• Montreal events designed to help you get outside this winter

    Jan 23, 2020

    Good news, Montreal! You don't have to hibernate this winter. Timbercreek Communities wants you to love this incredible season as much as we do, so we've rounded up these awesome winter events happening in Montreal for you to discover. They're designed to get you out and to make the most of the season!

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    Luminotherapie 

    On now until January 26, 2020, Luminotherapie is a wonderful, interactive art event held in Place des Festivals. This event is designed to get Montrealers and tourists out and playing in the winter. It features bright and colourful artwork. Visit the area to reinvigorate your inner child as you interact with five colourful creatures and enjoy music and dancing!

    Igloofest

    Only Montreal would throw an outdoor electronic music festival in January! Igloofest is your winter excuse to get out and dance. Join thousands of Montrealers at the Old's Port's Jacques-Cartier pier. The event recurs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from January 16th through February 8th. Expect to groove to electronic music by top producers, DJs, hip hop artists and more. 

    Fete des Neiges de Montreal 

    It can be hard to get your kids excited about playing outside in the winter -- especially in subzero temperatures in Montreal. Thankfully, Fête des Neiges exists to lure you out. This recurring event is held on weekends in Parc Jean-Drapeau from January 18th through February 9th. It features a host of fun activities for you and your children to enjoy (most are free!) including ice slides, bouncy castles, snow tubing, live musical and theatrical performances, a Ferris wheel, dog sledding and more.

    Montreal En Lumiere

    Montreal En Lumiere is Montréal's biggest winter festival. It seamlessly combines gourmet food and drink events with arts, culture and fun outdoor activities in Place des Festivals. Foodies can expect delicious restaurant meals and workshops by great chefs. If you're ready to reclaim the outdoors, you can enjoy live music performances, ride a Ferris wheel and ice slides, watch video projections and warm up as you enjoy scrumptious food and drink. On February 29th, you can also take back the night as you enjoy Nuit Blanche à Montréal.

    Timbercreek hopes you will make the most of winter in Montreal at these amazing events. Maybe we'll see you there!

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

  • Property Highlight - Loft on First

    Dec 19, 2019

    If you're on the hunt for a fabulous place to call home in Calgary, Lofts on First (1010 First Street SW) is calling your name. It's the perfect property for someone who wants to be located in a vibrant and lively neighbourhood and is ideal for anyone looking for a great community, pristine location and a little touch of luxury.

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    Your Home

    Located in the Beltline district, this brand new building has luxurious and loft style suites that you will love. Enjoy the chic and elegant decor, modern suites and a top notch fitness centre. The building also has a basketball and volleyball court, a multimedia party room and a billiards room!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Loft on First is located in downtown Calgary, in the Beltline district -- which is close to everything! You’re minutes away from shopping, dining, transit and all sorts of entertainment.

    If you enjoy being in the centre of the city,  this is the place for you. Just a few minutes away you can check out restaurants such as Koi, Sukiyaki House and Yellow Door Bistro. Additionally, you can get your caffeine fix at several great coffee shops in the area including Starbucks and Deville Coffee. If you need a grocery store, you can find several just a short walk away. You can also check out CORE Shopping Centre, or the Elbow Casino, for more fun and entertainment.

    Your Calgary apartment search stops here! Lofts on First is the place for you. 

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    For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Weekend Getaway in Halifax | Things To Do

    Oct 10, 2019

    Whether you live in Halifax or you're just visiting, there are some amazing weekend trips you can take to escape the city. Timbercreek Communities has four amazing getaway suggestions for you!

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    Hike and Explore the Cabot Trail

    Nature enthusiasts will love hiking the Cabot Trail. It's only 4 hours away from Halifax, making a trip to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail the perfect weekend getaway. You can check out the hiking trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park or simply drive along the scenic coastline and enjoy its breathtaking views. For the most spectacular sunset, hike the Franey Trail to the Skyline Trail. It’s definitely challenging, but totally worth it.

    History and Culture at Annapolis Royal

    Visit the quaint town of Annapolis Royal if you’re looking for a vacation with history and culture. This unique spot used to be inhabited by Mi’kmaq, an indigenous group who lived there thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Start the day off by checking out Canada’s oldest National historic site, Fort Anne, and then head down to the waterfront for some shopping and lunch! You can also stop by the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens or the year-round Annapolis Royal Farmers’ and Traders’ Market -- which just happens to be Nova Scotia’s largest outdoor market.

