Pasta with Beans (Pasta e fagioli)

This is classic vegetarian Italian pasta. Fresh beans are best but the dish is easily made with dried beans in the winter time.  Many Italian families grow their Romano beans, garlic, basil and tomatoes. To use fresh beans, shell them and freeze them with no additional processing. To use the fresh...

Clean Out the Fridge Crustless Quiche

When I first wrote this recipe for crustless quiche, my sons were teenagers and I was attempting to inspire them. Seemed to work as three have their chef’s papers.   There is never, ever a reason to buy a quiche. Period. The bit of flour that’s added helps it puff up and give the eggs some...

Sweet Potato and Curried Red Lentil Pizza

A high protein, utterly delicious new way of making a pizza. ¾ cup (180 mL) dry red lentils 1½ (375 mL) cups water 1 Tbsp (15 mL)  olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped ½ small eggplant, diced 1 lb (500 g) sweet potato, cubed 1 can (28 oz – 796 mL) Italian Style diced...

The Great Canadian Beluga Lentil Burger – A Whale of a Burger

As one of Quebec’s top chefs, when Charles Part of the legendary Les Fougères dubbed this a “Whale of a Burger”, I listened.  Then I read…and headed to my local lentil purveyor immediately.  You could substitute dried cranberries (Canadian-only please) for the apricots or serve it in a flatbread...

Dressed up Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Canada produces several varieties of delicious mushrooms.  We love how this recipe uses a mix of mushrooms and is served with a cheesy, garlicky, fresh herb sauce. Comfort food at it’s finest!     Gouda mornay sauce: 6 tbsp (90 mL) unsalted butter 3 tbsp (45 mL) white truffle oil 1...

Canadian Couscous and Emmental Salad

The unique texture and mild flavour of couscous lends a light-yet-satisfying quality to this salad, making it equally suitable as a main course or a hearty side dish. Great for picnics and potlucks. 1/4 cup (60 mL) dried cranberries  1 cup (250 mL) Canadian couscous 1/3 cup (75 mL) BC Hazelnuts 3...

Skillet Quinoa with Black Beans, Cilantro and Feta

This quick and easy dish is a made-to-order meal for everyday athletes. Quinoa, a gluten-free whole grain, and black beans supply athletes with carbohydrates, fiber, protein and other nutrients that help produce energy, restore cells and replenish nutrient stores. Canola oil keeps saturated fat to...

Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew

2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 garlic clove, minced 1½ tsp (7 mL) curry powder 2 cups (500 mL) dry green lentils, rinsed 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1” cubes 9 oz (225 g) frozen cut green...

Marie Nightingale’s Baked Jacob’s Cattle Beans

Halifax-based food writer and Maritime icon, Marie Nightingale, was pulling together an article on beans and found this great recipe on the back of the package of  Webster’s Farms from Cambridge, Nova Scotia.  Calling the family to ask their permission to publish it, she was greeted with a laugh....

Barley Pizza Crust

This is a novel new way of creating pizza crust. It’s nutty flavour is wonderful, particularly underneath milder toppings.   When using barley flour with 4% beta-glucan content, three slices of pizza would contain over 3 grams of beta-glucan, enough to meet the required daily intake for...