[🇨🇦 Blog] Quick Guide to Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas & Recipes

Valentine's Day is a day to express your love and gratitude to those special people in your life, whether it be a significant other, your kiddies, family or even your friends! Take the stress off your decision-making, and create a delicious Valentine's Day meal that will leave your partner, family or friends with a stomach full of tasty food and a smile on their face!

Try these recipes and meal ideas using these Best New Product Award Nominees that will be sure to win anyone over this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Breakfast

Start with a Valentine’s breakfast or if they’re lucky breakfast in bed!  Oats in particular are a great way to start off the day and make for a nutritious breakfast. Traditional steel cut oats usually take around 20-30 minutes to make, but now you can enjoy the hearty texture of steel cut oats in just 3 minutes using Quaker® Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats. OR…you can enjoy a blend of oats, barley, rye, quinoa and flax seeds, all in one delicious bowl with new Quaker® Super Grains Instant Hot Cereal. These warm bowls of Quaker oats will be sure to leave everyone ready to start the day!

Healthy Salmon

Cook a simple and healthy salmon meal for a Valentine’s lunch or dinner! Salmon is easy and simple to make with Can't Mess It Up! The reverse sous vide technology locks in flavour and delivers an easy cooking method with wonderful taste in three delicious varieties: Teriyaki Cilantro Lime, Maple Dijon, and Honey Balsamic. Find it in the frozen aisle and mix up a salad, side of potatoes or veggies for the ultimate Valentine’s meal.

Four Cheese Risotto

Add in a quick Knorr Selects Four Cheese Risotto for a delectable side dish. The savoury flavours of cheese and risotto will have you slow down and savour every moment together. Top it with your favourite veggies and protein for a dinner worthy of your valentine!

Taco bout Love

Who doesn’t love tacos? With Tia Rosa® Taco Kit, you can have fresh Mexican tacos prepared in no time! Simply cook your favorite meat (or meatless) option with Tia Rosa® seasoning, and add your choice of fresh toppings as well as the Tia Rosa® sauce to the freshly baked tortilla. Tia Rosa® Taco Kits will leave you with flavor-filled tacos that embody the authentic taste of Mexico! And if tacos aren’t your thing, try the Tia Rosa® Fajita Kit!

(Just Enough) Dessert

There’s nothing worse than having tons of leftover treats during your New Year’s resolution health kick. Bake up the new Robin Hood® Just Enough Baking Mixes for the perfect portion, with varieties such as chocolate devil’s food mini cakes, chocolate fudge brownies, or chocolate chip cookies. You’ll have just enough for a sweet treat at the end of your Valentine’s day meal and zero left to tempt you the rest of the week 🙂

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, Valentine’s Day cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these Best New Product Award Nominees to create easy meal options and find the way to your loved one’s heart through their stomachs!

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[🇨🇦 Contest] New Italian-Inspired Food Products

These products are 2018 Best New Product Award Nominees. The Best New Product Awards is North America’s most credible consumer-voted awards program. Each product nominated gets recruits from Shopper Army to try and share their honest feedback - which helps crown the winners with a Best New Product Award. Didn’t get a chance to be recruited? Now YOU have a chance to win a “cart full” of these great new products.

When the busy winter season comes knockin’ choose these italian-cuisine inspired items to make your life easier! Whether it be a family dinner, potluck with friends or a night in by yourself, these items are a simple solution to prepare a tasty Italian meal this winter season.

Olivieri Cheese Filled Skillet Gnocchi

Olivieri’s generously stuffed gnocchi is made with real potatoes, premium cheeses and fresh cream. The perfect dish to delight the entire family! Not a cheese person? Enjoy these Skillet Gnocchi in Original flavor! With preparation taking less than 5 minutes from start to finish, they truly are quick and easy to enjoy.

 

Catelli Protein Pasta

Fill up on protein without even realizing it. Catelli Protein pasta is full of protein and has the same great taste as all natural white pasta. Delivering a powerful 19g of protein per 85g serving will help you feeling fuller longer.

Giuseppe Panini

A perfect snack sized offering or compliment to the main dish, the Giuseppe Panini by Dr. Oetker is versatile for many occasions. In two different flavors, Bruschetta and Supremo, these Paninis will have your taste buds feeling good.