    Relax at White Point Beach Resort

    Escape to White Point Beach Resort for the ultimate relaxing weekend! This iconic hotel is right on a sandy beach overlooking the ocean and it’s open year-round so you can plan your stay whenever! This is the perfect place to unwind, have bonfires on the beach, eat gourmet food and visit the spa. You’ll leave the resort feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

    Stay at a Cozy Bed and Breakfast

    For a super relaxing weekend, try escaping to a nearby bed and breakfast. This is a great way to slow down, recharge and enjoy the simple life. The Green Dragon Organic Farm and B&B is the perfect place to relax, eat organic produce and enjoy nature. It’s a Biodynamic and eco-friendly farm and it’s located in the village of Tatamagouche. You can also head to the east shore of Nova Scotia and stay at DesBarres Manor Inn. This is a wonderful place to have a romantic getaway, relax by the ocean and eat gourmet food.

    For an incredible weekend getaway, you don’t have to take a plane. Within a few hours of Halifax, you can visit some amazing places and have the best vacation.  

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these suggestions! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - The Crossing

    Sep 30, 2019

    The Crossing (830 Idylwyld Drive) is the perfect property for anyone looking for urban comfort and a sleek living space in Saskatoon. It's ideal for those who appreciate a diverse community as well as a lively downtown.

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    Your Home

    Located in the Caswell Hill neighbourhood, between 33rd Street and the downtown core, this beautiful heritage building has a good mix of everything. The units are big, bright and perfect if you love loft-style living. You have access to a beautiful common area patio with a BBQ, parking and on-site professional management. The building is also pet-friendly! Be sure to take advantage of our hot summer deal to save $250/month on your lease!

    Your Neighbourhood

    The Crossing is located in the heart of Saskatoon. If you appreciate nearby transit, great shopping and good restaurants then this is the place for you! Parks, libraries and all sorts of entertainment options are within walking distance, including Ashworth Holmes Park, Caswell Community Garden and the Caswell Dog Park. No matter where you want to go, The Crossing is close to everything including public transit. If you’re looking for good food, you can find places like Citizen Cafe and Bakery, Cactus Club and Leyda’s Cafe, all within a 15-minute walk. In less than 10 minutes you can reach two nearby fitness clubs, Fitness Focus and Synergy Strength, as well as a number of other restaurants, bars and grocery stores.

    Be sure to check out this amazing property before it’s too late! We know you’ll love The Crossing! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.
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  • Dog-friendly Parks and Beaches in Toronto

    Sep 17, 2019

    There’s nothing worse than exploring the city and coming across a park that doesn’t allow dogs. It sucks to have to leave your furry friends at home! Fortunately for you, we've found 5 parks and beaches in Toronto that are dog-friendly!

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    Cherry Beach

    Head over to Cherry Beach where you can enjoy the view and your dogs can run around in a huge off-leash area. You can get there by car, bus or subway. It’s located in the Port Lands, just south of Lakeshore and Don Roadway Street. Cherry Beach is a great place to spend the day with your dog without any worries. Just sit back, relax and let them roam free!

    Silver Birch Park

    Silver Birch Park is another popular park for dog owners. It is beautiful and spacious, with lots of land for your dogs to enjoy and discover -- especially on a gorgeous summer day. It’s located in the east end of the city, just south of Queen Street and Nursewood Street. There’s parking in the area, too. You can get there easily by car or public transportation.

    Earl Bales leash free dog park

    Earl Bales is a large park located in North York. There is a large off-leash area for dogs as well as playgrounds, splashpads, walking trails and picnic sites. The off-leash area is fenced off -- so you don’t have to worry about your canine friend running away. Earl Bales Park is a great place to spend the day with friends, family and your dogs!

    Trinity Bellwoods Park

    Trinity Bellwoods is a local favourite. Located just east of Ossington Street, between Dundas and Queen, this park is the best hang out spot in the city. Head over to the park on a weekend and spend the day lounging, playing games or let your dog run wild in the dog pit. If they need a drink, they get one at the dog fountain. Maybe they’ll meet a few furry friends along the way, too!

