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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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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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Lentil and hulless oats salad

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 16th, 2014

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Lentil and hulless oats salad

Makes – 5 cups (1.25 L)

Serves – 4 – 1 ¼ cup (300 mL)

Ingredients:

The night before or earlier in the day:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) hulless oats
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water

Salad:

  • ¼ cup (60 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cold pressed canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grainy Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 – 19 fl oz. /540 mL can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked hulless oats
  • 1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped fresh parsley, loosely packed
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) diced red onion
  • 1 cup (500 mL) dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh mint

Method:

  1. In a medium saucepan add oats and water. Bring to the boil; reduce to simmer,  and gently boil for 25-35 minutes. Remove from heat, let sit covered for 10 minutes, remove lid and cool. Store in a covered container overnight or let cool to room temperature and add to the salad.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, Dijon, cinnamon and cayenne. Add drained and rinsed lentils. Toss.
  3. Toss in cooked oats and toss until just combined.
  4. Add parsley, red onion, dried cranberries and mint. Toss until just combined. Serve. Store any leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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Cranberry orange muffins

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 16th, 2014

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Cranberry orange muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) oat bran
  • 1 omega-3 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 mL) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh or frozen whole cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C.) Line a muffin tin with paper cup liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together all the wet ingredients: oat bran, egg, buttermilk and the brown sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl using a wire whisk or a fork mix together all the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and the cinnamon. Add the dried cranberries, whole cranberries and the zest from the orange.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop into muffin cups. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until done.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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Sun-roasted carrot and chicken salad

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Created and inspired by professional chef Mark McEwan for Sun Life Financial – as part of the company’s commitment to help with the prevention and management of diabetes, this recipe demonstrates that healthy meals can be easy and full of flavour.

A combination of sweet and savoury, it’s a carrot and chicken recipe loaded with crunchy bites and topped with a kick of horseradish dressing. Packed with protein and heart-healthy veggies, this salad is sure to provide you with a boost of energy.

Sun-roasted carrot and chicken salad

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time: 30 minutes 

Portions: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Dressing 

  • 1 tbsp juice of lemon
  • 75 ml white balsamic vinegar
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • Pinch of salt 1/4 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients and slowly stream into the oil while whisking.

Carrot Salad

  • 500 g carrots
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 ml avocado, sliced
  • 2 green onions
  • 12 sprigs coriander (cilantro)
  • 50 ml celery hearts

Chicken breast

  • 450 gr chicken breast
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

Whisk mustard, oil and seasoning in a bowl to make marinade. Coat chicken and grill. Slice when slightly cooled.

Method:

  1. Toss carrots in olive oil and salt and roast at 375F until tender (should still have a “bite” to them).
  2. Place carrots and avocado on the plate and drizzle with 2 tsp of the dressing.
  3. Place sliced chicken breast on the carrots and avocado and top with green onion, coriander sprigs and celery hearts.
  4. Drizzle on additional dressing as garnish.

Courtesy Chef Mark McEwan, @Chef_MarkMcEwan

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Hot house tomato and pepper pasta with tuna

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 5th, 2014

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Hot house tomato and pepper pasta with tuna

Makes 9 cups (2.2 L)

One serving = 1 ½ cups (375 mL)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 – 340 g (12 oz) box Barilla gluten free pasta, I used penne
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced and set aside
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 – 500 mL container cherry tomatoes, washed and cut into halves
  • ½ yellow hot house pepper, sliced thinly
  • ½ orange hot house pepper, slice thinly
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1- 170 g tin of Skipjack chunk light tuna packed in water, drained, broken up with a fork
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Heat a large pot of water over high heat on to boil.
  2. Have all of your ingredients, prepped and ready to go, cooking a pasta dish the Italian way is all about fresh delicious seasonal ingredients and timing.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Put timer on for 8 minutes. (the pasta will cook in the boiling water and finish cooking in the vegetable mixture)
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat; add 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil and shallots, sauté for 3-5 minutes until golden brown and soft.
  5. Add tomatoes and peppers continue sautéing until the tomatoes are beginning to get soft about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add capers and garlic. If the vegetables look dry add ¼- ½ cup (60-125 mL) of the hot pasta cooking water. Stir into the vegetables.
  7. When the pasta has boiled for 8-9 minutes, reserve another ¼- ½ cup (60-125 mL) of the hot pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta well and add to the vegetables. Toss in well. If that pasta looks dry add more of the reserves pasta water. Add tuna and toss gently. Taste for doneness, if the pasta is al dente remove from heat, drizzle with the rest of the oil. If the pasta is not al dente cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then drizzle with remaining oil. Tear the basil into small pieces and sprinkle on top. Toss gently and serve.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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A healthy twist on the classic burger

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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While the origin of the hamburger is attributed to Hamburg Germany, Canadians have adopted it as their own and Toronto is in the middle of a burger war. Whether it’s an opulent $100 Kobe creation or a cost-effective cut of street meat, locals are devouring beef patties between two buns in mass quantities.

Cher Corbin offers his take on an all-Canadian burger by keeping the meat lean and adding fresh toppings. He substitutes a creamy black bean hummus for cheese and with all that flavour we promise you won’t miss the bacon!

Healthy twists on the classic burger

Yield 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small shallot- minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce – recipe below
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ head iceberg lettuce- cut into 6 small wedges
  • 6 slices of Beef Steak Tomato
  • 3 large whole wheat Kaiser Rolls-sliced in half

Method:

  1. Combine in mixer, form patties, and grill.

Black Bean Hummus topping

  • 1 ½ cup drained, rinsed & cooked black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • juice from 1 lime
  • pinch of sea salt

Black Bean Hummus method

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a small food processor and pulse lightly to incorporate all of the flavors and to form a thick hummus.

Tangy BBQ sauce ingredients

  • ½ cup minced fresh onion 3 cloves garlic- minced
  • ½ cup ketchup ½ cup tinned tomato sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar 2 tbsp. molasses
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. chili powder ¼ tsp. cracked black pepper
  • ½ tbsp. Tabasco pepper sauce ½ cup low sodium veg or chicken broth

BBQ sauce method

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook the sauce for 20-30 minutes, be sure to stir periodically and not over heat or burn the sauce.

Courtesy Corbin Tomaszeski, @ChefCorbin

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Vikram Vij’s Indian salmon and potato cakes

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Apr 29th, 2014

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Vikram Vij’s Indian salmon and potato cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb fresh, wild salmon
  • a little over ½ lb russet potatoes, boiled and mashed (about 1 potato)
  • ¼ lb boiled yams, mashed (about 1 yam)
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped jalapeño peppers
  • ¼ to ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ Tbsp garam masala or 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ajwain seeds
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ½ cup canola oil for frying pan

Method:

  1. Lightly pound coriander seeds in a mortar or on a plate with a heavy spoon. (You just want to break the seeds in half.) Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs in a small bowl.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Immerse salmon and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and allow salmon to cool. Peel off the skin.
  4. Thoroughly combine all ingredients except the oil in a large mixing bowl. With your hands, form round cakes about 2 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Set them on a baking tray.
  5. Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in a shallow nonstick frying pan on high heat. Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat to medium so that the cakes don’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn. Place 2 cakes in the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn cakes over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.The cakes should be brown and crispy on both sides.
  6. Repeat, using 1 Tbsp of oil for 2 cakes, until all cakes are cooked. Serve cakes as they cook or keep cooked cakes warm on a plate in the oven while the remaining ones are cooking.

Courtesy Vikram Vij, www.vijs.ca

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