It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly approaching and breakfast programs will soon be winding down! In preparation for this hiatus, consider the following tips to use up any ingredients you have left or to store food properly over the summer months.


5 Tips to Use What You Have Left Before Summer

  • Plan — Find recipes that use the ingredients you have on hand. For example, you can make pancakes with leftover applesauce and oats. If you have extra eggs, why not whip up some breakfast sandwiches!
  • Adapt — Swap the fruits or veggies called for in a recipe with what you have. You can do this with other ingredients as well, such as different types of flour or oil.
  • Make smoothies, sauces and compotes — They are the perfect way to use leftover fruit! Freeze any fruit that hasn’t been eaten at the end of each breakfast. When you have enough set aside, throw it into a smoothie, sauce or compote.
  • Hold a theme day or celebration breakfast — It will help you use up ingredients in new recipe and menu ideas!
  • Cook big batches and freeze them — In order to buy less food as summer approaches, cook big batches and freeze them. You’ll see your inventory of fresh ingredients get smaller and smaller as you do.


Don’t forget to use your egg coupons before summer, too!


If you’re not able to use everything before school ends, think about ways to store food properly:

  • Milk and yogurt can be frozen. This may affect their texture, but they are still safe to consume and can be used in smoothies and baking.
  • Cheese can be frozen, either whole or grated. Ensure that it is well wrapped or sealed to maintain quality.
  • Vegetables can be blanched and frozen. Place in boiling water for 1 to 3 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice cold water. Open freeze as explained below.

Open freezing allows you to store fruits and veggies without them clumping together. This also allows you to use only the amounts you need without having to defrost a whole batch. Open freeze fruit and blanched veggies by spacing them out on a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer until solid, then transfer to freezer-safe bags or containers. Don’t forget to label them clearly, complete with the date!

No Bake Breakfast Cookies recipes

These no-bake cookies can be customized to include any extra toppings of your choice!


Serves: 16 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 15 mins + 1hr chilling time


  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups oats


  • Chopped almonds
  • Raisins
  • Pumpkin seeds


  1. Place the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Stir the mixture until well combined, then add in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir well and ensure everything is well incorporated.
  4. Roll the mixture into 16 balls and place the balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Press the balls flat slightly and place them in the fridge for at least an hour.

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Fruits and veggies

Looking to avoid food waste in your breakfast program? Want to ensure that your fruits and veggies stay fresher and tastier for longer? Here are eight great ideas on how to make the most of your produce!


  1. Remove any elastic bands from your vegetables after buying them. They can damage and break vegetables, especially leafy ones.
  2. Remove leaves from your root vegetables (radishes, carrots, parsnips, beets, etc.). Leaves tend to absorb all the water and decrease the shelf life of root vegetables.
  3. Punch holes in the plastic wrap of vegetables that come in trays to let them breathe. You may have noticed that the plastic wrap on mushrooms, for example, is already perforated. This helps prevent them from becoming slimy.
  4. Put your bananas in the fridge before they are too ripe. Their peels may turn black, but the fruit inside will stop ripening. You can make delicious banana slices now or store them in the freezer for subsequent use.
  5. Freeze your leftover fruit and use it later. Any fruit can be frozen. Tip: Spread the fruit or fruit pieces out on a large baking sheet and put in the freezer for an hour. Then transfer to an airtight container to store. This way, the individual pieces will freeze separately, so if you need a certain quantity, you won’t have to defrost the whole batch. Frozen fruit can be added to yogurt, porridge, muffins, smoothies — anything!
  6. Add lime or lemon juice to your fruit salad to keep it fresh. This will stop the fruit from browning and keep your salad appetizing.
  7. Put a paper towel at the bottom of berry containers to absorb moisture. This will increase the shelf life of your berries and prevent the formation of mould.
  8. Freeze any “ugly” fruit and make compote out of it when you have enough. This works with apples, pears, peaches, berries or an assorted mix! Check out our cookbook for a simple berry compote recipe that can easily be adapted to any fruit you have on hand.
breakfast pizza nutrimini

For Nutrition Month, Breakfast Club of Canada has teamed up with child nutritionist Mélanie Magnan (nutrimini.com) to bring you a simple, irresistible breakfast recipe that kids and parents alike are bound to love. One of Mélanie’s mantras is “Healthy eating should be fun.” Mission accomplished!


Breakfast pizza ingrediants

Photo credit: Nutrimini


Ingredients (for 1 pizza)
  • 1 mini watermelon disc, about 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, sliced approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
  • ½ c. (125 mL) vanilla-flavoured Greek yogurt
  • ½ kiwi, sliced
  • 1 or 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 12 a dozen fresh blueberries
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) mixed granola
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15 mL–30 mL) desiccated coconut


  • Spread half of the yogurt on top of the disc.
  • Top with kiwi, strawberries and blueberries.
  • Sprinkle granola and coconut over top.
  • Serve with the remaining yogurt on the side.


