2 cups fresh soft herbs (I used parley, dill, mint), finely chopped
100g feta cheese, crumbled
sea salt and black pepper
1 juicy beefsteak® tomato, chopped
½ cup vegetable stock or water
½ tsp salt
1 clove garlic
1 tsp oregano
Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Slice the tops off the tomatoes (making a note of which top belongs to each vegetable, as this will look neater when you bake them) and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and seeds, reserving any juice.
Finely chop the flesh and add it back to the seeds and juice; set aside. Remove seeds and membrane from the bell peppers, rinse inside and drain.
Heat a large skillet until hot, and then add ¼ cup olive oil and the onion. Reduce the heat to medium low and sauté the onions for 8-10 minutes until they are soft and golden.
Add the garlic and rice to the pan and stir for 4-5 minutes, until the rice is well coated in the oil and starting to turn translucent. Add the chopped tomato flesh, stock/water, sugar, and season with salt and pepper.
Simmer, covered, for another 5-7 minutes until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid but still has a bite (the rice will continue to cook in the oven). When it’s ready, you want the filling to be juicy and not dry at all. If too much moisture has evaporated, add another few splashes of stock or water to loosen up the rice.
Meanwhile, make the puree by adding the tomatoes, stock, salt, garlic and oregano to a blender or food processor; whizz until smooth.
When the rice is ready, fill your tomatoes and peppers with the rice mixture. Fill it about three-quarters full, to allow the rice to expand further. Cover with their corresponding tops and place them into a tray that fits them snugly.
Peel and slice the potatoes into wedges. Season the potatoes with sea salt and black pepper and place the potatoes in and around the tomatoes and peppers (this helps to keep them upright while in the oven).
Carefully pour the tomato puree over everything, followed by ¾ cup of olive oil. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 45 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.
Gemista can be enjoyed hot, or at room temperature, and are even better the next day.
Beefsteak Tomato Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Lemon Tahini
500g chickpeas (2 cans), drained
extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
4 juicy beefsteaks® tomatoes
handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
sea salt and black pepper
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup water
1 clove garlic, finely grated
juice of ½ lemon
sea salt and black pepper
Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Place the chickpeas on a sheet pan and scatter with the cumin, coriander, paprika and garlic. Drizzle generously with olive oil, season with sea salt and black pepper, and toss to coat the chickpeas well. Place in the hot oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, turning the pan halfway and shaking it to disperse the chickpeas, until golden and crispy.
Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and place them, overlapping slightly, onto a large serving plate or platter.
Place the tahini into a bowl and add the water. The tahini may seize and get thick, but this is normal, just keep whisking until it becomes smooth again. If it is too thick, simply add more water, a teaspoon at a time, until you get the consistency of cream. Add the garlic, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Taste and, if needed, adjust with more lemon, salt or pepper.
To serve, top the sliced tomatoes with the crispy chickpeas and drizzle over the lemon tahini. Season the salad with a finishing touch of salt and pepper, along with some olive oil. Top with parsley and enjoy.
2 and ½ tsp Italian seasoning (plus more for topping, as desired)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
a few drizzles of EVOO
4 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
fresh basil leaves
a sprinkling of fresh/chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
WHAT YOU NEED (for balsamic vinaigrette)
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tbsp finely diced shallots (*optional)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp honey (use less if desired)
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
½ cup EVOO
In a sealable plastic bag (or equivalent) combine salad dressing, poultry seasoning and Italian seasoning. Seal and move contents of bag around to combine.
Add chicken to bag, re-seal, and move chicken around bag to thoroughly mix/coat. Refrigerate chicken for at least 1 hour- up to 3.
Once time is up for chicken pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Then remove chicken from bag and discard any excess marinade.
Next, in an oven-safe skillet, heat a few drizzles of olive oil over in pan over medium heat. Place chicken in pan and begin to cook allowing chicken to lightly brown on each side (flip once you have achieved a nice browning on first side). *You are not trying to cook chicken thoroughly at this point, just getting the outsides seared and browned.
