I’m so excited and honored to be collaborating with Maple Leaf Foods Canada and their remarkable #feeditforward campaign. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
There are many Canadian families who struggle with post holiday bills, combined with the rising cost of food. It’s tough to manage budgets at this time of the year and for many families, making ends meet becomes a true challenge. This is where Maple Leaf Foods steps in to alleviate some of the pressure these families are experiencing.
But wait. Not only is this a challenging time for individual families, it’s also a difficult time for not-for-profit organizations that rely on donations. With this in mind, Maple Leaf launched a Canada-wide “Feed it Forward Contest” to help Canadians “Feed it Forward” and give back to the volunteers that have made a deep impact on their lives. Great idea right?
This is where you and I step in. I need you to visit this link → FEED IT FORWARD and tell Maple Leaf Foods your heart-warming story of an organization or individual that has gone above-and-beyond to support their community or even themselves or their family.
Over here at Simply Beautiful Eating, the nomination goes to The Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold program, which is a non-profit charitable organization providing overnight shelter, meals and clothing to the homeless during the coldest months of the year. In addition to the 16 faith communities that “host” shelters, MIOTC works with an additional 57 interfaith groups in York Region that provide support including volunteers, funding, and in-kind donations. Their amazing volunteer base has grown to over 1400 people!
I was so honoured to have the opportunity to meet Executive Director, Rehana Sumar at a local shelter location to present her and her volunteers with a $100 gift certificate donated by Maple Leaf Foods Canada.
Did you know that hunger affects 1 in 6 Canadian children? Countless Canadians, such as the folks from the Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold program, continue to volunteer and work tirelessly to help people lead better, healthier lives with good food. We need to recognize the efforts of these volunteers and that’s why Maple Leaf Foods needs to know who these extraordinary people are.
Here are the facts:
1 in 8 families and 1 in 6 children face hunger on a regular basis in Canada. While I’m fortunate enough to have had the means to feed my family and continue blogging about my food adventures, it’s inconceivable that in a country as abundant as ours, there are still people who face a daily struggle with hunger. I’m asking you to #Feeditforward and to acknowledge and thank the individuals in our communities who have made a positive difference by nourishing others.
I wanted to create a signature recipe that is dedicated to the #feeditforward campaign. It’s simple, refreshing and hearty. I dressed up this chicken with a spicy honey glaze and added a fun, fruity salsa to top it all off. I also made a load of it so that I could have leftovers for lunch for the week. It’s even great served cold! Check out the recipe and don’t forget to visit that link above. These types of initiatives are a shining example of giving back to the community.
- 5 - 6 Maple Leaf Foods chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
- salt & pepper for seasoning
- Spicy Honey Sauce
- 1 medium onion, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 to 3 teaspoons* chili powder (*you choose the heat - 1 will make it slightly spicy and 3 will be hotter)
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 cup ketchup
- ⅓ cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey mustard
- Fruit Salsa
- 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 1 nectarine, chopped
- 1 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ teaspoon grated lime zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper - optional
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- Wash and dry chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Prepare the sauce in a large saucepan. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in the chili powder, cayenne and pepper; cook 1 minute longer.
- Stir in the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Cool for 15 minutes.
- Strain sauce through a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, discarding vegetables and seasonings. The sauce will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month and makes about 1-1/2 cups.
- Prepare the fruit salsa by combining strawberries, nectarines, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime zest & jalapenos. Toss in lime juice and sugar. Chill for a few minutes before serving.
- Heat a grill (indoor or outdoor). Place chicken on the hot grill and baste with sauce until nicely glazed and cooked through. Top with fruit salsa and serve hot.
*disclosure – This blog post was sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience. #feeditforward #ad