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Grilled Tomato and Cheese

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Grilled Delectable TOV® Tomato and Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 8 Slices of Hearty Whole Grain Bread
  • 4 Village Farms Delectable TOV® (tomatoes on the vine)
  • 8 Slices of Cheese (I used Havarti and Colby Jack)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4-6 Tbsp. Softened Butter
Instructions
  1. Slice Delectable TOV® about ⅛-inch-thick and then salt and place on paper towels to remove excess liquid for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat.
  3. Butter one side of all of the bread slices and then layer the non-butter side with Havarti cheese, tomatoes, a little pepper, and then a layer of Colby jack cheese.
  4. Place the other bread slice on top, buttered side up. (So that buttered sides are facing out.)
  5. Place onto the hot skillet and use another heavy pan to place on top of the sandwiches to help melt the cheese and press the sandwiches.
  6. Flip after about 5 minutes when a nice crust has formed on one side.
  7. Repeat the process on the other side. Serve immediately.

Recipe and photography by My Diary of Us

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Mexican Style Tomato Soup

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Mexican Style Tomato Soup featuring Sinfully Sweet Campari® Tomatoes
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Ingredients
  • 4 Cups of Village Farms Sinfully Sweet Campari® Tomatoes
  • 1 Poblano Pepper, cut in half
  • 1 Onion, quartered
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • ½ Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tsp. Mexican Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 6 Cups of Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • For the Toppings-
  • Heavy Cream (optional)
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado Slices
  • Jalapenos
  • Tortilla Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes in half and place on a parchment lined baking sheet along with the poblano pepper, the onion, and garlic.
  3. Drizzle with oil and season with salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano.
  4. Roast for 20-25 minutes until caramelized slightly and then remove seeds from pepper.
  5. After roasting place in a large pot and add chicken stock and lime juice. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Strain with a fine mesh strainer to achieve a smooth consistency if desired and then bring to a simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve as is or with desired toppings.

Recipe and photography by My Diary of Us

Dinner

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Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes & Green Beans

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Skillet Chicken with Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomatoes & Green Beans
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Ingredients
  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 15 oz. Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomatoes
  • 1½ Cups of Green Beans
  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove
  • ¼ Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Pepper
  • ½ Tsp. Sumac (optional, can sub paprika)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Season chicken on both sides with ½ of the salt and pepper and all of the sumac.
  4. Add oil to the hot skillet and add chicken skin side down to sear on both sides.
  5. Sear for 5 minutes or until chicken skin easily releases from the pan and flip and repeat on the other side.
  6. Bring pot of water to a boil and then add green beans to blanche for 2 minutes and then drain.
  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and add tomatoes at this time along with the garlic and slightly char the tomatoes for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add in green beans, season with the rest of the salt and pepper, and then nestle the chicken back into the pan in between the tomatoes and green beans.
  9. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and skin is crispy.
  10. Squeeze lemon juice over the whole dish when it comes out of the oven and serve immediately.

Recipe and photography by My Diary of Us

Dinner

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Cheese Tortellini with Blistered Tomatoes and Homemade Pesto

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Cheese Tortellini with Blistered Tomatoes and Homemade Pesto
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Ingredients
  • 1 to 1 and ½ packages tortellini of choice (9 - 14 oz)
  • 1 and ½ pints Maverick Mix® Tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup Macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil (packed)
  • ⅓ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup Pesto or EVO Oil
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced/divided*)
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper and a splash of lemon juice
  • Optional: additional parmesan cheese and basil for garnish
Instructions
  1. For the pesto: place macadamia nuts into a blender or food processor (I use a @vitamix) and pulse until broken into small bits.
  2. Add basil, parmesan cheese, oil, 3 garlic cloves only (minced), salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  3. Pulse until well-combined. Once done, set pesto aside.
  4. Next, cook tortellini per package instructions, then set aside.
  5. While tortellini cooks: in a large skillet over medium-heat, drizzle pan with oil and then add remaining 2 cloves garlic (minced).
  6. Cook until fragrant, being sure not to burn. Add in tomatoes, turn down heat slightly and move tomatoes around the pan several minutes until they start to blister.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.
  8. Mix pesto and tortellini. Then top with blistered tomatoes and some of the pan juice from skillet if desired.
  9. Finally, top with parmesan cheese and basil for garnish.

Recipe and photography by Lunches + Littles

Dinner

Lunch

Tomato & Grilled Eggplant Stacked Sandwich

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Tomato & Grilled Eggplant Stacked Sandwich
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This Mediterranean tomato and grilled eggplant stacked sandwich is a fresh, delicious vegetarian sandwich that’s quick and easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 4 to 6 Village Farms Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes
  • 2 medium eggplants, about 1 pound each
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • ½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup basil pesto (purchased or homemade)
  • ¼ cup olive spread or tapenade (purchased or homemade Kalamata Olive Spread)
  • 4 artisan hoagies (or 8 pieces of bread)
  • Basil leaves, for the garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start the coals or heat a gas grill for medium direct cooking. Make sure the grates are clean.
  2. Cut the eggplant into ½-inch thick slices. Brush each side with olive oil. Sprinkle the tops with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Grill for 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the grill), turning halfway through until tender and grill marks form. (Alternatively, you can use a grill pan on the stovetop: heat the pan and grill the eggplant slices until they are tender and grill marks form. Or, you can bake it using this method.)
  3. If desired, toast the bread in the remaining minutes on the grill.
  4. Meanwhile, thinly slice the tomatoes. Tear the mozzarella into pieces.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches: Spread pesto on the cut side of one piece of bread, and olive spread on the cut side of the other bread. Place grilled eggplant on the bread, and top with mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and basil, if using. Top with the other bread slice. If desired, wrap in aluminum foil to help contain the mess when eating!
  6. Make ahead: The sandwiches can be made a few hours in advance for picnics. If doing so, you may want to slice the tomatoes and let them sit on a cutting board for several minutes to drain excess liquid.

Recipe and photography by A Couple Cooks

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Greek Mason Jar Salad

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Greek Mason Jar Salad
Yields: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box (8 oz) lentil elbow noodles, or pasta of choice
  • 1 red onion (chopped or spiralized)
  • ½ cup pitted black olives
  • 2 cucumbers (sliced, diced or spiralized)
  • 1-pint lorabella blossom® tomatoes (tomatoes cut in half)
  • 2 cups chopped rotisserie-style chicken
  • butter lettuce, or greens of choice
  • feta cheese, salt, and pepper to taste

  • Ingredients (for the dressing):
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil (can also use a tsp or so dried instead)
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • 1 medium-sized lemon (juiced)
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta al dente per package instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. While pasta cooks, prep any produce that you need to prep and measure out your spices, etc.
  3. Make the dressing by combining the following in a large bowl: vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, marjoram and lemon juice. Once combined, slowly add in your olive oil whisking gently as you go
  4. until oil is incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then set dressing aside.
  5. Arrange salad jars by layering dressing on the bottom of jars, followed by tomatoes, chicken, cucumber, pasta, olives, more tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and butter lettuce on top. Once
  6. done, secure lids on tops of jars.
  7. If you are enjoying immediately, shake jar to distribute dressing. *If making ahead of time, please note that this salad can be refrigerated for a couple days. When ready to eat, shake jar to distribute dressing before serving. Enjoy straight from the jar or transfer to a bowl and enjoy!
  8. For more depth of flavor pour a very small amount of dressing onto individual salad components (onion, cucumber, etc.) and allow to marinate a bit prior to assembling. I always do this and it really gives it a much more intense flavor!
  9. Store extra dressing in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe and photography by Lunches and Littles

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Loaded Mexican Nachos

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Loaded True Rebel Mix® Mexican Nachos
Yields: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • For the Nachos:
  • 10oz True Rebel Mix® tomatoes halved
  • 8-12 oz tortilla chips of choice
  • Mexican Street Corn (recipe below)
  • Taco Meat (recipe below)
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican Cheese
  • ⅓ cup queso fresco
  • ¼ cup diced red onion (optional)
  • ¼ cup diced jarred mild jalapenos
  • Handful of cilantro
  • ½ cup Siggi’s plain yogurt
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • Other possible add-ons: melty queso dip, Chalula, or black beans.

