Each Spring, many of our classes grow potatoes with the Spuds in Tubs BC Agriculture in the Classroom program. Their joy when harvesting potatoes is contagious. After counting the harvest, we have helped the students trade their gardening hats for chef toques to cook up their crop. If you want to try growing your own potatoes at home, check out our Potato Planting Activity.
Yield: 6 servings Preparation Time: About 15 minutes Cooking Time: 30 – 40 minutes at 425 F
This recipe is Project CHEF’s version of a classic Chinese dish, Kung Pao Chicken. Traditionally, peanuts play a main role. In this recipe though, peanuts are optional so that even those that are allergic to peanuts can enjoy this dish. In food and cooking, balance is a word that comes up often. It is important to have a balanced meal which means consuming the right proportions of food groups to give your body all the nutrients it needs to grow & maintain good health. In this recipe, let’s focus on balanced flavours. Think about lemonade, if it’s just lemon juice it would be likely be too sour to drink. However, when sugar is added for sweetness the result is a balanced beverage. Many Asian dishes are often created by juggling salty, sweet, sour and spicy flavours to create a balanced taste. This recipe is a good example.
Yield: 4 – 5 servings Preparation Time: About 20 minutes Cooking Time: About 15 minutes
Today we are making delicious savoury spinach pies, or Spanakopites in Greek. The dough we need for this recipe is called phyllo pastry. While it is possible to make at home, making phyllo is an art and we can leave this to the professionals. When working with phyllo pastry, your preparedness, organizational skills & cleanliness will be of the utmost importance. Let’s heat up the oven and cook some pies!
Yield: 6 pies Preparation Time: About 35 minutes Baking Time: About 30 minutes @ 350 F
This delicious Tomato Soup recipe comes from Caren McSherry, owner of Gourmet Warehouse, who is a long-time supporter of Project CHEF.
The main ingredient in a Tomato Soup ought to be tomatoes, right? While that may be the case, you don’t necessarily need to use fresh tomatoes. In today’s recipe, we are using canned tomatoes. It is possible to make a delicious & nutritious meal from ingredients in your pantry. If using canned or packaged foods, it is important to read the list of ingredients. In Canada, by law, anything that comes in a package has to tell you what’s in it. The ingredients in our can of tomatoes are organic tomatoes & organic tomato juice.
Yield: About 4 – 5 servings Preparation time: About 30 minutes
Cooking Time: About 40 minutes
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
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
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
Couscous is wheat semolina flour formed into tiny, tiny balls. It’s commonly served in North African, Moroccan, and Algerian cuisine. It is very fast to cook and can be used as an alternative to rice or pasta. Cous Cous can be served with curry or stew, as a side dish, in a salad or as a main meal by adding some protein and vegetables. Pair our Cous Cous with our Tofu & Veggie Kebabs for a delicious, easy, healthy meal. In this recipe, we have used a whole wheat cous cous for extra fibre and nutrition.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Vietnamese Spring Rolls are another favourite Project CHEF family-style meal. Your whole family can gather around and roll together. What will you put in your spring rolls? If you have been growing sprouts with us, this recipe is the perfect time to use them. Sprouts pack a punch of flavour, so be careful not to use too much. In this recipe, we sprinkled a little layer of pea sprouts, radish sprouts, and basil sprouts. See our Growing Microgreens Activity on how to grow your own sprouts at home.
In Project CHEF, we believe that a Chef is part Scientist. There is a lot of science in cooking. A simple favourite amongst many, this Critterless Caesar Salad recipe will teach you all about emulsification. To emulsify something means to combine two ingredients together that normally don’t mix. Some of you may already know that oil & water don’t mix well together, but when making this salad dressing you will do just that.
Originating from Italy, Calzones are like a folded pizza stuffed with all of your favourite ingredients. This version is a veggie calzone filled with fresh vegetables and herbs. Practice measuring wet and dry ingredients and develop the art of kneading dough with this recipe. Tasty Tip: If you made the Tuscan-Style Tomato Sauce, this is the perfect opportunity to bring some out and try as a dipping sauce.
Yield: 4 x 15cm calzone Preparation Time: About 2 hours Cooking Time: About 20 – 25 minutes
It’s not summer yet but here is something to get you prepared. Increase your vegetable intake with this delicious Vegetable Succotash. Don’t limit yourself to the vegetables listed in the ingredients list. Use what you have in your fridge or maybe add a new vegetable you haven’t tried before. The more colours the better!
Yield: 4-5 servings Preparation Time: about 35 minutes
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.