Recipes

Beef Barley Soup

 

A bowl of beef barley soup, served with a green spoon.

Beef and Barley Soup

This hearty soup is a meal in a bowl! It's the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day.
Course Soup
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1½ -2 lbs beef (I usually use sirloin)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup pearl barley (Use less if you prefer a "soupier" soup; use more if you prefer a "stew" like soup)
  • 8 cups reduced sodium broth (I use 4 cups beef broth plus 4 cups chicken broth)
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Season beef with salt and pepper.
  • In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes until soft.
  • Add beef and cook, stirring occasionally until beef is slightly brown on all sides.
  • Add carrots and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
  • Stir in barley and thyme. Pour in the broth.
  • Cover and bring soup to boil. Keep covered and reduce to simmer for about 40-45 minutes until barley is tender.

Notes

Keyword Barley, Beef, Beef and Barley Soup, Soup

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

 

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

This colourful salad combines so many different flavours and textures - sweet beets, creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts and peppery arugula! Enjoy!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 6-8 cups arugula
  • 6-8 cooked beets, diced See note below to roast or boil beets. Or buy prepackaged cooked beets.
  • 1/2 to 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place arugula in a large bowl or serving platter.
  • Top arugula with beets, goat cheese and walnuts.
  • Place dressing ingredients in a jar, add lid and shake well. Or, whisk together dressing ingredients in a cup.
  • Toss salad gently with dressing just before serving.

Notes

To roast beets: For best flavour, roast beets. Trim the beet roots and stems, leaving about 2 inches of stem on each beet. Scrub beets clean under cold water and pat dry. Wrap each beet completely in aluminum foil. Place beets on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and roast in oven at 400 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beets are fork tender. Remove foil and allow beets to cool, about 10-15 minutes. When beets are still warm but cool enough to touch, peel off the skins. If beets are completely cooled, it will be more difficult to remove the skins. (Note that the beets will stain your fingers. You may choose to wear plastic gloves or use paper towels. )
To boil beets:  Trim the beet roots and stems, leaving about 2 inches of stem on each beet. Scrub beets clean under cold water. Place beets in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes (for small beets) or 45 minutes to 1 hour (for large beets) or until the beets are fork tender. Drain beets and rinse under cold water. Remove the skins while the beets are still warm. If beets are completely cooled, it will be more difficult to remove the skins. (Note that the beets will stain your fingers. You may choose to wear plastic gloves or use paper towels.)
 
Keyword Beet Salad, Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula, Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese Tarts with Sautéed Mushrooms

 

Goat Cheese Tarts with Sautéed Mushrooms

The sautéed mushrooms pair wonderfully with creamy goat cheese for a wonderful appetizer!
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

Filling

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (light or regular)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup 10% cream

Mushrooms

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive or canola oil
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh mushrooms (white, cremini or blend of mushrooms)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh, chopped rosemary
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a bowl, combine melted butter, breadcrumbs and sugar. Press mixture evenly into three mini (4-inch) cheesecake tins.
  • Add eggs, goat cheese, sour cream, maple syrup and cream into a food processor. Mix until smooth. Pour over the crusts into each cheesecake tin. Place cheesecake tins onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is set.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil and sauté the mushrooms for about 4 minutes. Season with chopped rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread mushrooms over each tart and serve with crackers.
  • I prefer serving the tart cold. Prepare the cheese tart and mushrooms in advance and keep them both refrigerated. At serving time, heat up the mushrooms and spread over each tart. Serve with crackers such as Rosemary Triscuits (shown in photo).

Notes

Recipe is adapted from: Maple from Canada.
Keyword Goat Cheese, Mushrooms

Beet Hummus

 

Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus

A vibrant and tasty hummus that pairs perfectly with pita and fresh veggies!
Course Appetizer
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small-medium sized beet, cooked Beet may be roasted, boiled or pre-cooked– see instructions below*
  • 1 can 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Dice the cooked beet. (Note: Beets will temporarily stainyour hands and cutting board. Wear food-safe gloves if you wish.)
  • Rinse and drain chickpeas. (You may keep the chickpea water, called aqua faba, and use it as an egg white substitute in baking!) Discard anyloose skins.
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend untilsmooth. If hummus is too thick, blend in a little more olive oil.  
  • Serve with pita bread and your favourite raw veggies.

