Italian Spice Fries

Italian Spice Fries

6 or 7 Idaho or Russet potatoes peeled and sliced into French fry sized strips – soaking in cold, salted water
4 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP C&C Italian Blend
2 cups grated Romano or parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Drain potatoes and pat dry with paper towel. Spread onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil.

Sprinkle potatoes with C&C Italian Blend,cheese and fresh parsley on top.

For extra crispy fries,scatter 4 TBSP of butter around potatoes.

Bake until potatoes are golden brown, about 45 minutes. Flip fries and rotate pan half way through.Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Greek Style Tuna Salad

Greek-Style Tuna Salad
2 cans oil-packed tuna, drained
1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumbers
1/2 cup chopped orange bell peppers
1/2 cup yellow beans, sliced legnthwise
1/4 cup shredded fresh spinach
1/4 cup pitted, chopped kalamata olives
1 TBSP C&C Greek Oregano leaves
3 TBSP coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and gently stir to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

This recipe could easily be altered to add most any other veg you have this time of year. A great saying is “if it grows together it goes together” – so almost any combination of veg purchased locally is going to be fantastic with the herbaceous oregano, rich olive, tuna and oil and zesty lemon.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
3 TBSP peanut butter
1 (796 ml) can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 TBSP C&C Mexican Mole Seasoning
3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 TBSP sesame seeds, toasted (optional)

Place onion, raisins, garlic, chopped chipotle pepper, peanut butter and crushed tomatoes in slow cooker. Stir in sugar, C&C Mexican Mole Seasoning, and cocoa powder. Place chicken in the sauce.

Cover; cook on low until chicken is tender, about 4 hours. Remove chicken, shred, place back in sauce. Add sesame seeds if desired and cook 1 hour longer. Serve with rice, in tacos or as part of your favourite Mexican dish.

Greek Style Cannellini and Vegetables

Greek Style Cannellini and Vegetables

2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 TBSP olive oil
2 cups carrots, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup orzo, cooked to package directions
1 zucchini, diced
1 TBSP C&C Greek Dressing Blend
2 cups (one 16 oz can) Cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups Italian style stewed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Red wine vinegar

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add carrot and bell pepper and cook about 10 minutes. Add zucchini, C&C Greek Dressing Blend, cook 2 minutes. Gently stir in beans and stewed tomatoes. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When vegetables are tender, stir in orzo. Season to taste with salt and pepper and a splash of red wine vinegar.

Vindaloo Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

Vindaloo Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes (approximately 3 large)
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, thinly sliced
1 TBSP C&C Vindaloo Curry Powder
1 can coconut milk
3 cups vegetable broth
3 1/2 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1 TBSP toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes directly on the rack and bake until tender enough to easily pierce with a fork, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and ginger; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.Stir in C&C Vindaloo Curry Powder and heat for 1 minute, then whisk in the coconut milk and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Remove the skins from the sweet potatoes and cut into bite size chunks. Add to the soup and cook for 5 more minutes so they can soak up the flavor. Stir in lemon juice and season with salt. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a drizzle of sesame oil and a little bit of cilantro.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

5 sweet potatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter – split
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp C&C Ice Cream Spice
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Bake sweet potatoes 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they begin to soften. Cool slightly, peel, and mash.

In a large bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, salt, 1/4 cup butter, eggs, vanilla extract, C&C Ice Cream Spice, and sugar. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup butter, flour, brown sugar, and chopped pecans. Mix with a pastry blender or your fingers to the consistency of course, clumping sand. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until topping is crisp and lightly browned.

Summer Fruit Salad

Summer Fruit Salad
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp C&C Spearmint 
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 bananas, sliced
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup seedless grapes
2 cups blueberries

Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in mint. Set aside to cool.

Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.