Spicy Black Bean Dip

We are cranking up the heat a notch with this extremely delicious spicy black bean dip! We’ve packed these beans full of flavour so they make a wonderful addition to chicken taco bowls, salads, tacos, fajitas, nachos, or on their own served with crispy pita chips! Keep a batch of this dip in your fridge to easily add a tasty source of fiber to your meals throughout the week.

  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium cooking onion; finely chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic; minced
  • 2 chillies in adobo sauce; finely minced. 
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ tsp. + a pinch cumin
  • ½  tsp. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper 
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock, divided
  • 4 generous tbsp. salsa
  • generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Pita Crisps: (Optional)

  • 2-4 Lebanese Style Pita Breads (such as Cedar Bakery)
  • Olive oil
  • salt

What you will need:

Directions:

Prep Time: 5 minutes  * Cook Time: 25 minutes

  1. Start by heating olive oil in a large non-stick wok to a medium-high heat. If you don’t have a wok, a large non-stick pan will work. 
  2. Add onions and cook until browned and tender. About 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low, add garlic and adobo chilies. Mix together.
  3. Add beans, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup chicken stock, and salsa. Reduce heat and simmer until most of the chicken stock has reduced. Add the additional ¼ cup chicken stock and simmer for about 10 minutes until the beans are tender. About 20 minutes total simmer time.
  4. Finish with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 
  5. To make the pita crisps, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice each pita bread into 6 quarters and place on a large baking sheet. Brush one side of the pitas with olive oil and season lightly with salt. Bake for 7 minutes until slightly golden brown. Let cool briefly before serving or make ahead of time. They will continue to crisp up as they cool down. Pita crisps can be stored at room temperature in a zip lock bag for 2-3 days. Tip: Make sure they are completely cooled before transferring to a zip lock bag or they will become soggy.

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

Summer weather has arrived and so has the season for picnics, backyard BBQs, potlucks, camping, and cottage vacations! This super fresh, easy-to-make salad screams summer and is finished with a delightful drizzle of a light lemony Greek dressing. Easily make ahead of time for an effortless addition to your next get-together! You can also make this salad in preparation for a weekly lunch or dinner side dish. It pairs deliciously with chicken, steak, or fish and keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days!

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Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes

This has to be one of our absolute favourite appetizers. Full of garlic and herbs, this is one highly addicting and super satisfying dish! There are certain cheeses that once whipped create the most amazing dip or spread and feta is one of them. Add a few simple ingredients to enhance the flavour, top with slow roasted cherry tomatoes, serve with fresh grilled bread and you have yourself a knockout appetizer! 

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Absolutely Delicious Carrot Cake

Perfectly sweet and spiced carrot cake! Loaded with fresh carrots and a touch of apple sauce makes for a super moist mouth-watering dessert. We love how the frosting is not overly sweet and perfectly compliments the flavours of the cake. It’s quick, it’s easy and completely delicious! 

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Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

Juicy, tender, crispy, pull apart chicken fingers. Here is how you make your own super delicious chicken fingers in the comfort of your own home! Chicken fingers have that casual dining feel to them and are always a fun laid back lunch or dinner option. Great on salads, in wraps or as is with your choice of side. Enjoy a healthier baked option without making sacrifices in the flavour department. What’s our secret to the most crispy and flavourful chicken tenders? It’s all in coating the chicken and pre-baking the breadcrumbs! 

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