    Monarch Park

    If you’re looking for a park near the Danforth, check out Monarch Park. This beautiful and clean 12-acre community park is easily accessible by subway and offers an off-leash area. You can get some exercise with your dog by exploring the rolling hills and going for a hike. Once your pooch gets tired of running around, head over to Black Lab Brewing. It's a brewery that allows dogs! Enjoy your favourite ale alongside your dog, but make sure they are on a leash at all times.

    It’s time to go on an adventure with your pooch! We hope you found these five suggestions for dog-friendly parks and beaches helpful. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How To Repair and Store Your Seasonal Clothing

    Sep 09, 2019

    It's time to welcome fall into your closet! Unless you have a ton of storage space, most Canadians enjoy swapping summer clothes for fall and winter wear by mid-September. In the age of fast fashion, it's easy to forget about certain items that you've taken out of your rotation and throw away damaged ones altogether. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to repair and store your seasonal clothing this year -- so you can get more use out of it for years to come.

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    Repair Your Clothes Before Storing

    When the time comes to put away your summer clothes, think about repairing items that are damaged or slightly worn out before you store them. If you fix them and they appear brand new again, you’ll be more likely to wear them when you pull them out of storage next year. It’s also a good idea to wash everything before storing -- especially if you want to get rid of any stains, odours or perfumes. When storing wool garments, use Woodlore’s Instant Cedar Chest which is filled with cedar shavings to keep the dreaded smell of mothballs away.

    Use Proper Storage Containers

    When it comes to choosing storage containers, it’s best to use plastic ones. They are affordable and work better than plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Check out Canadian Tire for different options and sizes. Try not to stuff the containers to the brim and leave some room for air circulation. This will also help prevent wrinkles.

    Don’t Hang Everything

    Some clothing items are delicate and should not be hung. Knit items, sweaters and other delicates should be folded and placed in a drawer because they tend to lose their shape after a while. You can hang items like jackets, pants, skirts and dresses and keep the rest in a drawer or on a shelf. When it comes to hangers, they are not all the same. Use slim hangers or padded hangers for better support and more space.

    Use Vacuum Seal Bags

    To save space, use vacuum seal bags. They are great for flattening big clothing items which is perfect if you don’t have a lot of storage space. However, you should be careful not to vacuum seal everything. Avoid wool, cashmere, silk and leather as it might take these items a while to come back to their regular shape -- especially after being stored away for a long time.

    Storing seasonal items doesn’t have to be a pain. Timbercreek Communities hopes you found these storage tips helpful!

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

  • Can't Miss Summer Festivals Across Canada

    Jun 18, 2019

    With so many festivals in almost every province, there’s something every Canadian can be excited about this summer. Timbercreek Communities has a list of the top 5 festivals across Canada that you should check out this season.

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    Edmonton Ribfest

    If you’re a meat lover who loves BBQ, Edmonton Ribfest is your paradise. Try some of the best slow cooked ribs, pulled pork and chicken as well as the beer and wine tap. Since the festival is all ages, you can enjoy the live entertainment while your kids have fun in the Kids Zone. Don’t forget to check out this year’s Best Rack Competition and the new Ribfest Olympics. The event is free and runs from July 12-14th, 2019.

    Beaches International Jazz Festival

    Are you ready for one of the most exciting festivals of the summer? The International Beaches Jazz Festival takes place in Toronto every year and features incredible emerging and established musicians. This year it takes place July 5th to 28th. Aside form the amazing music, you can also check out multi-arts exhibits, workshops and indulge at the gourmet food trucks. What more could you ask for in an event?

    Saskatoon Exhibition

    There’s so much to be excited about when it comes to the Saskatoon Exhibition. With over 20 rides, incredible shows and delicious food, this is one summer festival you won’t want to miss. This year, witness Terrance Bellinger hypnotize crowds or watch a magic show with dogs! If that’s not your thing, you can always explore the exhibitors or grab a bite at one of the new restaurants and finally try that charcoal ice cream that you’ve been thinking about for months! The festival runs from August 6th to 11th,  2019.

    Red River Exhibition

    Kick off your summer at the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg. This 10-day festival starts on June 14th and features all kinds of rides, music, buskers and competitions. Plus, there are a ton of attractions including the new Extinction Park where you can get the ultimate dinosaur experience or meet your child’s favourite princess or superhero at the Living Fairytale. Don’t forget to check out the shoppers market while you enjoy your favourite midway treats and be sure to stay for the fireworks!

