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Orzo salad with roasted Ontario peppers and cucumbers

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 27th, 2016

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Serves: Makes 6 cups, 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups (375 mL) barley or orzo pasta)
  • 2 Ontario Greenhouse Red or Yellow Peppers, halved, and seeded
  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced Ontario Greenhouse Cucumbers
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) chopped red onion
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) chopped fresh dill

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves Ontario Garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) each salt, black pepper and smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil

Method:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well; place in large bowl.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and toss with hot pasta. Set aside to cool, loosening with a fork occasionally.
  3. Place peppers, cut side down, on greased baking sheet and broil 6 inches
  4. (15 cm) from element until blackened, about 10 minutes. Place in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Cool enough to handle. Remove skin and coarsely chop.
  5. Add peppers, cucumber, red onion and dill to pasta. Toss to mix well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Courtesy of Mairlyn Smith

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Asian-style sheet pan chicken

Cityline | posted Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014

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Try this Asian-inspired chicken with rice by Chef Ricardo — a perfect weeknight dinner with great leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

Asian-style sheet pan chicken

Serves: 6

Ingredients for rice:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups parboiled rice

Ingredients for chicken:

  • 6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 broccoli, cut into large florets
  • ¼ lb snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sambal oelek

Method:

To cook the rice, bring the chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan then add the rice. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 18 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat. Stir and let rest covered for 3 to 5 minutes, until the rice is tender.

For the chicken, preheat the oven’s broiler with the rack in the highest position.

Place the chicken opened flat on one half of a baking sheet.

Place the vegetables on the other half. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and toss lightly, then season with salt and pepper.

Broil for about 15 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked. Remove from the oven.

Cut the meat into thin strips. Combine the chicken and vegetables with the hoisin sauce and sambal oelek. Serve with the rice.

Optional: If desired, keep 1 ½ cups of the rice and 1 ½ cups of the chicken for Leftover Chicken Fried Rice.

Courtesy Ricardo Larrivee
www.ricardocuisine.com/en
@ricardorecipes

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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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Indian spice-roasted chicken with pan gravy and basmati rice

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Dec 2nd, 2013

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Indian spice-roasted chicken with pan gravy

Serves 4, generously

Ingredients:

  • 1 3-4 lb Chicken, whole
  • ½ Lemon
  • ½ Onion
  • 1 tsp Canola oil
  • ½ tsp cracked Black Peppercorns
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced (a microplane or garlic press makes light work of this)
  • ½ tsp Ginger root, minced
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground Turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Lemon, zested (use a microplane or fine grater)
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Onion, cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 Carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks Celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F.  Remove and discard the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity.  Sprinkle the cavity with a good pinch of both salt and pepper.  Place the lemon and onion halves inside the chicken cavity.  Tuck the wingtips under the body and tie the end joints of the legs together with kitchen twine (unless your chicken pre-tied).
  2. In a small bowl, use a spoon to combine the softened butter with the flavouring ingredients from the minced garlic through to the brown sugar.  Set aside.
  3. Now for the fun part: it’s time to get to know your chicken a little better… With gloved or ungloved hands (gloves are ideal if you have longer fingernails), wiggle your fingers under the skin covering the breast and leg meat to loosen.  Be careful not to tear the skin.  Use a small teaspoon to spread the flavoured butter mixture under the skin and spread it all over the breast and leg meat.
  4. In the center of a heavy-duty roasting pan, place onion wedges, carrot and celery pieces in a tight cluster.  You are keeping them close together to create a rack for the chicken to roast upon.  Place the chicken on top of the vegetable “rack” for roasting.
  5. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes at 475°F.  Lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for another hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.  The chicken is considered fully cooked when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 185°F.
  6. Transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board and allow it to rest 10-15 minutes before carving.  Meanwhile, it’s time to make the pan gravy.

Pan gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups low sodium Chicken Stock
  • Contents of roasting pan
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Use a wide spoon to skim and discard the excess fat from the chicken drippings.
  2. Once skimmed, place the entire pan (including roasted vegetables) onto the stove covering two burners.  Depending on your stove, one burner may be slightly exposed; ensure that it is the burner furthest away from you.
  3. Over medium-high heat add the flour to the pan and use a whisk to incorporate into the oil.  Continue stirring with whisk for 2 minutes before adding the chicken stock.  Simmer until the pan gravy thickens to the desired consistency.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve, season and enjoy with the roasted chicken.

Note:  This is a basic pan sauce technique that can be applied to many types of proteins.  Keep it in your repertoire!

Basmati rice with carrots and raisins 

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  • 2 Cups Basmati rice, rinsed well
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 Shallots, chopped
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Star Anise, whole
  • ½ tsp ground Cumin
  • 2 pods Green Cardamom, whole
  • 1 ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Carrots coarsely grated, approximately 2 cups
  • 1 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 4 ½ Cups Water (be mindful that slightly more/less water may be required)

Method:

  1. In a fine mesh sieve rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear.  Soak rice in a bowl filled with cold water for at least 15 minutes, up to one hour.  Drain.
  2. In a skillet, heat the canola oil over medium heat.  Add the shallots, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, cardamom and salt; sauté 2 minutes until fragrant.  Add rice and sauté for an additional two minutes to toast the rice.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid, adjusting the heat so that the liquid is gently bubbling while covered.  After 10 minutes, stir in the carrots and raisins with a fork.  Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork and taste for doneness.  Adjust seasoning according to your taste.  Remove the cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom pods before plating for service.  The cinnamon stick and star anise may be used to garnish the rice. Enjoy!

Courtesy Camille Moore, @CAMI_cooks

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How to Feed a Family: Glazed green vegetables

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

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How to Feed a Family: Glazed green vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
  • 2 handful green beans trimmed
  • 3tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt pepper
  • 1 cup peas (frozen are fine)

Method:

  1. Place the asparagus and beans in a medium-sized frying pan.
  2. Add enough water to not quite cover the veggies.
  3. Add the butter, sugar and a pinch salt and pepper. Place lid on top.
  4. Simmer over med heat until the veggies are almost tender, 3 min.
  5. Add Peas and cook for 1 min. Shake pan so everything gets covered in the glaze. Check the beans to see if they’re tender as you like and serve.

Courtesy Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, www.sweetpotatochronicles.com

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How to Feed a Family: Corn pancakes

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

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How to Feed a Family: Corn pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 4 scallions trimmed and chopped from white to beginning of green

Method:

  1. Pour frozen corn into small bowl and set aside to thaw. Separate the eggs and whip up whites into soft peaks
  2. In another bowl, mix the egg yolks with buttermilk and oil
  3. In yet another bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking pwdr,salt and sugar.
  4. Add the egg yolk mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in thawed corn and scallions. Gently fold in the egg whites. Allow batter to stand for 10 min before cooking.
  5. Heat small amount of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter for each pancake in to hot pan, allow bubbles to form along the edges of the pancakes, flip and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve with tzatziki and salsa.

Courtesy Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, www.sweetpotatochronicles.com

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