• Canada Day Potluck Ideas

    Jun 26, 2019

    Canada Day is always a fun celebration, and chances are, you’re going to be invited to at least one party this year. You don’t want to be that person that arrives empty-handed, so being prepared is key. Timbercreek Communities has a few delicious recipes that you can make for a potluck this year!

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    Great Canadian Poutine

    For Canada Day, you can’t go wrong with Poutine. It’s classic, traditional and everyone loves it! For this recipe, you’re going to start by placing the cut potatoes in a bowl, covering them with water or beer. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. While you wait, make the gravy. In a saucepan, heat the butter, then add flour, shallots and garlic and let it cook for a few minutes. Next you’re going to add beef stock, ketchup, stout beer, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire, and a pinch of salt and pepper and bring it to a boil. Once the gravy is thick, lower the heat to the lowest setting and let it sit while you make the fries. Once the potatoes are fried and golden, place them into bowls and sprinkle with salt. Add cheese curds to each bowl and cover the fries with the hot gravy. Now you’re ready to celebrate!

    Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    This Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus recipe is the easiest appetizer anyone could make even though it might look super fancy. It only requires two ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to make. You’re going to need 1 pound of asparagus, 6 ounces of sliced prosciutto and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Wrap each prosciutto slice around the asparagus at an angle, until you cover the whole thing. Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the asparagus for 2-3 minutes or until it’s tender. And there you have it - the perfect appetizer!

    Nacho Cups

    If you want to make a memorable appetizer, try these Nacho Cups. Start by mixing 1 can of refried beans and 1 package of taco seasoning in a bowl. Now you’re going to start layering everything in the cups in this order: beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa or pico de gallo, cheese, tomatoes, green onions and olives. Use 2 tbsp of each food item per layer. Once that’s done, garnish each cup with a tortilla chip and store in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. The best part is that there’s no mess or double dipping!

    Canada Day Firecracker Pasta Salad

    Stand out and impress everyone with this Firecracker Pasta Salad. To achieve the red and white colours, seperate ½ a box of pre-cooked bowtie pasta into a ziploc bag and add 20 drops of red food colouring. Shake it around until the colour is well distributed. Now mix all the pasta together and add the rest of the ingredients which include: onion, beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, chorizo/pepperoni, sriracha sauce and italian salad dressing. Mix everything lightly, but don’t overdo it as the dye can run all over. You can refrigerate it until you’re ready for the party and garnish it with parmesan cheese. Yum!

    Red And White Fruit Kabobs

    For a quick and easy dessert, give these Red and White Fruit Kabobs a try. Let’s start with the best part: the dip. To make it cheesecake flavoured, mix greek yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar and set aside. For the skewers, you’ll need 14 oz angel food cake cut into 1-inch cubes and 72-84 strawberries and 24-28 skewers. Wash the strawberries and start adding everything to the skewers, alternating between the cake pieces and the strawberries. Finally, place them on a plate and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

    Timbercreek hopes you have an amazing Canada Day celebration and that you enjoy at least one of these recipes. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.


     
  • Unique BBQ Eats to Try This Spring and Summer

    Jun 20, 2019

    It’s the best time of the year: BBQ season! Timbercreek Communities has a few unique recipes for you to try at home this spring and summer.

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    1. Honey & Beer glazed BBQ chicken

    There’s something special about bbq chicken -- it tastes amazing! This delicious Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken recipe might just be one of your new favourites. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight or a weekend with friends. If you want the chicken to taste incredible, the best thing to do is to let it marinate overnight. If you don’t have that much time, a few hours will do just fine. Start by cutting 1 ½ lbs of chicken breast into cubes and set aside. To make the marinade, you’ll need to mix ¾ cup beer, ⅓ cup honey, ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 3 cloves of minced garlic and some red pepper flakes. Mix everything all together in a sealed container and let it sit, refrigerated, overnight. When it’s ready, toss it on the bbq and garnish it with cilantro.

    2. Grilled Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are a nice alternative to regular potatoes. A great way to prepare them is to grill them. All you have to do is peel them and slice them into ¼ inch slices and cover them with some olive oil and salt. Place them onto the grill and cook for up to 6 minutes per side. Make the dressing by combining ¼ cup of cilantro, 1 tsp of lemon zest, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Once the potatoes are ready, mix them into the dressing and serve!

    3. Smoked Tofu Burnt Ends

    If you’ve been searching for a vegetarian/vegan friendly BBQ recipe, you have to try Smoked Tofu Burnt Ends. They are full of flavour and a good meat substitute. You’re going to need 1 12-16 oz block of tofu, 1 tbsp of mustard, 3 tbsp of BBQ dry rub and ¼ cup BBQ sauce. Start by cutting the tofu into cubes and cover the pieces with the mustard. Next, cover the tofu completely with the dry rub and place the cubes onto the grill and smoke for 1.5 hours at 250 degrees. Flip them ever so often and once they are nice and golden, remove them and cover in BBQ sauce. Place the tofu cubes back on the grill and cook for another 15 minutes. Once they’re ready, just serve and enjoy!

