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Chocolate peanut protein powerballs

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

CHOCOLATE-PEANUT-PROTEIN-POWERBALLS

CHOCOLATE PEANUT PROTEIN POWERBALLS

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed, pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup oats, large flake (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (I like Manitoba Harvest)
  • 1/4 chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp best quality vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp each ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw, natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, except salt, in food processor.
  2. Pulse until uniform mixture results.
  3. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough and form into balls.
  4. Roll in sesame seeds, chocolate powder or dried coconut.
  5. Place in fridge to set.
  6. If not using immediately, power balls can be frozen.

Yield: 16 – 20 power balls.

 

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Grilled prosciutto and asparagus bundles

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jun 1st, 2015

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Prosciutto provides a touch of saltiness and a crisp contrast to tender grilled asparagus. Serve bundles warm with a drizzle of olive oil.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Serves 6

Grilled prosciutto and asparagus bundles

Ingredients:

  • 36 thin spears fresh Ontario Asparagus (about 1 bunch)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 thin slices prosciutto

Method:

  1. Wash and break asparagus stalks where they snap easily; discard ends. Dry and toss with oil and season with pepper. Bundle 3 spears together; wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around asparagus.
  2. Place bundles on greased grill over medium to medium-high heat; grill, turning occasionally, until asparagus is bright green and tender and prosciutto is crisp, about 5 minutes. Drizzle bundles with olive oil.
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Grilled asparagus and goat cheese appetizers

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jun 1st, 2015

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Feature the jewels of the season on crisp toasts with goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. If you cannot find balsamic glaze, just drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6 (12 appetizers)

Grilled asparagus and goat cheese appetizers

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 12 oz (375 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Ontario Goat Cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) balsamic glaze

Method:

  1. Slice baguette diagonally into 12 (1/2-inch/ 2 cm) thick slices. Brush with 4 tsp (20 mL) of the oil. Place on greased grill over medium heat. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until light golden. Transfer to serving platter. Rub each slice with cut side of garlic; set aside.
  2. If asparagus spears are thick, slice in half lengthwise. Place asparagus on rectangular grill topper or in grill basket. Brush with remaining oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat, turning once, until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Cut spears into thirds.
  3. Spread goat cheese evenly over each baguette slice. Top with asparagus spears. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Tip: To serve the appetizers warm, just pop them back on the barbecue once you have spread with goat cheese and heat them for another minute or two.

 

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Easy grilled dishes done three ways

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Honeybun garlic ribs

Ingredients:

  • 1 Rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • ½ cup Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ½ cup Cola
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp  Garlic Butter
  • 5 tsp Honey

For Brine:

  • 4 tbsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Peppercorns
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 3 tbsp Dried Chives
  • 3 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Paprika

Method:

  1. Prepare ribs by cleaning off extra fat and silver skin backing from rack.
  2. In a large pot of water, add brine ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook ribs for 40 minutes.
  3. To make sauce, add ingredients, one by one to a pot and heat so sugars dissolve and all ingredients are mixed.
  4. Removed boiled ribs and sauce them with homemade BBQ sauce. Put ribs in slow-cooker and cook for extended amount of time on low. Sauce ribs while cooking for added flavor.
  5. On a hot grill, place slow-cooked and sauced ribs for final grilling. Grill both sides of ribs a few minutes each, adding more homemade BBQ sauce for desired sauciness 

Pork tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 ½ cup Coconut Milk
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 Thai Chilli Pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:

  1. Clean and prepare tenderloin, removing excess fat.
  2. Cut tenderloin into either large cubes (later to be put on skewers) or into large discs for plating)
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, add pork tenderloin and chill for 12-24 hours
  4. Pre-heat the grill.  Remove tenderloin from marinade.
  5. On a medium heat, brush grill with small amount of oil. Grill the pork either on skewers or as pork discs for 7-8 minutes – or until cooked throughout.
  6. Serve with grilled asparagus, wrapped with prosciutto

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Asparagus
  • 300 g Thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Cream Cheese

Method:

  1. Put a small amount of garlic cream cheese on a slice of prosciutto
  2. Place three cleaned and trimmed asparagus stalks on the prosciutto
  3. Roll and wrap the prosciutto around the asparagus
  4. On a medium heat, grill the asparagus for a few minutes each side.

