Lara Katz: Dreaming Up Delicious


Chicken Burgers with Mango-Avocado Slaw Recipe

Plus, Snacks and Meal Ideas to fuel you

by: Lara Katz
ideas to fuel your day

Protein is a big deal—your body needs it to make enzymes, hormones, and other vital chemicals. It helps build and repair tissue and speeds recovery after you exercise.  Protein is an important building block of bones, lean muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Most importantly, it is what keeps you full—preventing you from overeating high sugar foods or snacking all day.

This is where Maple Leaf products come in. They've been a welcome addition to our family’s meals and snacks and guarantee my children will get the right amount of protein their bodies need throughout the day. Knowing everyone is enjoying what they are eating is huge bonus!

Healthy Snacking

While it would be ideal for my kids to only eat nutritious foods, realistically it is not always possible. My children fill up quickly and if they eat a snack after school it is very likely they will not be hungry for dinner. And while I try to have dinner ready for them when they come home from school it is often hard to do. 

What’s the solution? 

Have great healthy snacks available! 

I get hungry throughout the day and want something that is healthy and will fill me up quickly such as Protinis, a new product by Maple Leaf intended just for that. Available in different flavour combinations, I tried the oven roasted chicken and cranberry and oven roasted chicken and mango. The chicken was flavourful and I enjoyed eating it with the dried fruit on the side. I actually loved the dried mango and could see myself buying these regularly as a snack to take on the go with me.

Healthy Lunches

I like sending deli meats to school—it’s one of the few things my son won’t complain about. Schneiders Country Naturals Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is a family favourite. These turkey slices are delicious, and made with turkey, water, sea salt, vinegar, and lemon juice concentrate only! And the resealable safety seal package is a dream. No more resealing a plastic bag with a sticker stuck on the front.

Healthy Dinnertime

I recently made a delicious salad with parmesan crusted mushrooms and arugula with the chicken strips on top. It was heaven! Maple Leaf Prime oven roasted chicken breast strips makes it easy to sneak some easy protein into a sandwich, wrap, or salad.

My family loves burgers, but I often wonder just how nutritious they are. Schneiders Country Naturals Chicken Burgers are very tasty and the fact that they do not cause 5-alarm fires on your barbecue proves they are indeed lean. These burgers have no preservatives added, no artifical ingredients, colours or flavours, no additives and no msg or by-products. 

I tried this recipe with using these burgers and they were a huge hit in my house. I'm sure they will be a hit in yours too!

Chicken Burgers with Mango Avocado Slaw


1 package Schneiders Country Naturals Chicken Burgers
1 package (340 g/5 cups) coleslaw, or your own combination of shredded cabbage & carrots
1 avocado, diced
1 mango, diced
1/2 cup safflower oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil
6 whole wheat buns
  Grill burgers to your preferred doneness level.
  Meanwhile, whisk safflower oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
  In a medium bowl, toss coleslaw with mango and avocado, add dressing and mix lightly.
  Once burgers are done, place each one on a bun, divide coleslaw evenly among burgers.

Makes 6 burgers

Whether it's snack time, lunch time, or dinner time, it is possible to make quick, and easy foods that are not only healthy and filled with protein, but are delicious for your entire family. They will be asking for seconds, for sure!


Visit your local Loblaws store to make adding protein to your family's diet super easy! Maple Leaf products like Country Naturals Turkey Burgers, Chicken Pepperettes, and Protinis are all smart ways to help fuel your busy days.

Then visit our 'Learn How To Power Through Your Day' page for tips on adding exercise to your day, feeding your family on-the-go, and recipes that will help fuel you.