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Recette lait de poule vegan
Recipe by Anick Lamothe – Une mère poule un peu dingue


The same rich, creamy taste of the traditional holiday beverage and easy to make at home!


Yield: 5 cups (1.25 L)| Preparation time: 15 minutes | Chilling time: 24 hours or longer


  • 1 c. (250 mL) raw cashews
  • 4 c. (1 L) water
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) milled white chia seeds
  • 4 pitted Medjool dates
  • Maple syrup or honey* to taste
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) ground turmeric, or to taste

*Stick with maple for a truly vegan treat!


  1. The night before, place the cashews and water in a bowl and soak in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Discard the water the next day. Place the softened cashews in a blender with fresh water and the flaxseed, chia seeds, dates, syrup or honey, and spices. Blend for several minutes or until silky smooth. For a brighter colour, add more turmeric.

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Recette parmentier à la dinde

Recipe by Anick Lamothe – Une mère poule un peu dingue


This dish is a snap to put together ahead of time. Just reheat and enjoy! You can prepare the whole thing from scratch or, better yet, use leftover holiday turkey for a tastebud-tantalizing way to avoid unnecessary food waste.


Yield: 4 servings | Preparation time: 40 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes




Puréed squash
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) milk


  • About 1¼ lb (600 g) skinless, boneless turkey breast
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • A few bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 2 8 oz (227 g) packs of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) cloves
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 mL) allspice
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups (500ml) turkey, chicken or mushroom stock  
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Slice the squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Lay the halves on the sheet pan, cut side down. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven, flip the halves over and let cool slightly. Lower the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. While the squash is cooking, place the turkey breast in a saucepan and cover completely with water. Add the chopped carrot, celery and onion, along with the bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a summer and cook, covered, for 1 hour. Remove the turkey from the broth, let cool 10 minutes and then pull apart using two forks. Strain the broth and discard the vegetables. Set the chicken and broth aside.
  3. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the mushrooms and diced carrot and celery, stirring regularly, until the moisture has evaporated, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cloves, allspice and the flour and mix well. Add the stock, vinegar, salt and pepper, and stir until it thickens. Add the pulled turkey. Divide the turkey mixture into four single-serve ovenproof dishes.
  5. Scoop out the squash into a bowl. Add the butter and milk. Mash together using a potato masher and, when smooth, spoon out on top of the four prepared dishes, spreading uniformly over the turkey mixture.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and serve.


*Note: Don’t throw out the rest of the turkey broth. Use it to make a chill-chasing soup!

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Recipe by Anick Lamothe – Une mère poule un peu dingue

It may be better to give than to receive — but not necessarily when it comes to this hearty and filling soup.


Yield: 6 to 8 jars | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour


  • ½ c. (125 mL) brown lentils
  • ½ c. (125 mL) dried mixed vegetable flakes
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) rice
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) pearl barley
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) spelt
  • ½ c. (125 mL) sundried tomatoes, cut in thin strips*
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) mixed Italian herbs

*Do not use oil-packed tomatoes for this recipe!


For cooking
  • 10 c. (2.5 L) water
  • 1 28 oz (796 mL) diced Italian tomatoes


  1. Spread the lentils out evenly at the bottom of a mason jar, then continue layering with the vegetable flakes, rice, barley, spelt, dried tomatoes, bouillon powder, nutritional yeast and Italian herbs for a striped effect. Seal the jar and keep upright.
  2. To make the soup, pour the contents of the jar into a stock pot. Add the water and diced tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.

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This recipe has been adapted from OnceUponAChef.com


The festive season is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate than with lots of yummy food! Strata casseroles are perfect for this time of year since they can be made in big batches the day before and customized to what you have on hand. This comforting recipe is also the perfect way to use up any leftovers you may have (bread, fruits, veggies, milk, cheese) before schools close for the holidays!


Servings: 8 to 10

  • 1 lb (454 g) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 c. (2 L) whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes (about 11 slices)
  • 2 (500 mL) grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, feta — whatever cheese you’d like!)
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2¾ c. (680 mL) milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) salt
  • ¾ tsp. (3.75 mL) black pepper
  • ¼ (1.25 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) Dijon mustard(optional)
  1. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and drained spinach, and cook 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  2. Grease a 9′ x 13′ (23 cm x 33 cm) baking dish. Spread a third of the bread cubes in the dish and top evenly with a third of the onion-spinach mixture. Sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Repeat layering twice, ending with cheese.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and Dijon (if using) and whisk until well combined. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the strata. Cover the strata with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Bake the strata, uncovered, until puffed, set and golden brown all over top, 70–75 minutes. Let stand 10–15 minutes before serving.


