With everyone spending more time at home, the pandemic has turned the family kitchen into a family restaurant, and parents are scrambling to get three tasty yet nutritious meals on the table three times a day, every day. If this sounds like you, check out these tips for food inspiration:

  • Start by exploring new pantry options, like coconut milk or bulgur wheat, to add a fun twist to classic recipes. You can also use a staple ingredient in a new way, like steak spice for a kebab rub or seasoning for meatballs and burgers.
  • Getting tired of cooking? Give yourself a welcome break and enjoy prepared meats, like ready-made veal meatballs or sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts. There’s no waste and are ready to use for easy meals and snacks the whole family can appreciate.
  • Keep meal planning simple with healthy pairings. Learn a few new sides with grains and veggies and combine them with nutrient-rich proteins. As a good source of iron, zinc, choline and B vitamins, red meat is a great option that supports physical and mental health.
  • You may not be able to go on vacation, but you can explore new cultures through cuisine. Try exciting international dishes, like Thai-style pork, an Egyptian rice and protein bowl and Argentinian chimichurri steak. Or, enjoy a taste of Italy with this delicious Sicilian veal chop recipe.

Palermo-Style (Sicilian) Veal Chops
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 4 rib or loin veal chops
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp + 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp minced capers
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  1. Arrange chops in large casserole dish or bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine olive oil and lemon juice and pour over chops; set aside.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, capers, parsley, garlic, cheese and oregano. Mix in ½ cup olive oil. Remove chops from marinade and coat with breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large non-stick skillet to medium high; brown chops on both sides, about 1 minute per side.
  4. Place chops on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Finish cooking chops in oven for 7 to 10 minutes, until instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into chops reads 160°F (71°C) for medium doneness.

Check out the Healthy Plates. Inspiring Meals. guide for more recipe inspiration, available at canadabeef.ca/mycanadianbeef.