• Quick and Easy Meal Prep Ideas for One Week

    Mar 18, 2019

    Meal prepping is a great way to save time on cooking and commit to eating healthier. To help you get started, Timbercreek Communities has some delicious and easy meal prep ideas for one week.

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    DIY Starbucks Protein Bistro Box

    Instead of spending too much money on food from Starbucks, make copycat versions of your favourite Starbucks meals yourself at home. This Protein Bistro Box is super easy to make and it’s great for breakfast or lunch. Start by boiling 8 eggs and washing 2 cups of apples and grapes. Slice the apples and brush them with lemon juice to prevent browning. When the eggs are finished boiling, cut them into pieces and sprinkle some salt and pepper on them. Organize all your ingredients (4 reduced-fat Mini Babybel cheeses, Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter and 2 multigrain flatbread sandwich thins cut into quarters) into 4 Meal Prep Containers and refrigerate. There’s no need to heat it up, so it’s perfect to take with you to school or work, or to eat on the go.

    Breakfast Egg McMuffins

    With this amazing breakfast recipe, you’ll never have to wait in a drive-through line again. To make the Egg Mcmuffins, you’ll need 6 eggs, half a cup of chopped spinach, one third of a cup of crumbled cooked bacon, one third of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, a little cooking spray and salt and pepper. Begin by setting the oven to 375F. Spray the muffin trays with cooking spray. Crack the eggs into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the spinach, bacon and cheese to the mixture and divide it evenly between the muffin cups. Bake the egg McMuffins for 15 to 18 minutes and serve immediately. This protein-packed meal is full of flavour and ideal for busy mornings.

    Pad Thai

    If you love Pad Thai, but want to make it healthier, this is the perfect recipe for you. This Spiralized Chicken Pad Thai dish is low-carb, noodle-free and super easy to make. Start with the sauce. You’ll need one quarter cup of tamarind paste, 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 2 cloves garlic minced, 2 tsp fish sauce and 2 tsp lime juice. Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside. For the meal, you will need need 4 chicken breasts, 4 spiralized zucchinis, 1 small yellow onion, 1 pack of carrot matchsticks, ½ red cabbage, 2-3 scallions, one quarter cup chopped peanuts, coconut or olive oil and one third of a cup of finely chopped cilantro. In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook them for a few minutes and add the chicken with three quarters of the pad thai sauce. Keep stirring for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked. Next, you’ll want to remove the pan from the heat, add the zucchini noodles and stir in the remainder of the sauce. Sautee for 30 seconds, then move the noodles to a meal prep container. Top it all off with chicken, cabbage and carrots and garnish with scallions, peanuts and cilantro.

    Baked Lime Chicken Bowls

    Stay on track with this delicious Baked Lime Chicken Bowl. It’s super healthy and tastes amazing. This meal makes a great lunch or dinner dish. Before you start cooking, you’ll want to cut the chicken into cubes and marinate it in a chilli lime sauce. In a large bag, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and lime juice. Add the chicken and marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to 400F,  arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

    Honey BBQ Salmon Bowls

    Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This Honey BBQ Salmon Bowl is a perfect example of a healthy meal that is full of flavour and ready in 30 minutes. Not only is it protein packed, but it’s gluten free and dairy free as well. Begin by heating the oven to 400F and lining a tray with a baking sheet and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the BBQ sauce, 1/2 to 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 2 cloves of garlic and salt. Spread the sauce over the salmon and bake for 10-12 minutes. You’ll want to broil for 1-2 minutes -- until the BBQ sauce browns at the edge of the salmon. Be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook! Next, you’ll want to cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water. When that’s ready and fluffy, set it aside. Cut the zucchini into thin strips, or use a spiralizer, and start preparing each bowl. To do so, start by adding one third of a cup of quinoa, 3 ounces of salmon, 3-4 pieces of avocado, 1 cup of zoodles, red pepper, BBQ sauce, a handful of cilantro, a splash of lemon and 1 to 2 tbsps of pumpkin seeds. Voila! You have 3 to 4 prepared bowls to enjoy for lunch and dinner!

