This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
boneless beef blade roast
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
dry red wine
mini white potatoes
scrubbed and quartered
cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
sodium-reduced beef broth
drained and rinsed
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat27 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.
This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
20-minute whole grain
vegetable oil or
quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.
Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.
Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We've subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we've included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2013
(No. 1 medium grade)
Sour Cream Pastry:
1 1/4 cup
Per serving: about
Total fat15 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Sour Cream Pastry: In bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter and lard until in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk water with sour cream; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing briskly with fork and adding more water if necessary to form ragged dough. Press into disc; wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 circles, rerolling and cutting scraps. Fit into 12 muffin cups; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vinegar and salt. Divide walnuts, currants and raisins among pastry shells. Spoon scant 1/4 cup filling into each shell.
Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until filling is set and pastry is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Run thin knife around edges to release tarts. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
This moist breakfast loaf gets its vibrant flavour from sweet ripe strawberries. If they're not in season, you can still make this recipe year-round; simply use frozen strawberries instead of fresh, as out-of-season varieties are more tart than sweet.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2016
Cream Cheese Icing:
quarter pkg (250 g pkg)
10% cream or
1 1/2 cup
hulled fresh or
plain Balkan-style yogurt
1 1/2 cup
1 3/4 teaspoon
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate49 g
Loaf: In small saucepan, cook strawberries, 2 tbsp of the sugar and 1 tbsp water over medium-high heat, stirring often and breaking up strawberries with spoon, until strawberries are broken down and mixture resembles chunky jam.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 tsp water; stir into strawberry mixture. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Scrape into bowl. Refrigerate until chilled, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, in large bowl, using fingers, rub remaining sugar with lemon zest. Whisk in yogurt and eggs; gradually whisk in oil. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into lemon zest mixture in 2 additions.
Stir half of the batter into strawberry mixture until combined. Alternately drop spoonfuls of white and strawberry batters into parchment paper–lined 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Using butter knife, gently swirl batters to create marble effect.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until loaf springs back when lightly touched and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; store at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
Cream Cheese Icing: While loaf is cooling, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until light and fluffy; beat in icing sugar and cream until smooth. Spread over top of loaf. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For a pretty garnish that adds a pop of colour, top your loaf with quartered fresh strawberries.