Whole Wheat Pancakes with Very Berry Blueberry Sauce

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

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Grissini – Breadsticks with Whole Wheat

Grissini, or breadsticks, are a fun and easy addition to the snack tray. Make a batch and dip them into hummus. Or, wrap in prosciutto for an Italian-style appetizer. Vary the toppings depending on preference, or what you’ve got in your kitchen. Don’t forget to serve them in a jar or vase so they look like a delicious bouquet of flowers!

Yield: About 12 grissini
Preparation Time: About 2 ½ hours
Baking Time: About 15 minutes at 425 F

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Rhubarb Compote

It’s a true sign of spring when rhubarb pokes its head out of the ground. This BC vegetable grows all over, including in many school gardens, yet we’re surprised that many children don’t know what it is when we introduce it to them. Tart when fresh, to be sure, but when cooked with a little sweetness, oh what a difference!

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Luscious Lemon Squares

These lemon squares are just simply a good idea. The ingredients are available year-round, the recipe yields 32 squares so there’s plenty to share, and they freeze beautifully. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, they also make the perfect gift to give to someone special. If you keep a stash of these squares in your freezer, you can pull a few out whenever the skies are grey or rainy. You’ll have a bit of sunshine on your plate.

Yield: About 32 squares
Preparation Time: About 45 minutes
Baking Time: First bake for crust: 20 – 25 minutes @ 325 F
Second bake with topping:  25 – 30 minutes @ 325 F

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Eggy Bread Egg Nests

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)
Cooking Time: About 20 minutes

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Jiffy Chocolate Cake

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)

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Bird’s Nest Cookies

The smell of cookies baking in the oven is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. Fill your ‘nest’ with chocolate or berry flavours, or maybe both! The whole process from preparing to eating cookies is a joyful time and one that should be experienced by families together at home.

Yield: About 27 cookies
Preparation Time: About 30 minutes
Baking Time: About 15 – 20 minutes

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Pita Bread

Making pita is a wonderful thing. The feel of cool flour then sticky dough on your hands; the energy and repetition required for kneading the dough; the miracle of watching yeast raise the dough; the yeasty smell in the kitchen; and finally watching pita quickly puff up in the oven before your eyes. This Greek bread is a feast for your senses.

Yield: 12 pita bread
Preparation Time: About 2 hours 15 minutes (including rising and resting times)
Baking Time: 3 minutes @ 475 F

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