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these 5 easy meal prep ideas. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Cozy winter meals to warm up with

    Dec 19, 2018

    The best winter meals are all about comfort and fabulous flavour. Timbercreek Communities has some delicious and cozy winter meals to share with you. Warm up with them this season.

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    Butternut Squash Lasagna

    Traditional lasagna is great, but when winter rolls around this beautiful and creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna may make you feel even more cozy and comforted. To make it, preheat the oven 425°F. Divide a peeled and cubed butternut squash into 2 baking pans and toss the cubes with olive oil. Bake the squash until tender (about 20 minutes). Cook lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Meanwhile, make the herby bechamel sauce. Start by bringing milk and rosemary to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes before straining. Saute garlic in butter, stir in some flour and season with salt and pepper. Add in the rosemary milk. Boil and stir until it thickens. Reserve one cup of the herbed bechamel and add the squash to the remaining sauce. Layer the reserved sauce with cooked noodles, the squash mixture, and grated fontina and Parmesan cheese. Beat some heavy cream until peaks form and spread it on top. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Your apartment will smell incredible.

    Chicken Enchiladas

    If the winter chill is getting you down, bake up a batch of these Chicken Enchiladas. To make them, brown boneless, skinless chicken breast in a little oil. Season with cumin, garlic and chili powder. Remove the chicken from the pan and saute onion and garlic in the drippings. Add corn, chiles and canned tomatoes. Shred the chicken and return it to the pan. Dust the whole mixture with flour to set it. Fill corn tortillas with canned enchilada sauce and the chicken mixture. Arrange evenly in a baking dish, then top them with cheese and more sauce and bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, until the cheese melts.

    Beef Stew

    A pot of piping hot Beef Stew simmering on the stove on a cold winter day is the definition of cozy. It’s super hearty and surprisingly easy to make. To prepare it, coat cubes of boneless beef with flour, salt and pepper. Brown the beef in butter or oil over medium heat, then remove it from the pot. Add more butter, plus celery and onion. Add in tomato paste, dry red wine and return the beef to the pot. Add potatoes, carrots, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, beef broth and Worcestershire. Cover and braise in your oven for 45 minutes at 350°F. Add in cocktail onions and braise for another 15 minutes. Cook the stew, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove te parsley, thyme and bay leaves before serving.

    Spaghetti and Beet Balls

    Spaghetti and Beet Balls is a vegan-friendly way to enjoy a cozy and hearty meal this winter. Make the beet balls by blending walnuts into a flour. Saute some onions in oil over medium heat, add minced garlic, carrots and a little water. Add in nutritional yeast, oregano, paprika, chili powder, ground fennel, chipotle and a pinch of salt. Blend some peeled and grated beets in your food processor with cooked rice, Dijon mustard and tahini until you form a paste. Add in the carrot mixture and 1 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp warm water. Finally, add the walnuts and combine. Form balls with the mixture and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes as you prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Serve the cooked beet balls on top of your pasta with store-bought pasta sauce.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that these delicious winter recipes keep you feeling warm and cozy all season long.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Classic Canadian foods you have to try, and where to find them

    Nov 02, 2018

    Anyone who says there’s no such thing as Canadian Cuisine hasn’t eaten at these places! Timbercreek Communities wants to share some classic Canadian foods you have to try, and where to find them across this great land!

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    Edmonton: Bannock at Native Delights

    Native Delights Aboriginal Cuisine likes to put its own spin on the traditional Native Canadian bread known as Bannock. Their bannock is baked fresh daily and is featured in pretty much everything they serve – from tasty bannock burgers, to hot dogs and tacos, and their signature Native Delights Salad ($7.79). Find out where this fantastic food truck is serving up its specialities, here.

    Calgary: Ginger Beef at the Silver Inn

    The Silver Inn (2702 Centre Street North, Calgary) has a reputation for serving some of the best Peking-style Chinese food since 1975. Back in the day, when Chinese food was a new thing in Calgary, the Crispy Ginger Beef from the Silver Inn was legendary. Sadly, it no longer appears on their menu, but we found the recipe so you can make it at home! You can still enjoy Ginger Beef at Calgary restaurants that specialize in the dish including Ginger Beef Bistro, Ginger Beef Peking House, and Ginger Beef Express.