    New France Festival

    If you haven’t checked out The New France Festival (Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France) yet, add it to your list! Transport yourself to the seventeenth century at this unique festival and witness thousands of colourful costumes from that time, musical performances and parades. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the arrival of the first Europeans in America, as well as Quebec’s rich cultural heritage. The New France Festival runs from August 1st to 4th in Quebec City.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoy your summer and visit at least one of these fabulous festivals. You won’t be dissappointed! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top 5 Cheat Meals That Taste Great

    Apr 24, 2019

    Regardless of how clean you eat, and how great it makes you feel, sometimes we all need a cheat meal. Timbercreek Communities has 5 cheat meal recipes that taste great which you can make at home.

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    Buffalo Chicken Nachos

    Nachos are probably one of the most-craved cheat meals in North America. They tick so many boxes -- crunchy, cheesy, gooey and spicy. We love this nachos recipe because it's a mashup of two cheat meal favourites -- nachos and buffalo chicken! To make this delicious version, start by preheating your oven to 400F. Mix 2 shredded chicken breasts with bbq sauce and 2 teaspoons of powdered ranch seasoning, then set aside. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, adding 1lb of white American cheese and 8oz of Monterey cheese. Stir until everything is melted and add 1-2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. Next, put a layer of tortilla chips in a cast iron skillet and top with half of the buffalo chicken. Drizzle the cheese on top. Add a second layer of chips and repeat. If you have some cheese left over, serve it as a dipping sauce. Finally, add jalapeno peppers, green onions and blue cheese. To finish it off, bake the buffalo chicken nachos in the oven for a few minutes, until the blue cheese melts.

    Mozzarella and Goat Cheese Pizza

    If you’re looking for a great pizza recipe, look no further. This four-cheese pizza might become your new favourite cheat meal! Start off by making the dough from scratch. Add 1 pack of instant yeast to ½ cup of warm water and wait for 5 minutes. Once it gets bubbly, add 1 ¼ cup of room-temperature water to the water/yeast mixture. In your mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Set your mixer to low speed and start pouring the yeast mixture and the olive oil into the flour mixture. Keep mixing it until the dough forms a mass. Once the dough is elastic and soft, pour it in an oiled bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 2 hours. Once it has doubled in size, deflate the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured flat surface. Divide it into two equal portions and freeze one if you like. The next step is actually making the pizza. Set the oven to 450F and roll out the dough to your desired shape. Glaze it with the olive oil mixture (3 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic) and cover it with mozzarella, goat cheese, ricotta and parmesan. Let it bake for 18 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown. Finish it off by adding fresh basil.

    Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles

    Everyone needs a healthy pad thai recipe! Try this Chicken Pad Thai for a healthier, low-carb dish that’s full of flavour. Season 1 pound of chicken breast with fresh pepper. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and cook the chicken until fully cooked. Set it aside and cut it into pieces once it cools. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of chilli garlic sauce and soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and ¼ cup of water. Next, you’re going to add 1 cup of spiralized zucchini in a pan and pre-cooked rice noodles, topping it off with chicken, pad thai sauce and 1 cup of bean sprouts and chopped cabbage. Once the zucchini has softened, the dish should be done. Sprinkle the meal with crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro and a lime wedge. Enjoy!

    Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese and Toast Croutons

    Everyone loves a good soup, especially in the winter. Try this yummy Creamy Tomato Soup that's perfect for lunch and dinner. To begin, heat olive oil in a sauce pan and add 1 chopped onion. Cook until the onion is soft and add 2 cloves of garlic and 1 medium sweet potato. Next, add in 2 cups of vegetable stock, 3 cans of canned tomatoes in juice, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. While you wait for the soup, heat a griddle pan on high heat. Divide the cheese between two slices of bread and top with the other two slices, then brush with olive oil and fry in the griddle. Cook for about 5 minutes and slice them into cubes. Once the soup is done, you’re going to pour it into a blender and mix until it's smooth.  Add the salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of cream. That's it! To serve, divide the soup into 6 bowls and top with croutons. Voila!