Once chicken is nice and browned, drain excess oil from pan- then place in oven and bake for approx. 15 minutes (may need longer- just keep checking it!) until fully cooked.
While chicken is baking, make balsamic vinaigrette. To make vinaigrette: place all vinaigrette ingredients into a mason jar with lid. Seal and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more, until very well-combined. Set aside.
Remove pan from oven, top each piece of chicken with a slice of mozzarella cheese and 1- 2 pieces of tomato (place excess tomato slices in pan to warm a bit). Return to oven until cheese is melty.
Remove pan from oven again. Top chicken with balsamic vinaigrette and fresh basil leaves, as desired. Sprinkle with additional Italian seasoning and/or freshly chopped parsley if desired. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Serve immediately or portion out for meals throughout the week. Just reheat when ready to eat and enjoy. Yum!
• 3- 4 cups fresh greens of choice (we used a spring mix)
• crumbled feta cheese, as desired (we used ¼- 1/2 cup or so)
• a sprinkling of fresh/chopped parsley
• Additional salt and pepper to taste
WHAT YOU NEED (for fresh lemon vinaigrette):
• 4 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
• 1 and ½ tbsp white wine vinegar
• ½ cup EVOO
• 1 and ½ tbsp raw honey
• 3 garlic cloves (minced)
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp black pepper
• ½ tbsp dried parsley
spray or line with parchment paper.
Cut all tomatoes in half and lay out on tray(s). Toss with a bit of olive oil, garlic, sugar and salt. Toss to coat. Then spread out on tray(s). Roast for up to an hour, until caramelized, and somewhat shriveled. These get so sweet- you are going to love them (and may just want to roast an extra batch for snacking)!
While tomatoes roast you want to prep everything else you need for the recipe: cook farro according to package instructions, toast pine nuts, chop fresh greens and then make vinaigrette.
To make vinaigrette: place all vinaigrette ingredients into a mason jar with lid. Seal and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more, until very well-combined. Place vinaigrette in refrigerator.
Once tomatoes are roasted, remove from oven and allow to cool just a couple minutes, then carefully loosen them with a flipper/turner so they are not stuck to the pan.
To make salad: combine farro, about ¾ of the tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh greens, and feta. Pour about ¼ of the vinaigrette over top salad and gently toss to coat.
Serve immediately, season with salt and pepper, top with chopped parsley and additional tomatoes as desired. Serve alongside remaining dressing to use as desired as well, and ENJOY!
Recipe serves 3-4, depending on portion size. Recipe is easily doubled, if needed.
finely chopped parsley and/or sage leaves for sauce, for topping, etc. (as desired)
*You may also like: additional cheese for topping
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place a small flameproof baking dish over medium heat and add the oil (if you only have a ceramic baking dish, heat it in the oven). Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until golden brown all over, about 5 minutes. Scoop the garlic out, and set aside. Leave the oil in the dish.
Add the tomatoes with the salt and red pepper flakes, and toss to coat.
Slice the mozzarella, and tear into smaller pieces, tucking them among the tomatoes. Tuck the basil leaves in.
Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top and place in the oven. Bake 15 minutes, until bubbling. Broil briefly to brown the top, watching carefully.
Serve immediately with the crusty bread. Keep warm on a hot plate if not serving immediately.
1 lb lean ground turkey (could also use beef, if desired)
2 cups cubed pumpkin (divided)
1 package (ours was 17.6 ounces) of Pappardelle Pasta
1 small tub (8 ounces) Mascarpone cheese (room temp)
1 and ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
salt and pepper to taste
5 cloves garlic (minced)
1 small yellow onion (fine diced)
1 small red pepper (fine diced)
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp smoked paprika
⅛ tsp (a small pinch!) of nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp. plain tomato paste
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
finely chopped parsley and/or sage leaves for sauce, for topping, etc. (as desired)
*You may also like: additional cheese for topping
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper/foil. Set aside.
