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Tomato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2015

The key to making this dish a knockout starts with great tomatoes. Pick nice and ripe but still firm ones for best results.


  • 2ea Bacon Strips (cut small)
  • 100ml Canola Oil
  • 100ml Wine Vinegar
  • 30ml Dijon Mustard
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 6ea Ripe Tomatoes (approx. one per person)


  1. Sauté bacon until fat has rendered and a light brown color has been achieved.
  2. Place in blender (including fat); add grape seed oil, mustard, and vinegar.
  3. Blend at a low speed to begin with then increase speed until the vinaigrette is smooth.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Cut tomatoes in wedges and toss with dressing. Season again to taste.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 6

*Serving suggestion- Garnish with crispy bacon and flavored oils like chive oil if desired. Also adding greens like basil, nasturtium, dandelion or arugula will add a nice twist to this salad.

Courtesy Chef Paul Rogalski

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Quinoa Tabouleh with Chickpeas

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Aug 12th, 2015


Got food sensitivities? Try this delicious, healthy food-swap.


      • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
      • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
      • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
      • 1/2 cup tomatoes, quartered
      • 1/2 lemon, juiced
      • 1 teaspoon olive oil
      • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
      • Handful of salad greens


  1. In a medium bowl combine the quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, and tomatoes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss together to coat evenly with the dressing.
  4. Line mason jar with salad greens and top with Quinoa Tabouleh salad.
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Dempster’s Sundried Tomato Bagel ‘Toad in the Hole’

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015

Courtesy Dempsters.ca


  •         4 Whole               Dempsters’ Sundried Tomato Bagels (halved)
  •         2 tbsp                    Unsalted butter
  •         8                             Eggs
  •         ½ tsp                    Salt
  •          ½ tsp                   Pepper (fresh ground)
  •         ½  cup                  Cream  cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Enlarge holes to 1 inch in diameter in your bagel (this is easier once halved).
  3. Butter centre cut of bagel.
  4. Place bagel halves buttered side down in medium high frying pan until golden brown (approx 2 minutes).
  5. Once golden brown transfer all of the bagel halves cut side down on to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Break an egg into center of each bagel half and season with  salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Finally place a ‘dollop’ of cream cheese over each egg and place eggs in preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes or until eggs are to your preferred doneness.


Chef’s Tips:                 Base of hole can also be filled with sausage, spinach or bacon before adding the egg.   A pre-toasted bagel spread with cream cheese topped with cooked sausage patty pressed with plate can be topped with a already fried egg.

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KAMUT® Capellini with a Sweet Tomato Pesto

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Apr 6th, 2015


KAMUT® Capellini nests

KAMUT® Capellini nests


  • 20-25 organic grape/cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup organic olive oil
  • 1 handful organic fresh basil
  • 1 large organic garlic clove
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 drops stevia
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated organic parmigiano-reggiano



  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt.
  2. Cook 2 Artesian Acres KAMUT® Capellini nests per person for 3-4 minutes or until al dente. Drain.


  1. In a food processor blend half or 10 of the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and stevia.
  2. Cut the remaining tomatoes in thirds. Toss the sauce, pasta and fresh tomatoes in a bowl. Top with freshly grated cheese and serve.


Serves 4.

Courtesy Martine Carlina – The Kamut Association


Available in Calgary at…..


Mrs. Greens

Planet Organic

Amaranth – Lake Dr. NW

Community Natural Foods

Federated Co Op

Green Earth Organics 

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Grilled Prosciutto and Cantaloupe Salad

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015


Grilled Prosciutto and Cantaloupe Salad


  • 4 slices of fresh cantaloupe
  • 100 grams of prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • Shaved parmesan
  • Mixed baby greens
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • Wedge of lemon
  • Splash of olive oil
  • Nonna Pia’s Classic Balsamic Reduction


  1. Wrap cantaloupe with 2-3 slices of prosciutto
  2. Place wrapped cantaloupe on a hot grill or griddle to brown and slightly warm
  3. Place grilled cantaloupe on plate with baby greens, fresh tomato and shave parmesan
  4. Garnish salad with a splash of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  5. Drizzle Nonna Pia’s Classic Reduction on cantaloupe and serve


Courtesy Chef Norm Strim, Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reductions

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Tomato Salad with Romesco Sauce

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

tomato and romescoHealthy eating comes easy with a no-fail recipe and fresh, local ingredients! Chef Darren Maclean of downtownfood creates a summer favourite: Tomato Salad with Romesco Sauce- the Spanish version of pesto!



  • 1 cup roasted or sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp parmesan
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Put all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve under cut cherry tomatoes, sliced Parmesan and greens.
  3. Enjoy!

Courtesy of  Chef Darren Maclean, downtownfood

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Barley, Lemon and Tomato ‘Risotto’

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Mar 10th, 2014

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 cup uncooked barley
  • 2 cups green kale (loosely torn)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups cooked chicken meat (roughly chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to season)


  1. Place stock and diced tomatoes in a medium pot and bring to a simmer on medium-high heat. Reduce to low heat to keep hot.
  2. Next, heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a large pan and cook garlic and diced onion for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add barley to the pan and stir until well incorporated and the grains have absorbed excess oil in the pan.
  4. Reduce to medium heat, ladle a cup of the hot broth/tomato mixture into the pan and, while stirring regularly, let cook until barley has absorbed the majority of the liquid.
  5. Continue this process, adding the liquid cup-by-cup and stirring while the barley cooks. After about 15 minutes, add kale, spices, cream and butter to the pan as well.
  6. Once the rest of the liquid has been used up, approximately another 15-18 minutes, the ‘risotto’ should have a el dente bite to it. Stir in remaining ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Serves 3-4

Total cook time…40 minutes

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