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Brussels Sprouts Sliders

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017



  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large sweet or yellow onions, sliced thin
  • Salt to taste
  • 20 large brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • a dash of liquid smoke (if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces tempeh, cut into thin slices
  • 5 teaspoons grainy mustard


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, heat for a minute, then add the onions and a sprinkling of salt. Stir frequently, making sure to stir from the bottom of the pan up, to dislodge any sticking onions. They will begin to yellow and shrink in volume, as they darken from yellow to more of a caramel color, lower the heat. Keep cooking until they are at the desired state. This usually takes between 25 and 35 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Cut the brussels sprouts in half from top to bottom, keeping the two halves close together. If you don’t , you will have to search for a pair that fits well together after they have roasted. Mix together two tablespoons olive oil, tamari, pressed garlic, cumin, cayenne and liquid smoke in a bowl to make the marinade. Taking one complete brussels sprouts pair at a time, dip both halves in the marinade. Remove and let sit cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, then turn the sprouts and bake 7 more minutes.
  4. Prepare a second parchment lined baking sheet. Pour the marinade into a baking pan and let the tempeh sit in it for 20 minutes, then turn all the pieces and let them marinade another 10 minutes. Remove the tempeh and set them up without touching on the baking sheet. If there is any reserved marinade, brush over the remaining pieces.
  5. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes, gently turn, and bake for 5 minutes more. Cool onions, brussels sprouts and tempeh for assembly.
  6. Take one half of a brussels sprout, smear with mustard, add a piece of tempeh cut to fit the size of the sprout, add some onions (I used a melon baller for this). Take the other half of the brussels sprout and position it so the two spouts are like the buns on a burger, with the cut sides facing each other, and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Warm on a baking pan in a 325 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Courtesy of The New York Times


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Berry blast smoothie bowl

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Jan 4th, 2016



  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup finely chopped romaine stems
  • 1 frozen banana, broken in half
  • 1 Gala apple, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp manuka honey, optional


  1. WHIRL blueberries, blackberries, romaine stems, banana, apple, yogurt and manuka honey (optional) in a blender until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Pour into 2 bowls.
  2. TOP with your choice of smoothie toppers. (Above: Mangoes and kiwis add extra antioxidants to this berry blend.)

Smart smoothie toppers

Pepitas: Just 2 tbsp contains 5 g of protein and 5 g of fibre.

Figs: High in vitamin K, fibre and copper.

Goji berries: Great source of vitamins A and C.

Almonds: The nut with the most fibre: 3 g in 2 tbsp

Chia: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein and fibre.

Flax: Nearly 4 g of fibre in 2 tbsp. Ground seeds are easier for your body to absorb.

Hemp hearts: Full of protein, magnesium and healthy fats.

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Dried fruit compote

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Apr 11th, 2014

Dried fruit compote

Makes – 3 cups (750 mL) dried fruit and 1 cup (250 mL) juice

Serves – 6 – ½ cup (125 mL) per serving


  • 2 cups (500 mL) Tropicana® Orange Creations 100% Orange and Grapefruit Juice ™
  • 20 prunes
  • 20 PC® Dried Apricots
  • ½ cup (125 mL) PC® Dried Cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  1. In a medium pot stir all the juice, prunes, apricots and dried cranberries together. Submerge cinnamon sticks.
  2. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 min. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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Peach and cherry crumble

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

Peach and cherry crumble


  • 1 cup peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp
  • 4 tbsp oats
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Mix together the fruit, corn starch, granulated sugar and lemon juice.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.
  3. Evenly divide the fruit mixture between the two ramekins and cover with the oat topping. Place into toaster oven to bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with Vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive,

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