Cube pumpkin (skin off) into bite-sized pieces and transfer to baking sheet. Drizzle cubes with olive oil, then add a bit of salt and pepper until they are well coated.
Next take 1 and ½ pints of Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes and arrange on second baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Roast pumpkin and tomatoes at 400 degrees for 30-45 min, flipping pumpkin once. Tomatoes may be done first- if so, just remove them and set aside.
In a large pot over medium-high heat drizzle olive oil, then add garlic, onion and pepper. Sauté until fragrant and onion begins to soften, approx. 4 minutes.
While doing the above, transfer roasted tomatoes (put about 10 off to the side) to blender and pulse a couple times until your tomatoes have a chunky sauce consistency. Set aside.
Next, add in your ground turkey, using a wooden spoon to carefully break it up as it cooks.
Add in Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir until seasonings are well combined with turkey.
Now, add pulsed tomatoes only (you will still have some reserved on the side) to pot as well as roasted pumpkin (again, reserve about 10 pieces of pumpkin or so) and tomato paste. Work pumpkin and tomatoes into turkey mixture.
Simmer sauce mixture for approx. 15 min. or until well-combined, and has a thicker, sauce consistency. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.
While sauce simmers, prepare pasta per package instructions then remove from heat and drain. To make cheese mixture: combine mascarpone (room temp), 1 cup only of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Stir well until combined.
Now, gently combine pasta and cheese mixture.
Once combined, add in approx. half of your sauce, or enough to fully coat pasta and then some.
In a large oven-safe skillet or dish, layer pasta and cheese mixture with sauce, ending with pasta mixture on top.
Add the remaining roasted tomatoes as well (scatter throughout dish), and top with any additional sauce, as desired.
Bake approximately 25 minutes. Then topping with remaining mozzarella and bake an additional minute or so, until cheese is melted.
While dish bakes, take the remaining ½ pint of tomatoes, cut them in half lengthwise, or slice, as shown, for topping.
Remove dish from oven, top with fresh cuts and slices of tomato, pumpkin cubes and parsley and sage as desired.
6 Sinfully Sweet Campari Tomatoes® cut into ¼" slices
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 yellow peaches cut into ¼" slices (see note below)
12 oz. fresh mozzarella cut into ¼" slices
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Place the balsamic in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil then reduce heat slightly and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, or until reduced in half and slightly thickened. It will coat the back of a spoon once ready. Set aside.
Turn your grill to medium-high heat.
Brush oil on both sides of the peach slices and then place on the grill over direct heat. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until grill marks begin to appear. Remove from grill.
Arrange the salad by starting with a tomato slice on a platter, then place a grilled peach across half of the tomato, then placing a mozzarella slice over half of the peach, then placing a basil leaf over the mozzarella. Repeat until the platter is full and you have used all the ingredients.
Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the top and serve at once.
To slice the peaches, use a sharp knife and carefully slice one side of the peach off, about 1/4″ thick. Moving inwards, cut another slice. Once you reach the pit, turn the peach around and cut slices in the same manner. Save the peach that is left around the pit for another use (or a quick snack).
We find that using a quality balsamic produces the best tasting reduction. The reduced balsamic will stay in a container with a lid in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
1 medium-sized cucumber (very finely diced or shredded)
1 and ½ tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
15- 20 Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomatoes
a bunch (or two) of green onions
*You will also need a couple of skewers (see below) and a nice platter for presentation.
Start off by making your filling: combine cream cheese, cucumber and basil in a bowl. Mix to thoroughly combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set in refrigerator once done until ready to use (this will help it firm up a bit, which will make stuffing easier).
Take your tomatoes and carefully cut a cross shape (2 slits as shown) on top of tomato with a small/sharp knife.
Then, using a small spoon or the knife, scrape out as much of the seeds/insides as possible. Set tomatoes aside, repeating until you are done with all of them.