  • For the Street Corn:
  • 3 ears of corn, cut off the cobb
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or sub olive oil)
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Siggi’s plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp queso fresco

  • For the taco meat (optional):
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup grated sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet pan over medium heat, combine the corn kernels, avocado oil, and lime juice. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Corn should get lightly browned, but not burned. Then, stir in chili powder, yogurt, and queso fresco. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In another large skillet pan over medium heat (or the same one emptied/wiped), saute the ground beef, quinoa, and grated sweet potato for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Beef should be browned and cooked through (no pink). Set aside.
  4. Time to assemble your nachos!
  5. On a large sheetpan, lay out the tortillas chips in a single-ish layer. Top with ½ the shredded Mexican cheese. Then add any remaining tortilla chips and then top again with the rest of the Mexican Cheese. Spoon the Mexican street corn mixture on top of the chips evenly. Then add on the taco meat (optional). Then top with crumbled queso fresco. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You want the cheese to be melted on the nachos and the chips to be lightly browned, but not burned!
  6. Remove from heat and then add on the toppings (evenly spaced): True Rebel Mix® tomatoes (halved), red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, Siggi’s yogurt, and guac.
  7. Feel free to arrange based on preference --- for example, I only put the red onion and guac on one half because my daughter and husband don’t love those.

Recipe and photography by Nosh and Nourish

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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Tomato Salsa

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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Salsa
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 – 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil*
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper
  • ½ a yellow onion
  • ¼ cup (more or less as desired) fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • *You will also need salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place tomatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil (*as much is needed to coat), and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. *Prior to drizzling you can cut a slit down the side of
  3. each tomato if desired. This is optional, and I did not do it this time but have done it in the past. Later you will be removing the skins from the tomatoes and so cutting into them prior to
  4. roasting can help with the removal.
  5. Spread tomatoes in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Roast tomatoes in pre-heated oven for approximately 30 minutes.
  7. While tomatoes are roasting, prepare the remainder of your ingredients: peel garlic cloves, dice onion, rough chop cilantro and juice one lime. Set all aside.
  8. During the last 15 minutes of roasting, place prepared cloves on tray with tomatoes.
  9. Once done, remove tomatoes and garlic from oven and let cool for approximately 10 minutes.
  10. While tomatoes/garlic are cooling, cut your jalapeno pepper in half, remove seeds and place halves skin side up on a small pan. Broil pepper for just a few minutes until skin is charred.
  11. Then remove from broiler, let cool and then chop. Set aside. *You of course, can completely omit this step if you do not wat the heat that comes from the pepper. However, I think it adds
  12. just enough to give a little kick that isn’t too overwhelming for the younger ones!
  13. Once tomatoes are cooled, slip the skins off the tomatoes as much as possible. It’s okay for some skin to stay on but try and remove as much as possible. Once skins are removed,
  14. use a sharp knife to dice tomatoes as chunky as you desire for your salsa. Also, mince garlic. Set both aside.
  15. Next, in a small serving bowl combine tomatoes, pepper, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Add honey if desired. Season generously to taste with salt and pepper.
  16. Serve with your favorite chips and enjoy!

Recipe and photography by Lunches and Littles

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Quick & Easy Roasted Tomato Hummus

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Quick & Easy Roasted Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Hummus
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt + additional salt to taste
  • a pinch of pepper + additional pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 (15 oz) can unsalted chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp water
  • *You will also need fresh thyme, grated or shaved parmesan cheese, and a couple additional tomatoes (sliced in half).
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl place 1 cup tomatoes and drizzle with a little (approximately ½ tbsp) olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat.
  3. Spread tomatoes in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Roast tomatoes in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes.
  5. While tomatoes are roasting combine tahini, lemon juice, 1 tbsp oil, chickpeas, garlic, salt, pepper and water in a large capacity food processor or blender (I use a @vitamix). Blend until smooth, then set aside (keeping contents in blender/food processor).
  6. Once tomatoes are done/roasted, remove from oven and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Next, add roasted tomatoes to blender/food processor (with hummus mixture still inside) and pulse/blend to combine thoroughly. If hummus mixture is too thick, you can add a drizzle
  8. more olive oil or a splash of water.
  9. When done, transfer hummus to a small dish or bowl and garnish with fresh thyme, grated/shaved parmesan cheese and a couple additional tomatoes (sliced in half), as shown.
  10. Serve hummus with vegetables of choice. As shown: served with cauliflower, celery, and carrots.

Recipe and photography by Lunches and Littles

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Roasted Tomato & Red Bell Pepper Gazpacho

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Roasted Heavenly Villagio Marzano® & Red Bell Pepper Gazpacho
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Ingredients
  • ½ medium yellow onion
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 pounds heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 and ½ – 2 tbsp olive oil* + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 pieces of sourdough bread or a larger sourdough roll will work too
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt, black pepper, white pepper, and chili powder to taste. Optional: Tomato Infused Salt
  • *You will also need additional diced green and red pepper pieces, diced cucumber pieces and a handful more tomatoes for garnish.
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Start off by cutting up your onion into smaller chunks (just a few cuts will do). Set aside. Then, cut your red peppers, removing all seeds and cutting into large halves or thirds that can be
  3. laid flat on your pan when roasting. Peel garlic cloves. Set aside.
  4. Place tomatoes, onion and red pepper pieces in a large bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil (*as much is needed to coat), and salt. Toss to coat.
  5. Spread everything in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet (or two!)
  6. Roast tomatoes, onion and peppers in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes. During the last 15 minutes of roasting, place cloves on a tray with tomatoes.
  7. While everything roasts, peel the cucumber and cut into a couple large pieces, and also dice *additional green pepper, red pepper and cucumber for garnish. Set aside.
  8. Once done, remove roasted ingredients from oven and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes. Once cooled, carefully remove skins off of red peppers.
  9. In a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix) add the following: onion, garlic, peppers, and a handful of tomatoes. Blend until smooth.
  10. Next, add the remainder of the tomatoes, sourdough and peeled cucumber chunks to the blender. Blend again until completely smooth.
  11. Then, add your olive oil, lime juice, salt, peppers and just a pinch of chili powder (can omit chili powder if desired!) Taste and adjust as needed.
  12. Divide between 4- 5 bowls, and garnish with diced peppers, cucumbers, and additional tomatoes – sliced in half. I also sprinkled a bit of infused tomato salt (from Gneiss Spice) on top for an
  13. extra flavor punch! So good.

Recipe and photography by Lunches and Littles

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Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

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True Rebel Mix® and Summer Veggie Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  • 10 oz. True Rebel Mix® tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 8 oz. chickpea pasta (or favorite pasta)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 6 asparagus spears
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 3 large basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, saute the bacon on medium heat, flipping every couple minutes.
  3. Once the bacon is cooked through, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  4. When the bacon is cooled, chop into bite sized pieces.
  5. Drizzle the asparagus and corn with avocado oil.
  6. Heat your grill on high, and then turn it down to medium. Grill your veggies, turning them often so they don’t burn. The asparagus cooks pretty quick, so watch to make sure it’s the perfectly crispy brown.
  7. Once your corn is brighter yellow and has grill marks, you can pull it off.
  8. Cut the corn off the cob and cut the asparagus into 2 - 3 inch pieces.
  9. In a food processor or blender, combine the lemon juice, basil, avocado oil, garlic, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Blend until combined, about 15 seconds.
  10. In a large bowl, combine the chickpea pasta, bacon bites, asparagus, corn, halved tomatoes, and dressing.
  11. Toss and serve!

Recipe and photography by The Toasted Pine Nut

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Spring Grain Bowl

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Farro Grain Bowl with Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked Farro, rinsed
  • ½ Cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 cup Chickpeas
  • 1 cup Arugula
  • ½ Avocado, sliced
  • 1 Round Radish, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Red Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain farro. Place in a pot and add 3 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes. Drain any excess
  3. water. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Start with a base of arugula in a bowl. Add farro, cucumber, chickpeas, round radishes, avocado, and Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes.
  5. In a bowl, combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour dressing on top of the bowl and enjoy.