Courtesy Chef Christopher Tan, www.thefoodfella.com

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Quinoa and grilled asparagus salad

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Quinoa, native to South America, is combined with Ontario grilled vegetables in this easy-to-prepare salad bursting with refreshing flavour. This vegetarian salad is a great option for brunch and outdoor celebrations, as a main dish salad or as a side salad to accompany grilled meat, chicken or fish.

Quinoa and grilled asparagus salad

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 Ontario Greenhouse Sweet Pepper (any colour), seeded    and quartered
  • 1 large Ontario Onion, cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) orange juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario Liquid Honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper

Method:

  1. In medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 2 cups (500 mL) water to boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Place in serving bowl; let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, place asparagus, sweet pepper and onion on rimmed baking sheet; brush with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil. Place vegetables directly on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning occasionally, until tender-crisp and lightly marked, 5 to 10 minutes, transferring back to baking sheet as they are done.  Let cool slightly. Cut into bite-size pieces; stir into quinoa along with chickpeas and parsley.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together remaining oil, orange rind and juice, honey, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over quinoa mixture and toss to coat. Serve at room temperature.

Tips: For a Brazilian flair, substitute black beans for chickpeas. For a Chilean twist, use cilantro instead of parsley.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith/Foodland Ontario, www.foodlandontario.ca

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Grilled asparagus and South American pepper sauce

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Chilean Pebre sauce is low fat, easy to make and adds just the right zip.  Choose uniform asparagus stalks for easier timing on the grill.  Serve hot or at room temperature.  The sauce is also good with grilled meats or fish.

Grilled asparagus and South American pepper sauce

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Standing Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) minced Ontario Greenhouse Sweet Red Pepper
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) minced onion
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) minced fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each water and white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) hot red pepper flakes or smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed

Method:

  1. In small bowl or measuring cup, mix red pepper, onion, cilantro, 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the olive oil, water, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the oregano, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper; cover and let stand at least 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
  2. Mix remaining oil and oregano; brush on asparagus to coat well.  Place asparagus in grill basket or directly on grill over medium-high heat.  Close cover and grill, turning with tongs, for 3 to 5 minutes each side, or until just tender.  Place in shallow serving dish; top with sauce. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith/Foodland Ontario, www.foodlandontario.ca

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Blistered corn, asparagus, and pesto pizza

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Blistered corn, asparagus, and pesto pizza

Ingredients:

  • 2 ears corn, husks removed
  • 12 asparagus spears, woody bottoms discarded
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ¼ cup uncooked grits or polenta, for rolling the dough
  • 1 ball prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Basil Pesto or store-bought
  • 12 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, cut into 4 strips each
  • 6 ounces Brie, rind removed if preferred, cut into ¼-inch-thick strips, then cut into
  • 1-inch squares
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat the grill per the master instructions  for gas (page 11) or charcoal (page 14).
  2. Brush the corn and asparagus with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt, then place them on the cooking grate directly over the heat and grill, turning occasionally, until they begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool. To remove the kernels, stand the corn upright. Grip the top of the cob and slide your sharpest knife straight down between the cob and kernels. Cut the asparagus tips off,  then cut the remaining stalks into 1⁄4-inch pieces. Reserve both for topping.
  3. Roll out and shape the dough, then grill the  first side of the crust per the master instructions. Use tongs to transfer it from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side.
  4. Spread the entire surface with the pesto.  Sprinkle with the corn, asparagus, and tomatoes. Top with the cheese.
  5. Finish grilling the pizza per the master  instructions.
  6. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with the red  pepper, and season with salt and black pepper. Slice and serve immediately.

Courtesy Bob Blumer, www.bobblumer.com

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