Ingredients • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen edamame • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen corn

• 1 pkg (250 g) PC Blue Menu Whole Grain Brown Rice with Lentils and Quinoa Blend • 1 shallot, minced • 3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh lemon juice • 1 tbsp (15 mL) omega oil • ¼ tsp. (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper • 1 cup (250 mL) cherry tomatoes, halved • 1/3 cup (75 mL) drained and crumbled light feta cheese in brine

HEARTY GRAIN & QUINOA SALAD Edamame, grains and cheese ensure this unusual and refreshing salad has a main course level of protein. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Directions: Bring medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add edamame and corn. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Drain; set aside to cool. Meanwhile, gently squeeze pouch all over to break the rice apart. Tear top corners of pouch about 1/2 inch (1 cm). Place pouch, upright, in the microwave and heat on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Let stand in microwave 1 to 2 minutes. Caution: Pouch will be hot. Carefully remove from microwave holding sides. Pour into a bowl, stir and set aside to cool. In small bowl, whisk together shallot, lemon juice, oil and pepper until combined. Add edamame, corn, tomatoes and feta cheese to cooled rice mixture. Drizzle dressing over top; toss lightly to combine. Makes 4 servings. Recipe courtesy of: MORNING CALM

RAINYDAYIDEA April showers bring May flowers and that can mean a lot of rainy days spent inside. If your kids are bored with their toys, games and typical activities, here is a new idea to try: cook up a batch of cloud dough. In a large tub (with a lid so it can be stored for later) mix a ratio of 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of olive oil, vegetable oil or canola oil. Add some glitter for sparkle and colour or peppermint oil for scent and let the creativity begin. This dough will hold a shape, is easy for young ones to mold and will entertain for hours. Use typical sandbox toys, household items and kitchen gadgets for more entertainment. Most Canadian families are busy in the mornings: waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, heading off to work and/or school. There are a few tricks to employ that will make the dreaded and hectic morning routine more productive and enjoyable for everyone involved. First off, pick out clothes for everyone the night before. Check the weather forecast in the evening and then head to the closet to pick out the next day’s outfit. Being sleepy and stressed in the morning make choosing an outfit a bigger ordeal than it needs to be whereas planning ahead can save the headache in the morning. Second, pre-pack lunches, snacks, purses and back packs the night before to eliminate the last minute run around the house to gather up homework, keys, study notes, etc. Knowing what everyone will have for breakfast, how long it takes to prepare and consume will allow for schedule coordination. Mom and dad can eat breakfast while the kids shower and get dressed, and then swap roles when the kids’ breakfast is ready. A revolving schedule where family members are spread out throughout the house alleviates overcrowding in the kitchen and bathroom, which in turn reduces frustration. A little planning and preparation the night before can go a long way to making calm mornings.

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