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Cinco De Mayo Recipes – Featured on CTV Ottawa

Perfect recipes to celebrate Cinco De Mayo or for any occasion where food is what’s bringing your family and friends together!

NB Pollo Con Arroz Verde

Serves: 6

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided

3 lbs. skinless chicken (legs & thighs)

1 onion, finely chopped

I carrot, minced

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1 cup (250 mL) short grain rice

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) chicken broth

1 jar (450 mL) Neal Brothers Tomatillo Salsa

 Garnishes:

Avocados, diced

Green onions, minced

Cilantro,chopped

Lime wedges

Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Tortilla Chips & Corn Salsa.

Heat 1 tbsp. (15 mL) oil in large Dutch Oven pot over medium high; brown chicken in batches; set aside.

Add additional 1 tbsp. (15 mL) oil; sauté onions, carrot and celery for 5 minutes or until onion is soft; stir in rice. Return chicken and drippings to Dutch oven and add broth; bring to boil, reduce heat cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until broth is absorbed.   Gently stir in  Neal Brothers Tomatillo Salsa.  Simmer 5 minutes. Serve with diced avocados, green onions and Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Tortilla Chips and salsa.

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Lightened-Up Guacamole

Serves: Makes 3 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

2 large ripe avocados, peeled, pit removed

1 jar (450 mL) Neal Brothers Tomatillo Salsa

1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh cilantro, chopped

1 bag Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Tortilla Chips

Place avocados and tomatillo salsa into the blender container. Cover and PULSE on MEDIUM or LOW until chopped finely or to desired consistency- add cilantro, pulse twice then transfer to serving bowl. Serve with Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Tortilla Chips.

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NB Hacienda Dip:

Makes: 4 cups (1L)

Prep time: 5 minutes

1 19 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 red pepper,finely chopped

1 (450 mL) jar Neal Brothers Habanero Salsa

1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh cilantro, chopped

In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve with Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Tortilla Chips.

Tip: Lightly mash Habanero Bean Dip as base for NB Mexican Layer Dip

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finsihed fish taco

Fish tacos with a spicy mango cream

Nothing says warmer weather like fish tacos! They are so versatile and a fun meal to enjoy with friends. For our taco recipe we whipped up a deliciously sweet and spicy mango cream to drizzle on top. The combination of fresh, bright flavours will have you reaching for another!

You can really use any ingredients you like in your tacos but here is what we choose:

(Serves 2)

4 fresh corn tortillas

4 small filets of white fish such as Basa or Tilapia

1 cup of shredded romaine lettuce

1/2 a red onion

2 limes

1 avocado

1 handful of fresh cilantro

1 ripe mango

1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)

2 tbsp. of honey

3 tbsp. of light mayo

1 heaping tbsp. of Bandar’s Mango Chili Sauce

1/2 tsp. of sea salt

Begin by peeling the mango, chop half into cubes and slice the other half into thin strips.

bandar and mango

Place 1/2 the cubed mango into a food processor a long with the yogurt, mayo, Bandar chili sauce, the juice of 1 lime, sea salt and drizzle in the honey.

ingredients in food processor (mango cream)

Process on high until everything is blended and creamy. Put sauce into a jar or air tight container and place in the fridge until ready to use.

blended mango cream

Cook fish in a medium skillet with a bit of oil, sea salt and pepper until cooked through (white and flaky). Set fish aside. Prep your toppings by shredding the lettuce, red onion, slicing avocado, and limes.

fish taco ingredients

Pre-heat a separate dry pan over medium heat. Place fresh corn tortillas in a hot pan for 20 seconds on each side. Remove and keep covered in a tea towel.

Assemble your tacos with all the ingredients, drizzle on mango cream sauce and finish with a squeeze of lime.

finsihed fish taco

Happy cooking!

Emily :)

 

 

 

smoked ham and split pea soup

Smoked ham and split pea soup with a kick!

Not sure what to do with that left-over Easter ham? This comforting one pot dish is the perfect solution! It’s packed full of rich smokey ham, earthy peas and finished off with Caplanksy’s horseradish mustard for an incredible kick of flavour!

caplanskys mustard

Ingredients:

1 white onion

2 celery stalks, plus the leaves

2 carrots

1 cup of dried split peas

Left over naturally smoked ham and bone (or 1 ham hock)

4 cups of vegetable broth

1 tsp. of dried thyme

A few sprigs of flat leaf parsley

1 large white potato, peeled

2 heaping tablespoons of Caplanksy’s Hot and Horseradishy Deli Mustard

Sea salt and pepper

Directions:

Cover split peas with water and set aside.

split peas soaking

Meanwhile, chop celery, carrot, onion into bite sized pieces and roughly chop the parsley.

chopped veg for split pea soup

Place ham bone or ham hock into a large soup pot and cover with 4 cups of water plus 4 cups of broth (you could use 8 cups of either one if you prefer).

ham in pot

Then add in the vegetables (except potato), parsley, and dried thyme.

veg in pot

Gently stir to combine, pop a lid on and bring liquid to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer about 15 minutes.

simmering soup

At this point, drain your split peas and add them into the pot along with the potato and any left over ham pieces chopped.

chopped potato and ham

Cover the pot again and simmer on med-low another 45 min- an hour until everything is soft and tender.

