planta) told us recently: “Our inspiration was to provide a full service, experience based restaurant”. As soon as you step inside Planta, you know that you are in for a special experience. The high ceilings, loads of natural light and elegant decor provide the perfect setting to enjoy some fabulous food.

 

Planta offers a wide selection of gluten free options. All of their pizzas are available with gluten free crust. Their salads are amazing! You have to try the Habibi ($17.25) with cauliflower couscous, split pea fritters, lentils, parsley, mint, coriander, currants, sumac, za’atar and tahini dressing. Their No Noodle Lasagne ($21.50) is also something special to experience, featuring butternut squash, eggplant and smoked vegan ricotta.

 

We love everything about Planta, we even featured them as one of the Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto.

 

Going gluten free no longer means going without. We hope these exceptional restaurants with gluten free options expand your healthy horizons.

 

Check out Greenrock’s blog to learn about more ways to experience the best of what your neighbourhood has to offer. Greenrock Property Management is proud to be a part of the Yonge and Bloor community. For information on the Village Green Community, please see our website.

The Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

The best healthy restaurants in Toronto

Many of us are trying to eat healthier these days. Changing our diet can help us feel better, look better, have more energy, and can even be better for the planet. It’s not always easy to make healthy choices, especially when dining out. When we are at home, in our own kitchen, we can control what goes into every meal, but who wants to eat at home for every meal? If you’re looking for guilt-free, gourmet meals out on the town, the Greenrock blog team has you covered with the best healthy restaurants in Toronto. We connected with the owners of three amazing healthy restaurants to get their recommendations on what to order. Let’s dig in!

 

Hibiscus

 

Hibiscus Cafe (238 Augusta Avenue) feels right at home in the heart of Toronto’s hip Kensington Market neighbourhood. It was created with the idea of providing a unique menu of gluten-free, vegetarian entrees. Andrey Malkov and his family bought Hibiscus four years ago. They “loved the menu and started to use organic, and, when in season, local ingredients”, expanding and strengthening the cafe’s original mission to provide great tasting, nutritious food.

 

The soup and salad combo is a quick and delicious, nutrient dense meal to try. If you’re coming for brunch, Andrey recommends the vegan mozzarella, mushroom, tomato and basil crepe ($15). Be sure to save room for their coconut sea buckthorn ice cream for dessert.

 

Andrey and his family are committed to creating healthy and nutritious food “made of sustainably grown ingredients, with attention and love”.

Photo courtesy of Hibiscus Cafe

Live Organic Food Bar

 

Live Organic Food Bar was created by Jennifer Italiano and her brother Christopher in 2000. It began as an organic juice bar. The siblings “were highly into organic food and supporting local farmers and believed in wholefoods. Nothing from a package or with a label that we could not pronounce”, says Italiano. Jennifer started getting into raw foods around the same time and says “we took our café from only serving cooked vegan foods to specializing in raw foods too. We were the first in the city to offer such cuisine.” Considering how popular raw food is in Toronto today, they sort of started a movement.

 

If you are new to Live and the raw food experience, Jennifer highly recommends the Raw Combo ($22). It’s been on the menu since day one and it gives you a taste of Live’s manicotti, tostadas, teriyaki noodle stir fry, and pierogis.

 

Live serves a delicious array of raw and cooked menu items, and even sells their own line of products. They have been committed to working with sustainable organic farmers since 2002. The entire menu is organic, vegan, gluten and wheat free with no refined sugars or GMO’s and is locally sourced whenever possible. There are two Live Organic Food Bars to choose from — the original Annex location at 264 Dupont and 134 Atlantic Avenue in Liberty Village.

Photo courtesy of Live Organic Food Bar

Planta

 

Planta was created by the Chase Hospitality Group. The group partnered with Chef David Lee to fill a void. In the words of Steven Salms, president of CHG, the “inspiration was to provide a full service, experience based restaurant that gave diners an option to dine out that didn’t include the use of animal products”. They are committed to using high quality ingredients from ethical suppliers so that they can be proud of the food they serve.

 

You can taste the pride and commitment to quality in every dish at Planta. From spectacular salads and impressive pizzas (gluten-free crust available), to Mr. Salms personal favourite menu item, The Planta Burger ($18.75). The burger is loaded with queso, mushroom bacon, pickles, tomatillo mayo and served with spiced fries.

 

Planta is located in the vibrant Bay and Bloor area of Yorkville, at 1221 Bay Street and fits in perfectly in the neighbourhood. They passionately provide an upscale, plant based dining experience that celebrates innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment.

