Fairly mild in flavour and sturdy enough to hold plenty of fillings, collard greens are a fresh alternative to flour-based wraps. Roll them up with this verdant hummus and protein-packed chicken and you’ve got a hand-held midday meal that will be the star of the office. If you have some microgreens on hand, go ahead and toss those into the fold. For a vegetarian dish, swap out the chicken for slices of smoked tofu.
Soaking and cooking dry chickpeas with baking soda helps break down the chickpeas for the creamiest hummus imaginable. The extra step of heating the greens briefly helps the hummus retain its brilliant green hue.
Cover chickpeas and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda with 2 in (5 cm) water and soak overnight. Drain chickpeas and place in saucepan with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda and enough water to cover by 2 in (5 cm). Simmer until chickpeas are very tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and set chickpeas aside to cool.
In steamer basket set over 1/2 in (1.25 cm) water, place arugula and parsley. Bring water to a boil and steam greens, covered, for 2 minutes, or until bright green. Alternatively, place greens in a pot of boiling water until bright green, about 30 seconds, and drain well.
In food processor container, place chickpeas, greens, olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and salt, and blend until smooth.
To prepare wraps, cut off the firm white stalks of collards. With sharp knife, fillet off the thickest parts of the remaining stalks that run down the backside of the leaves. Place 2 collard leaves head to foot (stalks at opposite ends) and partially overlap the leaves. Apply some of the hummus down the bottom third of greens and then top with chicken, carrot, and roasted red pepper. Tightly roll leaves beginning from the bottom, tucking in sides as you go. Cut in half on a bias to serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
This recipe is part of the The Green Party collection.
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.