Chicken Tzatziki Salad

The last salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is a Greek style salad.

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This healthy chicken salad has a yogurt base (much better than mayo base) and with Greek inspired flavour. If you can’t find garlic paste, just finely grate some fresh garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • mixed salad greens

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks for People Too Tired to Cook

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Black Bean Burrito Bowl

The second salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen with rotisserie chicken has Mexican flavour to it.

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You can make this a vegetarian version by leaving out the rotisserie chicken but it still has protein in it in the form of black beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans (drain and rinse if using can beans)
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • fresh cilantro (optional)

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon/lime juice
  • ground cumin to taste
  • chili powder to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Brown Rice Bowl

The South Arm Community Kitchen theme for this kitchen is to make quick meals with rotisserie chicken. Rotisserie chicken is a versatile ingredient. We made three different flavour salad out from two chicken breasts from a rotisserie chicken.

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The first salad is a Brown Rice Bowl which has an Asian flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (click here on how to cook brown basmati rice)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned or grated
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • rice vinegar to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • torn nori strips (optional)
  • salt to taste

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks fro People Too Tired to Cook

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Red Radishes Salad

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen resumes it’s regular programming in September. We meet twice a month on Wednesday.

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The first recipe shared in the kitchen was a Red Radishes Salad. The red radishes add spiciness to the salad.

Ingredients

  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried ones
  • salt and pepper to taste

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French Potato and Green Bean Salad

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a French Potato and Green Bean Salad for the main course.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound small French beans, or small romano or wax beans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion (or chives)
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • l large sprig of thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste (or chopped anchovy)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 to 8 anchovy fillets, optional, for garnish

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Source: this recipe is adapted from NYTimes Cooking

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Asian Apple Slaw

The South Arm Community Kitchen met at Gilmore Park Church again one more time for the summer.

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We started off with an Asian Apple Slaw recipe. This recipe is a good source of potassium and Vitamin C. The mint makes it so refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, julienne
  • 1 medium size jicama, peeled and julienne
  • 3 to 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 sprigs of mint, use leaves only, tear in pieces
  • juice from a lemon
  • rice vinegar to taste
  • fish sauce to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • salt to taste

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Jicama can be eaten raw or cooked. It is high in dietary fiber, low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

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Turnip Salad with Pistachio and Apricot

For the summer months, the South Arm Community Kitchen only have one kitchen in July and another in August. The kitchen has to be conducted in the Gilmore Park Church due the the kitchen in the South Arm Community Center is being used for summer programs.

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Minoo shared a few vegetarian recipes in the month of July. She received a lot of vegetables donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm for the use in community kitchens. For this particular kitchen, the donated vegetables included Swiss Chard, Zucchini and Turnips.

The Richmond Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. The harvest goes to community meals and Richmond Food Bank for distribution. This non-profit organization is operated by volunteers. You can find out more about the Richmond Sharing Farm in their website: http://www.sharingfarm.ca.

We started off with a salad made with some of the turnips donated from the Sharing Farm.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 bunches small salad turnips and/or radishes, peel and dice
  • 1 carrot, peel and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 sweet-tart apple (like Gala, Fuji or Honey Crisp), unpeeled and cut into thin wedges
  • 4 cups of mixed salad greens of your choice, optional
  • 1/4 cup diced dried apricot
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup shelled slivered pistachio (can be substituted with toasted pecans or walnuts)

Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic reduction
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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P/S: Minoo bought the pistachio from Persia on Main St., Vancouver

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Spinach Arugula Salad

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen serves the Chicken Marsala Fettuccine with a simple salad.

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The arugula adds a peppery flavour to the salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Spinach plus Arugula
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 red onion, minced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

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Minoo also shared a general make your own salad dressing recipes as below.

Salad dressing recipe

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Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad

The second Thai theme recipe which Minoo shared in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen is a cold pasta noodle.

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This Peanut Noodle Pasta Salad is great for potluck. It is a vegetarian pasta salad with a lot of fresh and raw vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 box whole grain linguine (or any pasta you desired)
  • 1 cup matchsticks carrots
  • 2 cups matchsticks cucumbers
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green or yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Tasty recipes

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Carrot Salad

I had the opportunity to return to the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen led by Minoo on their last meeting in December. The opportunity came when I introduced a new friend to the community kitchen.

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Minoo prepared three recipes for this kitchen. The first recipe is a Carrot Salad.

Ingredients

  • 4 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 apple – peeled, cored and shredded
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup blanched slivered or slice almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • finely chopped Italian parsley, optional
  • 1 or 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped, optional

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