Nutritious and Delicious Meal Ideas
Cardinal Ready products are so versatile, the possibilities are endless. When you need easy lunch ideas, dinner ideas for two or quick dinner ideas, you don’t need to look any further. Select a category below to get a taste of some of the great meals you can prepare.
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Classy "Sloppy Joes"
10 min • 10 ingredients

Sauté a chopped red onion, green bell pepper with garlic (fresh or powder) and sliced mush... More

Sauté a chopped red onion, green bell pepper with garlic (fresh or powder) and sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned) until soft.

Add Diced Beef with a good squirt of ketchup or steak sauce, stir to combine and heat beef through. Serve over a toasted ciabatta bun or toasted bread and a cucumber, tomato salad.

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"Sunday" Pot Roast
10 min • 3 ingredients
Heat Diced Beef with boiled baby new potatoes (fresh, canned or frozen) and large chunks of boiled c... More
Heat Diced Beef with boiled baby new potatoes (fresh, canned or frozen) and large chunks of boiled carrots (fresh or frozen). Serve with a simple green side salad.
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"Moroccan" Beef Stew and Couscous
10 min • 8 ingredients

In a casserole, combine diced eggplant, zucchini, carrots, onions, and raisins. Add a good dash ... More

In a casserole, combine diced eggplant, zucchini, carrots, onions, and raisins. Add a good dash of beef stock or water, thicken sauce with flour or corn starch and bake until vegetables are soft and sauce has thickened.

Add Diced Beef to casserole and stir well. Bake until Diced Beef has warmed through. Serve over fluffy couscous.

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Slow Cooked Diced Beef


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Pasta with Diced Beef
10 min • 6 ingredients
Sauté Diced Beef with diced red peppers, mushrooms and onions. Toss with rotini pasta. Finish... More
Sauté Diced Beef with diced red peppers, mushrooms and onions. Toss with rotini pasta. Finish with parmesan cheese and your favourite herbs.
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Grilled Chicken Breast with veggies on the side.
10 min • 3 ingredients
Broil thickly sliced zucchini, yellow squash and sliced red and green peppers until softened and lig... More
Broil thickly sliced zucchini, yellow squash and sliced red and green peppers until softened and lightly coloured. Pan-fry Grilled Chicken Breast portions until warmed through and serve family style on a platter.
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Chicken Caesar Salad
10 min • 2 ingredients
Prepare caesar salad kit as per directions meanwhile pan fry the Grilled Chicken Breast portions unt... More
Prepare caesar salad kit as per directions meanwhile pan fry the Grilled Chicken Breast portions until warmed through and lightly coloured. Optional serving suggestion: serve with a wedge of lemon.
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Chicken Souvlaki
10 min • 6 ingredients

Soak wooden kabob skewers in water. Thickly slice chicken breast portions into cubes. Cut a selec... More

Soak wooden kabob skewers in water. Thickly slice chicken breast portions into cubes. Cut a selection of onions, zucchini, yellow and red peppers into similar sized cubes and string onto soaked kabob skewers alternating meat and vegetables.

Broil until veggies are cooked and Grilled Chicken Breast is warmed through. Serve with plain white rice and tzatziki sauce for dipping.

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Chinese Chicken Stir Fry
10 min • 5 ingredients

Sauté a combination of Asian vegetables (fresh or frozen), splash of soy sauce, dash of ho... More

Sauté a combination of Asian vegetables (fresh or frozen), splash of soy sauce, dash of hoisin sauce and heat through until vegetables are cooked but still crunchy.

Add thinly sliced Grilled Chicken Breast portions and heat through. Serve on sticky white rice with some sesame seeds.