Next, take a skewer and poke a hole in the bottom of the tomato (opposite your cuts), ensuring that the hole is large enough for a green onion piece to fit inside (you may need to poke a couple holes close together for a large enough opening). Repeat until you have done this with each tomato. Set aside.
Next, get out your filling from the refrigerator and stuff tomatoes as shown. Once done, place green onion piece in prepared hole. Continue until all are done.
Arrange tomato tulips into a bouquet on a platter or larger plate. Use extra green onions to wrap bouquet, or add more greenery for presentation, as shown.
1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup (more or less depending on preference)
1 bag of pre-shredded hash browns (thawed). We used the Simply Potatoes brand; 20 oz bag
1 and ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
milk if desired (for eggs)
1 to 2 pints Maverick Mix® Tomatoes
chopped parsley, if desired for garnish
Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and set aside, Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add garlic and onion to skillet and sauté for a few minutes until tender and fragrant.
Add sausage and cook, breaking it up with the side of a spoon as you go, until cooked through.
Add in maple syrup, stirring it around and coating sausage with it in the process. Cook another minute or so, until syrup is thickened a bit.
Remove pan from heat and set aside, allowing sausage to cool off a little.
Next, in a large bowl combine hash browns, cheese and sausage mixture. Gently mix together until well-combined, add salt and pepper if desired.
Now it's time to fill your muffin tins: take a small amount of the sausage/cheese mixture and place it into each prepared well. With the back of a spoon, work mixture up the sides of the wells, adding more as necessary. *Please note: hash brown mixture will get smaller/ shrink as they cook, so overfill/ bring mixture up and out of the wells a bit, to ensure their nest form, as shown above, once cooked.
Cook nests in the oven for approximately 30 min. or until edges are crisp/ lightly browned. *Please note: oven times vary. Check on nests every 5 minutes or so, after the initial 15 minutes. Once done, remove pan from oven.
While nests cook: make scrambled eggs as you usually would. 6 eggs is suggested.
Also, while nests cook: briefly cook your tomatoes. Transfer tomatoes to a pan with a little bit of olive oil over low heat. Cook until just slightly blistered. Then remove from heat.
When everything is ready it is time to assemble your nests: Place scrambled eggs in individual nests, and top with a few tomatoes each. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper and parsley as desired for garnish.
2 Village Farms Luscious Seedless Long English® Cucumbers
2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup Water
3 Oz. Gin
Make rosemary simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and rosemary sprigs in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves and then turn off heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove rosemary sprigs and chill.
In a blender combine cucumbers (ends cut off), lime juice, 2 oz. of simple syrup and gin and blend until smooth.
Strain the mixture and pour over ice into two glasses.
Garnish with fresh limes, rosemary, and cucumber slices.
1 pound short pasta (shells, macaroni, fusili, or penne)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1¾ cups milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
12 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Roast the tomatoes: Slice the tomatoes in half. In a small bowl, stir them together with the olive oil and 1 generous pinch kosher salt. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet face up and spread them evenly apart. (You can also place some of the tomatoes face down for a delicious sundried tomato effect; they lose their shape and blacken a bit more but are still delicious.) Roast the tomatoes for 40 minutes, then allow them to cool for at least 5 minutes.
Boil the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until just al dente (cook until just tender but still a bit firm).
Grate the white cheddar cheese.
Make the cheese sauce: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat; when it melts, stir in the flour. Heat the mixture for several minutes, stirring constantly. Immediately when the color starts to turn light brown, reduce the heat to low. Start to add the milk very slowly, whisking constantly until the mixture is completely smooth, then adding more milk. Add the salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, and continue cooking on low heat for 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat, then add the grated cheddar cheese and keep stirring until it is melted and a smooth, thick sauce forms (if necessary, return the heat to low to finish melting the cheese).
Finish the dish: Add the pasta to cheese sauce and stir to combine. Then pour the pasta into a serving dish. Top it with tomatoes and serve immediately.
