Local Food Challenge…Delish Meal Ideas

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:

Breakfast:

  • 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.

Lunch:

  • 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.

Dinner:

  • 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. 

Snack Attacks:

  • 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.

Sweet Treats:

  • 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!

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