Ristorante Ultra Thin Kale, Bacon and Ricotta Pizza

Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Ultra Thin Kale, Bacon and Ricotta Pizza is a delicious twist on a traditional pie. It’s ultra thin crust with unique combination of Kale, Bacon and Ricotta toppings will help you enjoy the things you love without overindulging.

Grand Ferrero Rocher 240g

With a milk chocolate and hazelnut shell, crack it open to find 4 more delicious Ferrero Rocher inside! What’s more to love than the gift of chocolate!? 

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[Blog] The Perfect Italian Dinner for a Cozy Night at Home

This winter season, pick up one of Best New Product Award Nominees to make an easy and tasty Italian-inspired meal for friends, family, or just yourself! You don’t have to brave the cold, enjoy this delicious quick and easy meal from the comfort of your own home.

For the pasta lovers

What’s an Italian themed dinner party without pasta!? There are so many ways to make each pasta dish unique and you’ll be sure to please the whole dinner table with these favourites!

If you’re looking to put an unexpected twist on your dish, try Olivieri Cheese Filled Skillet Gnocchi! The cheesy stuffed potato ‘pockets’ will power your taste buds with deliciousness you didn’t think was possible.

Looking for an all-natural, vegan option that is packed with protein, then look no further than Catelli Protein pasta. With the delicious taste of regular white pasta, but with the added benefit of 19g of protein per serving.  Add you favourite pasta sauce and topping and serve this protein packed meal to your guests – easy peasy!

For the pizza lovers

Tired of traditional pizza? Level up from regular “za” and serve Giuseppe Paninis! With a crunchy base then topped with toppings of either Bruschetta or Supremo- these tasty Paninis will satisfy everyone’s pizza cravings!

If you’re still longing for the ‘real deal’, try a lighter option with Ristorante Ultra Thin Kale, Bacon and Ricotta Pizza, this new twist on a classic pie will leave you feeling guilt-free and your taste buds on a powerful high!

Both of these delicious Italian-inspired items are perfect for a main dish, appetizer or as a quick snack! They’re easy to make and delicious, but most importantly they’re a twist on the classic pizza pie that will leave your guests asking for more!

For the dessert lovers

All good meals end with a sweet treat! Serve the Grand Ferrero Rocher 240g to impress your guests with a grand finale. Unwrap the beautiful packaging and reveal the largest Ferrero Rocher you’ve ever seen. But wait…  crack the hollow shell open to find 4 more Ferrero Rocher chocolates inside!  Wow your guests and finish the meal with the delicious taste of milk chocolate and hazelnut!

Buon Appetito!

Now that we’ve helped you please the entire family or friend group with an Italian-inspired meal, it’s time to get cookin’! The added benefit is that all these products are quick solutions or easy to make! Enjoy a snack, meal, or appetizer quicker than it takes you to find Italy on a map.

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[🇱🇷US blog] How to Please the Entire Family During the Holidays

Prepping for the holidays can be exhausting and difficult, so we’ve put together a list of ALDI 2018 Best New Product Award Nominees the whole family will love!

For the kids

A roaring chicken alternative. Sometimes half the battle of bringing your kids to family gatherings is wondering what they’ll eat! We understand that kids can be picky, so cook up some ALDI Kirkwood Dino Nuggets to keep their palate pleased and their interest level at a ‘roaring’ high.  These fully cooked and microwavable nuggets don’t just allow for easy prep and clean up, but they’re made with all white-meat and a healthy alternative to other kid-friendly foods!

A delicious cheesy surprise. If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that pasta is a no-brainer when it comes to feeding kids. The ALDI SimplyNature Organic Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese or Shells & Cheese are both so delicious, the kiddies won’t be able to resist. And you can relax, these pasta dishes are a great source of calcium and have zero trans fats, making it a healthier-than-normal option to serve to the young ones in your family.

For the adults

A Californian Holiday treat. Who doesn’t love a nice cozy glass of red wine with your holiday dinner? This ALDI Runik Red Blend wine has flavors of dark berries, caramel, toasted oak and hints of vanilla. It’s the perfect pairing to your favorite holiday meal. Mix it with ALDI Season’s Choice Mango or Tropical blends of Frozen Fruit and ALDI Specially Selected Premium 100% Juices for a holiday sangria! The added benefit of the vitamins and antioxidants in the wine, fruit and juices will leave you feeling great after a big meal.

