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Join the #LetsCook30 challenge!

For the month of October, challenge yourself to cook one meal or more each day for 30 days!

  • Register and follow #LetsCook30 to get quick and easy, low cost recipe ideas sent to your email
  • Challenge yourself to try new recipes over the month, it doesn’t matter if it is breakfast, lunch or supper
  • Enter a weekly and grand prize draw by sharing photos of your home cooked meals using #LetsCook30 and tagging @YorkRegionGovt

Do you have to follow our meal plan? Absolutely not! Can you join anytime during the month of October? Yes! Remember, what you decide to cook is up to you, but if you are looking for some inspiration, the #LetsCook30 team is here for you. Check out our recipe plans, updated weekly, if you need some ideas on what to make. If you want to mix it up and use some of our ideas and some of your own, that’s great too! But whatever you make – don’t forget to share on social using #LetsCook30! Image of the first page of the #LetsCook30 Starters Guide

Learn more about the challenge with the #LetsCook30 Starter’s Guide


Weekly Prizes: A random draw will announce the winner of a $100 Visa gift card on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:00 noon (EST)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 12:00 noon (EST)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 12:00 noon (EST)

Grand Prize: At the end of the challenge, anybody who has participated throughout the month will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card on the following date:

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 12:00 noon (EST)

Let’s get cooking!

Week Three - October 14 to 20

Harvest Muffins

Monday, October 14

Want to turn your leftover turkey into a new dish? Chop it up and make Creamy Bowtie Turkey Pasta.
Tip: If you didn’t have turkey over the weekend, this recipe works just as well with chicken

Tuesday, October 15

Get excited for Taco Tuesday with Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos!
Tip: For extra flavour, serve with 10- minute
Pickled Onions

Wednesday, October 16

Unstuffed Pepper Casserole is a simple, time-saving twist on traditional stuffed peppers. 
Tip: Serve with any leftover vegetables you have from the weekend

Thursday, October 17

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a meatless meal that’s still packed with protein after a week full of leftovers and turkey.

Friday, October 18

Sometimes short work weeks seem like the longest. Keep it simple tonight by making Trendy Toast with Roasted Vegetables. Complete your meal with a pretty Yogurt Parfait.

Saturday, October 19

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is a great addition to your recipe collection! Once you put the ingredients together, the slow cooker does the rest. One of our go-to recipes is Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Cabbage
Tip: Use the chicken in your favourite salad, or include in a wrap or pita and save the extra chicken and cabbage for “planned-overs” next week

Sunday, October 20

Spice up your tomato sauce with Everyday Meatballs. Serve with Caesar salad and Make Your Own Dressing. Bake Local Harvest Muffins for a quick snack or breakfast next week.

LetsCook30 Week 3 shopping list

Week One - October 1 to 6

Week One - October 1 to 6

Tuesday, October 1

Kick off the #LetsCook30 challenge with a tasty Teriyaki Veggie Bowl. It’s loaded with veggies and when served over a bed of rice, it’s sure to please!

Wednesday, October 2

Try Lazy Weeknight Lasagna, a simple twist on classic lasagna. This dish packs all the flavor of traditional lasagna into a dish with half the effort. Take this meal to the next level by making a green salad served with Maple Dijon Mustard Salad Dressing.

Thursday, October 3

Better Butter Chickpeas are a must try. Make a double-batch and freeze extra in one-serving portions for a quick lunch or hassle-free meal. Try this recipe for Garlic Oregano Zucchini as a great side dish.

Friday, October 4

Keep it simple on Friday night with a fan-favourite! Use the extra chicken you prepared on Tuesday to make Easy Chicken BBQ pizza.

Saturday, October 5

For Saturday’s supper, pick your protein of choice for delicious Lo Mein.
Tip: This recipe tastes best with shrimp, tofu or pork

An Easy Crunchy Granola will be a great snack for the upcoming weeks. Add it to yogurt and fruit or as a topping for Baked Apples. After making your own granola and seeing how simple and delicious it is, you’ll never buy it again!

Sunday, October 6

Sunday’s recipes call for a warm-up with #thenewstew. Join the trend of making a dish full of locally available squash. Prepare no-bake Snack Bites for work or on-the-go.
Tip: #thenewstew freezes well and re-heats nicely for a tasty lunch

#LetsCook30 Week One Grocery List

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Week Two - October 7 to 13

Week Two - October 7 to 13

Colourful ingredients for Beets and Sweets Bowl recipe

Monday, October 7

This recipe for Maple Soy Glazed Salmon served with steamed green beans and quinoa is an excellent way to start the week.
Tip: Make extra quinoa for Wednesday’s dinner

Tuesday, October 8

Lettuce on these Asian Chicken Wraps adds a fresh crunch for a quick weeknight meal.

Using the Granola you made last week, end the meal with delicious Baked Apples, which are in season and can be found locally.

Wednesday, October 9

Use the extra quinoa made on Monday and throw together a colourful Beets and Sweets Bowl with Creamy Balsamic Dressing.

Thursday, October 10

Keep the clean-up simple with One Pot Pasta Primavera.
Tip: Experiment with protein options like shrimp or chicken

Friday, October 11

Rainbow Stir-fry adds an explosion of colour to your Friday meal.
Tip: Make extra rice for a planned-over on Saturday

Saturday, October 12

Making this fantastic Fried Rice is super simple and a great opportunity to use any veggies you have hanging out in the crisper.
Tip: In a pinch, frozen veggies also work well

Get into the fall mood with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Tip: Enjoy with a hot beverage or with a friend over the long-weekend

Sunday, October 13

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, it’s the time of year to give thanks for the endless supply of locally grown food available. Try one or two of these locally inspired recipes Velvety Carrot Ginger Soup, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Cranberry Apple Crumble.

#LetsCook30 Week Two Grocery List

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#LetsCook30 Events

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Simple and healthy meals and snacks

Are you trying to cook more often but just don’t know what to cook that’s simple, healthy and fast? This cooking workshop could be for you. Join Public Health Nutrition staff for a hands-on experience where you will learn how to take one recipe and turn it into two, using local, fresh produce while reducing your food waste. Don’t miss out. Space is limited. Registration required.

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Knife Skills: A Chef’s Guide to Cuts, Shortcuts and Food Waste

This hands-on workshop will walk you through some basic knife skills bringing a deep respect and understanding for everything the knife touches. Chef Julian Pancer will be sharing over 15 years of professional experience, as participants are given a full scope of all things knife. Avoiding food waste will be the main focal point of this workshop, minimizing waste through honed knife skills and education of how to use everything. Participants will be guided through all styles of cuts and cooking methods for a selection of meats, fruits, and vegetables and will be eating everything they prepare, so bring an appetite! Space is limited. Registration required.

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Contest Rules and Regulations

  • Post a photo or video on Facebook, Instagram (including Instagram Stories), or Twitter of you cooking at home or a dish you made and tag @YorkRegionGovt and/or add the hashtag #LetsCook30
  • Follow @YorkRegionGovt

Official Rules and Regulations

York Region Public Health would like to acknowledge Cook90, a campaign designed by Epicurious as a source for inspiration for #LetsCook30.

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