We don’t like to waste anything at Project CHEF. That’s why we have this wonderful Chicken Stock recipe to use up leftover bones from roast chicken. Chicken stock can be used in a wide variety of recipes including soup, risotto and to cook rice or cous cous to name a few. Making your own stock is easy and affordable. You can use sad-looking vegetables from the crisper that may have been destined for waste and turn them into something great! Make a big batch and freeze it in smaller portions so that you always have some ready on hand for when a recipe calls for it.
Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? This is a kid-approved and Project CHEF Team approved cookie. If you don’t have chocolate chips, break up that chocolate bunny that may still be lying around or a chocolate bar.
BC is blessed with a bounty of good food grown right on our doorstep. We get to enjoy what our farmers grow and producers make throughout the year. Many of these ingredients we recognize right away but others may cause us to pause, look at carefully and do a little research to find out what they are and how can we enjoy eating them.
Hummus is a quick-to-make snack that is full of protein and fiber. Make it today, and keep it in the fridge so when your body starts to tell you it’s time for a snack, you’ll be ready! We like to serve it with homemade pita bread (check out our recipe!), or crunchy carrot sticks.
Roasting yams or sweet potatoes like fries is a yummy way of eating these healthy orange and yellow tuber vegetables. They are delicious on their own, but feel free to serve them up alongside a herby dip. Whatever you do, make enough to share, because the scent of these fries cooking will bring everyone to the kitchen!
Yield: 4 Servings
Preparation Time: About 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 35 Times
Hands up if you enjoy eating pancakes! Making pancakes from scratch together is a lot of fun. Flipping pancakes takes confidence, and with practice anyone can master this skill. This special Project CHEF pancake recipe is made with THREE whole grains. Grains are made up of three parts, and when eating WHOLE grains you are giving your body all three parts of nutrition including fibre, protein & healthy fats and carbohydrates. As a bonus, we have a Very Berry Blueberry Sauce to go with the pancakes.
Yield: 20 pancakes
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes
Cooking Time: About 25 minutes
With signs of Spring popping out around us, making bread nests with eggs tucked inside is a perfect family activity for the long weekend. We like to use colourful shelled eggs from Vancouver Farmers’ Markets but any eggs will do. Did you know that the colour of the shell tells you the type of hen that laid the egg? Hen eggs with different coloured shells have the same nutrition inside. This recipe originally came from teacher Laura Clancy who made the nests with her kindergarten class. We have cooked up these nests with other classes and the precious results were taken home as gifts for family members.
Yield: 6 egg bread nests
Preparation Time: About 4 hours in total (25 minutes for dough preparation, 2 one hour periods for dough to rise, 30 minutes to shape dough)
A favourite food-related book that speaks to the importance of friendship is Enemy Pie by Derek Munson and illustrated by Tara Calahan King (2000, Chronicle Books). This picture book tells the story of a boy who had a new neighbour on his enemy list. Hoping that a secret recipe that his dad offers to make will help him get rid of his enemy, he discovers Enemy Pie helps him make a new friend.
Who loves chocolate cake? Most of us do! This recipe of Chef Barb’s Mom is a delicious, spongy and moist chocolate cake that is easy to bake. We hope it becomes a family go-to-recipe for delicious and quick desserts at home.
Yield: 1x 20cm (8”) square cake
Preparation time: About 25 minutes
Baking Time: About 35 – 40 minutes @ 175 C (350 F)
Learning at home can provide so many opportunities to learn about cooking and food. You can explore what is interesting to you and can even involve your family in what you are doing. Cooking at home can give the chance to slow down and think about what you’re eating, to be curious about food, and examine what’s in your fridge or garden with new questioning eyes. Best of all, when you are learning about food, the results are delicious. What’s stopping you? Get learning and eating!