    Saskatoon: Saskatoon Berry Baked Goods at The Berry Barn

    To feel like a full-fledged Saskatooner, you’ve got to try the Saskatoon Berry treats at The Berry Barn. This farm store (at 830 Valley Road, Saskatoon) features an on-site bakery that serves up an array of fresh-baked treats like Saskatoon Berry Jelly Rolls, Muffins and even Saskatoon Berry Cannolis!

    Winnipeg: Bannock Pizza at Feast

    Feast Cafe Bistro is the place to go in Winnipeg for a traditional twist on a classic Canadian dish. You have to try their Bannock crust pizza! It’s available with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, smoked bacon and Manitoba grass-fed bison sausage ($10.95), OR white sauce with roasted butternut squash, mozzarella, cheddar, pine nuts, green onion and chipotle sour cream drizzle ($9.25).

    Toronto: Peameal Bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery

    Historic St Lawrence Market (93 Front St East) in Toronto is a food lover’s paradise. There’s a lot to taste here. Check out the incredible Peameal Bacon Sandwich from the Carousel Bakery stand. This world-famous sandwich has inspired Celebrity Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay to come back for more!

    Ottawa: Beaver Tails at BeaverTails Byward Market

    Pam and Grant Hooker began serving the classic deep fried Canadian pastries known as Beaver Tails back in 1978 at the Killaloe Fair, west of Ottawa. Today, the famous tradition continues at the equally famous ByWard Market (69 George St, Ottawa).

    Montreal: Montreal-style bagels at St Viateur Bagel

    There is nothing like a fresh, Montréal bagel from St Viateur Bagel (263 rue St Viateur). They’ve made bagels the same way since 1957. Their bagels are hand rolled and boiled in honey water, then cooked in a wood-fired oven. They are slightly sweet and chewy when compared to the NYC variety. These bagels are delicious enough to be eaten plain, right out of the oven.

    Halifax: Lobster Roll at Fredie’s Fantastic Fishhouse

    Lobster lovers know a good lobster roll when they taste it. Fredie’s Fantastic Fishhouse (8 Oland Cres, Halifax) makes the lobster rolls of your dreams! Their rolls are homemade and  loaded with luscious chunks of fresh lobster, just the right amount of dressing, and are not full of celery or fillers. Order your roll with chips for just $18.99.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you dig into the best Canadian eats, no matter where you are in this great country!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Valentine's Day Desserts We Love

    Feb 07, 2018

    Valentine’s Day is a beacon of love, light and romance in the dark of February. From roses to wine, movies to dinner out, there’s one sure fire way to celebrate -- dessert! If you’re on the hunt for some sweet ideas for Valentine’s Day treats, Timbercreek brings you this list of our favourite desserts to make for someone special.

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    Belgian Brownie Cakelets

    If your sweetheart is sweet on brownies, these Belgian Brownie Cakelets will knock their socks off. The recipe makes about 12, meaning there’ll be lots of delicious leftovers to enjoy. They’re not difficult to make either -- if you can whisk, you can make these.

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    These little beauties are a stand-alone, practically-make-themselves dessert (melted chocolate + strawberries), and are guaranteed to win over that special someone. Find out more here.

    Coconut No-Bake Cookies (Vegan)

    Nothing says love like, well, coconut? This nine-ingredient dessert (coconut sugar, almond milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, peanut butter, oats, and coconut) requires no oven to make. These bad boys are a cinch.

    Valentine’s Day Bark

    Line a baking sheet with wax paper, melt semi sweet chocolate and spread it on the paper in an even layer. Mix in whatever you love to pair with chocolate - sea salt, pretzels, sprinkles, white chocolate, cinnamon hearts, etc. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Check it out.

    Easy Vegan Truffles

    These 30-minute vegan chocolate truffles are a Valentine’s delight in a decadent dark chocolate shell. The perfect dessert for Valentine's Day, special occasions, or for no reason at all. See more.