    4. Steak and Potato Skewers

    Take your grilling to the next level with this Steak and Potato Skewer recipe. It’s savoury and delicious and it will leave you wanting more. Marinate the steak overnight for maximum flavour. Striploin steak is the best option since it’s very tender. For the marinade, you’ll need to combine brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag. Add the cubes of steak and shuffle everything around. When you’re ready to cook, start by preheating the grill to 400 degrees. While you wait, add the potatoes to your skewers and cook them in the microwave for 4 minutes until they are somewhat soft. If they’re ready, toss them in a bowl of canola oil, salt and pepper and mix. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, make the skewers by alternating between steak cubes and potatoes. Place them on the grill, cover with BBQ sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Enjoy this sweet and smoky dish with your family and friends!

    5. Grilled Pizzas

    Let’s be honest -- pizza is always a good idea! With this Grilled Pizza recipe, you’re in for a real treat. You only need the following 3 ingredients: 1 batch of dough, olive oil and the pizza toppings of your choice. When you’re ready, set the grill to 450 degrees, roll out the dough and brush some olive oil on it. Place the dough on the grill crates and bake for a few minutes until it turns golden brown and puffy. Remove it from the grill, flip over and add your favourite toppings. Place it back onto the grill and bake for another few minutes. You can make one big pizza or 6-8 mini ones -- which is a great option if you want to try different toppings. The end result is a delicious crispy pizza with a smoky flavour. Yum!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoy these unique BBQ recipes. Not only are they great for busy weeknights, but they are perfect for small parties and events. So what are you waiting for? Start grilling!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Summer Grilling Recipes We Love

    Jul 19, 2018

    Summer is in full swing and it's time to fire up the grill! Whether it’s steak, sausage, veggies, or kabobs, there’s barely a food item on earth that doesn’t taste better grilled. For some sun-filled barbeque fun, Timbercreek brings you this list of great grilling recipes to help make the most of summer.

    Grilled Snapper

    Grilled and/or blackened red snapper is a succulent Cajun-style main. While often fried in a cast iron skillet, it grills even better. The recipe involves a basic pepper, salt, and cajun spice rub, and calls for the grill to be as hot as possible so the fish cooks quickly, and blackens on each side. Top with grilled veg, asparagus, or vinaigrette salad. Check out more.

    Perfect Steak

    There’s little better than a perfectly cooked steak in summer. While opinions vary on cooking methods, this approach makes it quick and easy. Allow the steak to rise to room temperature after you take it out of the fridge. Bring your grill to high heat, rub your meat with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and cook for 6 minutes (medium-rare) flipping every minute. Let it rest for 2 minutes. Read more.

    Grillable Veggie Burgers

    While homemade veggie burgers are always a lovely idea, getting them to be grillable is another story. With all the beans and chopped veg, there’s not a lot in there that can hold those suckers together. But with this base of rice, beans, and avocado oil, we have the perfect grillable answer.  Learn more.

    Grilled Portobello Burgers

    One of the easiest and most flavourful non-meat burger options is the classic portobello mushroom. The same as a burger in size, and absolutely decadent in flavour, portobello mushroom caps make the perfect grillable burger substitute. Learn more.

    Chicken Kabobs

    Whether it’s chicken, beef, or pure veggie, kabobs are an easy and delicious meal to grill in the summer. To make things even easier, opt for pre-cut or pre-marinated skewer-sized portions of meat available at most grocery stores and butchers. Learn more.

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    Timbercreek hopes these recipes inspire you to get grilling this summer. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Meatless Meals You Can Grill This Summer!

    Jul 04, 2017

    iStock-538168264Summertime is officially grilling season. Not everything you grill has to have grazed on grass or been grain fed. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some recipes for meatless meals you can grill this summer!

    Grilled Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Halloumi

    These delicious Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Sandwiches are a tasty way to enjoy some summer produce while you fire up the grill! Halloumi is a firm Greek cheese (from Cypress) that can stand up to the grill. This is one serious grilled cheese you'll never forget.

    Grilled Tofu Tacos with Avocado Cream

    Looking for a great gluten-free vegan meal to throw on the grill this summer? Try these Tofu Tacos! The tofu is marinated with chipotle and paprika for a smokey, summertime flavour that pairs perfectly with a tangy red cabbage simple-slaw and a cooling, avocado cream with lime. If you really want to go all-out, you can make your own corn tortillas (it’s easy!).

    Seitan Negimaki

    These Seitan (pronounced: say-tan) Negimaki are beautifully grilled vegan teriyaki rolls stuffed with vibrant scallions marinated in a simple (and simply delicious) hoisin and mirin marinade. They are juicy and delicious -- the perfect blend of savoury and sweet. You’ll never miss the meat!

    Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger

    You may never have thought to put them together, but you’ll be glad you did when you try this Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger. The texture and flavour are amazing. The combination of beefy herb-marinated portobellos and sweet peaches is perfect -- especially when combined with creamy guacamole and sweet potato fries.

    Cilantro-Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs with Barley Kale Salad

    If you want a versatile grilled veggie meal and you’re not really into following recipes, then these Cilantro-Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs with Barley Kale Salad are for you. This is a rough recipe, a guide. Simply use whatever veggies you have on hand and add some cheese if you’re in the mood (try feta, goat, or a little queso fresco). The non-recipe comes together quickly and the skewered veggies are fun to toss on the grill.

    Timbercreek hopes these grillable vegetarian recipes make you want to fire up the grill. These meatless meals are tasty, easy to make and filling! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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