Best recipes for celebrating Canada Day

With Canada Day just around the corner, patriotic citizens have begun to plan how to celebrate the national holiday. There are many opportunities for seniors living in retirement communities to participate in Canada’s national celebration, most cities across the country hosting red and white themed events for locals.

Are you looking for an excuse to host an event alongside your friends at your senior community? Consider moving outdoors, where you can participate in games, activities and programs that take advantage of the ideal weather. Be sure to host your celebration later in the day so you can also enjoy the fireworks that will light up the night’s sky.

One of the best ways to prepare for your outdoor celebration is to cook national dishes that are guaranteed to give your friends a taste of home. When planning your menu for July 1st, try incorporating some of the following foods:

It’s not a party without poutine
?Canadians can’t deny the cultural significance of poutine, a staple dish perfect for people of all ages. While its core ingredients – fries, gravy and cheese – may not seem like the best foods for your health, there are a few ways to prepare this dish with a more health-conscious approach.

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh potatoes, sliced like French fries
  • 4 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded or cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 can mushroom broth
  • Salt and pepper

Directions
Begin by placing sliced potatoes on an oven dish, coating with a bit of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and let the fries simmer until golden brown – about 20 to 25 minutes. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and sautée the mushrooms and onions. Add 1 cup broth to the mixture and allow to simmer for about 7 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine remaining broth and flour, stirring until lumps are gone. Add the mixture to saucepan and stir until well combined.

When the fries are done, top with mozzarella cheese and return to oven until the cheese has melted. Pour gravy on top and serve warm.

The quintessential Canadian cake
To supplement your Canada Day celebration, consider baking a delicious, patriotic and healthy dessert to wow the crowd. If you’re looking for a tasty and fruity option, try this this cake from Kraft Canada.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 pkg. Jell-O strawberry jelly powder
  • 1 pkg. pound cake, sliced 12 ways
  • 2 cups low-fat whipped topping
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 small tube red icing

Directions
Start by covering the bottom of a cake dish with pound cake that has already been prepared. Next, combine Jell-O powder and boiling water in a bowl and stir until the powder has been well-combined. Stir in the ice cubes until they’ve melted, then add 1 cup of strawberries. Once the ingredients have been mixed, pour over the pound cake. Refrigerate the cake for about 15 minutes, or until it has congealed. Cover the surface with the whipped topping.

With the remaining strawberries, create the Canadian flag on the surface of the dessert. With a small tube of red icing, sketch an outline of the maple leaf on the center of the cake and section off two rectangles on the left and right sides of the dish. Using the remaining strawberries, arrange them to fill in these blanks – adding a dash of red icing to spots that are uncovered.