    Tahini Stuffed Dates

    Though there’s nothing red in this one, it’s no less sweet and perfect for V-day. Fresh dates are pitted and filled with tahini, then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut and/or sesame seeds -- easy peasy. Read about it.

    Rose Strawberry Panna cotta

    This Panna Cotta is a stunning dessert made without gelatin and is suitable for vegetarians.The recipe is a teensy bit more involved, but will be a delight for your better half. Have a look here.

    Fancy Fortune Cookies

    For a little Valentine’s Day fun, buy a pack of premade fortune cookies (or make them from scratch if you’re brave), melt your favourite chocolate in the microwave or over a bain marie, dip, spread, or dribble in creative ways, let set in the fridge and voila -- a chocolatey fortune awaits!

    Valentine Mini Baked Doughnuts

    With a handful of ingredients, 30 minutes, and the willingness to get your hands dirty, these little doughnuts bake up quick and are the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise! Check it out here.

    Thumbprint Popsicles

    Popsicles? In winter? Yes! These little frosty treats deliver on taste and Valentine’s charm. Just make sure to eat them inside. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article gives you some ideas to sweeten up your Valentine’s day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Winterlicious

    Jan 29, 2018

    From January 26th to February 8th, 2018 more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants will offer incredible three-course prix fixe menus in one of three affordable price categories. It’s a time when the city comes alive to light up the dark winter nights and celebrate the winter season. Partake in an array of innovative cuisine from all around the world for low prices only available at this time of year. To help sort through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of top spots to hit this year for Winterlicious.

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    7 Numbers

    Just east of Broadview on Danforth, 7 Numbers is a “fun and lively neighbourhood restaurant” specializing in Southern Italian food. With fresh ingredients and a warm, unpretentious atmosphere, you’ll get a family-feel in this east end go-to. Enjoy their $33 Prix Fixe menu and try the Truffle oil and Mushroom Risotto or homemade Lasagne. See more.

    Cluny

    There’s lots going on at the Distillery this season. While the famed Christmas Market dominates the holiday event list, French Bistro “Cluny” is an elegant Distillery mainstay regardless of season. With a neo-Parisian, marble-infused interior, and French inspired cuisine, it’s Winterlicious menu is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  Try the Gruyere French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, or Bourguignon Braised Beef Short Rib. $23 Lunch, $43 Dinner. Find out more here.

    Auberge de Pommier

    With renewed notoriety after being featured on Master Chef Canada, Michael Bonacini’s Auberge de Pomier was the original jewel in the Oliver & Bonacini crown. Serving Toronto diners since 1987, this exquisite French restaurant offers modern French cuisine, a wood burning fireplace, professional and personal service, and a 500 label wine selection. They will offer a $33 lunch, and a $53 dinner during Winterlicious. See more.

    Valens

    Located in the heart of downtown in beautiful Baldwin Village, Valens serves a wide variety of fusion foods including salads, seafood, aged steaks, grilled sandwiches and homemade desserts. With excellent service, a deep wine selection, and a warm atmosphere, it’s a great choice. $23 Lunch, $33 Dinner.

    Fonda Lola

    Located in the heart of Queen West, Fonda Lola focuses on fresh local ingredients and inventive tequila based cocktails. The menu features elevated Mexican food with an authentic, rustic atmosphere, offering a casual dining experience with friendly and professional staff. Try the Pico de Gallo, Chicken Mole Tacos, and don’t miss the Churros. They will offer a $23 lunch, and a $33 dinner.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of amazing restaurants to visit during Winterlicious gets you out and leaves you satisfied. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Kickstart Your 2018 New Year's Resolutions: Recipes

    Jan 02, 2018
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    Eating healthy has always been a popular New Year’s resolution. If it's on your list in 2018, Timbercreek wants to help you make eating well easy with this list of simple healthy recipes that taste amazing.

    Shredded Kale and Pistachio Salad

    This super green salad will keep you on the right track. Wash fresh kale, stem and de-vein the leaves, and julienne into thin slices. Add diced avocado, cubed bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes. Dress with 4:1 olive oil to balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, lemon juice, a crushed garlic clove, and a touch of honey or maple syrup. Garnish with shelled, chopped pistachios and serve.