Add all ingredients to the pan and bring to a simmer.
Once the cranberries and tomatoes start bursting and the sauce starts to thicken, turn off heat and using an immersion blender or regular blender, process until smooth or to desired consistency. Feel free to leave the sauce chunky as well!
Place in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Will keep for two weeks.
Place the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and sea salt in a large bowl.
Whisk until the dry ingredients are combined.
Add the eggs, cream, butter and vanilla to the bowl.
Use your hands to mix everything together until incorporated and combined.
Use a rubber spatula to fold in the feta and chopped sage.
Transfer the dough to a cutting board and form into a large circle with your hands. Use a sharp knife to cut into size large triangles.
Transfer each triangle to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
While the scones are cooking, place the sliced Lorabella Blossom® tomatoes in a pot over medium heat.
Cook the tomatoes, stirring frequently until the tomatoes are reduced, about 20-30 minutes.
Add the coconut sugar and balsamic vinegar. Continue to cook until combined and thick, about five more minutes.
If you like chunky jam, transfer to a jar and set aside. If you like smoother jam, transfer to a food processor and process for about 30 seconds until the jam is less chunky before transferring to a jar.
When the scones are done baking, transfer to a cooking rack then serve with the jam.
Slice Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes in half and place on a parchment lined baking sheet along with the poblano pepper, the onion, and garlic.
Drizzle with oil and season with salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano.
Roast for 20-25 minutes until caramelized slightly and then remove seeds from pepper.
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.
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)
Start the coals or heat a gas grill for medium direct cooking. Make sure the grates are clean.
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.)
If desired, toast the bread in the remaining minutes on the grill.
Meanwhile, thinly slice the tomatoes. Tear the mozzarella into pieces.
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!
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.
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
Cook pasta al dente per package instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
While pasta cooks, prep any produce that you need to prep and measure out your spices, etc.
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
until oil is incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then set dressing aside.
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
done, secure lids on tops of jars.
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!
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!
Store extra dressing in the refrigerator for up to one week.
½ tbsp tube basil paste (or sub 20 fresh basil leaves)
1 ¼ cup unsweetened almondmilk, divided (or sub regular milk)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp sea salt
2 tbsp granulated monkfruit (or sub sweetener of choice)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 – 5 fried eggs
4 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
A pinch of red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut 8 of the Heavenly tomatoes in half, longways, and then lay them in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. Bake/roast for 10 minutes.
In a large measuring cup, combine the olive oil, basil paste, ½ cup almondmilk, and the roasted tomatoes. Blend until smooth. Then, set aside.
Dice the remaining 4 Heavenly tomatoes. Then set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sea salt, and monkfruit. Whisk until combined.
Then, stir in the remaining ¾ cup almondmilk, apple cider vinegar, 2 eggs, roasted tomato mixture, and fresh diced tomatoes. Stir until just combined. If it seems to dry, add a splash more almondmlk.
Heat your waffle iron per owner instructions. Lightly spray cooking spray into iron and then add enough batter to the iron to make waffles. Every few waffles, be sure to re-spray your waffle iron as necessary.
Once cooked, stack up a couple of your waffles and adorn with a fried egg, bacon crumbles, and crushed red pepper flakes (optional).
If you like things sweeter, feel free to add a bit of maple syrup on top… or tomato jam!
Please note: I used a mini waffle maker for these (I just think mini is more fun!). I used this one here, which yields waffles that are approximately 4 inches in diameter.
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
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.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
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.
Time to assemble your nachos!
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!
Remove from heat and then add on the toppings (evenly spaced): Maverick Mix® tomatoes (halved), red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, Siggi’s yogurt, and guac.
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.
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).
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
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.
Spread tomatoes in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
Roast tomatoes in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes.
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).
Once tomatoes are done/roasted, remove from oven and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes.
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
more olive oil or a splash of water.
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.
