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Connie Goes To Kenya

As a company, Neal Brothers is proud of our involvement with different organizations and community programs, and we enjoy participating in various events to help support the community.

Neal Brothers employee Connie Fok is making us proud by helping to support a program near and dear to her heart. She will be travelling to Mully’s Children Family Ndalani in Kenya – a place that provides residential care and rehabilitation for over 600 street children as well as orphaned and vulnerable children. Connie and her daughters Yvette and Chloe will be donating their time from June 27 – July 12 this summer helping out the medical team.

What is needed: $4500 per person (the money raised will be used for community feeding program, medicine, dental equipment and supplies in order to provide free medical, dental and optometry services for MCF children and villagers)

We are happy to help in any way we can and would like to pass this along to all our friends and family at this time.

If you would like to help, please go online to www.mcfcf.org and click on Team Travel, then 1407 RHCCC/NTCAC Team Travel. There is a text box “Add special instruction to the seller” to put in “Support for (Connie Fok/Yvette Hui/Chloe Hui) NTCAC Team“.

 

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Eddy’s cranberry wine sauce

We are lucky here at the Neal Brothers office to have our own personal chef Eddy. Ed has been cooking up a fantastic lunch for us once a week and we always look forward to a hearty, home cooked meal. We wanted to share this recipe for his gourmet cranberry sauce that is sure to turn any meal into a classy one!

To Make this sauce you will need:

1 cup of Pacific organic chicken stock

1 cup of your favourite red wine

1 cup of Fruit d’Or organic dried cranberries

1 3/4 cups of  Fruit d’Or organic cranberry juice

2 tbsp. of potato flour (to thicken)

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Steps:

1. Soak dried cranberries in cranberry juice 1 day- 4 hours ahead of time to plump them up.

2. Bring chicken stock and red wine to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until wine reduces, stirring occasionally (about 10 minutes).

3.Combine 2 tbsp. of potato flour with 1/4 cup of water to dissolve. Whisk the flour/water mixture into the reduced wine and stock. Continue to whisk and watch the sauce thicken.

4. Add in cranberries and remaining juice. Stir everything over low heat until sauce thickens to your liking.

This sauce is perfect served over baked or girlled turkey breast. Ed served his with chicken, pasta and a side of steamed greens for good health! Stay tuned for more of Eddy’s creations from the Neal Brothers kitchen.

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moroccan shrimp

Mo”rockin” Shrimp with Coconut Rice

This dish is so simple thanks to Cape Herb & Spice’s new line of spice mixes. With five new delicious flavours, your food will go from boring to exotic instantly! Today’s recipe will transport you straight to the hot climate of Morocco -perfect for a snowy day in April!

We made Moroccan shrimp with a creamy and slightly sweet coconut rice. Sounds fancy right? Don’t be intimidated, it’s super easy!

You will need…

Fresh, raw shrimp, deveined (about 5-6 per person)

1 cup of Lotus Foods Forbidden Black Rice (uncooked)

2 cups of Earth’s Choice organic coconut milk

3/4 cup of water

1 tsp. of sea salt

1 box of Cape Herb & Spice Moroccan spice mix

1 tbsp. of coconut oil

Green onion for garnish

moroccan shrimp ingredients

Start by cooking the rice. Pour 2 cups of coconut milk and 3/4 cups of water with 1 tsp. of sea salt into a pot and bring to a boil.

coconut milk

Once the milk boils, reduce to med-low and add in the black rice. Stir and watch the milk turn purple! Simmer with a lid on for 30 minutes, turn off heat and let sit another 10.

forbidden rice and coconut milk

Forbidden black rice can be categorized under the term “super food” for it’s incredible health benefits. What sets this rice a part from other types is that it contains anthocyanin’s. Studies show that these antioxidants are important for the maintenance of good health. It’s is also a wonderful source of valuable minerals, protein and fibre. Eat up!