    Roasted Chicken Legs with Spicy Root Veg and Roasted Onions

    This hearty tasting meal is actually light and balanced. Season 1 chicken leg per person with salt and pepper and set aside. Precook thickly diced root veg (potato, beets, pumpkin or squash) until soft. Season with salt and pepper, chili pepper, and toss until covered. Lay evenly across the bottom of a baking dish. Place seasoned chicken evenly over top of the veg bed. Chop red onions into quarters, and place in remaining holes in baking dish. Bake at 350-400F for an hour. An easy all-in-one meal with minimal prep time.

    Barley With Sautéed Leeks, Peas, And Parsley

    This vegetarian entree is packed  with fiber and protein. Precook your barley (like you would rice). Chop leeks and parsley, parboil or microwave peas (or shuck if fresh), and combine all together in a pan with 2 tbsp olive oil and one clove of crushed garlic. Pour the sauteed veg over top of the barley once cooked, or add the barley to the pan and sautée everything to combine the ingredients. Add tofu or grilled chicken for a bigger protein punch.  Learn more here.

    Herbed Hummus

    Don’t underestimate the versatility and ease of hummus. Make the base by combining drained chickpeas, 2 cloves garlic, ½ cup (or to taste) tahini, ¼-½ cup lemon juice, and then add in the herb(s) of your choice. Our faves include cilantro, rosemary, dil, thyme and basil.  Other spices like cayenne or paprika, and flavourful cheeses like parmigiano reggiano pack a punch. Read more.

    Green Smoothies

    The perfect New Year’s Resolution drink, green smoothies are easy, versatile, and taste great. You can successfully combine almost any fruit and veg.  Even raw seeds and grains, especially oats, flax, chia and sunflower seeds, work well.  A ½ cup of protein powder also adds a flavour kick that will help you stay full from breakfast to lunch. For a great starter green smoothie, combine a handful of baby spinach, a frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen strawberries or other berries, milk or juice. Delicious!

    Rainbow Veggie Wrap

    Wraps are great for a quick lunch on the go.we love this rainbow wrap recipe because it's full of veggies. To make it, julienne your choice of veg like bell peppers, cucumber, zucchini, celery, carrot, avocado, even broccoli works. Start with a wrap, add some mustard, mayo, or hummus, apply a big leaf of romaine, kale or iceberg lettuce, then throw down your veg and wrap up. A healthy and tasty lunch that comes together in a blink. Learn more.

    Yam Soup with Kale and Spinach

    A beautifully coloured soup that’s as warm and cozy as it is healthy. Boil a few yams and lightly sautée a few leaves of kale and spinach with diced garlic in olive oil or butter. Pile all of it into a blender, add salt and pepper to taste in addition to a bit of chicken stock or water to thin if required. Heat once blended thoroughly and serve.

    Granola-Yogurt Parfait

    This simple, tasty breakfast (or snack) is lightning fast to make and can help you lose weight. Combine layers of raspberries, yogurt, and low-fat granola in a champagne flute or another tall glass. Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes that these easy and healthy recipes make healthy eating a part of your routine in 2018. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Sweet Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

    Oct 12, 2017

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    Pumpkins are a big, bright symbol of the season. These gorgeous gourds are also delicious to eat. If you’re a pumpkin fan, Timbercreek Communities has some sweet pumpkin recipes for you to try this fall.

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    Cinnamon rolls may be one of life’s greatest pleasures. We adore these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. The soft pumpkin dough combines perfectly with the spiced sweet filling, and the gooey maple cream cheese icing takes them over the top. This recipe is pure pumpkin perfection.

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    As soon as the leaves start to change, Pumpkin Spice Lattes begin popping up at pretty much every coffee shop. They taste good, but they are pricey and most contain no pumpkin at all! This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is the perfect pairing with any sweet pumpkin treat on this list. It’s also easy to make and actually contains pumpkin. Imagine that!

