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Give Comfort Food a Makeover
(NC) As temperatures drop, the urge to indulge in hearty classics takes over. Whether its soup, stew, or mac n cheese, you can satisfy your familys comfort cravings with delicious alternatives to old school favourites.
Swap ingredients and add seasonal vegetables to give classic dishes a makeover. Simple changes such as using sweet potatoes instead of regular spuds add more nutrients to your meals. Pastas like Barilla Protein PLUS add an array of benefits including 14 grams of high quality protein from chickpeas, lentils and egg whites.
Give this Barilla Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Penne recipe a try and share your favourite comfort food makeovers with us!
Barilla Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Penne
1 box Barilla Protein PLUS Penne
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
8 slices raw bacon
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium preferred
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Preheat oven to 350F. In a pot of boiling water, blanch Brussels sprouts for 5 minutes; place drained Brussels sprouts on baking pan in fridge to cool. Once cooled, cut sprouts in half. In an oven-safe skillet, cook bacon until crisp, remove and crumble; pour off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Add garlic and shallots to skillet and saut until soft. To same skillet add olive oil and Brussels sprouts; bake in a 350F oven for 10 minutes until caramelized. Remove from oven and add chicken stock; over medium heat, stir well and heat through. Add pasta, bacon and pecans, mixing well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.
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OSFI tightens mortgage rules Edit
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) published the final version of Guideline B-20 Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures. The revised Guideline, which comes into effect on January 1, 2018, applies to all federally regulated financial institutions.
The changes to Guideline B-20 reinforce OSFIs expectation that federally regulated mortgage lenders remain vigilant in their mortgage underwriting practices. The final Guideline focuses on the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages, expectations around loan-to-value (LTV) frameworks and limits, and restrictions to transactions designed to circumvent those LTV limits.
OSFI is setting a new minimum qualifying rate, or stress test, for uninsured mortgages.
Guideline B-20 now requires the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada or the contractual mortgage rate +2%.
OSFI is requiring lenders to enhance their loan-to-value (LTV) measurement and limits so they will be dynamic and responsive to risk.
Under the final Guideline, federally regulated financial institutions must establish and adhere to appropriate LTV ratio limits that are reflective of risk and are updated as housing markets and the economic environment evolve.
OSFI is placing restrictions on certain lending arrangements that are designed, or appear designed to circumvent LTV limits.
A federally regulated financial institution is prohibited from arranging with another lender a mortgage, or a combination of a mortgage and other lending products, in any form that circumvents the institutions maximum LTV ratio or other limits in its residential mortgage underwriting policy, or any requirements established by law.
To find out how this will affect you, please contact me at anytime.
Easy ways to keep more money in your pocket
It goes without saying that most of us would appreciate a little more money in our pockets. Believe it or not, its actually an achievable goal. In fact, a few simple tips can help you uncover meaningful savings each and every month. Need some ideas? Heres a little inspiration to get you started:
1. Pack food from home for lunches and snacks. Skip sandwich bags and opt for reusable containers, cutlery and drink bottle.
2. Switch light bulbs to CFLs. On average, it costs $250 a year in energy costs to light your home with incandescents. Save $150 by going with CFLs. Theyre more expensive initially, but will last 10 times longer.
3. Review and negotiate your service plansphone, internet, cable and television content.
4. Invest in topping up your insulation. Attic insulation can settle and compact over time, diminishing its original R-value and increasing heating/cooling costs. Topping it up with a quality batt insulation, like Roxul Comfortbatt, will immediately help improve the comfort of your home and reduce your monthly energy bills.
5. Pay off credit card debt and swap cards for lower interest rate options.
6. Install low-flow water fixtures to cut down on excess water consumption.
7. Lower your thermostat by two degrees in cold weather and increase it by two degrees in warmer weather.
8. Launder your clothes in cold water and at off-peak times.
9. Avoid impulse shopping. Stick to your list and avoid window shopping, which tends to draw buyers in.
10. Save money on entertainment by looking for free activities. For options in your area, try a simple internet search. You might be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of activities and entertainment available for no or low cost.
Collectively employing the tips above could potentially add up to thousands in annual savings, proving that sometimes change can be a good thing.