Black Bean and Corn Chili

This “big bowl of red” is perfect for practising knife skills and feeding a crowd. It’s a one-pot meal loaded with goodness. The spices add amazing flavours making it deep and rich in taste, but not overly hot. A bonus is that many of the veggies you will be eating grow locally in BC. This recipe can be made with canned pantry ingredients, spices and frozen vegetables, all of which have a long shelf-life. It is also inexpensive and great for batch-cooking making it the perfect recipe to add to your repertoire. Making chili can be competitive as everyone thinks their chili recipe is the best, including us! We think our Project CHEF chili is THE best recipe out there. Try it out, we’ll let you decide.

Yield: Serves 5 – 6 people
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes
Cooking time: About 45 minutes

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Whole Wheat Quesadilla

If you are new to cooking, this is a great recipe to practice many important cooking skills, in particular, knife skills. You will have the opportunity to practice your Claw & Saw as you precisely cut the tomatoes and onion. This simple recipe can be put together in a flash, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in flavour. It is one of our favourites and is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Roll up your sleeves, wash your hands and let’s get started!

Yield: 5 quesadillas
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes
Cooking time: About 4 – 5 minutes each

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Crispy Tostadas

We can travel the world through food and today we are preparing a delicious snack that is a popular street food in Mexico, Central America and South America. A tostada is a crispy tortilla typically made out of corn, however, it can also be made with wheat tortillas. Try making your own Whole Wheat Tortillas using our Project CHEF recipe. You can use a variety of different toppings to build your tostada. Some of our favourites are our Black Bean Dip, fresh Tomato Salsa and of course, Guacamole. Check out our video with the whole Project CHEF team teaching you how to make this these tasty tostadas.

Yield: 6 – 8 servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

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How to Make Tostadas

We can travel the world through food and today we are preparing a delicious snack that is a popular street food in Mexico and Central America. A tostada is a crispy tortilla typically made out of corn, however, it can also be made with wheat tortillas. Tostadas can be made with a variety of toppings. Experiment to find your favourites.

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Whole Wheat Tortillas

Tortillas are flatbreads popular in Latin American cuisine, and are eaten at all times of the day. They are often made with corn, a whole grain that is grown abundantly in Latin American countries, but can also be made with wheat, which is plentiful here in Canada. They are readily available in most grocery stores, but often, the package lists ingredients that we don’t recognize! When we make tortillas at home, we know all of the ingredients. This is a fun project to try, perhaps for Taco Tuesday?

Yield: 8 x 20cm (8”) tortillas
Preparation Time: including resting time, about 40 minutes
Cooking Time: about 10 minutes

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa is amazing in late summer when local tomatoes are showing up at markets and in stores. But even now in the spring, it brings a bit of brightness and a splash of summer. In Spanish, Pico de Gallo literally means beak of the rooster. Why do you think they might call salsa “the beak of the rooster”?

Yield: About 1 cup
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes

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Summer Black Bean Dip

Summer Black Bean Dip is a favourite recipe of the Project CHEF team. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also fun to make. Practice your mashing skills using a fork and your hands. Test your knife skills by precisely cutting onion into super thin slices. Serve it with chips for a snack or with tacos, burritos or quesadillas. We added some feta crumbles to yum it up. See our guacamole and tomato salsa recipes to make this a meal.

Yield: About 1 cup
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes

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Super Fast Guacamole

This is one of our favorite ways to spice up a Friday night dinner when we are all too tired to be fancy in the kitchen but want our food to feel like a celebration. You can use guacamole in many ways including as a dip, spread on toast or tostadas and serving it with tacos or quesadillas. This recipe is often one that kids make again and again after completing our classroom program.

Yield: About ¾ cup (175mL)
Preparation Time: About 10 minutes

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Fish Tacos

In Project CHEF, we love to serve our meals family-style. With this Fresh Fish Tacos recipe, everyone at your table will have the chance to assemble their very own taco. With plenty of options on the table, choose the ingredients you love. We highly recommend adding our Project CHEF Pico de Gallo when making these tacos at home.

Yield: 4 servings, 2 tacos each
Preparation time: About 30 minutes
Cooking time for fish: About 5 minutes a side (if about 2 to 3cm thick)

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Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajita is a family favourite meal. It’s interactive as family members can build their own fajita. Place the fillings in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in. Filled with bright, fresh flavours, it’s sure to bring smiles around the table.

Yield: 4 – 5 Fajitas
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

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