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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Whole Wheat Focaccia

Baking bread might be your best excuse for a science experiment at home. It’s fun to watch yeast come alive in the right environment and work it’s magic on dough. Practice your accurate measuring skills in this recipe and use math to divide the Focaccia into fair amounts for everyone in your household. It’s going to smell heavenly and you’ll want to eat it warm because it’s just too hard to resist. Focaccia is an Italian flat bread. You can use different toppings, however this recipe calls for the classic Italian flavours of rosemary and parmesan cheese.

Yield: one dinner-plate sized loaf
Preparation Time: 1 ½ hours, including rising time
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

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Macaroni & Cheese

This recipe is a favourite in the Project CHEF kitchens. It tastes so much better than the one from a box, and you’ll recognize all of the ingredients. Bonus: this is also a delicious way to eat broccoli!

Yield: 5 servings
Preparation Time: About 40 minutes
Cooking Time: About 20-25 minutes

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Fresh Corn Chowder

Cooking with ingredients that are in season makes a recipe taste so much better. In BC, corn is a summer grain and this Fresh Corn Chowder is best made when you see fresh cobs of BC corn at your local market. You can use frozen corn if you really can’t wait to try this soup but making this at the peak of summer with fresh corn will make a big difference to the flavour of the chowder. This recipe comes from John Bishop, a long time supporter of Project CHEF.

Yield: 8 Servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

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Yellow Creamy Curry

What makes a good curry? It’s all in the spices. India, in particular, is famous for the variety of sought after spices that are important to Indian cuisine.  Spices were so precious, early European explorers set off around the world to source valuable spices.  So what exactly is a spice?  Spice is a dried part of a plant, such as the seed, fruit, root or bark, that adds flavour to our food.  Have a smell of each spice, are any of them familiar to you?

Yield: 6 servings
Preparation Time: About 30 minutes

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Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

Cucumber is a favourite veggie of many. Oh, but wait a moment, it has seeds! Is it a vegetable or is it a fruit? Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing part of a flowering plant that is edible. A vegetable is an edible part of a plant without seeds. A cucumber is botanically a fruit but we often classify it as a fruit-vegetable because it has seeds but is not as sweet as an apple or strawberry. This sweet and sour cucumber salad has a fantastic flavour combination that will please your palate. 

Yield: 4 servings
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes (plus one hour in the fridge)

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Insalata Mista

In June, gardens are overflowing with fresh and tender lettuces and salad greens. Use this quick and easy recipe to showcase local greens from your garden or the market. It’s easy to customize with other veggies, such as grated carrot, or even a sprinkle of cheese.

Yield: 4 servings
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes

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Moroccan Carrot Salad

Here is a side dish you can prepare in a snap using common household items. Take a look through the list of ingredients, do you notice anything that stands out? You may think that ingredients like honey and cinnamon are reserved for sweet foods, but they have their place in savoury foods too. Many cuisines are created by carefully balancing out flavours that tickle our tastebuds. Salty, sweet, sour and spicy are the predominant flavour categories that are used in everyday cooking. Create this recipe then taste your creation. Really taste your food and become a chef. Perhaps you would like the salad to be saltier, sweeter, more sour or spicier. What could you add next time?

Yield: 4 servings
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes

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