Flank steak is a great option for serving a large crowd because you cook it whole, meaning there's only one steak to turn on the grill, rather than several. Balsamic vinegar adds bold flavour to the marinade. For a subtler taste, opt for a light-to-medium-bodied red wine, such as Pinot Noir or Merlot, instead.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: June 2015
balsamic vinegar or
dry red wine
finely grated or pressed
salt and pepper
beef flank marinating steak
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, 2 tbsp of the oil, the garlic and half each of the salt and pepper.
Using fork, prick steak all over on both sides. Place in large resealable plastic bag or shallow dish; pour in vinegar mixture, massaging or turning steak to coat. Seal bag or cover dish and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Pat steak dry and brush with remaining oil; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat. Grill, uncovered and turning at least twice, until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 140°F (60°C), 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove to rack and let rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 145°F (63°C). Slice across the grain.
This hearty French stew (named after the earthenware pot that it's traditionally cooked in) normally takes hours to prepare. Using canned beans and chicken thighs (instead of the usual duck confit) allows you to get it on the table in just minutes!
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
trimmed, cored and coarsely chopped
boneless skinless chicken thighs
about 285 g total, cut in bite-size pieces
thinly sliced smoked farmer's
white kidney bean
drained and rinsed
fresh bread crumbs
per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate28 g
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium heat; cook onion, fennel, carrots, garlic, thyme and rosemary, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to plate. Set aside.
Sprinkle chicken with salt. Add remaining oil to Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat. Cook chicken and sausage, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Stir in onion mixture, tomatoes, beans and 1 cup water, scraping up browned bits; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Discard thyme.
While stew is simmering, in skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook bread crumbs, stirring often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp of the parsley.
Stir remaining parsley into stew. Sprinkle with bread crumb mixture.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To make fresh bread crumbs, pulse cubed day-old bread in a food processor until they're in fine crumbs. Place any leftovers in a resealable freezer bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and freeze for up to four weeks.
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
This indulgent pasta can be thrown together even on the busiest weeknight. Mushrooms cook faster when spread over a large surface, so choose your largest nonstick skillet. Top with an extra sprinkling of Parmesan, if desired.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2014
pkg (227 g)
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat12 g
Total carbohydrate72 g
In large pot of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid, drain.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; sauté garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cremini and shiitake mushrooms and thyme; sauté until
just softened, about 3 minutes.
Stir in pasta, reserved cooking liquid, Parmesan cheese, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper; cook, stirring, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley.