Crunchy salted peanuts and chunks of pretzels turn these squares – based on classic Hello Dolly Bars – into the ultimate sweet-and-salty treat.
Portion size25 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday 2012
1 1/2 cup
graham cracker crumbs
semisweet chocolate chips
sweetened condensed milk
Per piece: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
In bowl, stir graham crumbs with butter until moistened; press into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, peanuts and pretzels; pour condensed milk over top.
Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until? set in centre, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate to cool completely, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 1 month.) Cut into squares.
Cheesy, creamy broccoli soup is a family-friendly dish that's a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. The crispy Cheddar croutons add a satisfying crunch. For a lighter finish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
leeks (white and light green parts only)
yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 450 g total)
peeled and (cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
Broccoli Soup: Cut stem from broccoli head; cut head into florets to yield 5 cups. Trim bottom end from stem; peel outer layer. Slice stem to yield 3/4 cup. Set aside.
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, potatoes and broccoli stem, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened, about 12 minutes. Add garlic, savory and mustard; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in broth and 2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets; simmer until broccoli stems and potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in Cheddar until melted; stir in parsley.
Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Pour into clean Dutch oven or large saucepan; heat over medium-low. Whisk in sour cream, salt and pepper; cook until heated through. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Cheddar Croutons: While soup is simmering, in bowl, toss baguette with oil to coat. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; sprinkle with Cheddar. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until baguette is golden and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Break apart croutons; serve over soup.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: When blending a hot soup, work in small batches and remove the vent from your blender lid, covering the hole with a folded tea towel to relieve any pressure caused by escaping steam.
You probably have all of the ingredients for these puffy pancakes in your fridge and pantry right now! And since they're both delicious and quite quick to make, they're an ideal last-minute brunch dish for any season.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2016
per serving: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate24 g
In blender or large spouted bowl with whisk, mix together eggs, milk, flour, sugar and salt until smooth.
Heat 10-inch (25 cm) cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; add butter, swirling pan until melted. Pour in batter. Transfer to 475°F (240°C) oven; bake until puffed and browned, about 13 minutes. Using spatula, gently loosen pancake from pan.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: The Dutch baby pancake is traditionally served with fruit and other sweet toppings, but it also lends itself to savoury flavours.
Chorizo sausage adds spicy heat to this hearty winter soup. The fat left in the pan after cooking the meat infuses the cabbage with flavour. If you're not a fan of sweet potatoes, you can substitute with the yellow-fleshed variety.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time30 minutes
dry-cured chorizo sausage
(about 2 total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
Quarter head green
, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
, peeled and cubed
, drained and rinsed
sodium-reduced chicken broth
Per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat18 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook sausages, stirring often, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate. Set aside.
In same pan, stir-fry cabbage and caraway seeds over medium-high heat until cabbage is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Scrape into small bowl. Set aside.
In same pan, bring sweet potatoes, beans, broth and 3 cups water to boil. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Ladle 2 cups of the soup into blender and purée until smooth; return to pan. Stir in sausages, cabbage mixture and thyme; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
While you don't want to overwhelm seafood with too much spice, these mussels can take a hit of curry because the creamy sauce tempers the heat. Serve with crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Portion size4 servings
Thai Green Curry Paste
(recipe under Method)
sodium-reduced chicken broth
whipping cream (35%)
Per serving: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
Scrub mussels; remove any beards. Discard any mussels that do not close when tapped. Set aside.
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook shallot until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in curry paste; cook for 2 minutes.
Pour in broth; bring to simmer. Add mussels; cover with tight-fitting lid. Cook until mussels open, 5 to 8 minutes. Gently fold in tomatoes and cream; cover and cook for 1 minute. Discard any mussels that remain closed.