Canada 150: A Taste of the World!
The following blog post is written by the hardworking, adventurous (she travelled to China this summer) and professional Ryerson University nutrition student, Sarah Szostok. Thank you for you contribution, Sarah!
Defining a Canadian Diet
Grocery stores have expanded to accommodate more ethnically diverse flavours. Easier access and constant exposure in restaurants has allows ethnic cuisines such as Mexican and Chinese to become more popular in Canada. The accepted incorporation of worldly cuisines has allowed for other dishes to begin making appearances in the daily eating patterns of Canadians.
Food Trends in 2017
A North African hot chili pepper paste used for similar purposes as Sriracha (Waterloo Region Record, 2017).
Food variety is an important part of a healthy diet (Drescher, Thiele, & Mensink, 2007). Consuming a wide range of food helps to ensure that all macro and micro nutrient needs are met, allowing the body to function at an optimal level (Drescher, Thiele, & Mensink, 2007). Canada is a unique country because its multi cultural population provides consumers with many spice, restaurant and food options. With tastes inspired from around the world, adding variety into one’s diet is a worldly adventure for Canadian taste buds.
Recipe: Roasted Vegetables with Turmeric
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped sweet potatoes
1/3 cup chopped onions
¼ cup chopped mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp turmeric
Pinch of salt and pepper
- Chop all vegetables and place in a bowl or a plastic bag. Add the olive oil and spices and mix well.
- Spread vegetables onto baking sheet. Put the vegetables in the oven on 350 C for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
Michelle’s Note: For Canada’s 150th Birthday, I find it interesting how immigration has changed the landscape of Canadian cuisine – one that reflects the diversity that has shaped Canadian culture and identity. Of course, indigenous peoples of Canada are the original inhabitants of this land that we occupy. In Southern Ontario where I live, I pay tribute to Iroquois, Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishinabek peoples with whom this land belongs to.
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