This hot and spicy stir-fry comes together faster than ordering takeout. It's also a great way to use up any veggies lingering in your fridge. Serve it over your favourite noodles, brown rice or whole grains.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes
Portion size4 servings
unseasoned rice vinegar
hot pepper flakes
sugar snap peas
(21 to 24 count), peeled and deveined
(white and light green parts only), cut crosswise in 1-inch pieces
Per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate15 g
In small bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
In large nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat; cook garlic, ginger and hot pepper flakes until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add snap peas; cook for 1 minute. Add shrimp; cook until pink and opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes. Add hoisin mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve over noodles.
Kung Pao Chicken
Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 375 g skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips, for the shrimp.
(about 915 g), peeled and cut in 3/4-inch (2 cm) chunks
mini red-skinned potatoes
cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) chunks
sodium-reduced chicken broth
whipping cream 35%
Flaky Butter Herb Pastry:
1 2/3 cup
per serving: about
Total fat26 g
Saturated fat14 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
Flaky Butter Herb Pastry: In food processor, pulse flour with salt. Add 1/4 cup of the butter; pulse until combined. Add remaining butter; pulse until mixture forms pea-size pieces, about 5 times. Drizzle ice water evenly over mixture (not through feed tube). Pulse 6 to 8 times, until loose ragged dough forms (do not let mixture form ball). Transfer to floured 20-inch (50 cm) length of waxed paper; press dough into rectangle. Dust with flour; top with another 20-inch (50 cm) length of waxed paper. Roll out to 15- x 12-inch (38 x 30 cm) rectangle; remove top sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle with parsley.
Using bottom sheet of waxed paper to lift, fold 1 long edge over one-third of pastry; fold opposite long edge over top (pastry will form 15- x 4-inch/38 x 10 cm rectangle). Starting from 1 short end, roll up tightly into cylinder; flatten into 5-inch (12 cm) square. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of the butter over medium-high heat; working in batches, saut? chicken until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
In same Dutch oven, melt remaining butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms, shallots, thyme and bay leaf, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 6 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until no liquid remains, about 2 minutes.
Stir in rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in broth and chicken with any juices; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 12 minutes.
Whisk flour with 1/2 cup water; stir into chicken mixture. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid thickens and vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in peas, cream and parsley; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Discard thyme and bay leaf.
Scrape mixture into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish; let cool for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Increase baking time by 15 to 20 minutes.)
Meanwhile, on floured work surface, roll out pastry to 15- x 11-inch (38 x 28 cm) rectangle (large enough to? fit top of baking dish and leave 1-inch/2.5 cm overhang). Transfer to rimless baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Arrange pastry over top of baking dish, pulling taut over rim. Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water; brush over pastry. Using sharp knife, cut 3 to 4 steam vents in pastry. Bake on rimmed baking sheet in 425 F (220 C) oven until pastry is puffed and golden, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
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.
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.