Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family Favourite Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Get your comfort food craving filled with this all-time family favourite meal. Get ready for your kitchen to be filled with the rich, mouthwatering aroma of simmering tomato sauce!

Prep Time: 20 minutes| Cook Time: 40 minutes | Makes 6 servings
1 pkg (450 g) lean ground turkey
45 mL (3 tbsp) seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
90 mL (6 tbsp) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
30 mL (2 tbsp) chopped fresh parsley
1 mL (1/4 tsp) fresh ground pepper
1 can (796 mL/28 oz) no salt added tomatoes, pureed
1 carrot, grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 sprigs of fresh basil
1 mL (1/4 tsp) hot pepper flakes
1 pkg (375 g) whole wheat spaghetti

1. In a large bowl, combine turkey, breadcrumbs, 45 mL (3 tbsp) of the cheese, parsley and pepper. Using 15 mL (1 tbsp) measuring spoon, roll turkey mixture into meatballs and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture. Makes 24 meatballs. Bake in preheated 180°C (350 °F) oven for 10 minutes*. Remove from oven.
2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring pureed tomatoes, carrot, onion, garlic, basil and hot pepper flakes to a simmer. Add meatballs; cover saucepan slightly and simmer for about 30 minutes or until thickened.
3. In a pot of boiling water, cook spaghetti for about 10 minutes or until tender but firm Drain well and return to pot. Toss with sauce and meatballs until well coated. Sprinkle with remaining cheese to serve.
*Use a digital food thermometer to check that meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F).
  • To purée tomatoes, place in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you do not have a blender you can substitute 800 mL (3 1/4 cups) strained tomatoes (passata).
  • Ask older kids to help make the meatballs. Be sure they wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
  • Time saver: Whip up a double batch and freeze extra for another day.
  • Switch up the grated carrots with shredded zucchini for a change.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Part 3: Easter Activities from Surrey to Abbotsford

Easter can be a hoppin' good time for the family with all these egg-cellent activities around the Lower Mainland, listed by municipality. Your local community centre may also offer Easter-themed fun - check with yours. Happy Easter everyone.


Eco Easter Egg Hunt
April 19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Search for Easter eggs in the forest!  Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy egg-themed crafts, fun activities, tasty food and family entertainment. Children’s Easter egg hunts take place throughout the event and every child receives a prize.  Register now to avoid the line or buy your wristband at the Surrey Nature Centre on the day of the event. Cost: $8 per child.
Location: Surrey Nature Centre, 14255 - 96 Avenue, Surrey BC

Info: 604-502-6065 or http://surrey.ca/12539.aspx

Easter Fair 2014
April 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join in Easter fun for the whole family at the Surrey Museum with crafts, games and an Easter Egg scavenger hunt. Learn about the real Easter Bunny and friends as you discover local wildlife and meet rescue animals, from rabbits to reptiles and an assortment of dogs and parrots. For all ages. Cost: by donation.
Location: Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue, Surrey BC

Pictures with the Easter Bunny
April 11 – April 20
Visit the Easter Bunny in his spring garden between Winners and Future Shop at Central City. Have your picture taken with him starting at $14.95. Picture times are: Noon to 6pm.
Location: Central City, King George Boulevard & 102 Ave, Surrey BC


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
April 19, 9:00am – 11:00am
Join us for an egg-citing morning filled with Easter themed activities including a pancake breakfast, crafts and an Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Cost: $7 per child. Location: South Delta Recreation Centre, 1720 56th Street, Delta BC

Info: 604-952-3000


Fort Langley Easter Scavenger Hunt
April 20, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Scavenger hunt (10am – 5pm), Easter egg hunt (11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm)
Calling all little bunnies! The all ages scavenger hunt includes fun activities that will take you exploring around the fort and earning chocolate as you go. The egg scramble will last until all the eggs have been found. Regular admission applies; free for annual pass holders.
Location: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley BC


Easter Bunny Photos
April 4 - 19, Various Times 
Hop on down to Willowbrook to have your child’s photo taken with our Easter Bunny. Every child that visits the Easter Bunny will receive a free eco-friendly gift (while quantities last). Photos taken at Centre Court near Purdy's Chocolate during the following hours: Friday to Tuesday 11:00am – 6:00pm; Wednesday & Thursday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Partial proceeds from the photos will benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Location: Willowbrook Mall, Centre,19705 Fraser Highway, Langley BC
Info: 604-530-4492 or http://shopwillowbrook.com/events/

Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fun for the whole family- participate in an egg hunt in the vineyard and splurge on Easter goodies in support of the Small Animal Rescue Society (formerly BC Rabbit Rescue). Take in live music and enjoy a glass or two of wine with your barbecue lunch at our outdoor wine bar while the kids frolic for the afternoon. Cost: $3 by donation.
Location: Township 7, 21152 16th Avenue, Langley BC

Easter Scavenger Hunt 
April 20, 10:00am – 4500pm
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Fort, where every child, ages 16 and under, will receive a treat after completion of their Scavenger Hunt adventure. The Scavenger Hunt will take place around the grounds within the fort walls and will be available all day from 10am - 5pm.  For younger children, ages 5 and under, a special Easter Egg Hunt will take place promptly at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00pm sharp - be sure to arrive early to the Visitor Centre to ensure you do not miss the start of the Scramble. Parka - our Parks Canada mascot, fluffy bunnies and baby chicks plan to make an appearance!
Location: Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave  Langley, BC


Easter Egg Hunt 
April 19 - 20, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Join us for our 2nd Annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Maan Farms. Join for Easter Egg Hunt, prizes, Easter Bunny Meet and Greet, petting zoo and play area. Admission $5.00, Bring own Easter basket. 
Location: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford, BC

Part 2: Easter Activities from Burnaby to New West

Easter can be a hoppin' good time for the family with all these egg-cellent activities around the Lower Mainland, listed by municipality. Your local community centre may also offer Easter-themed fun - check with yours. Happy Easter everyone.


Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Easter Bunny is stashing treats at the pool. Seven-year-olds and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Bring your bathing suit. Loonie swim rates apply.
Location: CG Brown Pool Memorial Pool, 3702 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby BC
Info: 604-297-4520

Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Easter Bunny is stashing treats at the pool. Seven-year-olds and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Bring your bathing suit. Loonie swim rates apply.
Location: CG Brown Pool Memorial Pool, 3702 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby BC
Info: 604-297-4520

55+ Grandparents and Tot Easter Egg Hunt Eggcitement
April 19, 10:00am – 11:00am
Come join in on the Easter festivities. Decorate an Easter basket that you can use to collect eggs during our mini egg hunt! Children must be accompanied by a grandparent. Cost: $6.94 per child. No drop-ins.
Location: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby BC


Easter Extravaganza
April 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join in on the Easter egg hunt (kids look for marbles and exchange them for chocolate eggs). There will also be magic, music, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, a Easter basket craft and a duck pond prize game. Rain or shine. Cost: $5 per person, cash only.
Location: Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody BC


Easter Photo
April 12 - 19, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit and Photos with the Easter Bunny 
Location: Haney Place Mall, 35 - 11900 Haney Place

Easter in Queen's Park
April 20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
This family event is filled with activities for children between three and 10 years of age. Event highlights include: entertainment, crafts & face painting, photos with the Easter bunnies, the petting farm and loads of fun activities for youngsters to enjoy. Concession services will be available. Admission is free.
Location: Queen's Park, 600 Eighth Street, New Westminster BC
Info: 604-777-5121 or http://www.newwestcity.ca

Part 1: Easter Activities Vancouver to Richmond

Easter can be a hoppin' good time for the family with all these egg-cellent activities around the Lower Mainland, listed by municipality. Your local community centre may also offer Easter-themed fun - check with yours. Happy Easter everyone.


Easter Eggstravaganza
April 19, 11:00am – 1:00pm
For children ages 3 to 8 years. Please come join us for our Fun Fabulous and Outrageous Easter Celebration! Easter Eggstravaganza...featuring The Purple Pirate! Cost: $6.00 per child.
Location: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St. Vancouver BC

Easter Egg Hunt
April 19, 9:30am – 10:45am (Ages 1-3), 11:15am – 12:30pm (Ages 1-6), 1:00pm – 2:15pm (Ages 4-9)
Hippity Hoppity down to the Roundhouse for an Easter Egg Hunt. The event will include an egg hunt with arts and crafts activities, a candy bag to take home and a visit from the Easter Bunny. No need to bring a basket, this will be part of our arts and crafts activities. Parent’s supervision is required for the 1-3yrs session. Pre-registration required, drop-ins permitted ONLY if space is available.
Cost: $5 per child.
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC

Stanley Park Easter Train
April 16 to April 21, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Hop on by for a fun-filled day including a ride on the miniature train, egg hunts, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The train runs rain or shine and is fully covered, protecting everyone onboard from spring showers. Be sure to bring your own Easter basket for the egg hunt!
Location: Stanley Park,