Serve hummus with vegetables of choice. As shown: served with cauliflower, celery, and carrots.
Cook your pasta according to package directions and drain.
While the pasta is cooking, saute the bacon on medium heat, flipping every couple minutes.
Once the bacon is cooked through, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
When the bacon is cooled, chop into bite sized pieces.
Drizzle the asparagus and corn with avocado oil.
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.
Once your corn is brighter yellow and has grill marks, you can pull it off.
Cut the corn off the cob and cut the asparagus into 2 - 3 inch pieces.
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.
In a large bowl, combine the chickpea pasta, bacon bites, asparagus, corn, halved tomatoes, and dressing.
10 thin stalks asparagus (enough for 1 cup of ribbons)
½ cup feta crumbles, divided
¼ cup milk
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
½ tablespoon butter
Preheat the oven to 400F.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.Roast the tomatoes 22 to 25 minutes until tender and slightly browned.
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.
Whisk together the eggs, ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles, milk, kosher salt, and several grinds black pepper.
In a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, melt the butter and swish around the pan to evenly coat. Pour in egg mixture and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes until the edges are set. Top with the
tomatoes and asparagus ribbons, arranging them as desired, then sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup feta.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake 10 to 12 minutes until the center is firm. Cool for a few minutes before serving, then cut into pieces and serve warm. (You also can serve at room temperature.)
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)
To make sauce: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Remove stems from tomatoes and rinse. Then, cut bell pepper into strips.
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.
Transfer coated mixture to an oven safe dish and cook in oven until tomatoes and peppers are softened and mixture is fragrant and bubbly.
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.
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.
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.
To make pizzas: Smooth sauce over your pizza crusts or bread.
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.
Finish off by topping with cheese of choice.
Cook for approx. 12 - 15 min., or per crust’s instructions.
Enjoy immediately! Now THAT is a pizza with heart!
1 container (approximately 5 oz) arugula, baby arugula or a spinach/ arugula mix
salt and pepper to taste
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!
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.
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.
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.
Toss to evenly coat. Then transfer potatoes to baking sheets (divide between the two).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Divide chicken, and potato/ tomato salad between 4 plates or bowl. Eat immediately and enjoy!
Toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Unroll puff pastry on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cut into 9 squares. Roll in edges of puff pastry slightly to create a frame. Top each square with 1 tsp. pesto, feta and a tomato slice.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.)
On a skewer place whole wheat bread (sliced into fourths), Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® Tomato, deli turkey, romaine lettuce, cubed cheese, crispy bacon and another piece of whole wheat bread on the other end.
Fill remaining spaces of bento style lunchbox with other items listed.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices with sugar until the cucumbers exude their juices. Add the remaining ingredients into the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with salt (optional). Garnish with a cucumber slice.
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.
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.
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.
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).
1 day-old baguette or country loaf (about 10-12 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
8 ounces of grated Gruyere or Fontina cheese (about 2 ½ cups)
Prep the vegetables: Stem the tomatoes and cut into eighths. Thinly slice the white and green part of the leek into half moons to yield 1 cup. Cut off the ends of the asparagus spears and cut into 1-inch pieces to yield about 2 ½ cups.
Cook the vegetables: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the leeks. Season them with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and stir frequently until the leeks soften and are beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn up the heat to medium high and add the asparagus. Stir to combine and then let sit undisturbed for 1 to 2 minutes to encourage browning. Stir and then let sit for another 1 to 2 minutes until both the asparagus and leeks are browned in places. Take skillet off the heat and stir in the tomatoes.
Make the custard: Beat the eggs in a bowl or large pitcher and whisk in the milk and ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
Assemble the strata: Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread half the bread in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Top with an even layer of half of the vegetables, half of the custard, and then half of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining bread, vegetables, custard, and cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and press down on the bread to make sure it is submerged in the custard. Refrigerate for at least four hours and up to a day before baking.