While the rice is simmering, prepare your shrimp. Place on a plate and sprinkle with Moroccan seasoning to coat each side well.

shrimp with moroccan seasoning

Heat 1 tbsp. of coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add in Shrimp and cook 3 minutes, flip and cook another minute longer until just cooked through and pink.

shrimp in pan

To assemble this dish, place coconut rice on a plate first and top with shrimp. For a nice presentation, put shrimp on wooden skewers, place over the rice and sprinkle with sliced green onion.

moroccan shrimp

Happy Cooking :)

Emily

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A “Kick Ass” Mocha

Here at the Neal Brothers office we love our coffee! You could call some of us “coffee snobs” as we only drink the best of the best. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose between the 13 varieties we have here but all are organic, fair trade Arabica beans, slow roasted to produce incredible flavour. From dark and full bodied to light and fruity, once you taste Kicking Horse coffee you won’t want to start your day with anything else!

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Today we needed a little extra kick in our coffee and what better way than to add some deep fudgy chocolate! To make this mocha we chose our favourite dark roast – Kick Ass, TCHO’s drinking chocolate crumbles and Pacific Food’s sweet and creamy almond milk. This combination will perk you up in just one sip!

mocha ingredients

To start the mocha process we brewed a perfect pot of Kick Ass coffee.

Meanwhile add 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk to a small sauce pot and bring to a low simmer.

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Once the milk simmers, whisk in 4 tbsp. of TCHO drinking chocolate crumbles until dissolved.

whisking chocolate in pot

Divide the chocolate and milk mixture evenly into 2 mugs.

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Pour hot coffee over the chocolate mixture.

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For a simple finishing touch, grate some fresh nutmeg on top. You could also top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, or stir in some natural date syrup for more decadence!

nutmeg in cup

I paired mine with Gaga’s gluten free shortbread cookies for dipping!

finished mocha

Enjoy your chocolate moment :)

Emily

 

 

 

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Huevos Rancheros Neal

BRUNCH. One of our favourite things about the weekend. One of the most decadent and delicious brunch items is Huevos Rancheros. A definite favourite amongst fellow brunch-goers but tastes even better when made at home using fresh and wholesome ingredients. This recipe is quick and easy and a healthy option your family will enjoy.

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Ingredients:

– 3 eggs

– 2 corn tortillas (brown rice or whole wheat are also good options)

– 1 red onion

– 1 tomato

– 1 cup corn kernels cooked

– 1 cup black beans

– 1 avocado

– 2 cloves garlic

– 1/3 cup cilantro – chopped

– 1/4 cup spinach

– 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes – chopped (optional)

– 1/4 cup feta cheese

– 1/4 cup lime juice

– 2 tbsp. olive oil

– BIG dollop of Neal Brothers Salsa of course! (flavour optional)

– salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1) For salad mixture dice onion, tomato, sundried tomato and garlic and throw into a big bowl. Add feta, spinach, corn, avocado, black beans and cilantro. Add salt and pepper, lime juice and olive oil. Toss until all ingredients are well combined.

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2) Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and turn heat up to low-medium. Crack eggs directly into pan and let cook over easy or anyway you would like – scrambled works as well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3) Warm up tortilla by placing it into the pan and heat over low.

4) Once tortilla is warm, place on a plate. Top with salad mixture and place another tortilla on top. Add egg on top of the second tortilla creating a tower of goodness! Add more salad around the plate.

5) Add scoop of Neal Brothers salsa over top.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Left-over Chicken Quasadillas

I love a roast chicken dinner and I love the left overs even more! Today’s quesadilla inspiration came from having little in my fridge but a store-bought roast chicken, some almost wilted spinach and Neal Brothers corn salsa. Luckily I also keep some whole grain wraps in my freezer for quick meals!

This quesadilla is really versatile depending on what you have on hand and your taste preference, but may I suggest my favourite corn salsa be a staple in yours! This thick salsa adds a real depth of flavour, sweetness from the corn with a hint of spice.

Here are the ingredients I used:

1 sprouted whole grain wrap

1-2 oz. of shredded old white cheddar cheese

2 tbsp. of Neal Brothers corn salsa

a handful of baby spinach

chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp. of chili powder

Begin by prepping all your ingredients ahead of time -shred cheese,  chop the cilantro, shred the chicken and defrost a wrap in the microwave (if using frozen)

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Layer 1– on one side of the wrap sprinkle about half the cheese.