Hippity Hop Easter Event
April 17, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop, bouncy your way through the egg hunt maze, games and all the other fun and exciting stations. Cost: $3.00. Pre-registration is required
Location: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver BC

Easter Eggstravaganza
April 19, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
EGGstra fun is in store at our annual Easter event which includes a continental style brunch, games, crafts, family entertainment and an Easter Egg Hunt. Space is limited and registration must be done in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is suited for children 2-8 years. Cost: $5 per child.
Location: False Creek Community Centre, 1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver BC

Easter Eggstravanza and Breakfast
April 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
HOP on down to our annual Easter Event at Sunset. Activities will include a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting, cookie decorating and an Easter egg hunt. Breakfast will be served by our wonderful group of youth volunteers. Register now as this event is surely going to sell out. Cost: $7.
Location: Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Easter Hunt
April 19, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Join your neighbours and get to know your local merchants. Hunt for clues that will let you know more about Cambie Village, Vancouver, and your neighbourhood. Your completed Map of Clues will earn you an Easter treat. The event is suitable for youth and adults. Younger children will require help from older siblings and parents.
Location: Cambie Village, 3378 Cambie St., Vancouver BC

Easter Egg Hunt & Camp; Carnival
April 18, 9:30am – 10:30 am (Age 2-4), 10:45 am – 11:45 am (Age 5-7), 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Age 8-12)
This popular annual event brings families and the Easter Bunny together to have a FUN-tastic time! The event will feature a bouncy castle, Easter themed arts & crafts, face-painting, and so much more! The Easter Egg Hunt portion of the event will take place both indoors and outdoors (weather-permitting). All participants are guaranteed to take home a prize! Adult participation is required for 2-4 yrs session. Drop-ins not permitted.
Location: Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver BC
Info/Registration: http://vancouver.ca

Easter Fun
April 19, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Enter a colouring contest and make neat crafts to take home. Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny on Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 am – 4:00 pm. Photos are $5 each by Mandarin 1HR Photo.
Location: Kingsgate Mall, Kingsway & Broadway, Vancouver BC

Breakfast with Bunny
April 19, 9:30am – 11:30am
Join your neighbours and friends from the Kensington Community for Breakfast with Bunny. There will be a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Please register early for this event. Cost: KCCA Members - Family $10, Adult $5, Children (4-18) $2, Children 3 and under Free. Non-members: add $1.00 each.
Location: Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver BC

Easter Egg Hunt
April 20, 10:00am (Under 5yrs), 11:15am (5-7yrs), 12:00pm (8-12yrs)
Join for a FREE and “eggciting” Easter event at the River District! There will be chocolate egg hunts, a bag decorating station, face-painting and prize draws! Pre-registration is required to participate by April 15.
Location: River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver BC


Lonsdale Market Celebrates Easter
April 20, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Easter activities include face painting and balloon art for a nominal fee, an Easter-themed craft, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. The Bunny will be at the Market, and available for pictures, from 11am-12pm.
Location: 123 Carrie Cates Court,
North Vancouver BC

Easter Brunch
April 20, 10:00am – 2:00pm
This year's Easter festivities will feature delicious brunch classics for all ages and an exciting Easter Egg hunt led by the Easter Bunny himself. Cost: Adults $45, Child (5 - 12 years) $15, Tots (4 &under) Free when accompanied by an adult. Reservations limited.
Location: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver BC
Info/Reservations: 604-998-5045 or https://www.grousemountain.com/events/easter-brunch-2014

Maplewood Farm Easter Event
April 20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Join us for an exciting day of face painting, crafts, pony rides, and of course, an Easter Egg Hunt! Food and refreshments available for purchase. Enter our naming contest for our new Nigerian dwarf goat kids. Pony rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location: Maplewood Farm, 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver BC


Easter in Dundarave
April 19, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Come join the fun as over 18,000 Easter eggs will be handed out. Children will be provided with a ticket for the bunny draw, and the ever-popular plush bunny give-a-way will take place! Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. to noon. Plush bunny give-away is at 12:15pm on the beach.
Location: Dundarave Village, West Vancouver BC


Easter at the Cannery
April 18 – 20, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Have fun hunting for eggs while learning about fishing on the West Coast. Enjoy Easter themed arts, crafts and activities. Enter the annual prize draw for a chance to win a chocolate Easter bunny.
Location: Gulf of Georgia Cannery, 12138 Fourth Ave, Richmond BC