This interpretation of the iconic BLT has plenty of crunchy appeal. Crisping seasoned tempeh in the oven is a stellar “facon” alternative to traditional bacon without the overload of fatty calories. Although the tomato vinaigrette can be made two days ahead if chilled, it’s best used warmed or at room temperature, and the chives should be stirred in just before serving.
Make and take Each of these sandwich-salad hybrids can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. To take them to go for workday lunches, proteins such as tuna or chicken can be prepared ahead of time and tossed with vegetables in your transport containers. To avoid unappetizing soggy greens, however, keep dressings separate and add to salads just before serving.
Up in smoke If you’re not using liquid smoke for the tempeh marinade, consider applying smoked paprika for a little smoky essence.
Place tempeh slices in large shallow container. In small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and cumin. Pour mixture over tempeh slices. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C). Remove tempeh from marinade and lay slices on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Brush tops with 2 tsp (10 mL) oil and dust with half of paprika. Bake for 12 minutes or until darkened. Flip tempeh slices, brush tops with another 2 tsp (10 mL) oil, and dust with remaining paprika. Bake for another 10 minutes or until crispy. When cool enough to handle, break tempeh u201cbaconu201d into pieces.
Raise oven temperature to 350 F (180 C). In large bowl, toss bread with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil and Italian seasoning or Herbes de Provence. Squeeze gently so bread absorbs oil. Spread out on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway, until golden brown and crispy.
Heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil in skillet. Add shallot and cook, stirring often, until golden. Add tomatoes and heat until softened and beginning to release juices, about 3 minutes. Place tomato mixture in bowl and stir in remaining 2 Tbsp (30 mL) oil, red wine vinegar, chives, and pepper.
Divide romaine lettuce among serving plates and top with tomato mixture, tempeh, and croutons if desired.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.
Coffee-flavoured BBQ sauce? Why not? It’s a strikingly flavourful combo—sweet, tangy, bold, and rich. It can be used not only on pork but on a variety of other meats. We marinated tenderloin in it and doubled up on the smoky flavour by grilling it on a cedar plank. Serve with a side order of grilled broccolini for extra yum. Best beer? You can’t go wrong with an IPA or a honey lager to complement this flavourful dish. Looking for an easy way to grill broccolini? Toss with a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Near the end of grilling, place broccolini beside plank with tenderloin on hot grill for about 6 or 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn a few times until tender and lightly charred. Place on platter with sliced pork and drizzle with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan.
If there’s a vegan or vegetarian in the crowd, then this dish will be sure to please. Chock full of complementary textures and flavours, it not only qualifies as eye candy, but is also a substantial stand-alone meal—a stunning meal in a dish! Best beer? Serve this salad with an IPA or pale ale. For a more adventurous sip, it’s equally delicious with a Belgian pale or dark ale. Endlessly customizable When it comes to this powerhouse salad, the sky’s the limit. Swap out apples with orange wedges, or mix up your greens by substituting spinach for endive. Bump up the protein with some canned chickpeas or black beans, if you wish. Or cut up some corn tortillas into bite-sized strips, fry in pan until crisp, then toss over salad for added crunch.
Early summer potatoes, cooked and grilled, are just the ticket for this fabulous salad. Coupled with lentils, they’re a delicious add-on to any meal plan. This recipe offers an added bonus: it can be made in stages, so you’re not cooking all afternoon. Best beer? You can’t go wrong serving this dreamy salad with a simple and uncomplicated pale ale. Variety is the spice of potato-salad life Potato salad lends itself to any number of variations, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. Try swapping out microgreens for baby spinach leaves. Another interesting slant: crisp up (optional) prosciutto on the grill before breaking into bite-sized pieces and scattering over the salad.