Photo courtesy of Planta

Living and eating healthy is it’s own reward. We hope that these delicious healthy restaurant suggestions help make sticking to your goals a little easier this year.

 

For information on Greenrock Property Management and Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, please see our website.

 

Desserts that won’t ruin your resolutions

Desserts that won’t ruin your resolutions

A brand new year has just begun and that means making some resolutions. If you are like most people, eating healthy may be at the top of your list. Fortunately for you, eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to give up desserts. TheGreenrock Property Management blog team is here to bring a little sweetness into your new year with some dessert ideas that won’t ruin your resolutions. These are just a few ideas for delicious and nutritious treats that are easy to make at home at Wingreen Court.

 

Paleo Lemon Squares

 

The recipe refers to them as Paleo Lemon Brownies, but we think these delicious desserts are more like lemon squares. They are light, lemony and moist, rather than chocolatey and fudgey. When something is referred to as ‘Paleo’, it means that it is low in carbohydrates, free from refined sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free and usually high in protein and healthy fats. These squares, as well as the glorious lemon glaze on top, are made primarily from almond flour and coconut (oil, milk, and butter) and gently sweetened with honey.

 

Vegan Fudge Brownies

 

Do healthy fudge brownies sound too good to be true? There must be a secret! The ‘fudge’ in these Vegan Fudge Brownies is actually made from black beans. Try it before you pass judgement. Let your family and friends try them, without saying the word ‘beans’, and see if they notice. Instead of being a guilty pleasure, this dessert is actually a good source of protein.

 

Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples

 

These delicious and nutritious Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples are a perfect treat, not only for fall, but for anytime of year. They taste amazing, and smell even better! You will love filling your Wingreen Court apartment with the aroma of apple and cinnamon on a chilly winter afternoon. And filling your mouth with the flavours of apple and cinnamon, especially when topped with a little ice cream, is the recipe for a perfect day.

 

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

These Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches taste incredibly good, while still being good for you. They are so delicious, you’ll be happy eating “ice cream” in the dead of winter! The banana cream is made by combining frozen bananas with soaked, raw cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup and few other wholesome ingredients. The cookie sandwich layers are made from almond butter, coconut oil, honey and sea salt. To top it all off – they are sprinkled with crumbled cacao nibs, nuts and toasted coconut.

 
Don’t deny your sweet tooth to keep your new year’s resolutions! The Greenrock blog team is here to make healthy living fun and accessible. We hope these dessert ideas help make 2017 a healthier and happier year. If you would like more information on Greenrock, including the quiet cul-de-sac location of our Wingreen Court Apartments, click here.

Delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017

Delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017

It’s a brand new year — have you made your resolutions yet? If you’re like most people, eating healthier is at the top of your list. Diet is the single most important factor for taking control of your health and weight. Even more important than exercise! No one wants to sacrifice flavour, however, so the Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017. They are all easy to make in about a half an hour or less, at home, at 166 Eastbourne.

 

Salmon with Pesto Veggies

 

This Salmon with Pesto Dressed Veggies is a super easy, super healthy and most importantly — super tasty, dinner idea. It looks fancy and elegant, but all you need is 30 to prepare this amazing meal at 166 Eastbourne. Salmon is rich in omega 3 fats, which are great for your heart, and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth. It is especially important to have a good source of vitamin D during the cold and sun-starved Canadian winter. The pesto veggies and potatoes make it a comforting and satisfying dinner, while still being less than 500 calories.

 

Burger with Mushrooms and Radicchio

 

Sometimes, nothing but a burger will do. Rather that rolling through the drive-through on the way home, give thisBurger with Mushrooms and Radicchio a try. It provides half of your daily protein requirements, is rich in iron and the mushrooms are high in antioxidants and help to reduce cholesterol. All this and it’s still under 500 calories. Serve it with a side salad, or oven baked fries, they’ll only add about another 150 calories.

 

Stuffed Chicken Divan with Sherry Dijon Sauce

 

Treat yourself to a healthy gourmet meal that is ready to eat in less than an hour, with only 20 minutes of hands on prep time! This Stuffed Chicken Divan with Sherry Dijon Sauce is full of flavour from the juicy chicken, stuffed with gooey Gruyere cheese, and fresh garlic and broccoli, topped with a creamy homemade sauce made from evaporated milk, dry sherry, dijon and parmesan. You won’t believe it’s less than 400 calories per serving!

