Back to school? Lunch ideas for the kids!

Schools are getting ready to reopen for the 2017/2018 school year already.  So what should we make for the kids to bring, that’s healthy, nutritious AND tasty?  It’s hard to come up with new ideas. The first suggestion is to PLAN!  It can be hard to factor in time, cost, efficiency and health benefits and…

Herb-Crusted Grilled Flank Steak

2  one and a half pound flank steaks with silver skin removed and scored in a criss-cross pattern across both sides Marinade: 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper 2 teaspoon sea salt…

Barbecue-Baked Sundried Tomato Brie

2 tablespoons olive oil 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced Handful of sundried tomatoes Salt & pepper 1 round bread, slightly larger than the brie wheel 1 brie wheel – you can use the baby brie wheels or get a slightly larger one Over medium heat, sauté the garlic in the olive oil until golden brown….

Brown Butter Pineapple Corn Muffins

2 teaspoons butter 2 teaspoons brown sugar 4oz fresh pineapple, diced 1½ cups flour 1½ cups cornmeal 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ½ cup melted butter 2/3 cup sour cream 2/3 cup milk Raw sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 345F Convection Bake. Place 2…

Coconut Shrimp

1 lb. 26-30 shrimp, peeled, deveined, thawed ¼ cup coconut oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon coriander ½ cup onion, sliced 1 tomato, diced 2 cans unsweetened coconut milk 2 sprigs of cilantro, diced (optional)   Pre-heat pan in medium heat. Add coconut oil.   Sauté…

Middle Eastern Pita Salad

One 10-inch pita, split in half Vegetable oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 red pepper 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained 3 ripe plum tomatoes or 2 cups small cherry or grape tomatoes ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted ¼ cup fresh mint or basil, chopped ¾ cup feta, crumbled ½ lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1…

Blue Cheese Burger

1½ pounds medium ground beef 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons pepper 3 ounces spreadable cream cheese 3 ounces crumbled blue cheese 1 tablespoon Keens mustard   Pre-heat barbecue to medium heat. Mix together ground beef, salt and pepper. Divide into 8 equal portions and flatten burgers to about ¼ inch thick. Use a 6” dessert…

Athens Barbecue Chicken Salad

Serves 4: 1 cup low fat plain yogurt Juice of one lemon 3 tablespoons Greek seasoning 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1 pound chicken tenderloins 100 gram container fresh spinach 1 chopped yellow pepper 1 chopped orange pepper 4 large diced roma tomatoes 1 diced English cucumber 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese ½ cup feta…

Coconut Chocolate Squares – Chef Sue Part 3

After tasting Chef Sues fantastic avocado rolls and lamb shank a few weeks back, we thought the meal couldn’t get much better…… and then there was dessert! 2 cups of unsweetened coconut 1 /3 cup honey (use a bit less if you prefer less sweet) 3/4 cup extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, at room temperature 1…

Avocado Lox Summer Rolls – Chef Sue Part 2

Chef Sue really made some fantastic gourmet treats when she visited our Calgary South store.  These Avocado Lox Summer Rolls were just devine! Serves 4-6: Zest of 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds 1/4 teaspoon salt Black pepper to […]

Braised Lamb Shanks – Chef Sue Part 1

Chef Sue from Red Deer was in our Calgary South store a few weeks ago to help us see how to use a convection bake mode to it’s full advantage. One of the dishes that she prepared was beautiful braised lamb shanks with gremolata to serve. Several people asked for the recipe so here you…

Veggie Burgers

We have been talking about barbecues a lot recently and many of our recipes involve meat.  There are however loads of veggie options.  Here is an in-house recipe for you to try. Makes 8-10 patties 2  540ml cans chickpeas (drained) 4  large eggs 1  medium onion, diced 1 lemon, zest only ½ red pepper, diced…