Recipe and photography by Diana Chan

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Salmon Tacos with Homemade True Rebel Mix® Salsa

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Salmon Tacos with Homemade True Rebel Mix® Salsa
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Ingredients
  • TACOS
  • 1 lb. salmon
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 - 6 tortillas
  • 2 ears corn (brushed with avocado oil and sea salt)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ purple cabbage, chopped
  • SALSA
  • 2 containers of 10 oz. Village FarmsTrue Rebel Mix® tomatoes
  • ½ sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ jalapeno, de-seeded
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Handful cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the salmon on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle each filet with the cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, ground pepper, and sea salt.
  4. Bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes until the salmon is no longer translucent and is opaque.
  5. Use a fork to break the salmon up in large chunks.
  6. While the salmon is cooking, brush your corn with avocado oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Turn the grill on high until heated.
  8. Place the corn on the grill and turn it frequently until it’s charred, it took me about 5 minutes.
  9. You can also put your tortillas on the grill to heat them up and toast them a bit. But, they do brown quickly, so be vigilant!
  10. Make the salsa: combine all the salsa ingredients in the food processor.
  11. Process for about 5 seconds.

Recipe and photography by The Toasted Pine Nut

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Spring Roasted Tomato & Shaved Asparagus Frittata

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Roasted Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomatoes & Shaved Asparagus Frittata
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Recipe type: Vegetarian & Gluten-Free
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Yields: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Frittata
  • 10 thin stalks asparagus (enough for 1 cup of ribbons)
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup feta crumbles, divided
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place them on top. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Roast the tomatoes 22 to 25 minutes until tender and slightly browned.
  4. Wash the asparagus and chop off the tough ends. Lay asparagus spears on a flat surface. With a vegetable peeler, shave each spear from the from the bottom up. Remove the tips if desired. Measure out 1 cup of ribbons.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles, milk, kosher salt, and several grinds black pepper.

Recipe and photography by A Couple Cooks

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Pizza with Hearts & Homemade Cherry Tomato Sauce

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Pizza with Hearts and Homemade Cherry No.9 Fall in Love Again® Sauce
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Ingredients
  • Homemade Sauce:
  • 2 and a ½ pints Cherry No.9 Fall in Love Again® tomatoes
  • 8 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp plain tomato paste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 and a ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Homemade Pizza:
  • Pre-made pizza crusts, naan bread, etc. - use whatever you would usually use (I used a combo)
  • Rainbow colored toppings (I used additional cherry no. 9 fall in love again® tomatoes - halved, orange, yellow and green bell peppers - cut using mini heart shaped cookie cutters, yellow corn, broccoli and purple onion - diced)
  • Shredded cheese for topping - use whatever you would usually use (I used a dairy-free cheese option for these)
Instructions
  1. To make sauce: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Remove stems from tomatoes and rinse. Then, cut bell pepper into strips.
  3. In a large bowl, add all of your sauce ingredients (minus the salt and pepper and 1 half of the olive oil - 2 tsp). Coat all ingredients well - ensuring that the tomatoes and pepper pieces are covered on all sides.
  4. Transfer coated mixture to an oven safe dish and cook in oven until tomatoes and peppers are softened and mixture is fragrant and bubbly.
  5. Remove from the oven (but keep oven on) and allow mixture to cool just slightly, then transfer to a high-powered blender (I used a Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
  6. Next, in a sauce pan, add the remaining 2 tsp oi and heat. Then add sauce to pan and add in butter, mixing until worked into sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Remove from heat and use as you start making pizzas (See below), or store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. *Please note: this recipe yielded approximately 18 ounces of sauce, which was enough for 3 pizzas and additional sauce to store for use later.
  8. To make pizzas: Smooth sauce over your pizza crusts or bread.
  9. Then, top pizzas with toppings. As mentioned above, we used mini cookie cutters in the shapes of hearts to cut out different size heart peppers to top ours with. Going from red to purple (if desired) arrange veggies on top of crust/ bread.
  10. Finish off by topping with cheese of choice.
  11. Cook for approx. 12 - 15 min., or per crust’s instructions.
  12. Enjoy immediately! Now THAT is a pizza with heart!

Recipe and photography by Lunches + Littles

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One Pan Roasted Tomatoes, Chicken & Potatoes With Lemon Salad

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One Pan Roasted Cherry No.9 Fall in Love Again® Tomatoes, Chicken & Potatoes with Lemon Salad
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Yields: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 lemons
  • 6-8 chicken breast tenderloins, cleaned and trimmed
  • 2 medium-sized lemons
  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp oregano, divided
  • a few handfuls of baby red potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again® tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tbsp honey
  • 1 container (approximately 5 oz) arugula, baby arugula or a spinach/ arugula mix
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Then, line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and spray lightly with a cooking spray of choice. Alternatively, you can just spray your cooking spray directly on your pan(s). Set aside. *If cooking for two, just divide the entire recipe in half and use one pan!
  2. Next, zest one of your lemons. Once finished zesting, cut a lemon in half and squeeze all juice from lemon halves, ensuring to remove any seeds from the juice. Depending on the amount of juice squeezed, you may need to juice second lemon. Set juice and zest aside.
  3. Rub/ season chicken generously with the following: 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil, only ½ tsp oregano, salt, pepper and most of your lemon zest (saving just a bit for garnish). Divide chicken between the two prepared baking sheets.
  4. Next, cut potatoes in quarters, or if very small - halves. Place in a large bowl and season with the following: 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  5. Toss to evenly coat. Then transfer potatoes to baking sheets (divide between the two).
  6. Place your baking sheets in the oven and cook for 12-15 min. until chicken is cooked through. Then, remove chicken only from pans and set aside (keeping warm). Return pans with potatoes back to the oven. *If desired, you can also change oven setting mid-way through and broil chicken for last 2-3 min. of cook time. Continue cooking potatoes another 8-10 min., or until potatoes are soft, yet crispy and cooked through.
  7. While potatoes are back in the oven, take approx. 2 cups of tomatoes, and in a medium-sized bowl, and add ¼ tsp basil, 1 tbsp olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to evenly coat. Then, in the last 5 min. of cooking potatoes, add tomatoes to your baking sheets and cook alongside potatoes for the remainder of the time.
  8. While potatoes and tomatoes finish cooking, make your dressing by adding 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, mustard honey and ½ tsp oregano in a glass jar. Cover and shake until well blended. Alternatively, you can whisk these ingredients together and set aside.
  9. When potatoes and tomatoes are finished cooking, remove pans from oven and allow to just slightly cool. Then, add arugula or other greens to baking sheets and drizzle with dressing. Toss to coat.
  10. Divide chicken, and potato/ tomato salad between 4 plates or bowl. Eat immediately and enjoy!

Recipe and photography by Lunches + Littles

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Spaghetti Squash with Lorabella Romesco

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Spaghetti Squash with Lorabella Romesco
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Yields: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints Village Farms Lorabella Blossom® tomatoes
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • ½ sweet onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 leaves sage, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash and then cut it in half lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out the seeds and discard them.
  4. Brush the inside of the spaghetti squash with avocado oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place spaghetti squash flat side down on a lined baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
  6. Flip it and roast for another 10 - 20 minutes (depending how large your squash is).
  7. Use a fork to pull the spaghetti strands from the shell.
  8. Scoop them onto a plate or bowl, or eat it straight from the shell.
  9. Place the tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet.
  10. Drizzle with avocado oil and roast for 15 minutes.
  11. Transfer the tomatoes and veggies to a food processor and add the shredded almonds and sea salt.
  12. Process until combined.
  13. Scoop a couple dollops of the tomato romesco in the center of the spaghetti squash.
  14. Top with toasted sliced almonds, and chopped sage.

