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August 29, 2017

Simple Supper Salads

The lovely summer weather is not only perfect for eating outdoors, but it’s a great excuse to focus on simple suppers!  And with so many options available a summer salad is hard to beat. All salads can be turned into a meal by simply adding chicken, fish, tofu, egg or noodles….not only are they delicious but they are easy + don’t require hours standing in front of a hot stove.  All you need is a little creativity, fresh ingredients + your favourite dressing.

At Take Five Café, simple salads with fresh, local ingredients are one of our summer favourites. Come in + grab a quick Italian Bean Salad Cup or Quinoa Salad Cup for a healthy lunch on the go. Or if you’re in the mood for something more filling, try our Chicken Caesar Salad or Chicken Spinach Salad. It doesn’t matter which option you choose, at Take Five, our salads are a win win!

Below is a popular Take Five recipe….add your favourite other protein + turn this side salad into a meal:

Quinoa Salad

2 cups leafy greens (your choice)
½ of each chopped red + yellow peppers
½ cup black or white quinoa
¼ cup cubed feta cheese
½ cup Cherry tomatoes cut in halves
Fresh basil leaves
Drizzle of fresh lemon juice
Salt + freshly ground black pepper

Wash + rip 2 cups of your choice of greens (romaine lettuce, iceberg, butter, kale, radicchio). Chop ½ red pepper + ½ a yellow pepper (the 2 colours add pizzazz to your salad). Add ½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes. Add ¼ cup cubed feta cheese and a small handful or fresh basil leaves.

Prepare quinoa according to your recipe. (For extra flavour, use chicken stock to prepare instead of water) Add cooled, cooked quinoa to your salad

Drizzle with a little olive oil + lemon juice. Add salt + freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Salads and Patio

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March 27, 2017

Introducing our First Ever
Vegan Muffin

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You don’t have to be Vegan to enjoy this new addition. You’ve been asking + we’ve been listening! We are excited to introduce our first ever Vegan muffin: Cherry Chocolate. Cocoa is combined with all the right ingredients and cherries + walnuts are added to create a moist, chocolatey, delicious combination! Come in + try one today. Pairs well with our new medium roast Abruzzo coffee – a savoury profile that boasts a nutty undertone.

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October 26, 2016

Pumpkin – More than a Scary Face!

It’s notoriously famous for being called a Jack-O-Lantern but most people simply know it as a pumpkin. You can carve it, display it or eat it.  For some, it’s a seasonal ingredient to introduce to recipes such as Pumpkin Pie, but for children? For children, the appearance of pumpkins tells them that candy collecting is around the corner!

But the pumpkin has evolved. Centuries ago it was used to make lanterns – the hollowed piece was the perfect housing unit for candles keeping winds + weather at bay. It has also had its share of recipes having been boiled, baked, mashed or roasted. And more recently? It’s a scent + flavour that is now infused into coffee beverages, scented candles + more! Pumpkin is so easy to prepare why not introduce it to your favourite muffin, pie or soup recipe?

How to Prepare Pumpkin for your next recipe:

  1. Select a couple of small pumpkins. Cut the pumpkin in half. With a spoon or a scoop, scrape out the seeds and pulp from the center. Seeds can be kept for roasting.
  2. Place pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet + roast in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes, or until pumpkin is fork-tender. The pieces should be light golden brown when done.
  3. Peel the skin from the pumpkin pieces + place in a food processor or blender. Add a few tablespoons of water to create a smooth texture.
  4. Use the puree immediately or freeze in 1 cup measurements for easy additions to recipes. Freezer bags work well.

You can use the prepared pumpkin in your own recipes or visit us at Take Five to try one of our pumpkin treats – Pumpkin Cranberry Scone or Pumpkin Pear Muffin. Can’t get enough? Try a little Pumpkin Spice in your next latte recipe!

And you thought pumpkins were just for carving!

 

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August 30, 2016

What’s in Your Lunch Box?

Years ago…..ok, maybe many, many years ago, there was the lunch box. These were metal boxes with carrying handles that had just enough room for the perfect sized lunch. Often there would be an image or pattern on this box – famous for its time, Snoopy + the Gang, the Archies or Looney Tunes characters were popular favourites. Children would often set these boxes on their side + pretend to watch TV…hey, this was before the hand held electronical things!

But it was what was in the box that is the topic here…and again; different generation – different times. Peanut butter + jelly sandwiches on squishy white bread…(definitely before the era of allergies!) An apple or other washed, sliced + diced piece of fruit. Home baked cookies, a tin of fruit juice or milk, maybe a few cut up carrot sticks + an old novelty for sure – a mini box of raisins! One or two boxes might contain a  twinkie…but it wasn’t the norm. The age of convenience hadn’t taken over!

Well, the age of convenience is here! And just in time! Somehow, life seems busier. It feels as though there are less hours in a day + less days in a week. Parents are rushed, stressed + strained. And with school around the corner  there’s even more to consider + plan! What can be thrown in the new insulated carry bags with mini ice containers that is quick, convenient + healthy!? There are some great tips below; however, if you’re in a hurry + need something convenient (+ healthy) , you can always visit us at Take Five Cafe! We carry healthy salads, fruit + veggies in convenient carrying containers for the quick grab + go!

Salads

Top tips for a healthy lunch

  • Use avocado as a spread instead of butter or margarine. When using avocado, mash or drizzle with a little lemon or lime juice to prevent the avocado from discolouring.
  • Use reduced fat dairy foods. Cheese and yogurt are ideal.
  • Kids need a serve of protein at lunchtime. Ensure you include lean meat, egg, chickpeas or tuna.
  • Make salads or salad sandwich fillings interesting by using a range of vegetables like grated carrot, lettuce, baby spinach, tomatoes, avocado + cucumber.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to slice cucumber into thin ribbons for sandwich fillings.
  • Freeze a chilled bottle of water + pop it in the lunch box to keep items chilled.
  • Always include fresh fruit and vegetables.  Vary the selection to keep it interesting. Peel + cut the fruit for convenience.
  • Offer a variety of whole grain breads, rolls, pita bread and flat breads.

 

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June 23, 2016

Nothing Wrong with Plain Jane

In this day of hectic existence, more of us find ourselves turning to the instant meal. The air tight, saran sealed sandwich. The boxes of pre prepped food – just add water, just add veggies, just add chicken, just add….2 minutes of your time!

But what else are we serving at the dinner table when we go for that quick + speedy meal? Have you ever read the ingredient list? Can you pronounce those words on the package? If they were itemized on a menu would you chose them? Do you even know what they mean?….

So isn’t it nice to know that there are still places you can grab a quick, nutritional breakfast or lunch without the fancy additives to extend shelf life. Our chicken, turkey + beef are slow roasted in our ovens. Fruit is cut fresh. Granola is made from scratch. All baked goods are made with fresh locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We do not add butylated hydroxyanisole to make our baked items last longer. At Take Five Café you get homemade items with homemade taste.

In our Take Five World, sometimes being a Plain Jane is a compliment

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