Notes

*You may boil or roast beets, or use packaged, pre-cooked beets found in the produce section at the grocery. Roasting beets accentuates their natural sweet flavour. I suggest making a batch of roasted beets and use the extras in salads like my Quinoa Salad with Beets, Oranges and Arugula.
To roast beets: Preheat oven to 400F. Cut off beet leaves and use for a soup or stir fry. Cut stems leaving about ½ inch of stem attached to the beet (this helps to prevent the beet from “bleeding” during cooking). Wash beets and wrap each one in aluminum foil. Place on an oven safe baking sheet and roast for about 1 hour or until fork tender. Allow beets to completely cool and easily rub off the skins with your fingers. (Beets will stain your hands and cutting board temporarily. You can wear food-safe gloves when touching / peeling the cooked beets.)
To boil beets: Cut off beet leaves and use for a soup or stir fry. Cut stems leaving about ½ inch of stem attached to the beet (this helps to prevent the beet from “bleeding” during cooking). Place beets in a pot of cold water, ensuring that beets are fully covered. Boil beets until fork tender (about 20 minutes for small beets, up to 40 minutes for larger beets).  
Keyword appetizer, Beet hummus, Dip, Hummus

Cashew Chicken

 

cashew chicken served with rice

Cashew Chicken

This easy weeknight meal gets 5/5 stars from my family! Enjoy!
Course Dinner
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breast)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashew nuts
  • 2 Tbsp chili paste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 orange, cut into small wedges

Instructions
 

  • Dice chicken into 1 inch pieces and place in a bowl. Mix in cornstarch, soy sauce and lime juice.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in wok or large frying pan.
  • Add garlic and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry until cooked throughout. Transfer cooked chicken to a clean plate.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil in wok or large frying pan. Stir-fry carrots and celery until soft.
  • Add cashew nuts and stir-fry for about 1 minute.
  • Add reserved chicken and mix well. Stir in chili paste and mix well. Add black pepper to taste.
  • Serve with steamed rice and garnish with orange wedges.
Keyword Cashew Chicken, Chicken

Strawberry Ricotta Toast

 

Strawberry ricotta toast

Strawberry Ricotta Toast

A fast, easy and colourful breakfast. Pair with a smoothie or latte for extra protein.
Course Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf whole grain bread
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp honey, plus extra for drizzle
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • fresh mint for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Slice bread and toast it.
  • In a small bowl, combine honey with ricotta cheese.
  • Spread the ricotta mixture on toast and top with sliced strawberries.
  • Drizzle with honey and garnish with mint leaves.

Notes

Strawberry ricotta toast
Keyword breakfast, ricotta toast, strawberry, Strawberry Ricotta Toast

BLT Breakfast Salad

 

Salad with barley, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and hard cooked egg

BLT Breakfast Salad

Wny not try a salad for breakast (or lunch or dinner)? The "B" stands for barley!
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 1 cup cooked barley
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 4 hard cooked eggs, sliced

Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine barley and veggies.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingrdients.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad and toss.
  • Top with sliced eggs.
Keyword barley salad, BLT Breakfast Salad, breakfast, breakfast salad

Chickpea Flour Waffles

 

Chickpea waffles

Chickpea Flour Waffles

Made with chickpea flour, these waffles are a greart way to introduce beans to the family!
Course Breakfast
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk or plant-based beverage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Stir in milk or plant-based beverage. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat waffle maker and spray with non-stick spray. Pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter, depending on the size of your waffle maker.
  • Cook waffles to desired doneness and top with fresh berries.
Keyword breakfast recipes, chickpea flour, Chickpea Flour Waffles, Waffles

BBQ Tofu Burger

 

Shredded tofu burger on a sesame bun.

BBQ Tofu Burger

This is a fantastic recipe whether you're new to tofu or have been enjoying tofu for a while. The tofu is grated and baked. Make sure to use extra-firm tofu for the best texture and results.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 350-400 g block of extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (e.g. canola oil)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease or line a large baking tray.
  • Drain off any excess water from the tofu and pat dry. Use the large side of a cheese grater and grate the tofu into shreds.
  • In a large bowl, combine oil, soy sauce, chilli powder, paprika and garlic powder. Add the shredded tofu and gently mix so that the tofu is all coated.
  • Spread the tofu in an even layer on the prepared pan. Bake for 28-33 minutes until the tofu is browned. Stir the tofu half-way through cooking.
  • Heat the BBQ sauce and water. Stir in the baked tofu. Serve hot on a bun and add your favourite toppings. Or enjoy in tacos or a lettuce wrap.
    [Recipe is a slight modification from ItDoesn'tTakeLikeChicken.com]
Keyword BBQ tofu, tofu, tofu burger