Fall Cooking Program Registration Time!

It’s that time of year again … Fall Registration! Time to start preparing for some tasty treats and hearty fall food in our Creative Chefs with Caregiver and Gourmet Veggies Programs. Registration starts on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 7 am! 

You can check out more information on our cooking programs here.

For registration information check out the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide Registration webpage.

We also have a free Youth Vegetarian Cooking workshop happening on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Youth can learn about cooking great vegetarian recipes while helping us prepare for Harvest Fest on Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2017! Please note you must register for this program through the City’s FUN Guide Registration process. For more information check out our cooking programs page.

We look forward to cooking with you this Fall!

Recipe of the Day – Brussels Sprouts (YES I went there!)

After seeing this fun post over on Treehugger today and posting about the ever versatile and tasty Cabbage earlier this week … it seemed like a good time to tackle the itty bitty cabbage we all know and love (or will soon!). That’s right the Brussels Sprout. We grow these in the garden because they look so fun (think of a stalk with big green leaves and little tiny cabbages all over it) but alas, our growing conditions are usually a little rough on them. They tend to either be slug eaten or bitter due to the high heat at the Children’s Garden throughout the summer. 

However … if you have a chance to pick these up at your local Farmers Market do try a few of these great recipes (the trick is to roast or sauté them to bring out the best flavours – DO NOT BOIL!).

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Orange Butter Sauce – Can be made vegan

Wine Glazed Brussels Sprouts – A little fancier

Here’s a List of 25 Brussels Sprouts Recipes – There’s Even One FOR CAKE!

So I thought we had enough recipes here and then I found one that calls for shiitake mushroom bacon … It sounds so good I couldn’t help but add it here! Let us know what you think in the comments below 🙂

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shiitake Mushroom Bacon

Recipe of the Day – It’ll Keep You Warm!

Today’s recipe of the day is a yummy, hearty soup. Perfect for damp/snowy/cold fall weather! This tasty soup is simple and adaptable. I was surprised how great it was when I had some leftovers from our adult cooking class last week 🙂 Personally I’m not a huge fan of fennel but I couldn’t taste it and was quite surprised to learn there’s an entire bulb in this recipe (plus the pretty frilly leaves).

The original recipe calls for chicken and chicken broth but Maria substituted veggie broth and seitan. You can omit the seitan and have a gluten free vegan soup or add the yummy texture for an even heartier version. Below are links to a few different recipes to make your own seitan (often tastier than what you can find in the store … when you can actually find it!).

Man … now I’m hungry …

Click the photo below for a .pdf version of the recipe or click here for a more printer friendly version.

Italian Tuscan White Bean Stew


Seitan Recipes:

Home Made Seitan – Vegetarian Times

Yummiest Seitan Ever – VegWeb

Home Made Seitan – Veg Kitchen

Recipe of the Day – Great for the Weekend!

Here’s a few great recipes for the weekend … Burgers and Fries, Children’s Garden style! These lentil burgers are really healthy and really tasty. They’re a pretty quick meal to put together and bonus, the burgers can be frozen for fast lunches and dinners throughout the week. We all need more legumes in our diet and this is a great way to pack in the nutritional punch while still appealing to little taste-buds. 

Click the photo below for the full set of recipes or click here for a more printer friendly version.

Burgers And Fries