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Chicken is a go-to for weeknight meals, but f you're making the same meals over and over again it's bound to get boring. Instead, shake things up with these tasty recipes.
A hearty mushroom filling adds elegance to boneless skinless chicken breasts, giving you more bang for your grocery buck.
Get the recipe: Stuffed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Broccoli
Sub in different vegetables depending on what you have in your crisper.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Avocado Brown Rice Sushi Rolls
Cooking potatoes in the microwave is a real time-saver for busy weeknights.
Get the recipe: Honey-Mustard Chicken and Broccoli Skewers with Cheesy Potatoes
A little chicken (less than a pound) goes a long way in this rich creamy dish.
Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
This decidedly springtime pasta dish comes to life with lemon juice and zest.
Get the recipe: Lemony Penne with Chicken and Artichokes
The sweet, sticky, spicy glaze that coats these chicken bites has all the flavours associated with deep-fried chicken wings without any of the guilt.
Get the recipes : Spicy Honey-Garlic Boneless Wings
A hot, buttery sauce delivers all the sticky satisfaction of buffalo wings, but using whole chicken breasts means there's no need for wet wipes.
Get the recipe: Grilled Buffalo Chicken
A few dollops of light sour cream are all you need to add richness to this dish.
Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken and Green Bean Toss
If you're making this fresh and flavorful salad ahead of time, store it in a large shallow airtight container for easy tossing.
Get the recipe: Cold Chicken Noodle Salad
Need to eat fast? These tacos come together in no time and use ingredients you probably already have in your fridge.
Get the recipe: Weeknight Chili Chicken Tacos
This deliciously healthy stir-fry is packed with flavourful veggies.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Swiss Chard Stir-Fry
If you love schnitzel you're guaranteed to enjoy this variation.
Get the recipe: Crispy Herbed Chicken with Apple Slaw
These saucy knife-and-fork burritos are a family-friendly twist on the traditional Mexican-style wrap.
Get the recipe: Barbecue Chicken Burritos
Grilling broccoli may seem unorthodox, but it makes for a crispy texture that's simply addictive.
Get the recipe: Strawberry-Basil Chicken with Grilled Broccoli
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in the slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
These bites are amazing hot out of the oil but are equally great warm or cold.
Get the recipe: Fried Chicken Bites
On a cold, dreary day, there's no dish more soothing than a steaming bowl of chicken soup.
Get the recipe: Thick and Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
This fun twist on chicken tikka masala packs the richly spiced flavours of the popular Indian-style meal into a fresh and easy salad.
Get the recipe: Chicken Tikka Masalad
This aromatic Thai-inspired soup is the perfect comfort food to warm a cold winter evening.
Get the recipe: Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup
When time is of the essence, a filling dinner can be a real life-saver. We've jazzed this one up by cooking the chicken in a tasty mix of sweet honey and tangy balsamic vinegar.
Get the recipe: Honey Balsamic Chicken and Goat Cheese Salad
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If you're looking for a plant that requires minimal care then invest in a beautiful Bromeliad, advises Brian Minter of Minter Country Garden Ltd. "Bromeliads are the superstars in terms of low care, high performance," he says. "All you have to do is keep the soil reasonably moist and have a bit of warm water in the centre of the plant."
Do you accidentally kill plants? Then the Dracaena marginata is for you. Minter calls this plant "indestructible" and explains that it does well despite the cold weather. Just make sure your potted plant has access to indirect light—it needs a north or east exposure.
Add a little colour to your home with a Curious anthurium. This pretty flower comes in lush reds, burgundies, oranges and pinks. The newer varieties of anthuriums flower all year, says Minter, making this the perfect houseplant for every season. Anthuriums are very resilient. Minter says you can tell if a plant will do well indoors based on its leaves. A thick, dark green leaf means the plant is more resilient indoors, he explains.
No house is complete without a palm! Minter says there are a few palm varieties that are very durable. The best is the Kentia, which Minter says is "spider-might resilient." But he also loves the raphis and bamboo palm. "These palms are a little bit more money and they don't grow quickly, but the point is it's a lifetime plant," he says.
Oh orchids, so beautiful but so temperamental. Despite their reputation, Minter says orchids are a great winter houseplant. You just have to be willing to nurture them. "Misting the foliage with warm water and just keeping some level of moisture in amongst the roots is all you really have to do," he explains.
There are quite a few varieties of Philodendron that will add some much needed green to your home. But the monstera is the best, Minter says. "It really is so bulletproof." The monstera is easy to grow and can actually help remove common toxins from your home.
