RECIPES | BC Greenhouse Growers Vegetables

I love working with fresh veggies so much, I kept them well, FRESH! Check out the Recipes with BC Greenhouse Growers vegetables below.

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Cooking FRESH with BC Greenhouse Growers

Becoming more and more known as a “food person”, friends start bringing yummy items grown, given or gifted and I am definitely NOT complaining! I’ve received flats of Mangoes, a final Cranberry harvest from a friends’ farm, bags of Figs from someones own trees, etc. But a flat of BC Greenhouse goodies?! That was a most welcome sight!

It was still summer, and thoughts of crisp freshness in dishes that could keep cold for lunch the next day were on the top of my mind. Along with the helpful hands of Cassandra Anderton, Rebecca Coleman and Christine McAvoy, we planned out a FEAST day and each went about preparing dishes – and they were all very different! It was amazing – AND delicious!

But the BEST things about buying local Greenhouse goodies? They can be found and enjoyed exactly the same all year-round.

Photo: Christine McAvoy

I decided on Asian flavors, and complimented my dishes with Seafood City Mexican Prawns, and with Johnstons Local Quality / Pete’s Meat Pork Belly. ALL GOOD DECISIONS, if I do say so myself 😉

RECIPE #1 | Lime Prawn with Charred Vegetable

Charring your vegetables gives them an extra, smoky flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the Prawns, layered into the delicious sting of fresh-squeezed Lime. I LOVE dehydrated slices of Tomato as a snack – but they’re great as a garnish, too.

RECIPE #2 | Pork Belly with Fresh Vegetable Slaw

I love fresh vegetables – especially in summer. The crispness and crunch adds texture, which goes perfectly with the softness/crunch of this Pork Belly and skin. Fresher Vegetables also tend to keep better, making this a Slaw that can last a few days in the fridge.

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BC Greenhouse Recipe Page

Looking for some side or entree dishes featuring a ton of fresh veg?? BC Greenhouse Growers website has an incredible resource available – click through to find your new future favorites and ‘go-to’s’. The added bonus that BC Greenhouse veg are available year round means the hearty soups and stews are perfectly in season right now, too.

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… and MORE!

I wasn’t alone creatively cooking with these delicious BC Greenhouse Growers Association Vegetables! It was a wonderful feast with Cassandra Anderton of ‘Good Life Vancouver’ and ‘Les Dames d’Escoffier BC’ fame, Rebecca Coleman of ‘Cooking by Laptop’ and ‘Vegan Baking Made Easy’, along with Photographer extraordinaire and Foodie Christine McAvoy.

Cassandra Anderton

The GODDESS of local Food here in Vancouver, Cassandra knows just about everyone in the Industry. When she offers to work together, my answer is ALWAYS YES! She brought together this lovely group and championed the Feast. Who knew so many dishes could be created out of a handful of humble, locally grown vegetables.

Follow her Blog over at Good Life Vancouver to keep on top of her amazing Recipes along with all things Food & Food Culture here in Vancouver/BC.

Rebecca Coleman

Don’t miss Rebecca Coleman’s BLOG over at Cooking by Laptop for all your Vegan recipes, tips & tricks, substitutions, etc. She made a SMOKY Roasted Eggplant Dip! I do love me some smokiness …

AND make sure you check out her 60-recipe ‘Vegan Baking Made Easy’ book!

Christine McAvoy

Christine is a brilliant photographer AND an avid foodie – what a great combo! She graciously made all our dishes look even better throughout the day. Catch up with her over at her website and blog – where you’ll also find this delicious recipe.

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Your turn!

What are you inspired to cook with locally grown hot-house vegetables?!
I’d love to hear about your favorite dishes!