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Soup for the Community

14 Mar

IMG_0983Whenever I go to a restaurant I never think to order soup. I always want to get something that I can’t make at home, either because I don’t know where to get the ingredients or because I don’t have the skill to create the dish. After trying five soups from some of Ottawa’s top restaurants, I will be ordering soup a lot more often. This weekend was the annual Great Bowls of Fire event, hosted by the Ottawa Guild of Potters. This is the third time I’ve been to Great Bowls of Fire, 2010, 2012 and 2014. You can find my pervious posts about the event HERE and HERE.

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My new bowl!

Great Bowls of Fire is a unique event here in Ottawa. For the price of your ticket, $45 this year, you get to choose a handcrafted bowl and then enjoy soup from some of Ottawa’s top restaurants. Held in the Glebe Community Centre, the atmosphere of the event is warm and inviting. Hundreds of people fill the main hall and eat family style, so you get to meet new friends and run into old friends every year. This year there were ten restaurants showcasing some of the best soup I’ve ever had. What really makes the night for me, other than the soup, is knowing that the event is raising money for the Ottawa Food Bank.

It’s great to see local restaurants supporting the community. Great Bowls of Fire is only one example of restaurants making a difference in the community. There are lots unsung heroes in the Ottawa’s culinary world. Restaurants in Ottawa are selling t-shirts to raise money for local charities, hosting their own events where proceeds go back to the community, providing food to fundraising events and are even helping teach people how to cook. If you see a restaurant at the next fundraising event you’re at, make sure to take note and think about supporting them the next time you’re going out.

I want to give a huge shout out to all the amazing restaurants that took part in this year’s Great Bowls of Fire. Thanks for the awesome soup and I can’t wait to visit your restaurant!

If you’re inspired to give back to the community after reading this post think about giving to the Ottawa Food Bank, you can get more information HERE. Or help me raise money for Right to Play, you can read more about my efforts HERE.

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Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

5 Mar

We have been eating a lot more salad. Instead of potatoes or rice, we load our plates or bowls with leafy greens and veggies. Not being a huge fan of iceberg lettuce, which doesn’t have much nutritional value, we use a premade mix of greens from Farmboy. I am not too sure what’s in the mix but it tastes great. Eating a salad with your meal is a great way to feel full without adding too many extra calories. However it’s pretty easy to ruin a healthy salad, all you have to do is drown it in store bought dressing. One serving of store bought, 2 tablespoons, has between 100 and 200 calories. That’s a lot. One way I sometime try and get away from these extra calories is by making my own dressing. One of my favourite dressing recipes is for Caesar Salad. I tend to use this dressing on every salad I make and the recipe below makes enough for a few days. I found this recipe online at theblackpeppercorn.com. Give the recipe below a try and let me know what you think.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 1½ anchovy paste (I didn’t have this and it was still really good)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

 Directions

  1. In a glass bowl whisk together all the ingredients except the olive oil, until smooth and creamy. I am too lazy/weak to whisk everything together, so I used my immersion blender in a tall plastic container.
  2. Slowly drizzle the olive oil, while whisking or blending. Add the olive oil slowly to allow it to emulsify.
  3. You can store the dressing in the fridge for up to a week.
  4. Use on your favourite salad and enjoy!

Greek Style Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

3 Mar

I haven’t been posting on Adventures of an Ottawa Foodie a lot in the past few months. I have been focusing on my new blog Stu Tris and trying to get it up and running. Now that I am in a better schedule for updating it, I am going to get back to posting about food! 

With a lot of my time, money and energy dedicated to training for triathlons, I am not eating out as much as I used to. Now we try and cook dinner a lot more at home and use the healthiest ingredients we can.

This weekend I tried this recipe that I found on Triathlete.com. This recipe is has a lot of great flavours and gives the classic meatball a twist with some new flavours. This isn’t a quick recipe so I would recommend it as a weekend meal, or something to prepare in advanced. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Greek Style Meatballs with Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

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Ingredients

  • Roasted Red Pepper Marinara
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 32 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16oz jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 6 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper

 Greek Style Meatballs

  • 20 oz lean ground turkey
  • ½ yellow onion, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper 

Directions

Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

  1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, salt and pepper, sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes, roasted red peppers and basil. Stir to combine. Lower heat to low and simmer 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let sauce cool slightly, then blend with an immersion blender until mostly smooth.

Greek Style Meatballs

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the turkey, in a large bowl.
  2. Gently fold in the turkey, to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  3. Form meatballs and place in on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 45 minutes.
  5. You can either serve the meatballs and sauce on pasta or bake the meatballs with 2/3 of the sauce for an additional 25 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

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