Vanilla Almond Granola

For dessert we had Greek yogurt with Vanilla Almond Granola in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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One of the participant requested for a home-made granola recipe. So, Michelle shared this Almond Vanilla Granola recipe in this session.  Michelle pointed out that granola made with honey tends to be darker than other sweetener like maple or agave syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds (or combo of nuts, seeds or coconut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or any neutral oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • dried fruit (optional: add at the end)

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Source: adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.com

Yield 2 to 3 cups

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Broccoli Apple Salad

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen serves a hearty salad with the hearty lentil and black bean soup.

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This Broccoli Apple Salad comes together with delicious flavours and textures. I like the creamy dressing made with Greek yogurt.

Conversion Tables

Michelle shared the above conversion tables from Marthastewart.com & Gutomna.com as she finds it very useful.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 2 medium heads)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 large apples, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Creamy dressing ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

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Source: adapted from therecipecritic.com

Serves 4 to 6

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Garlic and Herb Pita Chips

Michelle served the hearty lentils and black bean soup with some Garlic and Herb Pita Chips.

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These tasty pita chips can be made in a matter of minutes. They are good for snacks or serve with soups, salads or serve with hummus or other dips.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 inch whole-wheat pitas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (we substituted with oregano and thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Source: Eating Well (January/February 2009)

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Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen prepared a hearty meal for another cooking session.

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Michelle shared a hearty Lentil and Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika from the cookincanuck.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 x 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 4 3/4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 x 14oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Serves 4

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Orange Olive Oil Loaf

With Chinese New Year in the corner, Michelle shared with us why tangerines and oranges are one of the auspicious symbols of Chinese New Year.

From: http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/214T11982T14619.html

Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word “luck” and orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth”. Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.

The bright orange colour of the fruits also symbolizes “gold”, hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.

This is a very important factor for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Hence, you will find tangerines and oranges, being displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants.

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Michelle served the Orange Olive Oil Cake with a Honey-Orange Compote; recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen.com.

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges (blood  orange preferred)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

whipping cream or Greek yogurt (optional)

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Simtten Kitchen

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Pepper Garlic Vegetable Tofu Stirfry

One of the participant of the South Arm Women Community Kitchen asked for stir fry recipes as her stir fry usually comes out bland.

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So, Michelle shared the above Pepper Garlic Vegetable Tofu Stir fry in this session.

Michele shared the following article from EatingWell.com:

You can get what your body needs just by eating a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables. Nature has found a clever way to highlight the nutrients in foods. Different nutrients actually impart different colours to the foods they’re in.

For instance,

  • the anthocyanins that turn blueberries blue can also keep your mind sharp.
  • the lycopene that turns watermelon and tomatoes red may also help protect against prostate and breast cancers.
  • the beta carotene that makes carrots and sweet potatoes orange can help keep your bones strong, your eyes healthy and boost your immune system.

While fresh fruits and vegetables are great in season, frozen ones are convenient to keep on hand and just as nutritious.

Ingredients

This is her general formula of stir fry:

Protein + Onion + Green Vegetable + colourful vegetable + homemade sauce + some crunchy topping

  • Protein: pressed tofu, chicken or beef
  • Onion: yellow, white or green onion (both green and white parts)
  • Substantial green vegetable: broccoli, bok choy or gai lan
  • Colourful vegetable: bell peppers, carrots, celery, mushrooms, frozen peas or edammame
  • Crunchy topping: cashews, almonds, sesame seed

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Ingredients for the Pepper Garlic Stirfry Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper or more to taste
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

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This recipe is easily adapted to the vegetables and protein you have on hand. It is a great way to use up the leftover vegetables in the fridge at the end of the week.

The stir fry can be served with steamed rice or noodles. This recipe yields about 4 to 6 cups of stir fry vegetables.

Source: South Arm Women Community Kitchen

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Oatmeal Brown Sugar Baked Apples

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen made Oatmeal Brown Sugar Baked Apples for dessert.

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This Oatmeal Brown Sugar Baked Apple is great for dessert, breakfast or brunch. The recipe can be easily multiplied for larger crowds.

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, like Janagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided in four
  • 1 cup hot water

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Source: thekitchen.com

Serves 4

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Garlic Croutons

There are some new participants in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen. So, Michelle prepared a menu of some old and some new recipes.

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We made Garlic Croutons for the No Guilt Caesar Salad which I had blogged about here. This recipe is a great way to use leftover bread. The croutons are also great with soup.

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Michelle shared with us the nutritional facts about Parmesan cheese which is one of the ingredients for the No Guilt Caesar Salad Dressing.

Nutrition Facts of Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients

  • 5 slices of bread, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Source: RebarModernFoodCookbook

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Winter Fruit Salad

This is a simple fruit salad made in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen for dessert.

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The pomegranate adds colour and crunch to this wonder Winter Fruit Salad. If pomegranate is not in season, you can substitute it with berries.

Ingredients

  • 2 crisp red skinned apples such as Fuji or Pink Lady, cored and diced
  • 2 firm but ripe pears, cored and diced
  • 2 oranges, peeled, membrane removed from each segment and cut into thirds
  • the arils (seeds) of one pomegranate
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablepoon honey
  • finely chopped a few fresh mint leaves

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Source: This recipe is adapted from foodista.com

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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

The South Arm Women Community Kitchen serves a side dish of Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with the Beef Stew with Noodles.

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These roasted broccoli flowerets come together with just few minutes of preparation time. It’s the perfect and easiest side dish to any meal.

Broccoli Health Benefits from Medical News Today

Broccoli contains high level of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and is a rich source of vitamin C.

In fact, just a 100 gram serving of broccoli will provide you with more than 150% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which in large doses can potentially shorten the duration of the common cold.

Broccoli is also rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and phyto-nutrients.

Phyto-nutrients are compounds which lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces (5 cups) broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • juice of 1 lemon

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Source: This recipe is from http://damndelicious.net/

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