Free Meal Plan: Roasted Winter Vegetables with Couscous and Feta

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It’s still the holidays, sort of – with many kids still off school, lazy comfort food is in order. A turkified version of shepherd’s pie will take care of any lingering leftovers, from turkey to gravy to veggies – even mashed potatoes to spread on top. Black Bean Burgers will be a welcome change from rich holiday food, penne with sausage is simple to make on the day after all those festivities, and make your own tacos will appeal to any extra kids you have around.


Free Meal Plan: Penne with SausageA great way to stretch a small quantity of inexpensive meat a long way, penne with sausage is chunky comfort food that’s easy to eat out of one bowl. Big chunky pasta shapes are perfect for little fingers to stab with a fork.

Penne with Sausage

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Free Meal Plan: Turkey Shepherd's PieIf you have leftover turkey stashed in your freezer, this is a great use of it – in a cozy take on shepherd’s pie topped with mashed potatoes that makes a great weeknight meal.

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

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Free Meal Plan: Black Bean BurgersBeans are easy and inexpensive, and black beans make a superb burger that’s high in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, and is delicious topped with cheese.

Black Bean Burgers

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Free Meal Plan: Make Your Own TacosBrooke has a killer taqueria-style taco meat recipe – make a big batch and freeze half for a quick meal down the road. Serve the rest family-style, with flour tortillas or taco shells and all the fixins – grated cheese, salsa, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and sour cream, then gather around the kitchen table for DIY taco night!

Make Your Own Tacos

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Couscous RecipeThe best way to cook winter vegetables – think root veggies, squash and onions – is to roast them. Tossed with simply made couscous and crumbled feta, it makes a great meatless main, or substantial side if you want to add a roasted chicken – there’s no shame in picking one up from the grocery store. Try sweet potatoes, squash, beets, red peppers, zucchini, asparagus… whatever you like or is in season. Try swapping other grains – rice, quinoa or barley all work well – for the couscous, which is actually little bits of pasta.

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Couscous and Feta

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