Take 5 on Fast Food

By / Food / September 8th, 2009 / 2

Chef and TV personality Michael P. Clive offers up delicious, five-ingredient recipe ideas to help Canadians serve tasty, easy, healthy meals in only five minutes. Whip up simple, healthy meals this fall. Michael P. Clive’s mantra is care-free living mixed with top-notch cuisine. “Canadians are looking for healthy, great tasting, quick-serve meals for their families,” says Clive, who has worked in some of Ontario’s finest restaurants, as well as a host of his own cooking show. “With a dash of creativity, a pinch of culinary know-how, and a can opener, anyone can create a tasty, satisfying dish in just five minutes.”

Clive teamed with Clover Leaf to create a variety of recipes based on the company’s tuna and salmon products. “Tuna and salmon are already staples in most Canadian pantries,” says Clive. “It’s time to take these convenient and economical foods to new culinary heights. Let’s make mealtime more manageable and turn that regular tuna melt into something exciting!”

Tuna Curry in a Hurry

Serves 2

1 tbsp (15 ml) butter

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cans (85 g ea.) Clover Leaf Flaked Light Tuna – Spicy Thai Chili

1 cup (250 ml) low fat sour cream

1 tsp (5 ml) curry powder


1. Over medium heat melt butter in a large saucepan. Add garlic.

2. Stir in tuna, sour cream, and curry powder.

3. Heat until warm and serve over rice or accompany with Naan bread, if desired.

4. Garnish with cilantro (optional).



Salmon Chickpea Salad

Serves 2

1 can (170 g) Clover Leaf Skinless Boneless Sockeye Salmon, drained

1 1/4 cup (275 ml) chickpeas, drained

1 cup (250 ml) cherry tomatoes, chopped; reserve 1/2 a cherry tomato for garnish 1 sweet yellow pepper, half diced and half cut into rings

1/4 cup (50 ml) low fat Italian dressing


1. Toss together the salmon, chickpeas, tomatoes, diced pepper and dressing.

2. Serve over top of your favourite greens or on its own.

3. Garnish with half a cherry tomato or yellow pepper rings and a sprig of chervil.

Tip: You could use any one of Clover Leaf’s skinless boneless salmon products: Sockeye, Pink or Atlantic.



Tuna Mashies

Serves 4

2 cans (85 g ea.) Clover Leaf Flaked Light Tuna – Lemon & Pepper

1 cup (250 ml) leftover mashed potatoes 2 tsp (10 ml) fresh dill, chopped 1 green onion, chopped

2 tsp (10 ml) lime juice


1. Combine all of the ingredients and stir thoroughly.

2. Serve mixture cold or at room temperature on whole grain (or wheat) toast, cut diagonally, with a side of veggies, as a snack or for lunch.

Tip: When preparing mashed potatoes, consider using mini red and white varieties. Leave the skins on for added nutrients in addition to that “rustic, home-style” appearance. 


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