Harvest-inspired meals for the family
From a registered dietitian
This blog and the following recipes come from registered dietitian Heather Reid of Revive Wellness. Revive’s mission is to improve the lives of Canadians through nutrition and wellness coaching.
Fall is a time for celebrating the changing season and, for many signals, a time for harvest. The word harvest can mean a variety of different things to people across our province and country and, for many, bring fond memories of years past.
The definition of harvest is to gather in a crop or accumulate a store, which many families actively do over the fall months to provide the nutritious grain products that we rely on. It is a fantastic sight to be driving down a country gravel road and see a group of farmers working late into the night to ensure crops come off at the ideal time. However, we often forget that these hard-working men, women and families are the ones who are allowing us to have the wheat and, therefore, the flour to make our favorite recipes throughout the year. This year has been extremely difficult for many farmers, as little rain made it hard to grow productive crops.
I encourage you to go for a drive and take in the dance that farmers imitate across a field to ensure a seamless harvest. If you are traveling around mealtime, you may see all the equipment congregated together as the farmers enjoy a quick meal together, meals that are often brought out by a family member, children in tow. I remember as a young child helping my mom pack up many ‘harvest suppers’ to take to the field, but it was such a special time as we then got to go for a ride and visit my dad in the combine!
If you get the opportunity to venture out for this drive, see if any local farmer markets are open that highlight the goods of harvest and support your local communities. Nothing is quite as tasty as freshly picked produce or home-cooked baked goods that you will find there. Also, pack your own ‘harvest meal’ to enjoy with your family. These experiences are the ones that will last a lifetime.
By stepping out of what may be your everyday routine, you have the opportunity of trying new flavors, finding new recipes, meeting new people (who I can almost promise would be willing to share a story or two with you) and elevating your day. So, purchase that excellent-looking produce and make sure to grab a few zucchinis. Zucchini and wheat are a highly versatile combination, and you will be amazed at all the combinations available to increase your vegetable and fibre intake. Try out our Zucchini Waffles recipe for breakfast or the Zucchini Chickpea Fritters for a delicious appetizer that is sure to impress.
Harvest is a time to give thanks for many things in life and appreciate all we can be thankful for. As this year has been extremely difficult for many people, I challenge you to go for a drive and breathe in the country air, appreciate the beauty that surrounds you, enjoy the moment, be thankful for the food that we are privileged to enjoy daily, and thank your local farmer and their families for all that they do.
About Heather Reid, Registered Dietitian
It’s one thing to live, but then another thing to love the life you’re living. Heather Reid truly embraces this in her life and feels that this starts with fueling your body properly. Heather, BSc, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian with Revive Wellness Inc, a team of leading-edge, private practice registered dietitians. She obtained her degree in nutrition with a minor in kinesiology from the University of Alberta and has practiced in many different areas with many passions in the field. These have driven her to further her education and become a certified diabetes educator and a certified MONASH FODMAP IBS dietitian and complete a variety of other courses. She has been practicing as a dietitian for over a decade and feels that nutrition and trying to achieve balance in life is a lifelong mission. She is excited to share her knowledge and expertise. Heather was born and raised on a grain and cattle ranch in the country. She fell in love with nature and loved helping any way she could with the family ranch. Fast forward over a decade and a half later, and Heather, along with her husband and their children, are now living out their dream by living back on the family ranch and taking care of a variety of animals, including goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, bees, a rabbit — and the list continues. You’ll find Heather balancing her time between her family, her farm and her profession, all of which she is passionate about.