In bowl, whisk flour with salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. Stirring briskly with fork, drizzle ice water over flour mixture until pastry holds together, if necessary sprinkling dry spots with more water, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until pastry holds together. Divide in half; press into discs. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 3 days or enclose in airtight container and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Let come to room temperature before rolling out.)
Chicken, squash and all the exotic flavours of a restaurant-style Thai curry mingle in this scrumptious slow cooker main. Serve over steamed jasmine rice and garnish with lemon or lime wedges to squeeze over top.
and sodium-reduced soy sauce
(about 150 g), cut lengthwise in 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick wedges
per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
In slow cooker, combine chicken, squash, coconut milk, ginger, curry paste, tomato paste, lime leaves (if using), brown sugar, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce and salt.
Cover and cook on low until chicken is fall-apart tender, 6 to 8 hours.
Whisk flour with 3 tbsp water until smooth; stir into slow cooker. Stir in bok choy; cover and cook on high until sauce is thickened and bok choy is tender, about 15 minutes. Discard lime leaves. Stir in lime juice and sprinkle with peanuts.
Want your French toast express-style? Skip the frying pan for this decadent, sweet treat that's ready in less than 10 minutes. With the addition of a few pantry staples (see variations, below), you can make this basic version extra sweet or salty.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time7 minutes
Portion size1 serving
1 1/4 cup
cubed (1 inch)
Per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate47 g
In bowl, whisk together egg, milk and vanilla. Add bread; mix well. Spoon mixture into microwaveable mug or bowl. Microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, until set, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm drizzled with maple syrup.
Change it up: Try these variations for an extra hit of sweetness or a salty spin.
Whisk 1 tbsp marmalade into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Whisk 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread and 1/4 tsp sea salt into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Cinnamon-Raisin Sticky Bun
Whisk 1/8 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
This Mediterranean-inspired layered dip makes a refreshing and simple appetizer that comes together in minutes. Use 2% Greek yogurt for the best results, as it's thicker than nonfat versions. Serve with herbed pita chips for dipping.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time5 minutes
2% plain Greek yogurt
extra-virgin olive oil
hot pepper flakes
Spread yogurt on large rimmed serving platter. Top with pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil and pine nuts. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with hot pepper flakes (if using).
Family-favourite roast beef is a Sunday-dinner staple. Add this recipe to your repertoire, and you’ll find yourself coming back to it time and time again.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 45 minutes
Portion size8 servings
beef sirloin tip oven roast
(about 1 kg)
, finely grated or pressed
dry red wine
sodium-reduced beef broth
Per serving: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate2 g
Rub beef all over with oil, garlic, thyme, salt and half of the pepper. Place on greased rack in roasting pan. Roast in 450°F oven until beginning to brown, about 19 minutes. Reduce heat to 275°F and roast, basting occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 140°F for medium-rare, about 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain.
While roast is resting, drain all but 2 tbsp fat from pan. Sprinkle in flour; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in wine, scraping up browned bits with wooden spoon. Whisk in broth and remaining pepper; bring to boil over medium heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve; stir in parsley, mustard and any accumulated juices from cutting board. Serve with beef.