This fresh meal packs all the flavour of Greek salad into a hearty pasta. Be sure to keep some of the cooking water before you drain the spaghetti—the starchy liquid helps create a luscious sauce when you stir it into the pasta at the end.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time20 minutes
hot pepper flakes
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
(about 475 g)
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate50 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, drain. Set aside.
In same pan, heat oil over medium heat; cook garlic, oregano and hot pepper flakes, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and red onion; cook, stirring, until shrimp are beginning to turn pink, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and olives; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout and tomatoes are beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
Stir in pasta, parsley and reserved cooking liquid; cook for 1 minute. Top with feta.
Ruby raspberry jam peeking through snowflakes makes these pretty cookies as fun to look at as they are to eat.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
2 1/2 cups
seedless raspberry jam
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate22 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions just until combined. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Let dough stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 15 minutes. Between waxed paper or on lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 2-inch (5 cm) square cookie cutter or knife, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary. Using 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) snowflake-shaped cookie cutter, cut out snowflakes in centres of half of the cookies (reserve scrap snowflake shapes to bake later). Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 375?F (190?C) oven until bottoms and edges are light golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans for 1 minute; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Spread scant 1 tsp of the jam over bottoms of each whole cookie, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border uncovered along edges. Sandwich with cut-out cookies, flat sides down. Dust with icing sugar. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
chicken liver pâté, pork liver pâté or
duck liver pâté
Per piece: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate6 g
In food processor, pulse together mushrooms, shallot and garlic until finely chopped.
In nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook mushroom mixture, stirring occasionally, until shallot is softened, about 4 minutes. Add beef, 1/2 tsp of the thyme, the salt and pepper; cook, breaking up beef with spoon, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Pour in wine; cook, stirring, until almost no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
On work surface, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry; cut into 16 squares. Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each of 16 mini muffin pan wells, leaving overhang. Repeat with remaining pastry. Spoon 1 tbsp of the beef mixture into each; top with pâté. Fold overhang over top of filling.
Whisk egg with 1 tbsp water; lightly brush over pastry. Sprinkle with remaining thyme. Bake in 425°F oven until golden, about 14 minutes. Run tip of knife around edges of pastry to release from pans. Serve warm.
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.