Inspired by the traditional Mexican tacos served with spicy thin pork slices and pineapple, this slow cooker version features pork shoulder broken into tender bite size chunks. If you don't want to serve these as tacos, try serving the pork on top of steamed white rice instead.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2014
chipotle chili in adobo sauce
ancho chili powder, ground cumin and salt
pork shoulder roast
diced peeled cored
soft corn tortillas
(6 inches/15 cm) heated
peeled, pitted and chopped
per serving: about
Total fat31 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate39 g
Stir together chipotle chili, vinegar, cinnamon, ancho chili powder, cumin, salt and garlic powder; rub over pork. Arrange slices of onion and pineapple in bottom of slow cooker; place pork over top. Cover and cook on low until pork is tender, about 8 hours.
Transfer pork to large bowl; let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, strain liquid from slow cooker through fine-mesh sieve into heatproof bowl; discard solids. Skim off fat. Return 1 cup of the liquid to slow cooker; discard remaining liquid. Whisk cornstarch with 1 tsp water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
Using 2 forks, break pork into bite-size pieces; stir into thickened liquid to coat. Just before serving, stir in diced pineapple. (Fruit acids will turn pork mushy if added ahead of time.) Top tortillas with pork mixture, avocados, radishes, red onion, sour cream and cilantro.
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.
Meet the one and only carrot cake recipe you'll ever need. The batter comes together in a matter of minutes and makes a flavourful, moist cake with just the right ratio of crushed pineapple to grated carrot. Topped with smooth, sweet cream cheese icing, it's perfection on a plate.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2014
(about 2 large)
(398 mL) crushed
Cream Cheese Icing:
per serving: about
Total fat31 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate82 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In separate bowl, beat together eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla until smooth; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Stir in carrots, pineapple and pecans until combined. Scrape into 2 greased and floured 8-inch (1.2 L) round cake pans.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 35 to 38 minutes. Let cool in pans on rack. (Make- ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw before continuing with recipe.)
Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth and combined.
Slice each cake in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread about 3/4 cup of the icing over cut side; top with 1 of the remaining layers, cut side down. Spread about 3/4 cup of the icing over top of second layer. Repeat with remaining cake layers and icing, omitting icing from top of stack.
Using large offset palette knife, spread thin layer of the remaining icing all over cake to seal in crumbs; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Using palette knife, spread remaining icing all over cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. (Makeahead: Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Change it Up - The Ultimate Carrot Slab Cake: Prepare batter as directed; scrape into greased and floured 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan. Bake until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Top with a half-batch of the Cream Cheese Icing.
These flourless pancakes taste a bit like the centre of a piece of French toast. Fry up a batch (or two!) on the weekend and keep the wrapped pancakes in your fridge or freezer for an easy microwaveable breakfast you'll actually want to eat.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
chopped shelled pistachios
Per pancake: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In bowl, mash 1 of the bananas until smooth. Stir in 2 tsp of the honey, the baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir in eggs until well combined.
Measure out 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat; lightly brush with some of the oil. Working in batches, drop batter by 2 tbsp into skillet; sprinkle 1/2 tsp of the pistachios over each pancake. Cook until bottoms are golden, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes; cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining oil, batter and all but 2 tsp of the pistachios. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 3 weeks; reheat in microwave or toaster.)
Slice remaining banana; arrange over pancakes. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios; drizzle with remaining honey.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Flourless pancakes can be tricky to flip, but here's a trick: Use a thin spatula and lightly mist it with cooking spray before turning the pancakes.