Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Restless Retiree, Retirement lifestyle

The Stock Market: A Granville Island Favourite

I’ve been buying soup at the The Stock Market for years. Although the original owners sold their business several years ago, the new owners kept many of the original recipes including their popular chicken noodle soup. Starting at 11 am there are three daily soup selections giving you a healthy option for a quick lunch at the market.  You can make your choice and then find a spot to sit inside, or outside, the market to enjoy your soup which includes a tasty piece of fresh bread. However, I prefer to buy the take-away soup bags, especially the frozen options. For six dollars I can buy a frozen bag to take home, defrost and enjoy that day, or I’ll pop it in the freezer for what I like to call “emergency food”. Here’s the selection of frozen soups from last week. I bought a mushroom and a lentil, both were delicious and at three to four servings in each bag it’s a very good value indeed!

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Check out this giant-sized soup pot and stirring spoons! You can watch the staff chopping up mountains of fresh vegetables. There can be line-ups but the service is efficient and friendly.

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Make your selection whether it’s a ready-to-eat soup for lunch or buy your bag to take home!

Eating soup has been shown to help keep you feeling satisfied and full so you can avoid over-eating. There’s lots of research (some of it funded by Campbell Soup) to show the health benefits of eating soup. Of course, exercise is the other important part of staying healthy. I’m lucky I can easily walk, or bike, to most activities in my South Granville neighbourhood so that helps me to stay healthy!

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If you want to avoid the summertime crowds head to the Stock Market at 8am for a helping of their oatmeal porridge. That way you can begin your day with a wholesome breakfast and you’ll be ready to start your shopping at 9am when the food stalls open. Before you know it you’ll be finished shopping and you’ll be on your way before the hoards descend!

The porridge is $5 for the small size and $6 for the large.

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I prefer the small size with cream, topped with apricot & peach compote.

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Yum! Although I must say, my made-at-home porridge is better!

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Dancing, Food, Restless Retiree, Retirement lifestyle, Tennis

This Week’s Hit: Savoury Polenta Pie and an Old Favourite

I’ve made this savoury polenta pie, adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook, several times but this version was the best so far! The crust was thick and rich (the addition of Parmesan) and the novelty of whipped baked squash filling took this savoury pie to the next level! I topped it off with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, yum!

I use a 10-inch Emile Henry pie dish to achieve the chewy, thick crust. The pie dish has built-in fluting so even an amateur like me can impress my family and friends with my pie’s presentation! You can find the original recipe here:  Mollie Katzen’s Polenta Pie

Earlier this week I satisfied my love of sweets with this Applesauce Bran Loaf adapted from my brother-in-law who says it’s adapted from a weight-watchers recipe! I prefer to make my own baked goods to control the amount and type of sweeteners and fats included. Here’s the recipe:

Applesauce Bran Loaf:  Grease a standard loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine and beat thoroughly: 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/2 cup applesauce (or mashed banana or combination), 1/2 cup molasses

Add and mix until smooth: 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup wheat bran, 2 cups oatmeal

Press into baking pan pushing dough into corners and leaving a depression in the middle (this will rise during baking). Bake about 70 minutes until done (check that a knife comes out clean).

Every time I make this loaf it’s a bit different, depending on what’s in the cupboard! This version included walnuts and dried apricots. I ran out of wheat bran so I included a cup of toasted wheat germ. Instead of using the two cups called for in the recipe, I prefer only using one cup, this results in a moister loaf. I like a thick slice toasted with a dab of butter!

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Of course, all that eating has to include some exercise! Here I am dancing at the Kitsilano Showboat on Canada weekend and working on some tennis drills at our local courts, whew time for a snack!

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How about you, what are you doing this summer to stay fit and fed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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