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Kale and kidney beans with sundried tomatoes and walnuts

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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A delicious use of kale, a super-veggie, and walnuts, which are rich in healthy oils. Serve this Italian dish with rice.

Kale and kidney beans with sundried tomatoes and walnuts

Makes 4 servings

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 large kale leaves, torn up
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped walnuts
  • 4–5 Tbsp (60–75 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and pepper (for Heart Disease use sodium substitute)

Method:

  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté the onion until tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Add the beans, kale, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, vinegar, and sea salt and pepper to taste and heat through, stirring, for about 5 minutes.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport

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Chard and pomegranate salad

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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This one comes from the ancient land of Persia and features the pomegranate, a fruit rich in healthy nutrients.

Chard and pomegranate salad

Makes 4 servings

Time:  5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1 L) red and green chard, bite-size pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (optional; omit for Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) honey (optional; omit for Candida, Diabetes, Vegan Diet)
  • sea salt and pepper (for Heart Disease use sodium substitute)

Method:

  1. Place the three veggies in a large serving bowl in the order listed.
  2. Scatter the pomegranate seeds overtop.
  3. Mix together the pomegranate juice, olive oil, honey (if using), and sea salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour over the salad.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport 

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Potato and chickpea roti

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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Potato and chickpea roti

Makes 5–6 rotis

Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) mango or apple juice
  • 3–4 Tbsp (45–60 mL) garlic chili hot sauce
  • 3–4 tsp (15–20 mL) curry powder
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped greens
  • whole-wheat tortillas (for use brown-rice tortillas)

Method:

  1. In a pot, place the potatoes and onion and just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cover.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat further to low and add the chickpeas, juice, garlic chili hot sauce and curry powder and cook for about 10 minutes, partially covered, stirring now and then.
  4. Add the greens and cook, stirring now and then, for another 5 minutes.
  5. Place some of this mixture in a tortilla and roll it up. Serve hot or cold.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport

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Spicy chocolate pop ‘em balls

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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Spicy and good. The antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and the heart-friendly cayenne give these balls quite a health punch for a dessert. And they are rich in almonds, too.

Spicy chocolate pop ‘em balls

Makes about 10 balls

Time 10 to 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) pitted dried dates
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) pure cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
  • apple juice as needed

Method:

  1. Place the dates, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder and cayenne pepper in a food processor, and blend until fairly smooth.
  2. Add just enough apple juice to make everything stick together. Form into balls, using 1 to 2 tbsp (15–30 mL) of mix for each. Allow to harden in the fridge.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport

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Raw Reset: Start your day with raw food

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014

Almond milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Almonds, soaked at least 6 hours
  • 4 C water
  • 2 dates
  • 2 t vanilla

Method:

Drain almonds from soaking water. Add to blender with water, dates and vanilla. Process for 2 minutes. Strain through nutmilk bag. You can save the remaining pulp, dehydrate it and use it as flour for other recipes. ALTERNATIVE: 4 Cups water & 2 T raw nut butter

Chia seed pudding for one

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh almond milk or coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 banana mashed (keep 3 slices for garnish)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to an hour and then mix again. Serve in a glass dish with sliced banana and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve with a side on tropical fruit.

Green powder smoothie for one

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 2-3 Frozen Bananas (very frozen) chopped up
  • ½ cup another frozen tropical fruit (mango, peaches, pineapple or berries)
  • 5 leaves of kale or lettuce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (4-5 sprigs)
  • 1 Tbsp maca
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • 1 tsp spirulina

Raw oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • ½ C raw oats
  • ½ C almond or coconut milk
  • ¼ raisins
  • 1 apple, shredded
  • 1 banana mashed

*Coconut flakes to garnish

Method:

  1. Mash banana well in bowl
  2. Add in remaining ingredients, stirring well. Let sit and garnish with coconut before serving.

Courtesy Meghan Pearson, www.meghanpearson.cawww.haciendadelsolcr.com

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Vanilla-eggnog cheesecake

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Dec 4th, 2013

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Vanilla-eggnog cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups Honey Maid Graham Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cupplus
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Scrape inside of vanilla bean into batter; discard pod. Add flour and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Blend in rum. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 40 min. or until centre is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.
  5. Beat cream and remaining sugar in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Use to garnish cheesecake. Sprinkle with remaining nutmeg.

Courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheese, www.phillycanada.com

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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 

DSC06114Ingredients:

  • 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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Five easy recipes using tortillas

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013

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Classic chicken fajitas

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 package chicken breast fillets, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil, divided
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 each green and red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Dempster’s large tortillas, warmed

Method:

  1. Season chicken with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, pepper and half the oil.
  2. Heat remaining oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add onions and peppers. Continue cooking until onions are tender crisp, about 5 minutes.
  3. Divide chicken mixture between warmed tortillas. Fold in both edges and roll up to serve.

Turkey and apple wraps

DSC05875Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 (150g) Package Maple Leaf Prime® Fully Cooked and Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Sliced green onion
  • 2 Dempster’s® Ancient Grains Large Tortillas
  • 1 Tart apple, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Lightly packed arugula

Method:

  1. Toss turkey, mustard, mayonnaise, pepper and green onion together.
  2. Divide turkey mixture between tortillas and top each with sliced apple and arugula. Fold in sides of tortillas and roll up to serve.

Margherita Tortilla Pizza

DSC05859Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Dempster’s WholeGrains® Ancient Grains Small Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Olive oil
  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) Olivieri® Olive Oil & Garlic Pesto
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 Thinly sliced Roma tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL) Freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) Fresh basil leaves, torn

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Arrange tortillas on two, parchment paper lined baking trays. Brush both sides with olive oil and prick with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  3. Spread each tortilla with pesto sauce and top with Mozzarella cheese, and sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese. Return to the oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with freshly torn basil leaves.

Mexican tortilla lasagna

DSC05864Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (500 g) Ground beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) Can green enchilada sauce or green salsa
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Salsa
  • 1 (15 oz) Can corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Lime juice
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 4 Large Dempster’s®WholeGrains™Ancient Grains Tortillas
  • 4 cups (1 L) Shredded Tex Mex cheese

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Lightly coat an 8” square (2 L) casserole dish with non‑stick cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium‑high heat. Cook beef, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until lightly browned, about 10 ‑12 minutes. Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon. Add onion and garlic to same pan and cook until soft and fragrant. Add the next nine ingredients and beef back into the skillet. Simmer 3‑4 minutes.
  3. Spoon a thin layer of the beef mixture on the bottom of the casserole and place tortillas on top, trim to fit a single layer. Spoon 1/3 of the beef mixture over the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese. Repeat layers ending with the beef mixture and the cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for 30‑40 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Allow to rest 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Cajun shrimp soft tacos with lime crema

DSC05867Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (454 g) 21/25 count shrimp
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) Cajun spice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Radishes, diced
  • ½ Red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Orange pepper, thinly sliced
  • 6 Dempster’s® Original Small Tortillas
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Guacamole

Lime crema:

  • ½ cup (125 mL) Sour cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Lime juice
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Cajun spice
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Toss shrimp with cajun spice.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes or until just turning pink. Add radishes, onion and peppers and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Place tortillas on a microwaveable plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat tortillas in the microwave using 30-second intervals until they are warmed through.
  4. Assemble tacos by dividing the shrimp mixture evenly between tortillas. Top with tomatoes, guacamole, and lime crema.
  5. For the lime crema, together all of the ingredients and set aside until ready to use.

Courtesy Dempster’s, www.dempsters.ca

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