Recipe and photography by The Toasted Pine Nut

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Spaghetti Squash with Cabernet Tomato Meat Sauce

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Cabernet Estate Reserve® Meat Sauce with Spaghetti Squash
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Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup shaved Parmesan
  • Fresh basil for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash and then cut it in half lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out the seeds and discard them.
  4. Brush the inside of the spaghetti squash with avocado oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place spaghetti squash flat side down on a lined baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
  6. Flip it and roast for another 10 - 20 minutes (depending how large your squash is).
  7. Use a fork to pull the spaghetti strands from the shell.
  8. Scoop them onto a plate or bowl, or eat it straight from the shell.
  9. Pour avocado oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  10. Add onion, sauté until caramelized.
  11. Add the meat and garlic
  12. Use a spatula to break up the ground beef and continue to do so until browned but slightly pink.
  13. Add tomatoes, green pepper, basil, oregano, sea salt, coconut sugar, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and tomato paste.
  14. Continue to simmer, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are popped and the sauce is reduced.
  15. Place a big scoop of Cabernet Meat Sauce in the center of the spaghetti squash, top with shaved Parmesan and fresh basil.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by The Toasted Pine Nut

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Rudolph Grilled Cheese

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Rudolph Grilled Cheese
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Yields: 2 sandwiches
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 slices lowfat mozzarella cheese
  • 4 Village Farms® Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes, sliced lengthwise, plus 1 cut in half.
  • 4 pretzels twists
  • 2 black olives, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Add bread, butter-side-down, to skillet.
  2. Add 1 slice of cheese and half of the tomato slices.
  3. Top with other slice of bread, butter-side-up. Repeat with other sandwich. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Flip and cook additional 2-3 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Lay remaining slice of cheese on cutting board. Use a bottle top or other small round object to cut out 4 circles.
  7. Top grilled cheese with pretzels for antlers, cheese and olive slices for eyes, and tomato slice for nose.
  8. Serve with 1 cup tomato soup.

Recipe and photography by Produce for Kids

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Upside Down Crispy Cornbread

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Upside Down Crispy Tomato Cornbread
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Ingredients
  • • 5 to 6 Village Farms Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes (enough for 24 thin slices)
  • • 12 small sage leaves
  • • 1½ cups cornmeal
  • • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • • 1½ tablespoons baking powder
  • • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • • 3 eggs
  • • 1½ cups milk
  • • ½ cup olive oil
  • • 2 tablespoons butter
  • • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Using a sharp serrated knife, thinly slice the tomatoes. Salt them and place them on a cutting board. After a few minutes, transfer them to a paper towel and place another paper towel on top to remove as much liquid as possible. Wash and dry the sage leaves.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, then stir in the milk and olive oil.
  4. When the oven is preheated, place the butter in a 9 x 13” pan and place the pan in the oven for a few minutes to melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, brush it over the entire pan. Arrange tomatoes and sage leaves on the bottom of the pan (ours fit 6 rows of 4 tomatoes; make sure to place the sage leaves upside down).
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. As carefully as possible, slowly pour the batter over the tomatoes and sage leaves, making sure not to move the rows of tomatoes. Smooth out the top with a spatula.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake about 30 minutes, until the sides are browned (if your oven is uneven, at 15 minutes, rotate the pan for even baking). Remove from the oven and run a sharp knife around the edges, then carefully invert it onto a baking sheet. Top with a thin layer of finely grated Parmesan cheese and broil on high for 3 to 4 minutes until crisp.
  7. Cut into pieces and serve warm (or at room temperature). To store, wrap the remaining pieces in aluminum foil and store refrigerated or frozen. Prior to serving, reheat in a 350F oven until warmed through and crisp (the bread becomes very dry when cold, so reheating for a few minutes in the oven is preferable.)

Recipe and photography by A Couple Cooks

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Vegetarian Harvest Grain Bowl

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Vegetarian Harvest Grain Bowl
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 6 cups arugula and spinach mix
  • 10 ounces Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 sweet potato, diced and roasted
  • ¼ cup dried tart cherries or raisins
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, whisk together apple butter, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Assemble bowls by layering quinoa with greens, tomatoes, apple slices, sweet potato, dried fruit and pumpkin seeds.
  3. Drizzle with dressing.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

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Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs
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Ingredients
  • 10 oz. Village Farms True Rebel Mix® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Lorabella Blossom™ tomatoes
  • 2 cups assorted Village Farms Sweet Bells® peppers
  • 2 onions coarsely chopped
  • ½ lb. cubed beef
  • ½ lb. cubed chicken
  • ½ lb. shrimp
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse all vegetables
  2. Chop sweet bell peppers and onions to approximate 2 in. by 2 in. squares
  3. Cube chicken and beef to approximate 2 in. by 2 in. squares
  4. Display ingredients in separate bowls
  5. Allow guests to create their own kabobs by skewering meats, tomatoes, onions, and peppers to their liking
  6. Brush kabobs with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you may like)
  7. Carefully place skewers on grill over medium heat
  8. Cook to desired doneness of the respective meats rotating every few minutes.
  9. Serve over a bed of rice

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crisp cucumber melon salad

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crisp cucumber melon salad
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Yields: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ Village Farms Luscious Seedless Long English® cucumber sliced in ¼ inch coins
  • 1½ cups cubed watermelon
  • 1½ cups cubed cantaloupe
  • ½ cup fresh mint roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, arugula and mint into a large bowl and combine.
  2. Toss with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Top with crumbled feta.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or store in air tight container up to 3 days.

Recipe and photography by Zest My Lemon

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tomacado summer salad

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tomacado summer salad
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Yields: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Village Farms True Rebel Mix® tomatoes halved or sliced ½ inch pieces
  • 1 slightly firm avocado cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ear of grilled corn shucked
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 - 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
  • large bunch of cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion or shallot chopped
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. Toss tomatoes, corn and red onion with hemp seeds, cilantro, lime juice and olive oil until combined.
  2. Fold in the avocado and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix well so all the flavors incorporate together and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Can also be stored for 3-4 days in an air tight container.

Recipe and photography by Zest My Lemon

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Chickpea Fattoush Nourish Bowl

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Chickpea Fattoush Nourish Bowl
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 2 pita breads
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 large lemon (1/4 cup lemon juice plus zest)
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 11/2 teaspoons maple or honey
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 romaine hearts
  • 1 small English cucumber
  • 2 scallions (green onions)
  • 3 to 4 radishes
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • Sumac (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Brush the pita breads on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with a few pinches kosher salt. Slice each pita into 8 wedges with a pizza cutter. Place the wedges on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crispy, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then break the wedges into irregular pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic, then use the flat blade of your knife to scrape it into a paste. In a medium bowl whisk together the garlic, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, cinnamon, allspice, maple, and several grinds of black pepper. Gradually whisk in ½ cup olive oil a tablespoon or two at a time until a creamy emulsion forms.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, shaking off as much water as possible. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the chickpeas, cumin, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and several grinds of black pepper and sauté for 5 minutes until the chickpeas are golden and warmed through.
  4. Chop the romaine hearts. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the cucumber. Thinly slice the scallions and radishes; slice the radishes in half. Thinly slice the mint leaves. To serve, place the greens in the bowl and arrange the vegetables, chickpeas, and toasted pita on top, adding a few pinches of kosher salt to the tomatoes and cucumber. Drizzle with dressing and garnish with mint and lemon zest (or sumac, if desired).