For the non-drinkers. ALDI Benner Peach or Diet Peach Tea is a tasty alternative. With only five calories per bottle in the diet version, it’s a great option for those also looking to minimize their overindulging during the holidays.

For your taste buds

Zero guilt seasoning. Extra flavor oftentimes comes with extra calories, salt, or fat. But these ALDI Salt Free Seasonings by Stonemill will leave you surprised by how good everything tastes without all the added empty calories. Add to meats, vegetables, starches and even condiments! Offered in a variety of flavors, it’s the seasoning that keeps on giving.

Now that you have everyone in your family pleased with these added products, you can sit back, relax, and let your family entertain themselves. The greatest part of all is that there’s always leftovers 😉.

Win a cart full of these 2018 Best New Product Award Nominees in our contest, open now until January 10th, 2018. Let us know what tips and products you use to keep your family happy during the holidays in the comments below.

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[🇨🇦 Contest] Healthy Foods For a Busy Lifestyle Giveaway

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Eating healthy on a busy schedule can be tough, that’s why we’ve curated the perfect list of healthy foods from the Best New Product Award Nominees. From what you cook your food with, all the way to easy main dish items that pack a powerful and nutritious punch, these new products will help you eat healthy and make it through your busy day!

oh naturel! Black Bean Bites, Quinoa Mushroom Burger, & Garden Vegetable Bites

The ultimate proof that healthy eating can taste great! These new products from oh naturel! have the alternative protein punch that we’ve all been waiting for. With simple ingredients (talk about whole foods), nutrition and protein packed, plus the richness of flavour, these products are good for you, your family and the planet.

Maple Leaf Natural Selections Shredded Meats

 

Made with ingredients so wholesome, it will taste homemade. These shredded meats are slowly cooked until tender and lightly shredded. The selection of chicken, turkey or pork are equally juicy and packed with flavor for the ultimate protein-packed dish without the mess of preparing it yourself.

Minute Rice Ready To Serve Cups - White & Red Quinoa or Brown Rice with Wheat, Rye, Quinoa, Oats & Barley

 

The perfect serving size of preservative-free, artificial flavor and color free rice. This ultimate side dish is easy to prepare and can be eaten hot or cold! Simply prepare, serve and enjoy. With so many options to add your favorite vegetables, meats, or proteins for a complete meal, it’s also powerful enough to be enjoyed on its own. Try it today in 2 new flavors. *Currently only available in Quebec

Becel with Avocado Oil

 

You don’t need to give up your love for the great taste of Becel with this one. The added benefit of avocado oil makes a perfectly balanced, and nutrient-packed oil to be a solid base for any meal! Enjoy it on it’s own, in a recipe, or on a dish to make it extra delicious. Becel with Avocado Oil margarine is the ultimate powerhouse of healthy nutrients and flavorful taste.

Astro Original Parfait

 

The delectable fruits topped with thick creamy Balkan yoghurt makes this natural tasting parfait a thing of delectable beauty. With only a hint of sweetness, this parfait can be enjoyed as a snack or a light meal experience.

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[Blog] Quick Tips For Eating Healthier on a Busy Schedule

Eating healthy can be hard and perceived as “time-consuming”, living a busy life can often leave what you eat as the least of your worries. As a result that often means the nutritional value in the food we end up eating is low and the calories are high. Leading a healthy lifestyle begins with your diet, because what you put in your mouth affects a lot more than your stomach! Good, nutritious food can impact your mood, activity level, skin condition, and more! Since staying healthy all starts with what you put in your body, follow and use these simple tips and Best New Product Award Nominees to make healthy eating a breeze on that go-go-go lifestyle.

Wake up and start healthy. Breakfast is one of the most forgotten about meals. Living a busy lifestyle often means the mornings are meant for preparing yourself for the day, but without ‘breaky’ being the priority, it often gets left uneaten! Make it easy with no extra prep and try an Astro Original Parfait with premium fruits and thick creamy Balkan yoghurt. Eat it at home or grab it on the go, this delicious parfait full of calcium will give your morning the kickstart you need!

It all starts with what you put in the pan. There are many benefits of adding healthy fats to your diet. Start with Becel with Avocado Oil, it’s a healthier option to cook your foods and a great source of Omega 3s. By using just 2 teaspoons (all you need to cook), you’re consuming less than 100 calories, carb-free, sugar-free and healthy fat and vitamin-rich of Becel goodness! Bonus - It’s also a great healthier and tasty alternative to spread on some toast!

