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Tzatziki Sauce

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club made a Tzatziki Sauce for the Greek theme meal.

Tzatziki sauce is a great with the Greek Chicken or pita chips.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup peeled, finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 cup low fat yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh dillweed (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Source: Healthy Family Meals, American Heart Association

 

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Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

Michelle shared a homemade Ranch Salad Dressing recipe in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.

This homemade Ranch Salad Dressing keeps for 4 weeks, covered and refrigerated.

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Simple Tomato Sauce

Michelle served the Polenta Fries with a Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce.


Leftover tomato sauce can be freeze up to 6 months. Allow it to cool completely and pour into 1 to 2 cups portions into freezer plastic bags or glass containers for freezing.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (32 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 dried bay leaf or basil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

Source: this recipe is adapted from foodnetwork.com

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Homemade Mayonnaise

D’nis demonstrated a few recipes in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.

The first recipe is a Homemade Mayonnaise. You can make green mayonnaise by adding green herbs, or red  by adding a piece of red pepper or a chili.

Ingredients

  • one whole egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • juice of 1 lime or lemon, or 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • start blending on high, when all mixed, add in a constant thin stream:
  • 1 cup canola oil (or olive oil, or half and half olive and canola oils)
  • when thick, you made a delicious mayonaise!

Source: D’nis

Yield: 1 cup

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Homemade Asian Marinates

Lorna shared with me a homemade Asian marinates which a friend of hers shared with her. When this friend of hers brought some baked chicken wings for a potluck party, they were so good that everyone asked for the recipe.

This homemade Asian marinates is good for chicken or pork. I had tried it on both chicken and pork and it is really good.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (591ml) Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 bottle of Mirin (about the same size as the soy sauce)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peel and lightly smashed
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 piece of 2-inch rock sugar

Source: Lorna

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Taiwanese Meatball (Ba Wan)

A Taiwanese friend of mine called me up before this South Arm Community Kitchen about the street food that she misses a lot that will be demonstrated by Vicky. It was a surprise call as I had invited her to join the community kitchen a long time ago but I did not hear from her since.

It was the above street food that excited my friend from Taiwan. It is the Taiwanese Meatball or known as Ba Wan in Hokkien.

I had seen this many times in a Taiwanese food show when we had Shaw TV. I missed that show since we switched to Telus. I have never come across this street food here yet. Does anyone know if we can find this Taiwanese Meatball here?

Ingredients

For the skins:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 400g yam flour
  • 6 1/5 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 400g ground pork
  • 1 cup (about 8) dried shiitake mushroom, reconstituted
  • 1 cup (170g) dried bamboo shoot
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimps
  • 1 tablespoon fried onion
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

Marinates for pork:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Seasonings:

  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon five spice powder

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

Tools required:

  • Steam baskets
  • Small bowls

Source: Vicky

Yield 15 meatballs

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Pesto Sauce with Walnut

Marian also included a Pesto Sauce with Walnut recipe in the South Arm Cooking Club for Senior kitchen. The Pesto Sauce can be served with the pasta which is part of the meat ball recipe.

The Pesto Sauce with Walnut is amazingly fresh and great with the pasta dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Source: unknown via Marian

Serves 10 to 12

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Beef Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Sauce on Pasta

The main dish for the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors was Beef Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Sauce on Pasta. We also made a Pesto Sauce with Walnut to go with the pasta which I will blog later.

The difference in this meatball recipe is the incorporation of ground turkey. The lean ground turkey makes these meatballs more healthy. Turkey meat has fewer calories, less fat, less cholesterol, but high in protein compared with other meat.

Most of the fats in turkey is within the skin and most of the fat within the meat is the dark meat. The white meat with skin removed is a good food source for people on low fat diet.

The turkey meat fiber is easier to digest than other types of meat, which makes it a good choice for individual who may have digestive problems.

Turkey is an excellent source of several important vitamins and nutrients such as iron, niacin, zinc, potassium, and B vitamins.

The Canada food guide recommends 2 to 3 servings of meat, fish or poultry per day for individual 50 years and up. A serving of any type of cooked meat is equal to 3 ounces and is about the size of a deck of cards.

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs

Yields 4 servings

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 can plum tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato puree
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch of sugar

Yields 6 to 8 servings

Source: unknown via Marian

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