Recipe and photography by A Couple Cooks

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shrimp & cherry tomatoes over cauliflower grits

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shrimp and cherry tomatoes over cheesy cauliflower grits
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Yields: 3 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3 slices center cut bacon
  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup packed chopped kale
  • 10 ounces Village Farms Cherry No. 9 Fall In Love Again® tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • For the grits:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small florets (about 6 cups riced cauliflower)
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons half and half or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels. Chop or crumble bacon when cool enough to handle.
  2. Reserve 2 teaspoons bacon drippings in pan for shrimp. Arrange shrimp in pan in single layer, cooking over medium heat until pink and cooked through. Flip halfway to ensure even browning on both sides. Remove shrimp from pan. Add onions and kale to the skillet and cook until onions begin to turn translucent; stir constantly and slowly add broth to skillet to keep veggies from sticking.
  3. Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook just until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley.
  4. For the grits, rice cauliflower in blender or food processor. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add riced cauliflower and cook until starting to brown about 8 minutes, stir in broth and cover for about 5 minutes to steam cauliflower until fully cooked.
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree cauliflower slightly to create a creamy consistency that resembles grit like texture. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and cream; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To serve, ladle shrimp and tomato mixture over cheesy cauliflower grits and top with crumbled bacon.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

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Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread

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Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread
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Ingredients
  • 2 Naan flatbreads
  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Take ¼ bag of Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes and chop until it turns into a very chunky sauce. The remaining tomatoes, cut into small discs. Set aside.
  3. Heat a pan with olive oil, add chopped onions and cook 1 min. Now add chopped garlic, ½ tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix, bring heat down to medium and cook 2 mins.
  4. Now add your chopped tomatoes, chicken and half of the tomato discs. Let sit and cook on low 8-10 mins. If you think you overcooked it, simply add a little chicken stock to bring back its juice.
  5. We don't want it too watery because it will make the flatbread soggy. We're looking for a thicker consistency. Set side 5 mins to cool.
  6. Spread tomato and chicken mixture on flatbread leaving behind extra juices (if needed). Now place the remaining discs on top of the pizza spread out evenly.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 5 mins! Serve hot topped with fresh parmesan cheese and basil! Enjoy!

Recipe and photography by Alex Torres

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pork belly & tomato jam sliders

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pork belly & tomato jam sliders
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Ingredients
  • 3 pounds pork belly
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, quartered
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 slider buns, split
  • 3 cups baby arugula
Instructions
  1. Make the Pork Belly: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Remove skin from meat. Use sharp knife to score fat cap into a criss cross pattern (or ask your butcher to do this for you). Place meat in roasting pan and generously season all over with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and cook 3 hours.
  2. Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees and cook 30 minutes longer or until top of meat is caramelized and crisp, basting meat with accumulated juices every 10 minutes. Transfer meat to cutting board and let stand 30 minutes before slicing.
  3. Meanwhile, make the Tomato Jam: In medium saucepot, heat mini san marzano tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, ginger, cumin, salt, allspice and red pepper flakes to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until mixture has the consistency of jam, stirring occasionally.
  4. Assemble the Sliders: Slice pork belly into ¼-inch pieces. If pork belly has been prepared in advance and refrigerated, gently reheat sliced pieces in nonstick skillet until warmed through.
  5. Divide sliced pork belly among bottom buns. Top pork belly with a spoonful of Tomato Jam and a small handful of arugula. Covers with tops of buns and serve immediately.
  6. Home Chef Tip: The pork belly can be roasted up to 2 days in advance. After roasting, transfer whole pork belly to large plate or container and transfer to refrigerator, uncovered, for 2 hours or until completely cool, then cover until ready to slice, reheat, and assemble sandwiches. Tomato jam can be made up to 5 days in advance. After making tomato jam, let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Transfer to jar or covered container and refrigerate.

Recipe and photography by Lori Yates

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heavenly villagio marzano® tomato galette

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heavenly villagio marzano® tomato galette
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Yields: 1 small 8-inch tart - Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Large onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 10 oz Package Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz White cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 14.1 oz Package refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crusts, use one of the two crusts
  • 1 Egg white
  • ½ tsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Remove one roll of dough from the box, remove dough from plastic wrapper and let come to room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and add sliced onion and salt and cook until caramelized, about 25–30 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat and drain well on a paper towel.
  3. Unroll the dough and place onto crust – in order – onions, shredded cheese and mini san marzano tomato slices being careful to leave a 1-inch border around the edges of the dough for folding. Fold the uncovered 1-inch edge of the dough up around the contents. The filling inside the galette (or tart) should be visible. Brush a small amount of the egg white mixture over the edges of the exposed crust. Bake at 400º for 20–25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Top with fresh thyme before serving.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

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chunky heavenly san marzano sauce

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chunky heavenly san marzano sauce
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Yields: 2 liters
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Dice the onion to a small (1/2") dice.
  2. Chop all of the mini san marzano tomatoes into 3–4 coins by cutting them on the cross section.
  3. Warm up the olive oil in a sauté pan, add onion and cook until translucent, then add in ⅔ of the chopped mini san marzano tomatoes.
  4. Simmer on medium heat, just the slightest boil, for 30–40 minutes.
  5. Blend directly in the pan with a stick blender until broken down but not smooth (or transfer to food processor/blender to purée, then return to pan).
  6. Add the remaining raw chopped mini san marzano tomatoes to the sauce and simmer 10 more minutes.
  7. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.

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cabernet estate reserve® tomato coulis

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cabernet estate reserve® tomato coulis
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Yields: Sauce for 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (1 lb) Village Farms cabernet estate reserve® tomatoes
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Extra black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ cup Basil
  • 1 sprig Thyme (pick all of the leaves from the stem, discard stem)
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer tomatoes and any juice directly to a blender or food processor.
  3. Add olive oil, thyme leaves, and basil, and purée until smooth.
  4. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve immediately, or cool and set aside to serve chilled or reheated later.

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cherry tomato crudo sauce

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cherry tomato crudo sauce
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Yields: 1 liter Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor - purée until smooth.
  2. Ideally, allow sauce to rest for 2–3 hours for the flavors to better assimilate, but it can be served immediately as well.

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zucchini noodles with crudo sauce

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zucchini “spaghettini”
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Yields: 4 portions
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Begin by washing all fresh vegetables. Using a spiral slicer, cut all of the zucchini into spaghetti (there are many inexpensive spiral slicers on the market).
  2. Grate Parmigiano cheese, coarsely chop parsley, and cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  3. Lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry pan.
  4. Mix together the ricotta and tomato paste; reserve.
  5. Lightly heat up the cherry tomato crudo sauce.
  6. Toss the raw zucchini “spaghetti” with the warm tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, and chopped parsley.
  7. Add in the Parmigiano and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Plate spaghetti and top each dish with toasted pine nuts and a dollop of the roasted tomato ricotta.
  9. This dish can also be served raw and chilled as a refreshing summer salad.

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Yields: 1 liter Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor - purée until smooth.
  2. Ideally, allow sauce to rest for 2–3 hours for the flavors to better assimilate, but it can be served immediately as well.

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eggplant melanzana

Eggplant Melanzana

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Yields: 4 portions
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large Village Farms eggplant
  • 2 liters Chunky heavenly san marzano sauce (see recipe below)
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup All-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • 2 cups Sourdough bread, stale
  • ¼ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely shaved with a carrot peeler
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Begin by washing all the fresh vegetables;
  2. Cut the eggplant into ½” thick discs - pat with salt and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Chop the parsley and grate the Parmesan.
  4. Wipe salt off of the eggplant with a paper towel, and brush with half of the olive oil; reserve the other half of oil for the sautéing later.
  5. Grill the eggplant on a hot BBQ or grill pan until the outside is charred and the center is soft. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  6. Mix the flour, cornstarch, chopped parsley, stale bread, and Parmesan cheese in a food processor and transfer to a bowl in preparation for breading the eggplant.
  7. Crack both eggs into another bowl and stir with a fork.
  8. Dip the eggplant into the egg mixture and coat thoroughly, then transfer to the breading mixture and pack breadcrumbs on firmly.
  9. Repeat by dipping the breaded eggplant into the egg mixture, then once more into the breadcrumbs to add another layer of breading.
  10. Once breaded, arrange eggplant slices onto a baking sheet and chill in the oven 10–15 minutes to set up firm.
  11. Meanwhile, prepare or heat up your chunky heavenly san marzano tomato sauce and hold warm until its time to plate.
  12. In a large sauté pan, heat up the remaining olive oil. Once heated, place the eggplant cutlets down to sear. Be sure to allow each side to form a crisp, golden crust (approximately one minute for each side).
  13. Transfer the finished eggplant cutlets to a baking sheet and hold warm in the oven until you’re ready to plate and serve.
  14. To plate, spoon the warm tomato sauce in the middle of your plate, then alternate by piling on the eggplant cutlets, shavings of Parmesan cheese, and more tomato sauce. Enjoy.