The Medinilla is a show-stopping flower. "If somebody is looking for that something extra that is really phenomenal, that's really it," Minter says. The Medinilla has pink flowers, perfect to brighten up a kitchen. This houseplant is a bit difficult to find, but it's worth it because it's so easy to take care of. All these beautiful flowers were provided by Humber Nurseries Limited. Check out these tips on how to keep your houseplant alive this winter.
Headaches are one of the most common health complaints for Canadian women. Here's the rundown on five types of headaches: what causes them, how to proven them and how to feel better faster.
Headache type: Tension
If you've ever experienced a headache—and who hasn't?—this is probably one you've had. "It's your regular garden-variety headache, with aching around your whole head and more steady pressure than migraines," says Dr. Michael Zitney, the director of the Headache & Pain Relief Centre in Toronto. You're not likely to have any nausea, and there won't be sensory sensitivity. "You can usually still watch TV or work at your computer, for example, through a tension headache," he explains.
Why they happen: Doctors used to think tension headaches were caused by too-tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, face and head, but experts now believe they might be due to inflammation of the lining and main nerve areas in the brain. "Some of the triggers can be similar to migraine triggers," says Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar, a neurologist in Calgary. These include stress, sleep and dietary factors.
Treatment options: Most tension headaches will go away on their own, but taking ibuprofen, acetaminophen or acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) can help. There are also preventive medications that can help reduce the frequency or severity of chronic tension headaches, ones that occur more than 15 days a month; your doctor might recommend a muscle relaxant or an antidepressant (amitriptyline and nortriptyline are a couple of the common forms), though the latter needs to be gradually increased and can take a few weeks to start working.
Headache type: Migraine
These headaches, which typically last four to 72 hours, are one of the most common in women—about one-quarter of us suffer from them, compared to about eight percent of men. The diagnostic criteria are very specific, says Dr. Sian Spacey, a neurologist, physician and director of The University of British Columbia's Headache Clinic in Vancouver. Patients must have two of the following characteristics: throbbing, moderate to severe pain, unilateral pain (on one side of your head) and pain that worsens with activity. They must also experience nausea and vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.
Why they happen: Frustratingly, it can be hard to pinpoint the cause, but it seems to be a mix of genetics and environmental factors. If you have a family history of migraines, you might be more prone to them. And there are common triggers, says Dr. Zitney. These include substances found in foods (MSG, nitrates and other preservatives, aspartame, alcohol and ca eine), lifestyle factors (skipping meals, dehydration and getting too much or too little sleep), weather changes, stress and fluctuating hormone levels thanks to our menstrual cycles.
Treatment options: Dr. Zitney recom-mends three stages of treatment. "The simplest and easiest thing to use is an anti-inflammatory," he says, adding that over-the-counter ibuprofen is a good option, as are prescription medications such as naproxen. If those don't o er relief, the second stage is triptans, migraine-specific medications that target pain at its source. "Migraine pain develops from a circuit of neuronal pathways and molecules in the brain,"says Dr. Amoozegar. "Once these path- ways were discovered, scientists began working on medications that specifically target them." There are seven triptans approved for use in Canada. They're available by prescription and come in oral, injectable and nasal-spray forms— but they're not an option if you have heart problems, as they can increase your risk of a serious cardiac event. You can also use a triptan and an anti-inflammatory in combination, as they approach pain in different ways. The last stage is a stronger painkiller, used sparingly—and only if you aren't at risk for addiction.
It's also worth asking your doctor about preventive meds, like antiseizure medication, beta-blockers and even Botox (which works by inhibiting the release of pain-related molecules). And if your menstrual cycle triggers migraines, you can also look into hormonal manipulation. "If it's safe for you to use the birth control pill or the hormonal IUD, you can fool your body into not having periods, which stops menstrual-related migraines," says Dr. Zitney.
Headache type: Medication-overuse
Formerly known as rebound headaches, these tend to occur in patients who have a high frequency of headaches and take a lot of painkillers, says Dr. Amoozegar. Folks who get migraines tend to be more prone to this type of headache, especially those who take medication for their migraines more often than they should.
Why they happen: It's the headache we cause ourselves due to regular, long-term use of painkillers, says Dr. Zitney. "If you take medications too often, they can turn around and bite you," he adds. "The head- aches start to come more often. Then, when the medication wears off, you have to take more, which brings on another headache. It's a pattern that's very hard to get out of once you're in it." As a general rule, it's OK to use medication (either over-the-counter or prescription) to treat headaches about 10 out of every 30 days. But if you find your-self using drugs more than 15 days out of the month for three consecutive months, see your doctor.
Treatment options: Education is key. "People need to know that their meds are the culprit," says Dr. Amoozegar. "Depending on what they're using, they need to gradually stop taking painkillers and start taking preventive medication." Beta-blockers and antiseizure medication aren't painkillers, but they can help reduce the frequency of migraines.