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Layer 2- Sprinkle the shredded chicken over the cheese.

quasadilla -chicken layer

Layer 3– Add on top the baby spinach and cilantro.

quasadilla -spinach layer

Layer 4- Next we top with corn salsa!

quasadilla -corn salsa

Layer 5- Once the salsa is on, top with more cheese and chili powder.

quasadilla -corn salsa on wrap

Carefully brush a bit of olive oil on each side of the quesadilla and sprinkle with more chili powder. Place into pre-heated frying pan over medium heat.

quasadilla in pan

Let toast on booth sides until golden and crispy, careful when you flip!

Once done, let cool a couple minutes and cut into half or quarters.

quasadilla finished!

Serve with sour cream, Greek yogurt or my favourite.. guacamole!

Happy Cooking :)

Emily

sweet citrus glazed salmon

Sweet Citrus Glazed Salmon

There is something so awesome about a buttery piece of salmon baked in a sweet sauce. This combo makes for an elegant dish served for friends or a family favourite dinner. With Neal Brother’s honey dijon vinaigrette you have a flavourful sauce or marinade ready to go anytime! Try it on chicken, in sandwiches, or as a dip with veggies too.

honey dijon dressing

Ingredients:

(Serves 2)

2 fresh, wild salmon filets (or 1 large cut into 2)

1/3 cup of Neal Brothers Honey Dijon vinaigrette

the juice and zest of 1/2 an orange

2 tbsp. of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

sea salt and pepper

Begin by Pre-heating your oven to 325º. Prep all your ingredients so they are ready to go.

Citrus salmon ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the honey dijon vinaigrette, orange juice, zest, chopped parsley and whisk.

ingredients in mixing bowl

Once the sauce in combined. Pour over salmon filets in a baking dish. For a deeper flavour, cover and let marinade for an hour or so in the fridge.

Salmon marinating

Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until cooked through but still tender. Once done, plate the salmon and spoon over the thickened, sweet sauce from the bottom of the dish.

I enjoyed mine with an orange spinach salad, brown rice and poured the sauce over everything- Delish!

Citrus salmon with rice

Happy cooking :)

Emily

 

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Chewy Trail Mix Cookies

Nothing is better than a sweet, chewy cookie and hot cup of chai tea in the afternoon. For this reason, I always have a freezer stocked with cookies. If you’re like me and can’t choose your favourite kind, these trail mix cookies are perfect for packing in flavour!

The base is Grainstorm’s stone-ground oatmeal cookie mix, packed air tight to maintain freshness and nutrients. With a hint of natural cane sugar, all you need to add is your binding agents and whatever else your imagination comes up with!

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To make these trail mix cookies you will need..

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup of Earth’s Choice organic coconut chips

1/2 cup of Fruit d’Or Organic dried cranberries

1/2 cup (or more if you are a chocoholic like me!) of TCHO organic 66% baking chocolate

1/2 cup of chopped natural walnuts

2 eggs

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil (I useed La Tourangelle unrefined)

2 tbsp. of Pacific vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. each of cinnamon and pure vanilla extract

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Start by pre-heating your oven to 350ºGet all ingredients prepped and ready to go.

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Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add in cinnamon, vanilla, coconut oil and almond milk. Whisk to combine.

egg mixture

Add in 1 package of Grainstorm oatmeal cookie mix and slowly combine with a wooden spoon.

grainstorm

grainstorm added to egg mixture

Halfway through, add in all your trail mix ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon to combine.

Let sit for 30 min or longer to absorb liquid and soften the oats (resist urge to dig in)

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Meanwhile.. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Once the batter is ready to go, spoon out and flatten slightly on your cookie sheets making 24 even sized discs.

cookies on sheet

Pop in the oven for 12- 15 minutes. Let cool and savour every bite!

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Happy baking :)

Emily

 

 

green eggs and ham final product

Green Eggs and Ham

These mini omelettes are full of protein, and fresh green flavours! They are an inexpensive make ahead for breakfast on the go, or a quick meal during a busy week.

tomatillo salsa

To give these omelettes a punch of bright flavour I whisked in Neal Brothers Tomatillo salsa. This isn’t your average tomato based salsa! It has a deliciously tart taste with hints of jalapeno pepper and natural sweetness.