chunky heavenly san marzano sauce
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Yields: 2 liters<br> <br>Approx prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Dice the onions to a small (1/2") dice.
  2. Chop all of the mini san marzano tomatoes into 3–4 coins by cutting them on the cross section.
  3. Warm up the olive oil in a sauté pan, then add in ⅔ of the chopped tomatoes.
  4. Simmer on medium heat, just the slightest boil, for 30–40 minutes.
  5. Blend directly in the pan with a stick blender until broken down but not smooth (or transfer to food processor/blender to purée, then return to pan).
  6. Add the remaining raw chopped mini san marzano tomatoes to the sauce and simmer 10 more minutes.
  7. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Dinner

Lunch

scallops & pancetta with tomato coulis

diver-scallops
diver scallops with pancetta, pumpkin seeds & cabernet estate reserve® tomato coulis
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Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 4 portions
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 ea Diver Scallops
  • 16 slices Pancetta, thinly sliced (ask your deli)
  • ½ cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 ea Fennel bulb
  • 1 ea Lime, juice & zest
  • 2 cups Cabernet estate reserve® tomato coulis (recipe below)
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Pat the scallops dry and pull of the small abductor muscle on the side if its still attached. (little tough rectangle that’s sometimes on the side of the scallop, peels off easily)
  2. Slice the raw fennel thinly and reserve in ice water until serving time. (save the green fronds for garnish as well).
  3. Lay the pancetta discs out flat on a baking sheet on parchment paper or wax paper.
  4. Bake the pancetta at 300° for 8-10 minutes, keeping an eye on them, this one’s very particular - you want them crispy but every pancetta will act differently depending on how fatty or thick it is. You can take them out when they’re a nice dark roasted colour even if they’re not totally crisp yet because they will crisp up more as they cool.
  5. Once the pancettas are done, transfer them to a paper towel to ensure they stay crisp.
  6. Heat up a sauté pan, dry without any oil.
  7. Quickly toast the pumpkin seeds in the dry pan then reserve them.
  8. Return the hot pan to the heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  9. Season the scallops with salt and pepper, and add to the hot pan- don’t move them at all for 1 minute.
  10. Flip the scallops and give them another minute of searing on that side, then pull the pan off the heat and let them sit in the pan as it cools to gently continue to cook. You can remove them at any point depending on how you like them done; if you pull them out right away you should have a nice medium-rare scallop.
  11. Once you’ve removed the scallops from the pan and placed them somewhere warm to rest for a few minutes, add the cabernet estate coulis to the pan to heat it up and prepare to plate.
  12. To plate the scallops, first pool ¼ cup of the tomato coulis in the center of the plate, then stack up the seared scallops, shaved raw fennel, and pancetta discs into a tidy tower or jumbled pile, as you see fit.
  13. Zest and juice a lime over the 4 dishes to finish.
cabernet estate reserve® tomato coulis
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Yields: Sauce for 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (1 lb) Village Farms cabernet estate reserve® tomatoes
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Extra black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ cup Basil
  • 1 sprig Thyme (pick all of the leaves from the stem, discard stem)
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer tomatoes and any juice directly to a blender or food processor.
  3. Add olive oil, thyme leaves, and basil, and purée until smooth.
  4. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve immediately, or cool and set aside to serve chilled or reheated later.

Dinner

Lunch

grilled & pickled peperonata, kale, & radicchio salad

Peperonata-Kale-Salad-Bells

grilled & pickled peperonata, kale, & radicchio salad
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Sweet bell peppers
  • ¼ cup Fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill pan or bbq to grill the sweet bell peppers.
  2. Cut and core the peppers so you just have clean pepper pieces. Discard core and seeds.
  3. Grill the peppers lightly, only 2-3 minutes, enough so that they start to soften (some grill marks and charring is fine, but not essential).
  4. Transfer the warm sweet bell peppers to a stainless steel bowl.
  5. Toss with the olive oil, vinegar, mustard seeds, salt, and pepper.
  6. Cover the bowl and allow the sweet bell peppers to marinate as they slowly steam and then cool down.
  7. Cut the peppers into fine julienned strips, then recombine with the reserved juices.
  8. Add the basil and re-season with salt and pepper if necessary.

grilled peperonata salad with kale and radicchio
Author: 
Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 1 head Black kale
  • 1 head Green kale
  • 1 head radicchio
  • ¼ cup Grilled peperonata salad
  • ¼ cup Salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Wash, core, and cut the kale and radicchio.
  2. Toss the base kale and radicchio salad with salad dressing.
  3. Plate the base salad and then top with pickled grilled peperonata salad.

salad dressing
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Yields: 1 cup Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ Fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup Grain dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Purée all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.

Appetizers

Dinner

Lunch

grilled ratatouille stuffed tomatoes

VF Stuffed Campari

grilled ratatouille stuffed mini campari tomatoes
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Hollow out the campari tomatoes by cutting off the tops and scooping out the interiors with a small spoon. Reserve the juice, core, and seeds.
  2. Preheat a grill pan or bbq.
  3. Cut the onion, peppers, zucchini, and eggplant into halves and quarters.
  4. Brush them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Grill the fresh vegetables by placing them cut side down on the grill and not moving them for 2 minutes.
  6. Only grill the one side, then remove the fresh vegetables from the grill. Allow to cool.
  7. Finely dice all fresh vegetables, and combine in a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add the campari tomato vinaigrette to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  9. Add chopped mint and parsley.
  10. Add crumbled feta. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Stuff the hollowed out campari tomatoes with the seasoned grilled vegetables.
  12. Serve individually or platter up more of the salad and serve the tomatoes over top “family style”.

campari tomato vinaigrette
Author: 
Yields: 1 cup Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Campari tomato seeds & water
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Dinner

Lunch

grilled tri-color peppers

VF Grilled Tri-Color Peppers

grilled tri-color peppers
Author: 
Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill pan or bbq.
  2. Cut the sweet bell peppers in halves and remove the seeds.
  3. Brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Grill the sweet bell peppers on a hot grill or pan, long enough to give them some charring.
  5. Remove peppers from grill and allow to cool.
  6. Once cooled, chop the peppers into strips (julienne) and place in a mixing bowl.
  7. Add the jalapeño-mint vinaigrette and fresh chopped mint. Gently fold all together and season.
  8. Lay out the dressed peppers on a platter, sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese and more vinaigrette.

honey-jalapeño & mint vinaigrette
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Yields: 1 cup Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 3 Jalapeño, fresh
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 Lime, juice and zest
  • ¼ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Purée the jalapeños with the honey and vinegar.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil while the blender/processor is running at low speed.
  3. Add the mint, just blending enough to incorporate the mint thoroughly.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Dinner

Lunch

heavenly villagio marzano tomato paste

VF Heavenly San Marzano Tomato Paste
heavenly villagio marzano tomato paste
Yields: 1 liter
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  2. Toss the mini san marzano tomatoes with a little olive oil and salt.
  3. Roast at 475°F for 15–20 minutes, until the mini san marzano tomatoes are dark and caramelized.
  4. Transfer roasted mini san marzano tomatoes and juice to a stock pot — add 1 cup water.
  5. Reduce on low temperature for 15 minutes.
  6. While still warm, purée mini san marzano tomatoes in a blender until smooth.
  7. Freeze in small containers (such as an ice cube tray).

