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Brussels Sprouts Sliders

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  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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Grilled pork tenderloin

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

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Grilled pork tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Jamaican jerk spice paste
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 mango peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup each of finely chopped red pepper and celery
  • 1/4 cup each of finely chopped green onion and coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 each of salt and pepper
  • Lime wedges

Method:

  1. Brush the jerk paste all over the tenderloin. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours
  2. Meanwhile, toss the mango with the red pepper, celery, green onion, coriander, lime juice, oil, honey, salt and pepper and set aside
  3. Lightly grease the grill and cook
  4. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let it rest for five minutes and serve with mango chutney

Courtesy Rob Rainford

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The Perfect Sandwich Duo: Roasted chicken & Grilled portobello mushroom

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013

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Roast chicken with pear & brie sandwich

Serves 1

Prep Time: 10 min; Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Dempster’s Healthy Way Double My Fibre!
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) prepared caramelized onion jam
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) mixed salad greens
  • 3 thin slices bartlett pear
  • 2 thin slices of brie cheese
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and sliced

Method:

  1. Spread one slice of bread with caramelized onion jam and Dijon mustard.
  2. Top with mixed greens, pear, Brie cheese, chicken and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Grilled portobello mushroom with pesto aioli sandwich

Serves 1

Prep Time: 5 min; Cook Time: 10 min; Total Time: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Dempster’s Healthy Way Say No to Fat & Sugar!
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) prepared pesto
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) reduced fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium Portobello mushroom, cut into thick slices
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) Shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Packed alfalfa sprouts

Method:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Mix together pesto, mayonnaise and mustard, set aside.
  3. Toss mushroom slices with oil. Place on grill and cook for 5 minutes per.
  4. Spread pesto aioli over one slice of bread.
  5. Top with cabbage, mushroom, alfalfa sprouts, and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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Butternut sqaush soup

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

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Butternut sqaush soup

Yield 4 litres

Ingredients:

  • Butternut squash, peeled & cut into 2” cubes – 2.5 lb
  • Onion, julienne – ¾ lb
  • Ginger, peeled & sliced thin – 1 oz
  • Chicken stock – 2.5 L
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste
  • 35% cream – 1 Cup
  • Pure Maple Syrup – 2 Tbsp

Method:

  1. Heat a large stainless steel sauce pot over medium heat.
  2. Melt butter until foaming, add onions and ginger and sweat until translucent – no colour.
  3. Add squash and gently sweat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until squash is fully tender.
  5. While soup is cooking, carefully cut the top of the mini pumpkins as if you were going to carve it (so you can put the lid back on).  Hollow out the inside with a spoon and ensure it’s clean.
  6. Puree soup with immersion blender or in batches using stand blender, and pass through a fine sieve.
  7. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
  8. Just before serving whip the cream to stiff peak and fold in the maple syrup.
  9. Ladle the soup into the mini pumpkin bowls and top with a dollop of maple cream.

Courtesy Chef Graham Pelley, www.e11even.ca

Brussel sprout cups

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

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Brussel sprout cups

Yields 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • Brussels Sprouts, shredded  – ½ lb
  • Brussles Sprout Cups – blanched 36 pcs (outer leaves of large sprouts)
  • Butter – 1oz
  • Bacon, diced – 3oz
  • Shallots, minced – 2oz
  • Garlic, chopped – 1oz
  • White wine – ¼ Cup
  • 35% cream – ½ Cup
  • Truffle paste – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & pepper – to taste

Method:

  1. Heat a stainless steel sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Melt butter until foaming, add bacon and render.
  3. Add shallots and garlic, sauté until translucent.
  4. Deglaze with white wine, reduce wine by half.
  5. Add cream and truffle paste, reduce for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add in shredded brussel sprouts and cook in cream until tender and sauce has thickened – 2-3 minutes.
  7. While sauce is reducing begin laying out the blanched brussel sprout cups in stacks of two.
  8. When shredded sprouts are finished in the sauce, carefully spoon them into the cups, serve immediately.