Headache type: Cluster
This is a rare, distinct type of headache. Cluster headaches are often seasonal or occur during the same time every year (or every couple of years). "These are shorter headaches that last from 15 minutes to three hours. They're unilateral and accompanied by symptoms like tearing, a droopy eyelid, a change in pupil size and nasal congestion on the side of the face where the pain is," says Dr. Spacey. This is the most severe type of headache you can get, and it's been dubbed the "suicide headache" because of the sufferers who have either committed suicide or thought about it during a cluster attack. Though they're more common in men than women, a 2012 study in the Journal of Neurological Sciences found that when women do get cluster headaches, they tend to have more daytime attacks and worse pain during nighttime attacks.
Why they happen: Causes haven't been pinpointed, but there's evidence that suggests abnormalities in the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that regulates sleep- wake cycles) could be part of the problem. Cluster headaches usually occur in the spring or fall, and triggers vary widely. Alcohol can worsen an attack.
Treatment options: Over-the-counter drugs won't make a dent in treating a cluster headache, nor will triptans (the attack is usually over before they kick in). For the drugs that do offer relief, opt for injections or nasal sprays, which are often faster acting. Giving the sufferer oxygen via a mask can also help some patients.
Headache type: Sinuses
You know those throbbing headaches where you also have a fever, a runny nose, congestion, an icky green discharge and pain in your face? That sounds like a sinus headache, says Dr. Amoozegar. But, she adds, they're often misdiagnosed. Many headaches that occur in the face are actually migraines; it can only be a sinus headache if you also have a sinus infection or another serious sinus issue.
Why they happen: Blame inflammation of the sinuses (a.k.a. sinus- itis), which is caused by anything that stops them from draining properly, such as a cold or flu, allergies or respiratory infections.
Treatment options: The first step is a visit to the doctor's office to confirm you have a sinus infection. If you do, you'll likely get a prescription for antibiotics. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen or acetylsalicylic acid can help ease the pain while you're waiting for the meds to kick in.
Make sure your wardrobe is full of great fall fashion finds—these ones also happen to be plus size.
Don't have the time or money to overhaul your wardrobe this fall? No matter—add one of these fall trends for an instant update. Our trendy plus size picks for fall have you covered.
Add some whimsy to your look with ruffles and flounces. Flounce top, $31, forever21.com.
Fall's best dress trend? Something flowy and printed—channel your inner boho babe. Boho dress, $148, additionelle.com.
Take summer's cold shoulder trend to fall with long sleeves and a pop of colour. Rachel Roy off the shoulder shirt, $129, additionelle.com.
You seriously cannot go wrong with a classic pair of medium denim skinny jeans. Skinny jeans, $30, hm.com/ca.
Bomber jackets are still going strong. Embroidered jacket, $57, forever21.com.
Embroidery is in! Pick up some denim with this season's hottest detailing. L&L embroidered denim, $98, additionelle.com.
If you are going to pick up one trend this season, make it velvet. The best part? This luxe fabric doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Velvet wrap top, $96, asos.com.
Letterman jackets and other carsity detailing is a great way to get trendy this season. Varsity jacket, $53, forever21.com.
If you're going to pick up something knit this fall, make it a ribbed knit piece.Two piece knit, $198, laura.ca.
We're always a fan of embellishment, but it's really shining bright right now. L&L embellished blouse, $78, additionelle.com.
A striped shirt is timeless—but also the easiest way to look pulled together. Tunic, $40, suzyshier.com.
Winter florals tend to be darker and sexier than their summer counterparts. This dress is the best of both worlds—a pretty-in-pink touch to a sexy silhouette. Dress, $170, asos.com.
Plaid is made for cooler weather, and this season we're partial to a big, buffalo check. Cotton shirt, $30, hm.com/ca.
Lace is the easiest way to make any outfit feminine and fancy. Lace blouse, $50, hm.com/ca.
Take a page out of Kim K's book and pick up a nude coat for fall. Camel peacoat, $75, oldnavy.ca.
Cordouroy is the perfect textile for fall. Pick up a pair of cords in a rich colour this season. Rockstar cords, $50, oldnavy.ca.
A shirtdress is season-less, but when paired with cute booties and a great cardigan it's fall outfit perfection. Printed dress, $53, oldnavy.ca.
This friendlier take on fur is the perfect way to incorporate a luxurious touch—and to warm up. Wool jacket with faux fur collar, $150, asos.com.
Yes, this is as comfy as it sounds. Pick up an oversized blanket coat to stay cozy this season. Blanket coat, $48, suzyshier.com.
A puffer jacket is *the* outerwear piece of the season. So invest. B by Bernardo jacket, $298, laura.ca.