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Chopped Chicken Breast Linguini
10 min • 4 ingredients
Plate chopped Grilled Chicken Breast with sautéed sliced red and yellow peppers with olive oi... More
Plate chopped Grilled Chicken Breast with sautéed sliced red and yellow peppers with olive oil and boiled linguini. Add your favourite pasta sauce if desired.
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Butter Chicken
10 min • 2 ingredients
Serve warm Butter Chicken with warmed naan. Option: Serve with Basmati Rice.... More
Serve warm Butter Chicken with warmed naan. Option: Serve with Basmati Rice.
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Butter Chicken Wrap
10 min • 4 ingredients
Combine warm Butter Chicken with cooked white basmati rice, spoon onto one half of a whole wheat faj... More
Combine warm Butter Chicken with cooked white basmati rice, spoon onto one half of a whole wheat fajita shell and roll up tightly. Serve with a simple iceberg lettuce salad and creamy ranch dressing.
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"Indian Spaghetti"
10 min • 4 ingredients
Ladle warmed Butter Chicken over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with grated mozzarella cheese (or ... More
Ladle warmed Butter Chicken over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with grated mozzarella cheese (or a relatively plain cheese) and chopped cilantro or parsley. Optional serving suggestion, accompany with Caesar salad.
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Butter Chicken Toast
10 min • 2 ingredients
Serve warm Butter Chicken on a toasted crusty roll. Serve with carrots and celery sticks.... More
Serve warm Butter Chicken on a toasted crusty roll. Serve with carrots and celery sticks.
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Butter Chicken with Rice and Naan
10 min • 2 ingredients

Serve warm Butter Chicken with boiled basmati rice and warmed naan bread on the side.

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Serve warm Butter Chicken with boiled basmati rice and warmed naan bread on the side.

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Pulled Pork Tacos
10 min • 7 ingredients
Fill hard taco shells with warm Pulled Pork, sautéed sliced green onions, shredded lettuce an... More
Fill hard taco shells with warm Pulled Pork, sautéed sliced green onions, shredded lettuce and mozzarella cheese. Optional accompaniments: sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
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Pulled Pork in Chipotle Sauce


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Pizza Crust, Onions, Peppers
10 min • 4 ingredients
Top Pulled Pork and caramelized onions on a fresh baked pizza crust with white cheddar and sliced pe... More
Top Pulled Pork and caramelized onions on a fresh baked pizza crust with white cheddar and sliced peppers.
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Pulled Pork in Chipotle Sauce


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Veggie Stir Fry
10 min • 3 ingredients
Sautée your favourite vegetables over high heat in oil for 3 minutes, then add the Pulled Por... More
Sautée your favourite vegetables over high heat in oil for 3 minutes, then add the Pulled Pork and ginger soy sauce. Continue to cook until veggies are tender and serve over rice.
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Pulled Pork in Chipotle Sauce


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Diced Veggie Wraps
10 min • 2 ingredients

Pan fry your favourite veggies with Pulled Pork. Place onto tortilla wraps, roll and enjoy.

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Pan fry your favourite veggies with Pulled Pork. Place onto tortilla wraps, roll and enjoy.

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Pulled Pork in Chipotle Sauce


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Ground Beef Cheesy Mac
10 min • 3 ingredients

Prepare your favourite mac and cheese and add warmed Ground Beef (either mix it into the mac and ... More

Prepare your favourite mac and cheese and add warmed Ground Beef (either mix it into the mac and cheese or serve it on top). Serve with veggie sticks.

Optional serving suggestions: top off with shredded orange cheddar cheese and bake until warmed through.

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Ground Beef


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Italian "Sloppy Joes"
10 min • 7 ingredients

Sauté chopped onions until soft and then add your favourite chunky stewed tomatoes (canned... More

Sauté chopped onions until soft and then add your favourite chunky stewed tomatoes (canned or jar), some chopped garlic and add Ground Beef, stir until warmed through.

Serve over a thickly sliced toasted bread and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve with a green salad with Italian dressing.