Ingredients: (Serves 3)

6 free-range eggs

1/3 cup of chopped green onion

1/3 cup of chopped or fresh cilantro

1/2 cup of Neal Brothers Tomatillo salsa

1/2 tsp. of sea salt and pepper

3 large slices of all natural deli ham

You will need a mixing bowl, whisk and a muffin pan

green eggs and ham ingredients

Start by pre-heating your oven to 350º and prep all ingredients ahead of time. Crack eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add in the salsa, chopped green onion, cilantro, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. You can also blend the green onion, cilantro and salsa in a blender first if you want a finer texture.

green eggs and ham mixing bowl

Prep your muffin pan by lightly greasing 6 cups with oil. Slice each piece of ham in half and arrange in the muffin pan to cover the bottom and around the sides of each cup.

ham in cups

Evenly distribute the egg mixture into each ham cup filling almost to the top.

ham and eggs in cups

Once filled, pop into the oven and bake for 20- 23 minutes. Let cool completely, serve with more salsa, a light salad or slice of crusty bread!

green eggs and ham final product

Happy Cooking,

Emily :)

 

 

The TCHO hunt is on…

CONTEST ALERT*

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We are hosting a contest with chocolate brand TCHO in retail stores all across Ontario over the next few weeks.

Find any TCHO product  in your local store, snap a picture and upload it to Facebook. In order to successfully enter you must include the hashtag #TCHOhunt and tag the store you have found it in. We have placed shelf talkers and info throughout the store like this;

 

TCHO card

 

The Prize is a beautiful TCHO chocolate gift basket (just in time for Easter) and a $250 Visa gift card. Simple enough, now time to get snapping

 

Happy Hunting Chocolate lovers!

 

 

 

Contest Rules and Regulations:

PARTICIPATION: To participate in the Contest, you must (i) be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry; (ii) and must follow the instructions to register as a participant and complete and submit an entry as specified. Only registered Ontario addresses will be able to receive prizes.

PHOTOS S are the property of Neal Brothers Foods Inc., which will have the right, without further consideration, to modify and/or use them in its catalog, web site and in any other publication for promotional purposes. Neal Brothers Foods will notify the original owner of the photo & recipe by the contact information that was provided during the time of entry. If for any reason the photos or recipes uploaded for the purpose of the contest are deemed inappropriate by Neal Brothers, we reserve the right to remove the photo from the contest and disqualify the participant.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: There will be 1 Winner who will receive a prize pack of TCHO goodies and other essentials for your kitchen cupboard. TCHO will also include $250 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced on Wednesday April 16 2014 and will be notified on Facebookl. As long as a mailing address can be provided right away, the prize will be shipped out to an ONTARIO address the follwoing day (Thursday April 17 2014)

Neither Neal Brothers Foods Inc. nor any of its agents, employees, parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, for hardware or software or any telephone, electronic, network or computer malfunctions, failures, errors or data inaccuracies. In the event the Contest becomes technically corrupt in any way, electronically or otherwise, sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest. In such an event, winners will be selected for any remaining prizes by random drawing from among all valid entries received before cancellation, termination or suspension.

All aspects of the prize are NON-TRANSFERABLE and no substitutions are allowed. No cash equivalent or exchange of prize is permitted.

Entrants, by participating in the Contest, agree to waive (and potential winners in accepting their prize, agree to waive) any and all claims of liability against Neal Brothers Foods Inc. and their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies and agencies, representatives and employees from any accident, loss or injury occurring from this promotion or in any way related to the prize or the use or misuse thereof.
Winners hereby agree to the use of their names, addresses (city, state) and likeness for purposes of advertising, trade and promoting in any and all media on behalf of Neal Brothers Foods Inc., without further compensation.

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Neal Brothers Foods Inc. will not share your personal information with any other third parties without your permission, other than for the third party application for the purpose of this contest. Neal Brothers will only use your email for the purpose of sending you updates, promotions, etc. on an infrequent basis.