Have you tried Lentil Loaf?

Lentil Loaf
Cook Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry green lentils (or canned lentils)
  • ½ chopped white onion
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic (or garlic powder)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (or ketchup if preferred)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup corn (canned or frozen)

Instructions

1.       Rinse off lentils and add them to a pot with 2 cups of water. Bring pot to a boil, then cover. Simmer for 35-40 minutes. Water should be all evaporated when done. Turn off heat, put the lid on, and let sit for 10 minutes.

2.       Cook onions and garlic in a small frying pan with ¼ cup water while lentils are cooking. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes or until water is completely evaporated.

3.       Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F, line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

4.       Mash half the lentils with a fork. Add them to a large bowl with onion, garlic, and ¾ cup BBQ sauce. Stir together then add eggs and flour. Stir until it becomes thick and sticky. Lastly, stir in the corn.

5.       Pour batter into loaf pan and spread the remaining BBQ sauce over the top evenly. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until firm. If it is mushy inside, it has not been cooked long enough.

6.       Let sit for 20 minutes to cool. Enjoy!

BLOG - Finning Feeds the Food Bank

Over the holidays, the people of Finning Canada collected food and cash in support of local food banks across Western Canada.

“Our people have always been involved in supporting the communities where we live and work and this food drive was just one more way to give back,” said Tony de Sousa, vice president, Saskatchewan, Finning Canada. “To support their efforts, Finning matched the donation of the facility that collected the most per capita, dollar for dollar and a dollar per pound.”

The winning facility was Saskatoon collecting a whopping 1,068 pounds of food (approximately 22.2 lb. per employee) for their local food bank. The branch took top prize and received a matching donation from Finning of $1,068 for the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.

In total, 15 facilities across our Western Canadian territory participated, with a grand total of 4,264 pounds of food and $2,368.45 collected.

Kudos to all the facilities who took part in the first annual Food Drive in support of your local food bank. Thank you for giving back and making a difference in your communities. 

 

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
Makes 12 | Prep Time: 10 Mins | Cook Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients Directions

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened
  • applesauce (or 1 egg and ¾ cup canola oil)
  • ¾ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Optional:

  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

    You Will Need: 1 medium bowl, 1 larger bowl, mixing spoon, muffin tray. Muffin papers optional.
  • Preheat oven to 375°C.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the quick oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  • In a larger bowl, combine the brown sugar, apple sauce. If you are using canola oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg, add them at this step. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, incorporating slowly.
  • Fold the ingredients together gently. Then, gently fold in the blueberries. Avoid over-stirring, as this makes the muffins chewy.
  • Use your fingers and some oil or margarine to grease the muffin tins, if not using papers.
  • Use a spoon to put some batter into each muffin tin or paper. Fill them about 2/3 – 3/4 full.
  • Bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes at 375°C.

Did you try enjoy this recipe? Let us know. 

10 Reasons to Work at the SFBLC

Are you considering applying for a position at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre? Our team loves working here! Here are the top 10 reasons why we think you will love it too (in no specific order):

1. Making a difference in the community.

2. Dog friendly.

3. Fun atmosphere!

4. Commitment to professional development.

5. Working in the bustling Riversdale neighborhood.

6. Active social committee.

7. Food puns for days!

8. Networking opportunities and community collaboration.

9. Casual dress code.

10. Amazing co-workers!

BLOG: Insects - Friend or Foe

Insects: Friend or Foe?

In preparation for the Garden Patch’s Insects Friend or Foe workshop, we delved into the insect world to bring you interesting information about the best and the worst inhabitants of our Saskatoon gardens. Insect management can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, but if you know that insects in your garden can be friends as well as foe, small farmers and home gardeners can have gardens that also teem with insect life, and indeed are healthier because of it.

One of the exciting things about growing food in a limited space (in our case 1.5 acres) is that we are able to take care of our garden in a way that would be almost impossible on a typical farm in Saskatchewan. For example, most gardeners have experienced picking the Colorado Potato Beetle off of their taters and killing them by hand or in soapy water. Doing the same thing in a 1,668-acre farm (Saskatchewan’s average in 2011) is hard to imagine.

One of the things we enjoy about the Garden Patch is how diverse our crops are, the way we rotate our crops, and our healthy mix of flowers and food. These things are perfect for attracting a wide range of insects. Gardeners who come to the Garden Patch might not see the secret world of insects at first, but it coexists with us under every leaf; in the mulch; and on our flowers.

This year our most destructive pest is the Sunflower Beetle, a new inhabitant of the garden that we have not figured out how to control, other than by picking off the larva regularly. But looking at them reveals a secret to insect management. Some of our sunflowers are separated by paths and large areas of garden plots from the others. These separations have allowed some of the sunflowers to escape the damage by the beetles! What we can take away from this is that by spacing out your plants and having a mix of different plants rather than blocks of one plant, you are able to reduce pest damage.

Another pest we’ve seen in the garden this year was the Western Forest Tent Caterpillar. These are the caterpillars we’ve been seeing each spring that swarm bushes and trees. These pesky caterpillars can be easily controlled by picking them off by hand, by spraying with a soapy mixture, and even better, by removing the eggs in autumn (which we’ll demonstrate at the workshop).

Amidst the pests are also some garden heroes, such as the ladybug, lacewings and dragonflies! These insects naturally keep the pest population low by eating them. At our workshop we’re going to look at all of these garden heroes and learn how to identify them in your own garden.