Dinner

Lunch

roasted peppers & shrimp

Roasted-Peppers-Shrimp

roasted peppers & shrimp
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30–40 min
 
Ingredients
  • 3 large Village Farms sweet bells® peppers
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 lb Hand-peeled shrimp (cooked)
  • ¼ cup Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 Lemon, zest
  • 1 Lime, zest
  • ½ cup Chili vinaigrette
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill pan or bbq to high heat.
  2. Peel the Brussels sprouts down to smaller leaves and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Prepare your sweet bell peppers by cutting them in halves and removing the core and seeds.
  4. Peel the onions and cut them in half. Slice them “julienned” into strips of a similar size to the peppers.
  5. Ready a large mixing bowl, pour half of the chili-lime vinaigrette into the bottom.
  6. Grill the Brussels sprouts for 4–5 minutes, enough to get some good char, then transfer to the bowl.
  7. Grill the sweet bell peppers and onions for 6–8 minutes, then cut them into “julienne” strips (approx ¼" thick) and transfer to the bowl.
  8. Add the shrimp and parsley to the warm salad. Zest and juice the orange and lime over top and toss.
  9. Taste and add more salt, pepper, and vinaigrette as needed.

chili-lime vinaigrette
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Yields: 1 cup Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Red wine vinaigrette
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ¼ cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Orange, zest and juice
  • 1 Lime, zest and juice
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a dry pan, toast the mustard seeds, cumin, and chili powder on medium-high heat until you just begin to see fine whisps of smoke, then remove from heat and transfer to a food processor or blender.
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the oil and the fresh cilantro to the blender and purée with brief pulses until uniformly chopped.
  3. Slowly add olive oil as you continue to purée until it's all incorporated.
  4. Add cilantro and pulse briefly until it's just rough chopped.
  5. Reserve.

Dinner

Lunch

pasta alla norma

Pasta alla Norma
pasta alla norma – penne with grilled eggplant, salted ricotta & cabernet estate reserve® tomatoes
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Prep time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 4 portions
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Village Farms cabernet estate reserve® tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Onions
  • 1 large Eggplant
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Capers
  • ½ cup Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • ½ cup Salted ricotta (can substitute Pecorino)
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 lb Penne pasta, cooked
Instructions
  1. Put on a pot of boiling salted water and cook pasta as you work through the prep work.
  2. Slice eggplant into 1" thick slices. Brush liberally with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and chilies.
  3. Preheat grill pan (could be substituted with bbq or heavy skillet).
  4. Once at high heat, grill/sear eggplant until you get char marks or good caramelization.
  5. Dice the grilled/seared eggplant into 1" cubes and reserve.
  6. Dice onions, and rough chop the parsley – reserve
  7. Mince capers and garlic to a fine dice – reserve.
  8. Preheat sauté pan to medium heat. Add ¼ cup olive oil.
  9. Sweat onions, capers, and garlic until translucent.
  10. Add the Cabernet tomatoes – sauté 5 minutes on medium heat.
  11. Transfer ½ of the tomatoes and onions to another bowl and purée with a hand blender – reserve.
  12. Add the eggplant and parsley to the pan – sauté on high heat for 2 minutes, then add tomato purée.
  13. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
  14. Toss with cooked pasta. Finish with salted ricotta and another ounce of olive oil.

Dinner

grilled salmon with confit roasted true rebel mix® tomatoes and spicy broccolini

True Rebel Grilled Salmon
grilled salmon with confit roasted true rebel mix® tomatoes and spicy broccolini
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Prep time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 4 portion
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Village Farms true rebel mix® tomatoes
  • 1½ cups Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sprig Fresh rosemary
  • 1 lb Broccolini
  • 1 tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • 4 6oz Wild salmon portions
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Brush the salmon with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Brush the broccolini with olive oil, salt, pepper and peperoncino flakes.
  4. Warm the remaining olive oil in a casserole dish or small sauté pan on the stovetop.
  5. Add the tomatoes, rosemary, and peperoncino flakes to the oil; transfer to oven.
  6. Cook tomatoes in oven for 45 minutes. Keep tomatoes warm in oven until ready to serve, or reheat later if preparing dish in advance.
  7. Preheat a grill pan, bbq, or heavy skillet to high heat.
  8. Grill or sear broccolini until cooked al dente. Remove from heat — reserve.
  9. Grill or sear salmon to your preference (roughly 6-8 minutes for medium rare to well done).
  10. Place tomatoes in a shallow bowl and top with roughly chopped parsley.
  11. Place the broccolini down first and top with salmon.
  12. Finish with a few tablespoons of the warm olive oil from the cooked tomatoes ladled over top.

Dinner

Lunch

heavenly villagio marzano® salad with grilled chicken, spinach, red grapes & chickpeas

Heavenly Villagio Marzano Salad
heavenly villagio marzano® salad with grilled chicken, spinach, red grapes & chickpeas
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Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 45 min
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, cut in halves lengthwise
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Chicken breasts, grilled & sliced
  • 1 lb Spinach, blanched & chopped
  • 1 cup Red grapes, cut in halves
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, cooked
  • ½ cup Herb dressing
  • ½ cup Feta cheese
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put a pot of salted water on to boil and prepare an ice bath.
  2. While you're waiting for the water to boil and the pan to heat up, brush the chicken breasts with some of the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a grill pan, bbq, or heavy skillet to high heat and grill chicken to 100% cooked – cool, slice, and set aside.
  4. Once your water has reached a boil, place spinach in water for 30 seconds then transfer immediately to ice bath. After Squeeze out excess water, rough chop spinach, and reserve.
  5. Cut the mini san marzano tomatoes and grapes into halves.
  6. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, toss with herb dressing, taste and re-season.
  7. Transfer to serving dish.

herb dressing
Author: 
Yields: 2 Cups Approx. prep time: 10 min
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup Fresh mint
  • ½ cup Fresh basil
  • ¼ cup Fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup Fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Purée herbs and oil in food processor.
  2. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper to finish.
  3. Reserve. Keep refrigerated when not in use.

Dinner

Lunch

hot damn, tamales! with cabernet estate reserve® tomato chili sauce

kitcheyf
hot damn, tamales! with cabernet estate reserve® tomato chili sauce
Author: 
Yields: 6 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 packages 10 oz. Village Farms cabernet estate reserve® tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Medium onion, quartered
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2–3 dried Pasilla chiles (a mild and fragrant chili; buy them dried in the package)
  • 1 cup Beef stock
  • 1 Clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp Chili-infused beef stock
  • 1 Pinch salt
  • 1 package (6) Hot Damn, Tamales! Angus beef tamales www.hotdamntamales.com
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place tomatoes, onions, olive oil and salt onto baking sheet and mix well. Place on center rack in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Slice the chiles down the center and remove stems and seeds. Place onto a dry baking sheet and bake for 2–3 minutes at 400° until fragrant, being careful not to burn. Remove from oven. Place beef stock in a saucepan and heat without boiling. Remove saucepan from heat. Add chiles to the stock and allow to soften for 30 minutes. Remove chiles to a bowl and save all the liquid.
  3. Cook tamales in their sealed package in boiling water for 45 minutes. Remove from package and set aside.
  4. Place tomato/onion mixture, garlic, cumin, 2 Tablespoons chili-infused beef stock, salt and reconstituted chiles into food processor or blender and blend until very smooth. Add more stock to obtain desired consistency.
  5. Place a small amount of sauce on top of your tamales and top with a dollop of sour cream.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

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Dinner

Lunch

heavenly Freddy’s pomodori al forno

Pomodori al Forno
Freddy’s pomodori al forno
Author: 
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash, drain, and slice the mini san marzano tomatoes.
  2. Clean the garlic, basil, and parsley; chop finely.
  3. Combine all ingredients except the Parmigiano in a roasting pan and roast in a 400º oven for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from oven; re-season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook 1 lb of pasta. Fold in roasted tomato sauce and add Parmigiano and some extra virgin olive oil. Buon appetito.

Dinner

Lunch

Freddy’s mini san marzano “crudaiola”

MSM-Crudaiola
Freddy's mini san marzano “crudaiola”
Author: 
Yields: Sauce for 4 people
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pulverize all ingredients in a mortar and pestle, or roughly chop all ingredients by hand to combine.
  2. Allow to rest for 2–3 hours for the flavors to assimilate.