    Fried Chicken and Waffles

    Can you ever go wrong with waffles? We don't think so! These waffles are far from ordinary and they might just leave your mouth watering for days. It all starts with a basic buttermilk pancake batter, but a little less sweet. Begin by combining 2 cups of flour, 1 ¼  tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, salt, ¼ cup of brown sugar and black pepper in a large bowl. In a different bowl, whisk 3 eggs and pour them into the flour mix with melted butter. Chop 6 pieces of cooked bacon, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and some chopped scallions and add it all to the batter. Once your waffle iron is heated and ready to go, grease the bottom and cook the waffles for 4-6 minutes. Set the waffles aside and get ready to make the fried chicken! Start by mixing 1 pound of chicken in 1 ½ cups of buttermilk and some hot sauce. In a separate dish, mix in flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Grab the chicken and dip it into the flour mixture you just made, making sure to coat both sides. If the oil is nice and hot, fry the chicken until it’s golden and crispy. Now that the hardest part is done, you can make the sauce. Just mix maple syrup, spicy brown mustard and yellow mustard together. Now you’re ready to assemble the sandwiches. Top each waffle with a few slices of tomato and avocado, a bit of greens and the maple mustard sauce. You can have it as an open-face sandwich, or a full sandwich by adding the other waffle on top. Enjoy alone or with friends!

    Finding a good cheat meal recipe isn’t always easy. Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoyed these 5 recipes that are both easy and delicious.

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

  • Spring Cleaning: Top Things to Purge from Your Closet

    Apr 16, 2019

    For some of us, getting rid of the things we've accumulated in our closets over the years is not a problem. But for most of us, it’s no easy task. If you’re looking for ways to clean out your closet, Timbercreek Communities has tips on how to build the courage to give things the boot and how to choose what to purge from your closet that will make your space feel more organized.

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    Purge things you rarely touch

    It’s time to ditch items you no longer wear or haven’t worn in a while. If it’s been sitting undisturbed in your closet for more than a year, it’s time to let it go.

    Choosing what to purge

    Create three piles and separate things by what you absolutely love, items you’re not sure what to do with and items you are 100% ready to get rid of. People tend to hold on to expensive purchases and sentimental items. The truth is, if you wore it only once since you bought it, chances are you’re never going to wear it again. And if something has sentimental value, don’t worry. The memories will always be there. If it helps, take a picture of it.

    Consider ditching your uncomfortable shoes and any costume jewellery you’ve been collecting for years.

    What to save

    When purging your closet, think about if your more questionable items work well in combination with others. The more you can match an item with, the better and the more worth saving it is.

    Don't just throw it all away

    Once you've chosen your items, one of the best ways to dispose of them is to donate them to places like Value Village or the Salvation Army.

    Clean

    Once you've purged, the next step is to clean. Empty your closet completely and do a deep cleaning -- something we all hesitate do. Try using Seventh Generation non-toxic products which are a healthier and more sustainable choice.

    Shop

    This is the fun part – well, sort of. Instead of shopping for unnecessary items, this is your chance to purchase items that will help you organize your space. Velvet or open hangers are great because they are thin, and allow you to neatly hang everything without slipping off. Wicker baskets are a nice way to store many items and they actually look stylish on open shelves. Another useful trick is to use shower hooks to hang your purses and scarves. They are cheap and available everywhere.

    Organize

    Organize your closet in a way that makes sense. Arrange things by colour or in groups (skirts, pants, sweaters), which will make your life easier when you’re in a rush. Keep the items that you use often within reach and reserve the top shelves for seasonal items. And finally, label everything - purses, swimwear, accessories! This will save you time and prevent you from making a mess.

    Light
    By decluttering your closet, you’ll naturally let in more light into the space. But if that’s not enough, it might be worth investing in brighter light fixtures for greater visibility. The other option is to get battery-powered lights and hang them inh dark areas of your closet. A well-lit space will encourage you to keep things tidy and clean.

    Plan to purge

    Don't let your refreshed closet fall into disarray. You can keep tabs on the items you're using and what you're not with a clever hanger system. Add an event on your calendar to clean up the closet again one year from the day you cleaned it. Place all clothing items on hangers facing the back of the closet. When you wear something, turn the hanger around when you return the item to the closet. When the year rolls by, you will be able to tell what you wore and what you didn't wear with ease and be able to ditch things with a clear conscience.

    Organizing your closet will save you time and money. You’ll be less stressed when searching for clothes in the morning and less tempted to shop for new items. Timbercreek Communities hopes these suggestions get you ready and excited for Spring cleaning.

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

  • 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.

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