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Ground Beef


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Shepherds Pie
10 min • 6 ingredients
Simmer Ground Beef with your favourite seasoning. Add onions, red peppers and roasted tomatoes. Laye... More
Simmer Ground Beef with your favourite seasoning. Add onions, red peppers and roasted tomatoes. Layer ground beef and veggies onto creamy mashed potatoes. Top with cheese if desired.
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Tacos and Salad
10 min • 3 ingredients
Heat Ground Beef with red kidney beans place into taco shells. Enjoy with a garden salad.... More
Heat Ground Beef with red kidney beans place into taco shells. Enjoy with a garden salad.
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Grilled Pork Steak with Veggies and Penne Pasta
10 min • 6 ingredients
Broil or Grill whole Pork Steak portions with a mix of red and yellow pepper slices, sliced onions, ... More
Broil or Grill whole Pork Steak portions with a mix of red and yellow pepper slices, sliced onions, zucchini and carrots and toss lightly with your favourite pizza sauce. Serve Pork Steak portions family style over dressed penne noodles.
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Pork Steak on a Leafy Green Salad
10 min • 2 ingredients
Heat whole Pork Steak portions until warmed through. Serve over a tossed green salad (or a spinach s... More
Heat whole Pork Steak portions until warmed through. Serve over a tossed green salad (or a spinach salad) with your favourite ranch dressing.
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"Szechuan" Sweet and Sour Pork Steak
10 min • 4 ingredients
Coat thickly sliced Pork Steak portions with your favourite sweet and sour sauce and sauté wi... More
Coat thickly sliced Pork Steak portions with your favourite sweet and sour sauce and sauté with large chunks of vegetables (Asian blend frozen or fresh) and serve over white rice. Garnish the entire plate with toasted sesame seeds.
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Greek-style Pork Steak
10 min • 7 ingredients
Heat Pork Steak portions with boiled mini potatoes garnished with parsley (fresh or canned). Add a t... More
Heat Pork Steak portions with boiled mini potatoes garnished with parsley (fresh or canned). Add a tossed salad with tomatoes, cucumber and garnish with feta and dill.
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Grilled "Philly" Farmer’s Sausage on a bun
10 min • 7 ingredients

Sauté sliced onions with thinly sliced red and green peppers. Toss with a little steak sau... More

Sauté sliced onions with thinly sliced red and green peppers. Toss with a little steak sauce. Lightly toast a crusty ciabatta bun and top with the sautéed vegetables and warmed through Farmer’s Sausage.

Serve with a lightly dressed salad of cubed tomatoes and cucumbers. Optional serving suggestion is to top with your favourite cheese.

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Farmer’s Sausage


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Farmer’s Sausage "Cobb" Salad
10 min • 8 ingredients
Toss a green salad with tomatoes, radishes, celery, carrot slices and top with sautéed Farmer... More
Toss a green salad with tomatoes, radishes, celery, carrot slices and top with sautéed Farmer’s Sausage cubes and lightly dressed with Italian dressing. Optional suggestion: add a sliced hard boiled egg and cheese chunks.
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Stir-fried Farmer’s Sausage with chopped veggies
10 min • 5 ingredients

Pan fry a medley of vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, red, yellow and green peppers and carrot... More

Pan fry a medley of vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, red, yellow and green peppers and carrots) until there is still a little crunch left. Add thinly sliced Farmer’s Sausage and heat until thoroughly warmed through.

Optional serving suggestion: serve on a bed of buttered white rice or mashed potatoes.

