Cooking Healthy with #PCStarsCA #GuidingStarsCA

Using the PC #GuidingStarsCA program is really helping me make healthier choices for my family. I love trying new foods, and making them taste good and healthy is my ultimate goal.

I’m learning how to be more aware when I shop, looking for the stars to guide me. I’m still not perfect Full disclosure, I dropped from four stars to three last week because we were buying food for a family reunion, and well, we just couldn’t resist some of the treats and pre-packaged foods that are convenient, but not particularly healthy!

But, the reunion is over, and I’m getting back on track.

As a PCPlus member, I have access to the amazing #GuidingStarsCA website. They have a food finder that lets you search out nutritional information on thousands of food items.


As you can see, red lentils are a power food – with over 12 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, they are a great choice.

lentil nutrition

Red lentils are amazingly versatile and I always keep them on hand.  They are also really a great budget worthy protein option for your family.

red lentils

This is a delicious recipe for Red Lentil Pate, adapted from the Natural Gourmet by Annemarie Colbin. This is a pantry staples recipe, with basic ingredients so you can make this anytime.


It works well warmed and sliced as a main protein, as a spread on crackers or tucked into a pita or wrap. And it freezes well.

  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • 3 1/3 cups of water or soup stock
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 cup of chopped herbs, I used parsley and fresh oregano, but you can use basil, tarragon, thyme, celery greens, anything that you have on hand that is fresh.
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare

  • Rinse lentils and cook in liquid until mushy, add more water if the lentils get too thick – about 20 minutes.
  • Sauté the onions in olive oil over medium heat, and then add garlic and dried spices
  • Combine cooked lentils, cooked onion mixture, fresh herbs and ¼ cup of breadcrumbs
  • Spray a square or loaf pan and sprinkle ¼ cup of breadcrumbs.
  • Pour lentil mixture in and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.


Here is one of my favourite ways to eat this, with cooked barley, and chopped veggies. Really great and very healthy!



I am really learning a lot about how to stay on track with great food choices with the #GuidingStarsCA program. I recommend it to all my friends, as a great way to make shopping fun again!


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