During spring 2020, we are challenged to stay healthy and fit within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that requires us to stay home, physically distance, and not be with our teammates. We connect on our private Facebook group, challenging and supporting each other to keep going, keep strong. For a week in April, we focused on posting healthy, nutritious and sometimes, just good old comfort food.

It just takes attending one dragon boat festival potluck lunch with Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat team to realize we care about what we eat. Based on our Facebook posts, we have compiled some of our teammates’ favourite recipes for everyone to enjoy.

Breakfast and Breads

Nutritious pancakes, easy-to-make bagels, granola and yogurt, and bannock are favourites. Geri posted about her go-to breakfast: whole-grain Cheerios and Bran Buds with unsweetened almond milk, banana and decaffeinated coffee with milk. She says this keeps her going as a font-line worker in the health profession who can’t stay home.

Geri’s go-to breakfast

Snacks

A few muffin recipes, energy balls and bars, a recipe for hummus, and Aleta’s prize butter tart recipe were shared. Milka’s chickpea muffins came highly recommended by the women she carpools with to practices. Rebecca says, “These are the best! We love them after a great workout on Saturday morning in Welland. Thanks Milka. Keep them coming!” Milka says she usually quadruples the recipe because her son goes through them like crazy. They freeze really well, but usually they are gone before they get a chance to make it to the freezer.

Lunches and Dinners

A wide variety of recipes for salads, soups and entrées were posted, everything from passed-down family favourites to ideas from contemporary web sites. Two favourite cookbooks mentioned are The Living Kitchen and Oh She Glows! There were quite a few plant-based dishes, giving us a wider variety of protein options to choose from.

KAB members can cook up a storm in their kitchens, and we found out their partners and family can too. Karen showed off her husband’s lasagna; Helen bragged about her husband’s fresh-caught perch dinner; and Michelle posted about delicious pizza made with her kids. Anne posted about comfort food. She finds working in the kitchen very therapeutic and made over 200 perogies to freeze.

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The last word belongs to our coach, Kathy. Most people know she does not cook. She posted, “So, yesterday I dusted my bowls, utensils and oven, and cooked my mom’s baked macaroni and cheese. First time I have cooked in years!” See, everyone at KAB cooks.