January 2015

When it comes to healthy eating, most of us struggle with lack of time and planning ahead. We’re all so busy these days that if we don’t plan our meals and snacks we end up skipping meals or making poor food choices. A simple way to avoid this is to spend a couple hours a week planning, prepping and portioning your meals for the week ahead. Make sure you always have fresh fruit or veggies on hand for snacking between meals. Hummus and whole grain crackers or trail mix are also perfect, wholesome on-the-go snacks. Use one of our many great slow cooker recipes and get dinner started before you leave the house. If we slowly start making little tweaks to our diet, they eventually become habit and who knows, one day you may even grow to love kale!

​Start your day with a healthy breakfast

​A delicious, healthy breakfast sets the stage for your energy level for the day, but it's easy to be stuck for ideas. Whether you're looking for a quick morning meal or a bountiful spread on the weekend, try these recipes.

Kale Smoothie

Buttermilk Multi-Grain Pancakes

​Cauliflower and Zucchini Frittata 

Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Parfaits
Everyday Granola Southwestern Breakfast Wraps

 

Superfoods Menu Ideas!

What are they? And what makes them so super?
They don’t have any superpowers, but they do contain above average nutrients. If you’re looking for some healthy, nutrient-packed recipe ideas, visit our menu planning section.

Chef's Choice

​Chef Jessica loves to start her day with a muesli breakfast.
 
“I like this Birchermuesli recipe because it blends fibre-rich rolled oats, yogurt and it is high in calcium and protein. The nuts provide healthy fats and there is some nice natural sweetness from the dried fruit and honey. You can also mix in some extras such as hemp, chia or flaxseeds, fresh fruit or banana for a bonus nutritional kick!” says Chef Jessica

​BIRCHERMUESLI

New Edmonton Classes

​ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Edmonton is now offering more classes than ever before! On March 12, join us to learn the history and art of bread making. Try your hand at making a few choice recipes and enjoy samples of these yeasty treats! Hands-on class, all recipes available to take home. To find out how to register, visit our website.
Thursday, March 12
4:30 - 6 p.m. $20

 


​Menu Planning Magic
Tired of last-minute dinner indecisions? Learn the secrets to easy menu planning, then make a weekly menu for yourself!
Friday, January 30
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $10

Calgary Featured Classes

Hands-On: Getting Started with Gluten Free (2 parts)
Learn the ropes of gluten-free cooking and baking with guidance from registered nutritionist Kristyn Hall in this two-part class. Learn how to stock a gluten-free pantry, identify hidden sources of gluten and prepare food quickly while meeting nutritional needs.
Part 1: Monday, February 2. Part 2: Monday, February 9
3 – 5:30 p.m. $160 

Hands-On: Meat (2 parts)
A comprehensive look at large cuts of meat, from pork belly and curing your own bacon to Frenching lamb racks and cutting steaks and pork. This two-day course will teach you the skills you need to save money by buying larger cuts of meat and breaking them down yourself. Take home all the meat you prepare.
Part 1: Saturday, February 21. Part 2: Saturday, February 28
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $200

New Retail Space in Edmonton!

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Edmonton invites you to visit our newly renovated retail and office space! Our kitchen gadgets make great gifts for any occasion: birthdays, housewarming, wedding showers. There is something for everyone. We are located on the mail floor, ATCO Centre (10035-105 Street).
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Android App Out Now!

Android users rejoice! We heard by phone, by email and in our cooking classes that our ATCO BFK tablet and smartphone app should be available on Android devices as well as on iPhones and iPads, and we’ve taken this message to heart. As such, we’re happy to announce that the Android version of our app is now live and available for download from Google’s Play store. It has the same great features as our iOS app, including a searchable database of more than 3,000 recipes, a shopping list tool, the ability to save favourite recipes for later, live chat with our home economists, integrated social sharing and video tutorials. It’s a free download through Google’s Play store, so why not give it a try? It’s a great little app to have on your phone or tablet.

Gas Safety Tip

Always be prepared for an emergency, regardless of the cause. Have a 72-hour emergency kit ready, including items like ready-to-eat and high-energy foods, bottled water, extra clothing and blankets, a flashlight, candles, matches and a wind-up or battery-operated radio with extra batteries. For more safety tips, visit atcogas.com.

Natural Gas Benefits

Dry clothes faster and save money with a natural gas dryer. Find more benefits of using natural gas at atcogas.com.
 
Last updated on September 22, 2017