 

Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

 

What is more satisfying on a chilly winter evening than a hot bowl of pasta? This Eggplant Pomodoro will hit the spot, without expanding your waistline. Tender eggplant, sautéed in garlic and olive oil with fresh plum tomatoes, olives and capers and your choice of pasta — including gluten-free options. It’s also vegan, high fibre and low calorie, coming in at less than 300 calories per serving.

 
The Greenrock blog team wishes you a happy, healthy and delicious 2017! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience of life in the heart of midtown at 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

Improve your fitness this year!

Improve your fitness this year!

Every year, you resolve to get in shape. Make this the year that you actually do it! Making small changes that you can maintain may lead to long lasting results. Start off small, at home at 5 Benlamond, with changes to your diet and then progress toward a more intense exercise program. What matters is that you move towards something. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has a few tips to check out if you are looking to improve your fitness this year.

 

Cut back on sugar and carbs

 

If you are looking to lose weight, changing your diet is more effective than exercise. If you are eating too many calories, you’re not going to be able to work them off very effectively. What kind of calories you are consuming is also very important for weight loss. Cutting back on sugar and carbohydrates is key. These foods stimulate insulin secretion more than any others and insulin is the body’s main fat storage hormone.

 

Fill up on protein

 

Eating plenty of protein is part of an effective weight loss and fitness plan. A higher protein diet boosts your metabolism and can make you feel fuller longer, reducing your desire to over-consume calories. Try to base your meals on a protein source (chicken, fish, tofu), low carb vegetables (kale, chard, broccoli etc) and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado or coconut oil.

 

Walk

 

It may be hard to believe that something as basic as walking can be so effective and essential to a healthy lifestyle. Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, and strengthen your bones and muscles, and manage or prevent various conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It can improve balance and coordination, and your mood. You should try to walk wherever and whenever you can. You’ll feel better, through and through.

 

Exercise

 

To truly experience a fit and healthy lifestyle, you’ll need to exercise. Always consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. If you are able, lifting weights 3 days a week is a great addition to your fitness program. If you are new to the gym, get some advice from the staff on proper technique. If you are lifting in your home at 5 Benlamond, check out some videos on proper form to prevent injury and maximize effectiveness. Exercise and weight training is also a great way to deal with stress and even fight depression.

 
You deserve to feel good. Make the changes that you are able to make and keep moving forward. This can be the year that you improve your fitness, if you make it happen. The Greenrock blog team hopes this week’s post helps point you in the right direction. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including life in the Upper Beaches at 5 Benlamond Avenue, please visit our website.

Chicken, five ways

Chicken, five ways

Tired of the chicken recipes you make for dinner all the time? If you’re looking to shake up your recipe repertoire atWingreen Court, the Greenrock Property Management blog team has five new chicken recipes you’re going to love.

 

Ginger Teriyaki Chicken

 

This chicken recipe features a Ginger Teriyaki sauce for spicy and exotic flavour. Infused with ginger, garlic and a hint of bourbon, this sauce is great for chicken, pork chops, ribs, and steak. You may want to make some extra sauce since it will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Best of all, it’s super easy to whip up.

 

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

 

This Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken is the perfect Sunday dinner. A whole roasted chicken is stuffed with lots of garlic, lemon and fresh thyme.You can feed a crowd with this recipe or enjoy it solo all week long. It requires only about 20 minutes of hands-on preparation time and it’s ready in an hour and fifteen minutes.

 

Butterflied Grilled Whole Chicken

 

Roasting isn’t the only way to prepare a whole chicken. Before you give up grilling for the season, make this Butterflied Grilled Whole Chicken. Its seasoned with your favourite herbs and spices and is ready in far less time than a traditional roasted chicken. This recipe requires about 10 minutes of prep time and only 40 minutes of cooking time.

 

Poached Whole Chicken

 

Poached Chicken goes a long way. It makes a tasty chicken dinner and a delicious broth at the same time. You can use that broth for many other recipes. All you need to do is place the chicken in a pot, cover it with water and add whatever seasonal vegetables and herbs that you have on hand. Bring it all to a boil and simmer for about an hour an and twenty minutes.

 

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

 

What could be better than coming home after a long day to the delicious smell of chicken that is ready to eat?! This Slow Cooker Whole Chicken makes that dream a reality and only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. You can season it anyway you like before placing the whole bird in your slow cooker. If you want a crispier skin, simply pop the cooked chicken in a pot under the broiler in your oven for a 3 to 5 minutes until crispy.

 

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes these chicken recipes make dinner time a little more interesting this winter. For more information on Greenrock’s rental communities, including Wingreen Court (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court) – please visit our website.