Bake the strata: Take the strata out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 350F. Take the plastic off the strata and bake until the custard is set, 45-55 minutes. Don’t worry if the middle is not quite set if the rest of the strata is firm. It will set as it cools. If, however, the custard is not set after 55 minutes and the top is browning, cover loosely with foil and bake until it sets, checking every 5 minutes. When ready, take out of the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes and then cut into squares and serve.
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
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.
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.
Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook just until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On large rimmed baking pan, prepare ravioli according to package directions. Sprinkle with black beans and cheese; return to oven and bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and beans are warmed through.
Serve topped with campari tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, onion and olives. Serve with guacamole, hot sauce, sour cream and lime wedges.
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
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.
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.
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.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut campari tomatoes in half and divide between two rimmed baking pans. Drizzle campari tomatoes with oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Use hands to toss until all campari tomatoes are coated in oil, then turn them so cut sides are facing down. Transfer pans to oven and bake 45 minutes or until campari tomatoes are very soft and tomato skins are shriveled. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.
Carefully pull skins off tomatoes and discard. Transfer campari tomatoes and any accumulated juices to blender. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, dill, lemon juice, horseradish, celery seeds, lime juice, sriracha, paprika, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Blend until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Taste mixture and adjust seasonings and spices to suit your taste. Transfer mixture to covered container or jar and refrigerate until chilled, or up to 5 days.
Fill 8 pint glasses with ice. Add 2 ounces vodka to each glass; top with Bloody Mary mix. Stir well and serve with desired garnishes.
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).
Transfer the finished eggplant cutlets to a baking sheet and hold warm in the oven until you’re ready to plate and serve.
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.
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)
Slice the raw fennel thinly and reserve in ice water until serving time. (save the green fronds for garnish as well).
Lay the pancetta discs out flat on a baking sheet on parchment paper or wax paper.
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.
Once the pancettas are done, transfer them to a paper towel to ensure they stay crisp.
Heat up a sauté pan, dry without any oil.
Quickly toast the pumpkin seeds in the dry pan then reserve them.
Return the hot pan to the heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
Season the scallops with salt and pepper, and add to the hot pan- don’t move them at all for 1 minute.
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.
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.
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.
Zest and juice a lime over the 4 dishes to finish.
Cut the avocado in half and brush it with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Grill the avocado by placing it cut-side down on the hot grill/pan and not moving it for 1 minute.
Gently remove avocado from grill, coarsely chop, sprinkle with the juice of ½ the lime and reserve.
Roughly chop the cucumber, kale, and mint. Combine all in a large mixing bowl.
Peel down the Brussels sprouts into leaves and add to bowl.
Add the avocado to the bowl.
–15 minutes before serving, squeeze the remaining lime juice into the bowl, add the remaining olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Hand toss to mix.
Plate the salad by pooling the cucumber yoghurt in the center of the plate, spreading it out, then dropping your olive oil and lime-dressed salad in the center, then topping the salad with pumpkinseeds.
(If you’d like to step it up a little, you can use pumpkinseed oil, which is a beautiful, nutty-tasting oil, and drizzle it through the cucumber dressing.)
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.
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.
Cook tamales in their sealed package in boiling water for 45 minutes. Remove from package and set aside.
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.
Place a small amount of sauce on top of your tamales and top with a dollop of sour cream.
Cook noodles in salted boiling water for approximately 9 minutes, or until al dente, reserve noodles to add to finished sauce.
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.
Slice the baguettes in cross sections ½ inch thick; lay out on a baking tray and drizzle liberally with the ¼ cup olive oil. Bake in a 350°F oven until just golden and crisp on the exterior, but retaining a soft core.
Toss the chopped roma tomatoes and the artichokes with olive oil and vinegar. Make sure to save any juice from chopping roma tomatoes and add back into mix. Add the fresh herbs, then season with salt and pepper to taste then spoon mixture onto the crostini. It is important not to dress crostini too far ahead otherwise they will lose crisp texture due to moisture being absorbed.