Soaking dried beans before boiling them speeds up their cooking time and prevents them from splitting. Simply place the beans in a large bowl, cover with about three inches of water and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. If you don't have dried beans, substitute with eight cups of canned no-salt-added navy beans, and skip the first paragraph.
In large saucepan, add beans and enough water to cover by 1 inch; bring to boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain. (Makeahead: Rinse with cold water until cool; drain well. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
In slow cooker, stir together beans, onion, bacon, tomato juice, brown sugar, tomato paste, molasses, soy sauce, garlic powder, mustard, salt and pepper; cover and cook on low until thick enough to mound on spoon, 5 to 6 hours. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Don't have time to soak the beans overnight? Place dried beans in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cover with 4 inches water; bring to boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until beans have doubled in size, about 1 hour.
This Mediterranean-inspired layered dip makes a refreshing and simple appetizer that comes together in minutes. Use 2% Greek yogurt for the best results, as it's thicker than nonfat versions. Serve with herbed pita chips for dipping.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time5 minutes
2% plain Greek yogurt
extra-virgin olive oil
hot pepper flakes
Spread yogurt on large rimmed serving platter. Top with pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil and pine nuts. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with hot pepper flakes (if using).
Add festive flair to this long-standing favourite cocktail with a bottle of sparkling wine. It's the perfect way to ring in the New Year, but is equally delicious any time of year.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2015
fresh mint leaves
per serving: about
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
Reserve 1 lime; cut each of the remaining limes into 6 wedges. In large glass measure, use muddler or handle of wooden spoon to muddle together lime wedges, Simple Syrup and mint sprigs. Stir in rum; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Strain into pitcher; stir in wine.
Thinly slice reserved lime; garnish pitcher with lime slices and mint leaves. Serve immediately over ice.
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.