Summer = Chicken Wings

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Nothing says summer like digging into a plate of chicken wings with your family and friends. With the collection of sauces to match your recipes, you’ve got the makings for an unforgettable chicken wing arty in your backyard.
Truth is chicken wings are one of Canada’s staple food items and we are not surprised. With so many different sauce flavors, it’s no wonder that chicken wings are so popular. They are customizable to each individual person’s tastes and preferences. From spicy to tangy, from zesty to flaming hot, and even plain, chicken wings are growing in popularity and it’s not surprising why.
Enjoy your summer nights and weekends.  We are here to help you make this all happen.

Chicken in beer

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This is a common domestic recipe which produces a tasty and hearty chicken stew often served with boiled white rice or potato purée.
  • 1 small chicken or a combination of chicken thighs, drumsticks and wings
  • 1 25cl bottle of beer
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves
1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp of fresh thyme or 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • White pepper and salt
  • Flour for dusting
  1. Joint the chicken if using a whole one. Lightly salt each piece with sea salt and coat in seasoned flour (plain flour, white pepper and a little table salt). The most efficient, clean and elegant way of doing this is by putting the seasoned flour in a plastic bag (e.g. Freezer bag) and then putting the pieces of chicken (4 or 5 at a time) in the bag and shaking it (holding it closed…). Remove each piece and tap against your hand inside the bag to remove excess flour. You should get all the chicken pieces just lightly coated with the flour and place them on a clean board.
  2. Heat a casserole dish which can accommodate all the chicken and add a tablespoon of rapeseed or vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, brown all the pieces of chicken in batches making sure the pieces with skin get a nice colour. Keep on a warm plate.
  3. Remove any excess fat from the casserole (but keep all the bits stuck to the bottom) and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Gently fry the onion with the bay leaves, then add the garlic and finally the paprika and the thyme.
  4. Return the chicken pieces on the bone to the casserole and add the beer (if using pieces of breast add them 15 minutes later). Bring to boil and reduce the heat to a simmering temperature. Cook for 30 minutes or until cooked (meat should fall off the bone) taste, check seasoning and serve.
  5. Serve with a simple white rice or a potato and celeriac purée with steamed greens tossed in garlic and butter.

Meat and vegetables for a healthy lifestyle

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Nowadays, many studies point for meat as a healthy food to eat. That does not mean we should consume big amounts of meat on a daily basis. We should know portions and how to pair them with the right, healthy sides.
Among these foods to consume we have meat: this includes beef, pork, lamb, chicken and various others animals. Vitamin B12 is only found in meat, fish, eggs and milk, although it is sometimes added to cereals and margarines. It is vital for the formation of red blood cells and nerve fibres. If our bodies don’t produce enough red blood cells this can lead to iron deficiency known as anaemia. Two-thirds of protein comes from meat.  Recent studies show most of us eat more protein that we need. The recommended intake is 45 grammes for women and 55 grammes for men. So let’s pay attention.
Pair it with vegetables and you will have a great lifestyle.
We’re here to help you choose the best meat for your meals.

Friday night BBQ!

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The weekend is fast approaching and we want you to start it the best way possible: with a delicious barbecue in your own backyard. The possibilities are endless but we are going to suggest our sausages to kick start it the best way.   Whichever ones you choose – we guarantee they are all delicious -, you can take them on a world tour of  flavours by selecting different toppings. Here are some suggestions:  
  1. Thinly sliced apples and radishes with mayonnaise, cheese curds, maple syrup and whole-grain mustard.
  2. Mini cucumbers, thinly sliced in half moons; shallots, thinly sliced; white vinegar; hot chili-garlic sauce.
  3. olive oil, onion, thinly sliced garlic cloves, thinly sliced, cherry tomatoes, halved, honey, sherry vinegar, paprika, salt, crushed barbecue-flavoured chips
  Keep checking our recipes for more suggestions. Meanwhile, enjoy them!

