Creamy avocado dressing for spring

BY: CHEF JANET CRAIG

The biggest issue I have with salads is the dressing, they can either make or break the whole dish. Salad dressing must be homemade, I can taste the chemicals in the commercial ones.

This is a low fat, vegan and rich tasting salad dressing made in a blender or food processor – all you do is throw in all the ingredients, blend and enjoy!

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Ingredients

2 ripe avocados, peeled & seeded

1 cup plain Greek yoghurt

2 garlic cloves

Juice or zest of a whole lemon or a large lime

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

Directions

Blend and use on salads or toast and enjoy!

Chef Janet Craig’s recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly.  You can find out more about her HERE.

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Brighten your February long weekend with glazed strawberries

BY: CHEF JANET CRAIG

Got the winter blahs?

Trick your taste buds into thinking the brighter days of summer are here, with our fav Chef’s glazed strawberry recipe. They’re delicious!

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1 quart of fresh strawberries, cleaned
1 cup raspberry juice (available in most grocery stores in the natural food section)
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp raspberry liquor or sherry

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Directions

Mix sugar into raspberry juice, heat until very hot
Dissolve cornstarch into liquor
Stir liquor ‘slurry’ into hot juice. Stir until thickened.
Serve over strawberries with ice cream or whipped cream

Enjoy!

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Chef Janet Craig’s recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly. 

You can find out more about her HERE.

Coconut Cranberry Slice

BY: CHEF JANET CRAIG

This is a non- bake bar that is fast, looks great and so pretty for Christmas!img_1878This is an incredible rich candy-like dessert. A small piece goes a long, delicious way. For a more intricate icing, drizzle melted red currant jelly in straight lines over the icing and with the point of a knife draw straight through the lines to make a pretty design.

Place about 8 oz (250 g) of shortbread cookies in food processor to make the crumbs.

1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter

1/4 cup (50 mL) whipping cream

3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped white chocolate

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) shortbread cookie crumbs ( I use PC shortbread cookies)

1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries

1 cup (250 mL) desiccated coconut

Icing:

2 tbsp (25 mL) unsalted butter

1-1/2 tbsp (22 mL) warm water

1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon juice

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) icing sugar

  1. Combine butter and whipping cream in pot. Bring to boil, remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Cool slightly, then stir in crumbs, cranberries and coconut.
  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) square mould with parchment paper. Spoon in chocolate, cookie mixture. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
  1. To make icing, melt butter and mix with water and lemon juice. Beat in icing sugar until consistency is smooth. Spread over top of dessert with at warm palette knife.

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Chef Janet Craig’s recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly. You can find out more about her HERE.

Warm up with Caribbean Pumpkin Soup

BY: CHEF JANET CRAIG

By all accounts it’s going to a cold winter. So what better than to  cook up some delicious, vegetarian, milk and gluten free Caribbean pumpkin soup? If you can’t find Caribbean pumpkin at your local store, sweet potatoes work too, either way it’s delicious!

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  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 pound pumpkin or squash (sweet potato) peeled & cubed
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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  1. Sauté vegetables in oil until translucent. Then put in large pot with broth, milk & pumpkin or squash.
  2. Simmer for 1 -2 hours or place in crock- pot for 4 hours on low.
  3. Puree after removing bay leaf. Taste & adjust seasonings.

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Chef Janet Craig’s recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly.

You can find out more about her HERE.

Super Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

BY: JANET CRAIG

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re the type who can’t get through the weekend without enjoying a slice or two of delicious pumpkin pie, Chef Janet Craig has nabbed this recipe from the Kraft website just for you.

This recipe offers the best of both worlds: it’s super easy to make but you still get to enjoy the ‘I made it myself’ bragging rights and taste its homemade goodness.

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Crust

1-1/4 cups graham crumbs (or use a pre-formed graham crust from the supermarket)
1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling

1 pkg. (8 oz) brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup whip cream

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate.

2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, pumpkin and spices; mix just until blended. Pour into crust.

3. Bake 40 min. or until centre is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Cut into 8 slices. Top each slice with 1 Tbsp. of the whipped topping just before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator. Freezes well.

Chef Janet Craig’s recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly. You can find out more about her HERE.

 

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Beat the heat with these totally chill no-bake cookies

BY: CHEF JANET CRAIG
To over-state the obvious, turning on the oven during this oppressively hot summer is not a good idea. But thanks to our favourite chef Janet Craig, homemade cookies are still a possibility – check out these delicious, no-bake treats that chill out in the fridge until they’re ready to be eaten.
BONUS: these cookies are gluten, egg and dairy free!
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Just out of the fridge – gluten, egg and dairy no-bake cookies
1 cup chopped & toasted walnuts (toast in dry Teflon frying pan over medium heat. Just shake the pan until slightly toasted)
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 tbsp honey or agave
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Put walnuts in food processor & pulse. Add honey, salt and vanilla. Pulse until well mixed. Then add coconut. Chill and roll into small balls. Flatten with a fork and freeze on wax paper lined tray. Keep refrigerated. Makes 12 cookies.
Chef Janet Craig recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly.  You can find out more about her HERE.
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Vanilla Protein pancakes to start your morning

BY: JANET CRAIG

While breakfast may not be in fact the most important meal of the day, our columnist Chef Janet Craig has this mind blowing vanilla protein pancake recipe for you to enjoy, which might just put that ‘most important meal’ of the day theory to the test.

As always, this recipe is easy, nutritious and delicious. So what are you waiting for?

Vanilla Protein Pancakes
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Vanilla Protein Pancakes

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 to  1/3 cup club soda

3 egg whites

1 cup vanilla protein powder

Stevia to taste

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Heat a nonstick pan on medium high and use a coating spray. Cook pancakes and serve with berries or light agave syrup.

Chef Janet Craig recipes are simple, healthy, delicious and ABI friendly.  You can find out more about her HERE.

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