    Pumpkin Loaf

    Picture this: you’re curled up on the sofa with a slice of Spiced Pumpkin Bread, a blanket and hot cup of tea or cocoa -- it’s heaven on a chilly day in fall. If you want to make that fantasy a reality, prepare a couple of loaf pans and preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine sugar and oil in a big bowl and blend. Add in egg and pumpkin. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). Combine the two mixtures, add in walnuts for an even more substantial snack, and pour the mixture into loaf pans to bake.

    Pumpkin Pie 

    It’s tough to beat a perfectly prepared piece of Pumpkin Pie in the fall. Prepare your pie by combining pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, sugar, salt and spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg) in a bowl and beat until smooth. Pour the mixture into a prepared pie crust and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350°F for another 50 minutes. Allow it to cool before you dig in!

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert any time of the year. Put a fall twist on the traditional treat with this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. They’re easy to make and require less than 15 minutes to bake!

    Timbercreek hopes that these sweet pumpkin recipes help you get the most out of pumpkin season this fall! To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities, please visit our website.

  • The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipes

    Oct 05, 2017

    There is a lot to be grateful for when fall rolls around. There is Thanksgiving, of course, but there’s also the cool, crisp weather, the changing colours and cozy clothes that come with this special season. Fall is also pumpkin pie season! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you savour the sweet and spicy flavour of fall with the best pumpkin pie recipes. Dig in!

    Perfect Pumpkin Pie

    This Perfect Pumpkin Pie recipe is aptly named. Pumpkin pie can be tricky to make. The crust can easily be too soggy, or too dense, and the custard filling can be too gooey, or too spicy. This pie has a light and flaky crust and a perfectly spiced filling that won’t crack when it cools. This tutorial will walk you through each and every step -- with lots of pictures to make the process as easy as pie.

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    Pumpkin Cream Pie

    You don’t have to make plain old pumpkin pie. Mix it up this season and try this Pumpkin Cream Pie. It has all the gentle spice and flavour you’re craving, with a light and lovely cream pie filling. Best of all, it’s easy to make. It requires only 30 minutes of hands-on prep time. The gingersnap cookie crust requires less than 10 minutes of baking, and the filling requires no baking at all - just let it set in the fridge for a few hours.

    Pumpkin Pie with Oreo Crust

    This Pumpkin Pie with Oreo Crust is a sweet twist on the tradition that will be adored by children and adults alike. Your kids will love to help you make it because they will get to crush a bag of Oreos with a rolling pin. Who doesn’t want to do that? Then all you do is pour melted butter into the bag and smoosh it around to make the crust. Fun and easy!

    Chai Spice Pumpkin Pie

    Put a spicy twist on tradition when you whip up this Chai Spice Pumpkin Pie. You can choose to make the Foolproof Butter Crust from scratch, or save some time with store-bought. For the filling, combine pumpkin puree, condensed milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla chai spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, nutmeg and black pepper). Beat until smooth and pour into the crust. It needs about an hour to bake and another hour to cool and set. It’s well worth the wait.

    Timbercreek wishes you a sweet, spicy and delicious fall! We hope you give these delicious pumpkin pie recipes a try. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Why And How To Buy Organic On A Budget

    Sep 26, 2017

    There are many benefits to eating organic. Fruits and veggies that are certified organic are grown with limited pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic produce is not irradiated and the seeds are chemical and GMO free. Animal products sold as organic means the animal was not given antibiotics or growth hormones. It means that they were fed with organic feed and were not medicated, except for vaccinations or for specific illness.

    There are many environmental benefits of organic farming. It makes for cleaner groundwater and healthier soil. It reduces non-renewable energy inputs and can reduce the greenhouse effect and climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil. Overall, organic farming can lead to stronger biodiversity and greater sustainability. The benefits are clear, but they also cost more. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you buy organic on a budget.

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    Join a co-op

    Becoming a member of a co-op can help reduce your grocery costs and help connect you with you local food community. Membership fees and/or volunteer hours help to keep overhead costs down and provide local and organic food at fair prices.