Revamp your side dish with extra fibre. Staying healthy with a packed schedule means having a solution for dinner at the end of a long day. Don’t just focus on the main dish, but rather have the healthy and fibre-rich side dishes ready to pack your plate with lots of feel-good and fulfilling foods. Minute Rice ready to Serve Cups come in 2 new flavours White & Red Quinoa or Brown Rice with Wheat, Rye, Quinoa, Oats & Barley, they’re packed with protein and fiber to help you stay full. The added benefit? They go with practically anything! Add extra veggies and an egg to make an asian-flared side dish, or beans and corn to make your favorite spanish dish. These fibre-rich foods will save you from late night snacking and overindulging.

Make your main dish au naturel… with Maple Leaf Foods. Whether you’re vegetarian and need a nutrient-packed and filling main or you enjoy your meat and need something to awaken your taste buds, it doesn’t have to be complicated! Having a natural selection of the main event (the main dish), will have you inspired to eat a plate full of healthy and nutritious foods. Try oh naturel Black Bean Bites, Quinoa Mushroom Burger or Garden Vegetable Bites for a healthy, yet delicious alternative to any meat dish. If that’s not your preference, there’s always Maple Leaf Natural Selections Shredded Meats - add them to just about anything for a powerful punch of protein and a delicious family meal. Also be sure to pack up your leftovers (if there are any!) for lunch for the next day to help stay on track.

It’s not always about the foods you eat, but how you feel when eating them. These healthy tricks and products will not only leave you feeling better with all the nutrients they house, but your tastebuds will be on an all time high! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or hard, we’ve made it easy with this curated this list of Best New Product Award Nominees to help.

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[🇨🇦BLOG] Fall 2017 Recipes: Cheesy Delight

top 5 cheesiest recipes

It’s officially Fall! For most, that means cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, new fashion, and most important of them all - comfort foods.

That’s why we’ve put together a cheesy lineup to add to your Fall 2017 recipes. Don’t know where to start? Try one of these 5 extra cheesy recipes, right from the brands themselves...

1. Football Sunday Nachos with a kick

These aren’t regular nachos. These are blow-your-socks-off tasty nachos. With Black Diamond’s jalapeno cheese adding the spice and your meat of choice adding the hearty protein to your not-so-traditional nachos!

Try it: Black Diamond Monterey Jack with Jalapeno Natural Cheese Bar

2. Cheesy Avocado Toast

This isn’t your traditional avocado on toast breakfast, this is a cheeeesy version. Add a savoury base to your avocado and tomato with a layer of Nordica’s plain cottage cheese. It’s packed with protein, low-fat, and extra delicious!

Try it: Nordica Smooth Plain Cottage Cheese

3. Twisted Onion Soup

Make that cheesy goodness on top of your next baked French onion soup mad with Mozzarella! A stringier (and lighter) cheese than most, it's melty goodness will leave you asking why you didn't try this sooner!

Try it: Galbani Mozzarella

classic mozzarella topped french onion soup

4. Protein packed afternoon pick-me-up (for the lactose-free loves)

Don’t let mid-afternoon hunger pains hit, with this protein packed and calcium rich cheese string, you can continue your afternoon on a power strike! Try it today in a ‘bento box’ or on it’s own - for the lactose-free preferred individuals too!

Try it: Black DIamond Lactose Free Marbelicious Cheese strings

5. Classic Cheese and Cracker

Just because you like cheese and crackers, doesn't mean you have to be boring about it! "Dress" up your crackers with the Lactose-free slices of Black and Diamond Tuxedo Crackers! It's a real thing...

Try it: Black Diamond Lactose Free Natural Cheese Bars

What would you make with one of these products (or all)? If you have a recipe you’d like to share simply include it in the comments section below. 👇👇

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[🇨🇦Contest] Cheesy Giveaway

It’s officially Fall! For most, that means cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, new fashion, and most important of them all - comfort foods.

That’s why we’ve put together a cheesy lineup to add to your Fall 2017 recipes. Best part of the recipe is that you have a chance to win each of the Best New Product Award Nominees for 2018* below!

**Contest Closed** Tuesday October 24th, 2017

Thank you for all your interest in our Cheesy post and congratulations to the winners!

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