The Growing Chefs Local Food Challenge starts tomorrow. Are you ready for a full week of deliciously scrumptious, seasonal meals? If you need some ideas, you’ve come to the right place: this is what we do for a living, after all!
Here are our seasonal inspirations for a week of local eats:
- Smoothie made with fresh seasonal fruit like blueberries or apricots, yogurt, milk and locally made fruit juice (Bremner’s is as local as it gets). For something unexpected, try adding a few mint leaves to a berry smoothie or basil to peaches. For extra protein, use strained yogurt (also known as yogurt cheese or greek-style yogurt). To make yogurt cheese, let yogurt drain overnight through a cheese cloth covered strainer placed over a bowl or a yogurt cheese maker.
- Scrambled eggs stuffed with fresh greens and goat cheese over potato hash browns.
- Make ahead some pancakes using local flour and create a pancake sandwich with local fresh fruit jam and Fromage Frais from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks – yum! These pancake sandwiches can easily be made the night before and pre-wrapped if you’re running out the door in the morning.
- Your favourite local cheese and meat between 2 slices of 100 Mile Loaf from A Bread Affair – simple but delicious. Add cucumber slices and shredded carrots for crunch.
- A greek-style salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onion, and feta cheese. If you have access to local grains, try this salad with wheat berries.
- Grilled steak and panzanella salad (fresh tomatoes, cucumber, roasted red peppers, fresh basil, croutons (we made ours with 100 Mile Loaf) and a glug of olive oil (a wild card)).
- A salad made with fresh greens, grilled peaches and blueberries and tossed in a yogurt and fresh herb dressing.
- Nicoise-style salad with nugget potatoes, radishes, green onions, lettuce, fresh herbs and local canned tuna. Toss in some olives if you can get them local or use them as a wild card.
- Frittata with smoked salmon and fresh dill and a salad on the side.
- Grilled BC spot prawn and veggie kabobs and corn on the cob.
If you love these dinner ideas, don’t forget to make extra and enjoy for lunch the next day.
- Fresh fruit is sweet and delicious at this time of year – and perfect for snacking – enjoy blueberries, apricots, cherries or raspberries.
- Make some homemade popsicles with local yogurt and fresh fruit or fresh fruit and local juice.
- Crunchy carrots, bell pepper strips, spicy radishes or baby cukes are great snacks.
- Yogurt, hazelnuts or cheese and 100 Mile Loaf also make delish snacks.
- Grill peaches and drizzle with homemade caramel sauce.
- Sweeten plain yogurt (or yogurt cheese!) with a little honey and serve with fresh fruit salad.
If you’re taking the challenge with us, be sure to share your local meal ideas. We’d love to hear them!