Neighbours “Recipe Share”

Apple Celery Salad

2 T fresh lemon juice [about half a lemon] or 1T apple cider vinegar

1 T maple syrup

4 thinly sliced or diced celery stalks

2 apples (firm apples work better), diced/chopped

2 t raisins or 1 t currants (optional)

1/2 cup walnuts, broken into small pieces (optional)

2 chopped tiny grape or cherry tomatoes (optional)

1/4 c. Chickpeas or edamame

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, and raw pepitas

Salt and pepper to taste, optional

Parmesan or Feta to sprinkle at end (optional)

Variation: Add sweet potato (cubed and microwaved but left semi-firm)

Variation 2: Make this a creamy dressing by adding 1 t hummus (original) or 1 t tahini — you might want a little extra lemon and maple if the sesame taste is strong

Tzatziki  (Cucumber – Yogurt Dip) [adapted from the “Live, Eat, Learn” website/blog with minor changes)

2 cups plain Greek yogurt (can be dairy free if made with a vegan yogurt or cannellini/chickpeas; you could try 1/2 cottage cheese)

1 cucumber (cubed/chopped)

1-2 T fresh lemon juice

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 T chopped dill

salt and pepper

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes and serve.

Serve with veggies, breads, etc. ; For a fun variation, add cooked artichoke, fennel, pepper, and/or spinach; or, heat it and top it with croutons and cheese for a dip.


1 can of tomatoes (or 3-4 fresh tomatoes; use various kinds of tomato for a little something extra 😉 )

1/4 to 1/3 cup canned corn (drained and rinsed)

1/3 to 1/2 cup of canned black beans (drained and rinsed)

1/4 to 1/2 cup (1-2 small cooking onions, fine chopped)

1 T lime juice (optional)

1 T lemon juice (optional)

1/4 cup drained jalapeño (from can) OR fresh, chopped jalapeño (or another pepper of choice)

Cilantro (optional and to taste)

Scallion or green onion (chopped, optional)

Black pepper (optional, to taste)

Mix all ingredients together and let stand for half an hour in fridge (unless warm salsa is preferred)

Alternatively, blend all of the ingredients except for the black beans and corn in a blender first until mostly smooth then add bean and corn if wished for a smoother variety)


10 Fast and Friendly Less than 5-Ingredient Recipe Ideas


  1. Scrambled Eggs, Kidney Beans, and Cheddar

– cook eggs in skillet, add 1/2 kidney beans, and 1/8 cup of cheddar (optional: diced hash browns, pepper and onion, 1 T salsa or another favourite tomato sauce,

or serve on steamed greens)

  1. Cheater’s Apple Brown Betty

– Warm 2 t to 1T butter or vegan margarine, 1 cup cubed bread (best if day old baguette or sourdough), 1 cubed or sliced large apple, 1/4 t cinnamon, 1 T lemon juice

– Add any of the following if desired: Handful dry large flake rolled oat; sprinkle of shredded or grated hard cheese; cardamom or nutmeg; a little almond or pb

  1. Cheddar and Broccoli Hot Pocket

– Combine cooked/chopped broccoli, Velveeta or Cheddar in a pita, tortilla, or slice of bread, roll it and microwave 45 secs until melted and go

– or heat in a dry frying pan on low until crisped and solid

– or, make the insides a dip and use toast or tortilla chips to scoop

(Optional: bacon/bacon bits; chicken; cranberry or raisin; a little low fat mayo or cream cheese)

  1. Black Bean Burgers

– Blend together: 1 can drained black beans, 1 T oats or brown rice; 1/2 cup drained veggies in a can (carrot, pea, corn), diced onion, a sprinkle of spices if wanted

(cumin, garlic, Chili powder, tumeric, Tabasco, for example), optional 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil

– shaped into balls or burgers and fry in frying pan until browned and solid

  1. Lentil “No Meat” Bolognese

– Combine a favourite tomato sauce, 1/2 can of drained lentils, and add a few extra veggies (diced tomatoes, onions, zucchini, garlic, parsley, eggplant) as wished

– Simmer at low heat and add cooked pasta (toss or stir to prevent pasta from burning)

– Remove from heat, dish, and add cracked pepper, bread crumbs, or cheese if wished

  1. Microwave Fried Egg Sandwich

– Spray or lightly butter a bowl and add 1-2 eggs or egg whites (can whisk with a fork if wanted)

–  Cover and cook on high for 1-2 minutes until solid; Slide out onto toast and add cheese if wanted

  1. Turkey Dinner Sandwich

– Combine canned chicken or turkey with 1/2 T of mayo, 1 T çranberry or cranberry sauce, 1 T Green pea and 1/4 cup chopped bread (day old)

– Add a few capers for fun if wanted

– Scoop onto bread, add any other mayors or lettuce as wanted and serve

Try: Try a grilled version by adding a thick sliced Swiss or other white cheese and grilling in a pan.

Try: Mashing cannellini or chickpea in place of the chicken or turkey and substitute tahini and lemon juice or a vegan mayo

  1. Mushroom Bean Dip

Need: 1 can of condensed creamy mushroom soup, 1 can of white kidney, cannellini, or Lima beans in blender, 1T lemon juice or sub. 1/2 T vinegar

– Combine all ingredients in a skillet or frying pan and heat on low-medium setting

– Add 1/4 (or more to preference) cheese, chopped garlic (optional),  bacon ( optional), cooked ground sausage or beef (optional)

– Heat all, put in bowl and serve with vegetables or crackers. Optional: add cheese and/or bread crumbs to the surface and heat in oven or under broiler for a few

minutes until very lightly browned on top.

  1. Dirty Rice and Beans

– ingredients: 2 cups cooked rice; 1 can drained beans (small red, black, or mixed), 1 can corn, 1 – 1.5 cup low sodium soup stock (vegetable, seafood, miso, or

chicken); 1-2 cooking onions; extra virgin olive oil; any of the following vegetables: pepper, garlic, spinach, rapini, chard; a pinch of any of the following

spices: garlic, cayenne, chili, red pepper flakes, cumin, cilantro, paprika, coriander

– Heat a skillet with a minute amount of extra virgin olive oil. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (more as wanted) and grated garlic (if wished). Add 1 cup finely chopped

pepper (mixed or whichever type you like best) and 1/2 cup of spinach, rapini, or chard (optional) Cook until semi-soft.

– In another (or the same) skillet, add rice and the soup stock. Let cook on low- medium until fluid is absorbed by rice. Add all spices,  beans, and Optional: add meats

(fish, sausage, beef). Add a little extra oil and sear the rice (toss/stir it over high heat until brown/slight blackening).

  1. Pineapple Chicken or Chickpea Rice (Or another grain or pasta)

– Ingredients: 2 cups cooked rice; 1 can of pineapple (diced and 1/2 cup juice and 1/2 cup water); 1-2 cooked boneless/skinless cooked chicken breast; 1 can drained

chickpea; 1 can of mixed corn/carrot/pea; 2t maple syrup (optional); 2 T lemon juice or apple juice; 1 t extra virgin olive oil; onion; black pepper, fresh cilantro if


Mix all ingredients together in a frying pan and heat until the rice has fully softened and all is warmed.