Summer’s 2nd Last Long Weekend



I’m on vacation! That’s right, and just in time for the August long weekend. Since I’ll be away for this second last summer celebration, I thought I’d share our BBQ plans a little early.  


We will be implementing Wonder+ SimplyFree into our weekend BBQ feast again. And why wouldn’t we? It’s the first Canadian National Brand of breads and buns that are free of artificial preservatives, flavours and colours; it’s also free of high fructose corn syrup and made with unbleached wheat flour.  

Another feature I love about the buns in particular is their size. They’re a perfect fit for small hands.  

Here’s what I’m planning on making this weekend. This recipe as well as many other tasty ideas can be found on the Canadian Living website.  

Pineapple Meatball Skewers

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These easy to make, kid-friendly skewers look fun and tasty. There are few thing I love more than grilled pineapple.  


Thread 3 meatballs, pineapple chunks and pepper chunks alternately onto each of six 6-inch (15 cm) soaked wooden skewers. Brush each with 1 tbsp (15 mL) pineapple sauce.  

Place skewers on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until heated through, 4 to 6 minutes. Brush with more sauce if desired.  

Place skewer onto buns; grab and pull to remove skewer.  

Makes 6 servings.  

Additional Information:  

Tip: Use any frozen cooked meatballs, such as Swedish or Italian. Thaw in microwave for a minute or two. Get the kids to help make the skewers. For grown-up palates, add sweet onion pieces or small mushrooms.  


Here are some great tips from the Canadian Living site, on how to make your BBQ experience a healthier one.  

  • Skip the fattening sweets and grill up some fresh seasonal fruits for dessert. Think apples, pineapples and peaches
  • Your BBQ is good for cooking more than meat. Grill up some fresh veggies on skewers
  • Dress your burgers and dogs with fresh ingredients like salsa, guacamole and veggies instead of store-bought sauces and spreads
  • Choose lean meats like chicken, turkey and extra lean beef to make your burgers opposed to store-bought packaged patties

How are you planning on celebrating the long weekend? I hope that you and your family have a fun and tasty one!  

Disclosure – I am participating in the Wonder+ SimplyFree program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Weston Bakeries. I received a gift card and free product coupons as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
City Mom

A Healthy Spin on Summer Barbequing

Canadian Living BBQ Recipes

Wonder+ SimplyFree 

When we decided to make the move from the suburbs to the city there were some tradeoffs we had to make. For example, we gave up our yard but gained access to an 18 acre park that hosts many exciting summer festivals and winter skating. We lost the ability to plant a garden but we benefited by never having to lift a shovel this past winter. 

But one of the things I absolutely could not compromise on was the ability to have a barbeque. Many high-rise buildings in the city do not allow the use of BBQs, but our building had no such rules. 

May 24 weekend marks the start of summer in the eyes of most Canadians and the time to bring out the BBQ. And that is exactly what we did. 


I was really lucky to be accepted into the Mom Central Canada Wonder+ SimplyFree campaign which provided a perfect reason to get inspired this Victoria Day long weekend. 

As a mom it’s very important to me that I choose foods that are healthy and tasty for my daughter. Let’s face it; kids will only eat what they want to eat. There`s no compromising on this. So when I learned about the Wonder+SimplyFree products I was excited. 

It is the first Canadian National Brand of bakery products (including NEW white hotdog and hamburger buns) made with unbleached wheat flour and FREE of artificial preservatives, flavours and colours.  They are also free of high fructose corn syrup. The way I have been describing this line to friends is that you can pronounce everything on the ingredient list. 

Canadian Living BBQ Recipes 


First I visited the Canadian Living website to find some exciting BBQ recipes and to get some inspiration. I found an article, How to Build a Better BBQ extremely helpful. It outlined some great tips for creating a healthier BBQ. 

After browsing through all the great information I finally decided on my menu. I chose the Smoky Barbeque Burgers and the Crispy Oven Fries recipes. Both healthier versions of the typical BBQ fare. 

Both recipes were easy to make and very tasty. There were no complicated ingredients or difficult preparation instructions. And then of course I complimented the healthy options with the Wonder+ SimplyFree hamburger buns. 


Visit the Wonder+ SimplyFree Facebook page to reserve your progressive coupon. For every person who “Likes” the WONDER+ Facebook page, the value of the coupon for NEW WONDER+ SimplyFree Hotdog and Hamburger buns goes up. 

So how did you celebrate Victoria Day? What are your favourite BBQ recipes? What exciting BBQ plans do you have this summer for holidays like Canada Day? 

Disclosure – I am participating in the Wonder+ SimplyFree program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Weston Bakeries.  I received a gift card and free product coupons as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

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