Tofu & Veggie Kebabs

Tofu is a plant-based protein made from soybeans. It is very versatile and can be used as a meat alternative in a lot of recipes. Tofu is available in different consistencies, from super soft, like yogurt, to extra firm. The tofu to use will depend on your recipe. For our Tofu & Veggie Kebabs, a firm Tofu is preferred to maintain the shape while threading onto a skewer. In this recipe, we learn how to marinate tofu. A marinade is a sauce that food soaks in before cooking. Tofu acts like a sponge to soak up all the flavours of the marinade. Summer is approaching quickly and this is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for a barbeque. Get your whole family involved and get creative building your own kebabs.

Yield: 4 – 5 servings
Preparation Time: About 30 minutes
Cooking Time: About 10 minutes

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Whole Wheat Quesadilla

If you are still new to cooking, don’t worry. This is a great recipe where you can learn, practice and develop many essential 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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Fruit Kebabs with Orange & Cinnamon Yoghurt Dip

Have you ever heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Fruit is not only delicious, but it packs a punch in nutrition as well. Fruit is an important part of a healthy eating pattern. It contains nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and minerals that are needed to fuel our bodies and stay healthy. Technically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing part of a flowering plant that is edible. Get creative with this Fruit Kebabs recipe by making your own patterns.

Yield: 4 – 5 servings
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes

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Nature Walk Activity

Spring has sprung: magnolias, cherry blossoms, forsythia, OH MY! Get outside for some fresh air and explore the plants in your neighbourhood. Remember to bring your parents, of course.

Have you noticed that plants are glowing bright green with new growth, some already flowering, and some just tiny seed leaves in the ground? As you know, at Project CHEF we are all about good food. Sometimes when we are at the grocery store, choosing produce shipped from Peru and maybe covered in plastic, those bright spring leaves seem completely disconnected from the food we eat. But the challenge is to look again.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is chunky vegetable stew from the south of France. In Project CHEF, we like to promote eating all the colours of the rainbow and this recipe definitely accomplishes that! Our bodies need a whole variety of vitamins & minerals in order to grow and stay healthy. One way to accomplish that is by eating the colours of the rainbow. Pair this dish with our Whole Wheat Baguette to add some delicious whole grains to the meal.

Yield: 6 servings
Preparation Time: About one hour

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Whole Wheat Baguette

Today’s delicious baguette is a whole grain recipe. Canada’s Food Guide recommends that about a 1/4 of our plate should be whole grains. Grains are made up of three parts, the Germ, the Bran & the Endosperm. Each part contains different and valuable nutrients to keep us healthy. White breads have the germ and bran removed. Does it make sense to take away two parts of the nutrition before eating it? We recommend eating whole grain breads to fuel your body with all three parts of nutrition from the grain. Try baking this French style of bread.

Yield: 1 baguette

Preparation time: About 2 hours

Baking time: About 45 minutes

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Farm Fresh Omelette

If you are searching for a delicious breakfast recipe to add your repertoire, look no further. This omelette recipe will walk you through the steps of making a new breakfast-time favourite. Do you have any herbs growing in your garden? One of the best things about this recipe is that you can change the filling depending on your preferences and what’s available.

Yield: One big serving or two smaller portions
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

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Chana Masala / Curried Chickpeas

Chana Masala is a popular Indian dish that is best eaten over rice or with our Project CHEF naan recipe. What makes this dish so special are the chickpeas. Chickpeas are a type of legume, that are high in protein. When combined with a grain, they make a complete protein that can be eaten as a substitute for meat protein. Besides that, they are delicious! Chickpeas are used all over the world. It’s the main ingredient in the Middle Eastern dish, hummus and it is also used extensively in Latin American cuisine.

Yield: 4 – 5 servings
Preparation Time: About 30 minutes
Cooking time: About 40 minutes

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Naan

Naan a type of flatbread popular in Western & Southern parts of Asia. If you are new to baking, this is an easy recipe to develop your skills and learn about chemical leaveners such as baking powder. A warm and wet environment activates baking powder, creating a gas releasing chemical reaction. These gas bubbles are what make many baked goods rise. Have you ever cracked open a muffin and noticed tiny air pockets (or holes) inside? That’s the result of the baking powder doing it’s job.

Yield: 9 naan

Preparation time: About 35 minutes

Resting time: 1 to 1 ½ hours

Cooking time: About 7 to 8 minutes

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