The Secret Ingredient to Eating Well: #CookWithUs

At the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence, we encourage families to learn to cook – after all, cooking meals from scratch is key to eating well. We took our inspiration from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s Six by Sixteen program which aims to get kids confidently cooking six basic meals by the time they’re sixteen years old and we partnered with Canadian Living to support this family cooking movement.


The result of this effort? Two amazing family cooking events, nine fabulous Canadian Living recipes and seven easy cooking techniques designed to get families into the kitchen to cook together. Check out the recipes and take one for a test-drive with your kids in the kitchen – be sure to comment back on the results in our Comment Box:

  • Get the amazing Canadian Living recipes + cooking techniques from the family cooking events including Lazy Cheeseburger Sliders, Carrot Slaw, Mozzarella-stuffed Mini Meat Loaves, Beef & Mushroom Stew, Steak and Broccoli Stir-fry, Stroganoff Soup, Classic Roast Beef with Gravy, Slow Cooker Pulled Beef and Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler.
  • Check out #CLCookTogether on-line to see all the action from the Canadian Living cooking event. Click to see our blog post on the Canadian Living July event.
  • Read “The Family Recipe” article in the October issue of Canadian Living
  • Look up #CookWithUs on-line to see the Cook Dinner Together family cooking event at the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence (CBCE). Six families from our Calgary-based Make it Beef Club membership came into our kitchen, joined by Canadian Living’s own Sandra Martin (via Skype). Facebook Live broadcast of the event here. ;
  • Read the story of the #CookWithUs event as told by 11-year old Make it Beef member Julianna Aiello and her mom Krista. Here’s her story:


My name is Julianna Aiello. I am an 11-year old chef, author and future professional basketball player who lives in Alberta. I want to share my fun experience from the Cook Dinner Together event that my Mom and I were a part off at the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence.

As we entered the building, I was so excited. Because there were six families to make six different recipes, we picked a coloured bandana for our team which led us to the recipe we were going to make. My mom and I got to make Cheeseburger Sliders. They were fun, easy to make and delicious! We fried up some garlic and rosemary in olive oil and added the beef. During this time, we were interviewed and video-taped. I felt like I was on Chopped Canada!


Once the beef was no longer pink, we took a thermometer and checked to see if the beef was fully cooked on the inside. The tip we learned was that once the thermometer was at 71C that meant the beef was cooked on the inside. Seventy-one and it’s done! All the recipes made were really easy to make and so scrumptious!

My favourite part was eating the food! There were so many great tips to learn and to remember. I even made Cheeseburger Sliders for my family the next day… they loved them as well!  I would encourage you to try all the recipes and see all the great things you can make with Canadian Beef!!”

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