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Penne "Arrabbiata" with Sausage
10 min • 3 ingredients
Combine thickly sliced Farmer’s Sausage with a spicy chunky tomato sauce (canned or jar) and serve o... More
Combine thickly sliced Farmer’s Sausage with a spicy chunky tomato sauce (canned or jar) and serve over hot penne noodles with a crusty slice of garlic bread.
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Farmer’s Sausage Cuban Rice and Beans
10 min • 8 ingredients
Combine cooked rice, cooked beans, sautéed onions and celery and seasoned with cumin and cori... More
Combine cooked rice, cooked beans, sautéed onions and celery and seasoned with cumin and coriander. Pan fry Farmer’s Sausage until warmed through and serve on top of warm rice and beans. Garnish with thickly sliced green onions.
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Meatloaf "Tabouleh"
10 min • 6 ingredients
Combine cooked couscous (dressed with Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar), diced Meatloaf , chopp... More
Combine cooked couscous (dressed with Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar), diced Meatloaf , chopped flat leaf parsley, sautéed mushroom slices (fresh or canned), garnished with chopped green onions.
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Meatloaf Stroganoff
10 min • 6 ingredients

Heat Meatloaf portions until warmed through. Cook your favourite broad egg noodles and set aside.... More

Heat Meatloaf portions until warmed through. Cook your favourite broad egg noodles and set aside. Sauté onions, sliced mushrooms, add a dash of steak sauce and mix well.

Add the cooked noodles and mix until well coated. Serve Meatloaf portions over noodles garnished with green onion slices.

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Meatloaf Pita Pockets
10 min • 10 ingredients

Roughly pull apart Meatloaf into chunks. In a frying pan, add sliced onions, chopped garlic and s... More

Roughly pull apart Meatloaf into chunks. In a frying pan, add sliced onions, chopped garlic and sliced yellow peppers. Add the meatloaf chunks and heat through.

Sprinkle a little smoked paprika and chopped cilantro on top. Spoon into warmed half pita shells and drizzle with chipotle mayo and garnish with salsa. Serve with a tomato salad.

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Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies
10 min • 4 ingredients
Mix Meatloaf with tomato sauce. Plate with mashed potatoes and sautéed snap peas and pearl onions.... More
Mix Meatloaf with tomato sauce. Plate with mashed potatoes and sautéed snap peas and pearl onions.
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BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs, country style
10 min • 2 ingredients
Broil BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs until ribs are heated through. Serve with grilled or boiled corn and a vi... More
Broil BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs until ribs are heated through. Serve with grilled or boiled corn and a vinegar coleslaw.
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Pork Back Ribs in BBQ Sauce


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BBQ’d Pork Back Rib Caesar
10 min • 3 ingredients

Prepare your favourite caesar salad (add sliced grape tomatoes for a change). Meanwhile, slice BB... More

Prepare your favourite caesar salad (add sliced grape tomatoes for a change). Meanwhile, slice BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs in individual bones and heat until ribs are heated through.

Top individually sliced BBQ’d Pork Back Rib bones and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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Pork Back Ribs in BBQ Sauce


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Baked Beans and BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs
10 min • 2 ingredients

In a saucepan heat baked beans until warmed through. Meanwhile, slice BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs in ind... More

In a saucepan heat baked beans until warmed through. Meanwhile, slice BBQ’d Pork Back Ribs in individual bones and heat until ribs are heated through.

In individual casserole dishes, ladle in warm baked beans and lay individually cut BBQ’d Pork Back Rib bones on top. Serve with creamy coleslaw.

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Chicken and Rib Dinner
10 min • 5 ingredients
Heat Chicken and Rib portions until warmed through. For optimal results follow on-pack heating instr... More
Heat Chicken and Rib portions until warmed through. For optimal results follow on-pack heating instructions. Plate with a leafy greens salad, garnish with some cherry tomatoes, add your favourite side and dinner is ready!
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With Cardinal, the hardest part is taken care of for you.

Menu items are pre-cooked to perfection, with food safety a top priority All you need to do is add a few sides. You can also use Cardinal Ready products as a jump-start to your favourite recipes, or a way to fit in a family favourite on a night when you just don’t have the time to cook a meatloaf or boil pork back ribs.

Have you ever wondered how to make pulled pork? It’s easy with Cardinal. Heat Ready Pulled Pork with chipotle, add a bun and toppings...and head to the table. It’s that easy.