Try customizing this recipe by substituting different vegetables for the spinach (roasted squash cubes, steamed broccoli, chopped peppers). You can also try experimenting with a sweet variation by skipping the onion, garlic, cheese and mustard and adding in:

  • 3 sliced bananas, ½ c. pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, ⅓ sugar


  • 3 sliced apples, ½ c. raisins, ⅓ c. brown sugar

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Game-Changer Egg Muffins Recipe


A sneak peek at some of the healthy, varied recipes prepared by more than 3,500 breakfast programs across the country, all of which meet the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide.


Gray & Son joining forces with BCC to fight food insecurity in children


Breakfast Club of Canada is excited to welcome a new partner! L.H. Gray & Son Ltd. has decided to align with a national cause that is directly linked to their mission of good nutrition is available to every Canadian. This partnership will help ensure a growing number of students receive a healthy meal before each school day.


A $150 000 contribution has been made to the Club through their 3 main business units – L. H. Gray & Son, EggSolutions and EggSolutions-Vanderpol’s Eggs – which will support increased demand for breakfast programs across Canada. As a result of COVID-19, Breakfast Club of Canada has seen increased attendance at breakfast programs of at least 30 percent.  “Funds from L.H. Gray & Son Ltd will help us ensure that children do not start their school day hungry. This partnership will be incredibly impactful in helping Breakfast Club of Canada address the issue of food insecurity here in Canada.” explains Stephanie Ashton-Smith, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Breakfast Club of Canada.


A great mission alignment

Created as Gray Ridge Egg Farms in 1934 in Ridgetown, Ontario, the local Ontario egg grader has evolved into L.H. Gray & Son, a major player in Canada’s egg industry, known for focusing on eco-sustainability and community engagement.  In Ontario, their eggs are sold under the Gray Ridge and Conestoga Farms brands.  Over the last 25 years, L.H. Gray & Son (LHG) has taken their commitment to local beyond Ontario, working with local egg farmers in B.C and Alberta to bring local eggs to Western Canada under the Golden Valley, Rabbit River and Sparks Eggs brands.  LHG has also moved beyond grocery stores into foodservice and food ingredient markets across Canada and around the world. “Eggs are natural and nutritious, and one of the most versatile foods available,” says Mike Walsh, President at LHG. “Children are literally our future and too many Canadian children aren’t getting the complete nutrition they need. No child should be disadvantaged in a country as advantaged as ours.


Like LHG, BCC operates locally, in neighbourhoods across Canada, connecting people around a common cause. Said Ashton-Smith “There is great mission alignment between BCC and L.H. Gray & Son, since eggs are known to be an excellent source of protein and a great way to start one’s day!” The funds provided will be instrumental in helping the Club reach the increased number of Canadian children facing food insecurity.


To celebrate this new partnership, L.H. Gray & Son Ltd. offered to share their recipe of the Game-Changer Egg Muffins, perfect to fill up children lunch boxes before they start their day!!


Game-Changer Egg Muffins

Ingredients for 12 muffins
  • 1 cup (250 ml) broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup (250 ml) red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) yellow pepper, diced
  • ½ cup (125 ml) sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 9 Farms Free Run Omega-3 Eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup (125 ml) cheese of your choice, grated
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) whole milk
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (grease if using foil).
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, red pepper, yellow pepper, onion, minced garlic, and olive oil.
  3. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of the broccoli are browned.
  4. Line 12 muffin cups with silicone or parchment muffin liners.
  5. When the veggies are done, remove from oven but keep oven on. Divide vegetable mixture between the 12 muffin cups.
  6. Whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the veggies and bake for 15-20 minutes until the eggs are set.


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Smoothie vert et smoothie orange

A sneak peek at some of the healthy, varied recipes prepared by more than 3,500 breakfast programs across the country, all of which meet the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide.


With the end of the school year just around the corner, why not kick off the summer with a refreshing smoothie jam-packed with fruits and vegetables!


Smoothies are a breeze to make, and you can mix and match the ingredients to your liking. Plus, they’re an excellent way to avoid wasting food when you have extra fruits and veggies to use up!

Here are two delicious and nutritious smoothie ideas that we have selected just for you. You’ll see: they are absolutely heavenly!



Green Goodness Smoothie

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oranges
  • 1 banana, on the ripe side
  • ½ cups (125 ml) milk or fortified soy beverage
  • ½ cups (125 ml) plan Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (500 ml) packed spinach
  • ½ cups (125 ml) ice (if desired)


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute or until all the ingredients are combined and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Can also be placed in an air-tight container and stored in the fridge for up to 3 hours.



Sunshine Smoothie

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup pineapple, frozen
  • ¼ cup mango, frozen
  • ¼ cup cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup ice


  1. In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend for 1 to 2 minutes until completely smooth and creamy.
  2. For a regular smoothie, pour into a cup and serve. For a fun option, pour the smoothie into popsicle moulds and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.


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