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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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Butternut squash done two ways

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013


Butternut squash soup

Yields: serves 6-8


  • 2 butternut squash peeled and seeded (use one for the soup and save the other for P2)
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 red onion, peeled
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • salt and pepper to coat for roasting and some for seasoning at end
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Cut the butternut squash, onions and apples into 1-inch cubes (approximately the same size so they cook in the same time).
  2. Place the cut squash, onions and apples on a sheet pan and coat with the olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft, do not burn.
  4. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot on top of the stove, add the half of the roasted butternut squash (reserve the balance for Produce 2) onions and apples, and then add the broth.
  5. Bring to a boil. Turn down to low and then mash all the vegetables with the broth together. You can use an immersion blender or a food processor till fully processed and the consistency you like.
  6. Add the curry powder and check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed, serve immediately.

butternuthummus-featuredButternut squash hummus

Serves 4


  • Half of the remaining Roasted Butternut Squash from Cook Once


  1. Add roasted squash at room temperature or from the fridge to your basic hummus recipe and enjoy a sweeter variation. Squash is also a great immune booster so a wonderful alternative to regular root vegetables. See our Humble Hummus recipe.

Courtesy Marlene MacPherson, www.rogerstv.com/marlenesharvest

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Carrot and squash soup

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

Carrot and squash soup


  • 2 cups fresh carrot juice, room temp.  (Best if you have a juicer and can make your own.)
  • 1/2 butternut squash, meat only, no skin, cubed (about 2 C)
  • 1/2 -2 very ripe avocados
  • 4 green onions OR 1 medium-sized leek washed very well, chopped
  • 3 tbsp hempseed or hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp raw pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. To blender, add juice, squash, onions and pine nuts.  Blend on HIGH for 30 seconds, and then bringing down to medium speed for about 2 more minutes.  Your aim is to puree it well, but to also slightly warm the soup.
  2. Once you are happy with the consistency, add the avocado, oil, cumin, ginger and a pinch of sea salt and pepper (to taste.)  Run on low to medium for another 30 – 60 seconds.
  3. Top each serving with 1 tbsp hempseeds.

Courtesy Meg Pearson,

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Yellow tomato and charred-pineapple gazpacho

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

Yellow tomato and charred-pineapple gazpacho

Yields 1 litre


  • 4 ea, Yellow tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ ea, Pineapple, sliced
  • 2ea, Shallots, chopped
  • ½ bunch, Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup, Orange juice
  • ¼ cup, Lemon juice
  • 1 ea, Garlic, clove
  • 1 cup, Crab meat
  • 1 tbsp, Yellow bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 tsp, Ginger, small dice
  • 1 tsp, Lemon juice
  • 1 cup, Baby arugula
  • ½ cup, Basil
  • 1tsp , Lemon juice
  • ½ cup, Canola oil


  1. For the gazpacho: Char pineapple slices on a grill to intensify. Let cool at room temperature.  In a blender add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Season with salt and white pepper. Strain through a colander to achieve a smooth texture. Reserve in the refrigerator.
  2. For crab mix: In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  3. For pesto: In a food processor add basil arugula and lemon. Pulse until just incorporated.  Blend while adding oil to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  4. To serve: In a bowl place a small ring mold into the centre. Stuff with crab mixture. Remove mold and pour gazpacho until ¾ of the way up the crab mix. Garnish soup with arugula basil pesto and enjoy!

Courtesy Christian Pritchard

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