Healthy burgers

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Summer time means grilling time, and we all know what that means: burger season. We love a good juicy burger, but we’ll be the first to admit that mayo and barbecue aren’t necessarily the healthiest choices. So we’ve scoped out all sorts of healthy options to suit any palate. And present some creative tips for condiments.  
Whatever type of burger you make, before you fire up the grill, keep these tricks in mind to amp up the flavor and the benefits of your meal.
  • Swap plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt or smashed avocado in place of mayo for a healthier spread.
  • Use whole-wheat breadcrumbs instead of white, or try ground nuts (such as hazelnut or almond) for a healthier filler that’s also gluten-free.
  • Add fresh herbs to your burger for a healthy, low-calorie flavor-booster.
  • Sneak more veggie servings into your day by tossing chopped spinach or other leafy greens into the burger mixture, or add as a topping.
  • Choose healthy spreads and condiments for your burger. Some of our favorites: mustard, homemade ketchup, or even homemade ranch.
  • Go easy on the cheese. Skip the fat-free stuff, because “no fat” means it won’t melt easily. Instead, choose a small portion of your favorite kind, fat and all.

“Eating clean” meals

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When you hear someone speak about eating clean, it doesn’t mean that person is on a diet or has reduced the amount of food he/she consumes. Eating clean simply means consuming food the way nature delivered it, or as close to it as possible.  It is not a diet. It is a lifestyle approach to food and cuisine, leading to an improved life.   One of the important things to remember is to eat five to six times a day. Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. The steady intake of clean food keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.   So, here are some inspiration tips for a “eating clean” lunch or dinner. Keep checking this blog and our recipe section for more ideas.   Most of us typically do well with carbohydrates and fat, but we often lack protein, especially in the early part of the day, like at breakfast and lunch. Protein is an important muscle-builder, and it can also help curb your appetite. When eaten throughout the day, it keeps us feeling full longer. Be aware of the kinds of meals you put together and space out your protein.

Barbecue sausages Pavão style

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Many people long for spring and summer simply because they love barbecuing. And who can blame them. It is simply marvelous being able to be outside and create so many different dishes simply from barbecuing.   Allow us to introduce to you the delicious Pavão Toscana Sausage. It is definitely essential for barbecue, but also ideal as an appetizer with a delicious vinaigrette or as a meal which you can make with a delicious salad or vegetables.   A great way to celebrate the outdoors with friends and family. Enjoy your barbecue and the delicious Toscana sausage.

Traditional Portuguese kebabs

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You might be tempted to save beef filet for special occasions, but this low-fat cut is actually perfect weekday fare: it cooks up fast, stays juicy and carries other flavors perfectly. The kebabs are a wonderful mix of lemon, herbs and fresh vegetables and meat. And let’s face it: with our busy daily lives, how many of us actually have time to put together a healthy meal? Our kebabs are homemade and have that special ingredient we all want for ourselves: healthy food for the entire family. Done with the best ingredients (pork and/or chicken, Portuguese chouriço, vegetables, among other ingredients), these kebabs will surely put a smile in everyone’s face and will leave them begging for more. As we are now fully into Spring, let’s fire up the grill and enjoy a traditional Portuguese kebab dinner. Serve with a healthy salad or vegetables on the side.

Delicious pork chop mix

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When it comes to pork chops, opinions vary about the health benefits related to them. Some cuts of pork chops can be high in cholesterol-raising saturated fat and calories, but a lean pork chop, such as a sirloin or top loin chop, is the basis for a healthy meal. Braise, roast or grill your chops instead of frying them to avoid adding excessive fat during cooking. Most of the calories in pork chops come from their protein content. Each 3-ounce serving or pork chops provides you with 19 grams of protein, which provides 70 percent of its calories. Pork chops contain complete protein, which means that consuming them provides you with all the amino acids you need to maintain healthy tissue. Protein also keeps your immune system strong, aids in tissue repair, helps maintain your body’s hormone balance and nourishes lean muscle tissue. Turn your meal into a mouthwatering dish by using our Pork Chop Mix. Check our “recipes” section for ideas!

Interested in a career with Pavao Meats & Deli?

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If so, follow the instructions below and we will contact you for an interview!
  1. Fill out the “Job Application” (click here)
  2. Once completed, fax to 416 251-1168
  3. With your application, please send us a copy of any government ID (Driver’s License preferred)
We thank all applicants, however only those selected will be contacted.

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Cambridge, ON N1R 8R3
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