The great thing about making pizza at home is that it’s easy to customize. In fact, everyone can make their own designer pizza, adding the ingredients that suit their tastes. Making the dough is a highlight as you get to be a part of the process of turning flour, water and yeast into a restaurant-worthy pizza crust. Set a date with the family to make pizza.
Yield: makes six 15 cm (6 inch) pizzas Preparation Time:About 2 hours
Different areas of Italy include different ingredients to the tomato sauce they make. In northern Italy, where the area of Tuscany is located, they include a mixture of vegetables to add extra flavour to their tomato sauce. This mixture is called a soffritto.
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
This one-pan recipe has lots of colours, is incredibly delicious, and is quick to make. It ticks all the boxes. A gratin is a dish that originated in France. It’s often made with vegetables, is topped with cheese and sometimes breadcrumbs. This recipe uses different types of vegetables common in the south of France and a special herb combination called herbs de Provence. If you are missing some of these herbs, it is easy to replace them with what you have at home. Give this delicious Vegetable au Gratin a try!
Yield: 4 – 5 servings Preparation Time: About 15 minutes Cooking time: About 25 – 30 minutes
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
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
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
We tell our young chefs to “eat your colours” and munching on this Greek Salad would certainly allow them to do this. Enjoy this with the pita bread and tzatziki and we’ve got you covered for a Canada’s Food Guide balanced meal. Picnic pretending you’re on a Greek island.
Kids love pasta. When we ask kids about their favourite foods, pasta is at the top of the list. This dish combines fresh tomatoes, herbs and Parmesan cheese with a pasta shape of your choice to create a simple dinner everyone will like.
Yield: 4 servings Preparation Time: About 15 minutes Cooking Time: About 20 minutes