Dinner

Lunch

Freddy’s spaghetti with broccoli rabe

Spaghetti-Broccoli-Rabe

Freddy’s spaghetti with broccoli rabe
Author: 
Yields: Pasta for 4 people
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Broccoli rabe
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Clean the broccoli rabe by stripping off the outer leaves and clipping off the bottom ½˝ of the stem.
  3. Blanch in the boiling water for approximately 2 minutes, then transfer to ice water to chill rapidly and stop the cooking.
  4. Reserve for finishing with the spaghetti.

sauce
Author: 
Yields: Sauce for 4 people
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put a pot of boiling salted water back on the heat in preparation for cooking the spaghetti.
  2. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan to medium heat.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, chilies, and anchovy.
  4. Simmer on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes until the onions are translucent.
  5. Add the mini san marzano tomatoes, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 more minutes while you cook your spaghetti.

spaghetti
Author: 
Yields: Pasta for 4 people
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Immerse your spaghetti in rapidly boiling salted water until al dente.
  2. Throw the broccoli rabe in with the spaghetti for the last minute of the cooking to reheat it.
  3. Drain the pasta. Toss the spaghetti and broccoli in with the sautéed onions, garlic, anchovy, tomatoes, and chilies.
  4. Finish by tossing with extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano when serving.

Dinner

Lunch

Freddy’s “paesano” potatoes

Paesano-Potatoes
Freddy's "paesano" potatoes
Author: 
Yields: 1 8x12 Roasting Pan – 8 Portions
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb Mixed sweet peppers
  • ½ lb Onion
  • 1 lb Fingerling potatoes
  • ½ lb White button mushrooms
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Seed and cut peppers into julienned strips lengthwise.
  3. Thinly slice onions, mushrooms, and potatoes.
  4. Toss all prepped fresh vegetables together with the mini san marzano tomatoes, chili flakes, olive oil, salt & pepper.
  5. Transfer to a roasting pan and bake for 20–25 minutes, until potatoes are golden.
  6. Remove from oven, add chopped parsley and Parmigiano Reggiano. Serve immediately.

Dinner

Lunch

caprese sandwich

Heirloom tomatoes
Caprese Sandwich
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • Buffalo mozzarella, thinly-sliced
  • Chiffonade basil leaf
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Build sandwich to preferred ratios with mini san marzano tomatoes and cheese.
  2. Warm pan with butter.
  3. Brown each side of sandwich then finish in the oven at 350°F to melt cheese.
  4. Serve warm.

Dinner

cherry tomato & grilled eggplant bruschetta with albacore tuna tartare

Cherry tomatoes

cherry tomato & grilled eggplant bruschetta with albacore tuna tartare
Author: 
Yields: 12 bruschetta
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut baguette into ½˝ thick slices (crosswise) to make bruschetta toasts.
  3. Drizzle toasts with olive oil and bake in oven 5–10 minutes until golden (maintaining a soft center).
  4. Slice eggplant lengthwise into ½˝ thick slices; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
  5. Grill eggplant on a BBQ grill or cast-iron grill pan.
  6. Cool, cut into ½˝ cubes and reserve.
  7. Cut cherry tomatoes into quarters. Transfer to large bowl.
  8. Add vinegar, olive oil, eggplant, red onion, capers, parsley, and basil.
  9. Check seasoning and heap onto bruschetta toasts.
  10. Drizzle with additional olive oil just prior to serving.

albacore tuna tartare
Author: 
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut red pepper and cherry tomatoes into ½˝ cubes. Transfer to large bowl.
  2. Dice fresh tuna into ½˝ cubes; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
  3. Gently fold tuna, peppers, and tomatoes together in mixing bowl.
  4. Add olive oil, lemon zest, capers, parsley, and basil.
  5. Check seasoning and heap onto bruschetta toasts or transfer directly to plate.
  6. Drizzle with additional olive oil and lemon juice just prior to serving.

Dinner

grilled eggplant stack

Eggplants
grilled eggplant stack
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb (454 G) – Village Farms eggplant
  • 1 Lb (454 G) – Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • ½ Cup (120 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Cup (200 G) – Chick peas
  • ¾ Cup (12 G) – Fresh basil
  • ½ Bunch (40 G) – Scallions
  • 1 Ea (2 G) – Garlic clove
  • 1 Lemon, juice & zest
  • ¾ Cup (175 G) – Pitted kalamata olives
  • ¼ Cup (35 G) – Pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ Cup (56 G) – Feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp (1 G) – Dill
  • 1 Tbsp (2 G) – Black pepper
  • 1 Tsp (1 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cut eggplant into ½” thick discs and saturate with olive oil.
  2. Grill eggplant discs quickly on very hot bbq or cast iron pan; remove & cool.
  3. Chop ½ of the scallion into ½” rings – reserve rest for hummus.
  4. Purée chick peas with remaining olive oil, basil, scallion, garlic, lemon juice and zest.
  5. Cut mini san marzano tomatoes into thin coins.
  6. Spread hummus onto eggplant discs.
  7. Dress with mini san marzano tomatoes, olives, scallion rings and feta cheese.
  8. Re-season and drizzle with olive oil just prior to serving.

Dinner

Lunch

bacon-guinness grilled cheese

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bacon-guinness grilled cheese
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Yields: 1 sandwich
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Layer brioche with bacon jam on the bottom slice;
  2. Top with Guinness cheddar (or any cheese of your choice).
  3. Spread the mustard on the underside of the top slice of bread.
  4. Build sandwich, saturate both outside surfaces with olive oil.
  5. Season outside of oil-soaked bread with sea salt.
  6. Brown slowly in a medium-high sautée pan, on both sides.
  7. Transfer to low temperature oven (325°F) to ensure cheese is melted through.
  8. Enjoy with an extra side of cabernet estate reserve® tomato & bacon jam for dipping…

Dinner

Lunch

campari & kale salad

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campari & kale salad
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Yields: 2 dinner salads
 
Ingredients
  • 1 LB (454 G) – Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes
  • 1 Head (225 G) – Kale
  • ½ Head (180 G) – Celery (heart only)
  • ¼ Cup (35 G) – Pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ Cup (35 G) – Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (16 G) – Hemp hearts
  • ¼ Cup (58 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ Cup (60 G) – Red wine vinegar
  • 1 Ea (1 Ea) – Lemon, juice and zest
  • ½ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Remove outer stalks from a head of lettuce and set aside for use in another dish;
  2. Clean celery core – carefully pick leaves and set aside; cut stalks into 1” batons;
  3. Clean kale and char whole leaves slightly on a BBQ or very hot cast iron pan.
  4. Coarsely chop kale, transfer to a large mixing bowl, squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over top.
  5. Cut campari tomatoes into quarters. Transfer to the mixing bowl with the kale.
  6. Add olive oil and vinegar.
  7. Gently fold in celery and all of the seeds.
  8. Season with salt and pepper. Plate individual salads and top with roasted chicken.

roast chicken
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Ingredients
  • 1 Ea (1 Ea) – Chicken, 3–4 lb, cut into halves
  • ¼ Cup (58 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp (3 G) – Smoked paprika
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Celery salt
  • ½ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Dry bird thoroughly with paper towel.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, then rub with smoked paprika, celery salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in oven for 25–30 minutes, or until core temperature hits 160°F.
  5. Remove, rest 5 minutes, place over Campari & kale salad.

Dinner

bucatini amatriciana

Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomatoes
bucatini amatriciana
 
Ingredients
  • 180g Dei Campi Bucatini (cooked)
  • 2 oz Alfredo Cetrone Intenso Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Guanciale, chopped (could substitute pancetta)
  • 1 tbsp Minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 tbspVillage Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz Sicilian pachino cherry tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles in salted boiling water for approximately 9 minutes, or until al dente, reserve noodles to add to finished sauce.
  2. In a preheated pan, add olive oil and bring to medium-high heat; add chopped guanciale, render at medium heat until slightly crisp. Add chili flakes, parsley and garlic, maintaining a medium heat, cook out for approximately another minute. Increase temperature, and add chopped fresh mini san marzano tomatoes – cook out for a few more minutes. Finish with pachino tomato sauce, add pasta, Pecorino and salt to taste.