Once it’s done, remove from the heat and roughly mash everything with a potato masher. Stir in 2 heaping spoonfuls of Caplanksy’s mustard until it melts and turns the soup a buttery yellow. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper to taste.

mustard

Ladle into bowls for serving.

soup in ladle

Happy Cooking!

Emily :)

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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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.

mix salad

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!

 

 

quasadilla -corn salsa

Left-over Chicken Quesadilla

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)

Chicken quasadilla- ingredients

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

quasadilla -cheese layer

Layer 2- Sprinkle the shredded chicken over the cheese.

quasadilla -chicken layer

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

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

 

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 Bomb-ba Beef Stew

The “Bomb-ba” Beef Stew

What makes this classic recipe the bomb is Laura Santtini’s Bomba XXX tomato puree. Made with triple concentrated tomatoes, rich red wine and a trio of veggies, it’s the perfect condiment to have on hand to enhance any dish!

bomba XXX

Ingredients:

1 pack (about 375g) of cubed lean Beef

1 can of diced tomatoes, ½ the liquid drained

1 white onion, chopped

3 cloves of minced garlic

2 medium parsnips, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 cup of fresh brussels sprouts (if using frozen, toss in during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time)

11/2 tbsp. Each of chopped fresh Thyme/ sage

3 tbsp. of Laura Santini’s Bomba XXX (Flavour 21)

1 cup of red wine (or beef stock)

1 tsp. of sea salt and pepper

Directions:

Brown the beef in a large heavy pot with a bit of oil.

Browned beef, bomba beef stew

Meanwhile… prep and chop carrots, parnsips, garlic, herbs and wash brussels sprouts (if using fresh ones).

Bomba-beef stew, chopped veggies

Once the beef is browned, add the veggies, garlic and herbs to the pot and stir to combine. Let cook a few more minutes.

Bomba beef stew and veggies in pot

Once fragrant and beginning to soften, add in Bomba XXX paste and red wine (or beef stock). Stir again to combine.

adding bomba to pot

Bring the liquid to a boil, pop a lid on and reduce heat to simmer on low for 45-60 minutes until veggies are soft and beef is tender. If you find there isn’t enough liquid, add some water or more beef stock throughout cooking time.

Alternately, you could throw all ingredients into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Happy cooking!

Emily

The Bomb-ba Beef Stew

 

 

ramen noodle dish

Rice Ramen Coconut Curry Bowl

This recipe is simple, nutritious and incredibly delicious! Lotus rice ramen noodles are gluten free, vegan and ready in minutes and the Amaya coconut curry sauce ads a richness to the dish. Tastes great served warm or cool, this dish is the perfect option for any night of the week, any time of the year.

ramen noodle dish

Ingredients:

– 1 pack Lotus Foods Rice Ramen noodles (any flavour – in this recipe we used millet and brown and jade)

– 1 jar Amaya coconut curry sauce

– 1/2 eggplant

– 1/2 cup grape tomatoes

– 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro

– 1 brick tofu

– 1/4 cup goat cheese (optional)

– 3 tbsp. olive oil

– 1/2 lemon

– 1 clove garlic

– pinch of red chili flakes

– pinch of sea salt

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Directions:

Cut eggplant into thin slices and dress with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Halfway through baking, turn eggplant slices over to bake on the other side.

Add 1 Ramen cake to 2 cups boiling water. When noodles begin to unfold after about 1 minute separate gently with a fork. Once fully soft, remove from water and strain noodles. Once strained, put into a bowl.

mixed noodles

Cut tofu into cubes and place in pan with a little bit of olive oil to avoid sticking. Add 2 tbsp. Amaya coconut curry sauce and toss. Let simmer until tofu is golden.

Once tofu is cooked add to the bowl of Ramen noodles and toss. Then add, lemon, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, goat cheese and roasted eggplant to the mixture. Flavour with red chili flakes and sea salt then toss again.

mixing ramen

Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!