    Delivery services

    Organic delivery services can ensure that a steady supply of organic food arrives at your door, often for a lower price than large grocery stores. SPUD services several cities in western Canada, including Calgary and Edmonton. In the Toronto area, Wanigan Organics provides weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of package deals as well as custom orders.  Look for a provider near you, including Fresh Option in Winnipeg,  Ecollegey in Montreal and HGOF in Halifax.

    Shop smart with an affordable food list

    Knowing what to buy and what not to buy is crucial to keeping your grocery bill under control. Not everything has to be organic. The thick peel of produce, such as avocados and bananas, protects the flesh from absorbing agricultural chemicals. Be sure to wash the peel first, as the chemicals can be transferred as you cut into it. To help simplify, buy organic on the Dirty Dozen and save money going conventional on the Clean 15 -- the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least contaminated by pesticide use, according to the Environmental Working Group.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you buy organic on a budget! To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Portable (College-Friendly) Meal Ideas

    Sep 12, 2017

    Life can get pretty hectic, and constantly eating on the go from take-out containers can get pretty expensive. It’s also unhealthy. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you eat well on-the-go with these portable (college-friendly) meal ideas.

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    Teriyaki Bento Box

    A Teriyaki Bento Box is a great way to sample several delicious Japanese dishes all at once. Making it yourself will help you save a few bucks, too! This recipe is easy and accessible for home cooks. Simmer rice until the water is absorbed. Stir the rice, remove the lid and remove from the heat. Marinate boneless chicken thighs with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, mirin, rice wine vinegar and minced garlic. In an another bowl mix miso, vinegar, soy sauce and honey and set aside. Sauté green beans and mushrooms in vegetable oil for about 5 minutes before adding the miso dressing. Complete your bento box with a simple salad or fresh fruit.

    Breakfast Cookies

    You’re an adult now, and that means you can eat cookies for breakfast, if you want to. If you want to be a responsible adult and actually eat a breakfast that will keep you energized and is fun and portable -- try these Jumbo Breakfast Cookies. They can be ready to eat in about 20 minutes and you can make them the night before to grab and go!

    Ramen

    Why subject yourself to packets of noodles loaded with salt and MSG when your can create your own ramen dish in minutes? This Easy Vegan Ramen is great all on it’s own, or use it as a base to add meaty morsels to. The 10-ingredient recipe is made with mushroom broth, crispy tofu and miso-roasted veggies.

    Buddha Bowl

    A healthy Buddha Bowl will fill your belly and put a smile on your face. A Buddha Bowl is a blanket term for colorful bowls composed of vegetables, healthy grains, and protein. There are limitless combinations, so you will never grow weary of this easy, make-at-home meal.

    Sushi

    The secret to great sushi is in the rice. This recipe will show you how to make it right. Once you have the rice down, you’re ready to move onto some delicious rolls. California rolls make a great, portable meal because raw fish may not travel well. They call for avocado and Surimi (cooked, imitation crab).

    Timbercreek hopes that these portable meal ideas keep you from running on empty. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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    Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, is a Danish way of living which usually refers to a warm and cozy lifestyle. It's a huge decor trend, too -- think candles, chunky throw blankets and glowing fireplaces. Sounds pretty amazing! Everyone can use a bit of hygge in their life. Timbercreek Communities has five tips on how you can fill your bathroom with hygge.
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  • Property Highlight - 930-15th Ave SW - Centennial House

    Jun 04, 2019
    Centennial House (930-15th Ave SW) is the ideal rental property for Calgary residents who are looking for comfort and convenience. Its location is perfect for anyone who enjoys bustling city life as well as well as peaceful nature.
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  • Turn Your Balcony Into An Urban Oasis

    May 29, 2019
    For those living the urban life, a balcony is the perfect place to carve out your own little piece of nature. It can serve as a cozy place to enjoy your morning coffee, or a stunning spot to sip a glass of wine after a long day’s work. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for transforming your balcony into an urban oasis.
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  • Spring And Summer Outfits Perfect For the Office

    May 23, 2019
    Working in an office means that you need to dress appropriately, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be stylish. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for spring and summer outfits that are perfect for the office. Try them for yourself to cultivate a look that's both professional and chic.
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