Bison is a great red meat

Bison is a great red meat

Bison is a highly nutrient dense food because of the high relative proportion of protein, mineral, and other nutritional components to its caloric value. Bison has a full compliment of essential nutrients, and a great concentration of many of the essential fatty acids necessary for human well being. It is one of the best and most concentrated sources of iron available – nearly 3 times as much per ounce as is found in chicken. Bison meat is low in fat, and raised as naturally as possible.

Bison Your Healthy Red Meat Choice!

Bison is a red meat which is nutrient dense because of the proportion of protein, fat, minerals and fatty acids to its caloric value. Research shows bison is a healthy choice being lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than beef, pork or skinless chicken. Bison meat does not marble (fat interspersed in the muscle) like beef. The result is more red meat (protein), high in iron with less fat (calories) per pound. Since bison is a dense meat, you can feel more satisfied by eating less. Many who are seeking healthier lifestyles and practicing wellness are looking for just such a healthy red meat. It is also an industry rule that bison not be subjected to growth hormones or stimulants.

The value of bison is not what you pay, but what you get in return. Nutritionally you are getting more protein and nutrients with fewer calories and less fat.

The Lost Art of the Dinner Party

The Lost Art of the Dinner Party

When was the last time you went to a dinner party? Chances are, it has been a while. Thinking back on fond memories with friends and family, some of the best times have been in the comfort of someones’ home, tucking into delicious food and engaging in interesting conversations. There’s something about the comfort of being in a home environment that makes people feel more relaxed and comfortable – more so than being in a restaurant.

So why don’t people host dinner parties more often? There are many excuses why dinner parties aren’t more common – the primary reason most people cite is lack of time (either actual or perceived).

To do it right, the planning of a dinner party can seem daunting. You only have to have a look at some ‘how-to’ guides on the internet which detail preparation extending back weeks in advance. Kudos to those who can exact the time and attention that would normally be reserved for military operations.

But what about people like you and I who would really just like to connect with friends in their home, make their guests feel welcome and feed them well?

Here are some tips to host a great dinner party:

– Consider realistically how many people can fit comfortably in your home. While collapsible plastic lawn chairs do work in a pinch, it’s not ideal seating for someone to spend an evening in.

– Choose your menu ahead of time to suit your guests. Any specific preferences or dietary restrictions? Many of our menu items work extremely well in larger portions for dinner parties, contact our staff and together we can come up with just the right menu for you and your guests.

– The day of the party, set the table ahead of time.

– Give yourself time to get ready – you don’t want to still be ironing your clothes when guests arrive.

– Have drinks and hors d’oeuvres ready when your guests arrive.

– Make sure you have extra hangers and/or space for your guests coats and personal items.

– As the party comes to a close, be ready to serve tea and coffee and have some taxi numbers handy for your guests who seek alternative ways to get home.

Above all, relax, have fun and be merry! As the host, you set the tone for the evening.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms

Recently, a customer queried our use of shiitake mushrooms in our Duck Breast and Creamed Cabbage dish, why not use regular mushrooms?
It’s a good question – shiitakes have four to ten times the flavour of common white button mushrooms. In addition to their robust/pungent, woodsy flavour and meaty texture, shiitakes provide high levels of protein (18%), potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
They also have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and are sued nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Lentinan, an immunostimulant derived from shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, and other conditions with impressive results.
So the next time you tuck into some tasty shiitake mushrooms, think of all the benefits – or, you can simply enjoy the rich flavour.

Consumer Trends

Consumer Trends

Why are so many many more people turning to convenient solutions when it comes to meals?

With the changing face of society, far less time is being allocated to food preparation. “My grandmother used to spend hours planning meals every day” says Indish owner Brent Kyle. That is quite a difference from a recent American study which showed that when it comes to modern day food preparation and clean up, men spend an average of 15 minutes per day, while women spend an average of 47.4 minutes.

What accounts for this change?

“Canadians have more money, less time, fewer domestic skills and less inclination to devote time to food related chores. As a result there is an increased demand for foods that can be prepared in a short period of time. This is not a new consumer trend; however, it has evolved over time. When convenience foods were first introduced, consumers were willing to accept a lower quality and poorer taste for the ability to prepare a meal in a short period of time. But today, consumers’ requirements for convenience foods are more sophisticated than ease and speed of preparation. Today, convenience foods must also include ease in purchasing and clean-up, nutrition, flavour and perceived value.”
from “Understanding Consumer Trends Can Present New Opportunities”, Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development

It’s no surprise then that for many working professionals, families and anyone looking to try something new, Indish offers delicious, gourmet, convenient meal solutions. Check out our current menu to find out what’s in store for you.

Proud Member Of Get Local

In our continued efforts to feature local and seasonal ingredients in our meals, we’ve teamed up with Get Local.

If you’re not familiar with Get Local, it’s a community of BC food producers, businesses, and groups working together to promote eating locally in the Metro Vancouver area. Get Local offers education about the benefits of eating locally, a growing list of businesses that are producing and selling local food, and a wealth of other resources to help you “Get Local.”

We’re proud to be the newest member of Get Local, and excited that it will connect us with even more food producers, to ensure our meals are of the highest quality ingredients.

We invite you to taste the difference.