Courtesy Chef Graham Pelley, www.e11even.ca

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Turkey dinner spoons

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

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Turkey dinner spoons

Yields 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • Stuffing – 1 cup
  • Pulled Turkey Meat – 1 cup
  • Peas – ¼ cup
  • Cranberry Sauce – 12 teaspoons
  • Gravy – 16 fl. Oz
  • Sage – ½ bunch chiffonade

Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375°F
  2. Wrap stuffing in tin foil or place in a covered casserole and heat in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until hot.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pot, bring gravy to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce to a simmer and add pulled turkey meat.  Cook for 3-5 minutes on low until turkey is heated through.
  4. Add peas and continue cooking for another 2 minutes until peas are hot.
  5. Remove stuffing from oven and place a small amount onto the Chinese spoons, then add a small portion of turkey, a few peas.
  6. Top with cranberry sauce and chiffonade of sage, serve immediately.

Courtesy Chef Graham Pelley, www.e11even.ca

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Mini chocolate banana flax cakes

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

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These cakes are soft and dense and have a wonderful rich, dark chocolate flavor, with none of the hidden ingredients or unhealthy fats of traditional desserts.

Mini chocolate banana flax cakes

Makes 6 small cakes

Ingredients:

  • One 1⁄2-cup (125 mL) ramekin, lined with plastic wrap
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chopped bananas
  • 1⁄2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2⁄3 cup raw cacao powder
  • Dash raw vanilla extract
  • 1 3⁄4 cups ground flax seeds

Method:

  1. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine bananas, agave nectar, cacao powder and vanilla. Process until smooth, stopping motor to scrape down sides of work bowl as necessary. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add ground flax seeds and mix well. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes to allow seeds to absorb the liquid and swell.
  3. Using a 1⁄2-cup (125 mL) measure, scoop mixture into prepared ramekin and, using your fingers, gently press to distribute evenly. Turn ramekin over onto a serving plate and tap on the bottom to release cake. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Courtesy Robert Rose Inc., www.robertrose.ca 

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Angel hair beets and greens

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

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This is a simple way to enjoy a delicious raw pasta dish, using fresh beets.

Angel hair beets and greens

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • Mandoline
  • 1⁄4 cup cold-pressed (extra virgin)
  • olive oil, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp filtered water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 medium beets, greens attached

Method:

  1. In a blender, combine 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice, 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) salt, hemp seeds, water and nutritional yeast. Blend at high speed until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  2. Remove greens from beets, cutting off and discarding stems. Set leaves aside. Using a vegetable peeler, peel beets. Using mandoline, slice beets approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) thick. Stack slices on top of each other and, using a sharp chef’s knife, cut into strips approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) wide. Place in a bowl, cover and set aside.
  3. On cutting board, roll up beet greens to form cylindrical shapes. Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut cylinders into strips approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) thick.
  4. In a bowl, combine greens, beets and remaining olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss until well combined. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes, until softened.
  5. Toss hemp seed sauce with beet mixture. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Courtesy Robert Rose Inc., www.robertrose.ca 

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Vij’s Thanksgiving turkey coconut curry

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 4th, 2013

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Vij’s Thanksgiving turkey coconut curry

Serves 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp saffron (optional)
  • ¼ cup very hot water (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds or black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp asafetida (optional)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic (6 medium cloves)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 5 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 pound of cooked turkey – Thanksgiving leftovers are perfect!

Method:

  1. Place saffron threads in a small bowl. Add water and soak for 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat oil on medium-high for 45 seconds. Add cumin (or mustard) seeds. Allow cumin seeds to sizzle for 30 seconds (or wait 1 to 2 minutes for mustard seeds to start popping). Sprinkle in asafetida, stir, then immediately add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add turmeric, salt, cayenne and paprika and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and stock. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add cooked turkey, cover, decrease the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in saffron and its water. Stir in cilantro and serve immediately.

Courtesy Vikram Vij, www.vijs.ca

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