Broil red peppers 6 inches (15 cm) from heat, turning often, for 20 minutes or until charred. Let cool; peel off blackened skin. Quarter, core and seed; cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) wide strips. Place in bowl. Whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper; toss with peppers. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
The essence of this Vietnamese pho lies in the long-cooking, rich beef broth which forms the base of the soup - the slow cooker is the ultimate tool for the task. Fresh, vibrant garnishes, like bean sprouts, assorted fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro and basil, thinly sliced onion, chilies and lime wedges, make each and every bowl of soup unique. Serve them at the table in separate bowls so each person can create the pho of their dreams.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2014
beef top sirloin grilling steaks
very thinly sliced against the grain
and black peppercorns
beef soup bones
1 1/4 teaspoon
per serving: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate66 g
Vietnamese Beef Broth: Arrange onions, ginger and garlic on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; broil until slightly charred, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker.
Meanwhile, in small skillet, toast cinnamon sticks, star anise, coriander seeds and peppercorns over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes; add to slow cooker along with beef bones, carrot, fish sauce and lime zest. Stir in 10 cups water. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours.
Skim off fat from surface. Strain broth through cheesecloth-lined sieve into large saucepan; discard solids. Skim off any remaining fat. Bring to boil; stir in salt. Divide steak and noodles among serving bowls; spoon hot broth over top.
Candied nuts add crunch and even more sweetness to this side of roasted veggies. Make an extra batch to serve for snacking before dinner—your guests will love them! Trim the brussels sprouts to a uniform size, halving any larger pieces so that they cook evenly.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time35 minutes
brussels sprouts, trimmed
, peeled and cut lengthwise in 1/2-inch thick wedges
(about 450 g), peeled, halved crosswise and cut in 1/2-inch thick wedges
bunch (about 400 g)
, halved diagonally
bag (250 g)
Maple Candied Nuts:
mixed pecan halves and
, coarsely chopped
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
Vegetables: In large bowl, toss together brussels spouts, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, shallots, oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on 2 lightly greased rimmed baking sheets. Roast in top and bottom thirds of 425°F oven, turning vegetables and switching and rotating pans halfway through, 25 to 30 minutes. Scrape into serving platter.
Maple Candied Nuts: Meanwhile, in small skillet, heat maple syrup and butter over medium heat, stirring, until melted; bring to boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in nuts and thyme; cook, stirring, until sticky and liquid is mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes.
Spread in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Let stand until firm, about 10 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle over vegetables.
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.
The secret to achieving a fluffy texture: Add a splash of milk to the dense batter. Serve the finished cake with jam, berries, chocolate sauce or lemon curd, or have it all by itself.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
1 1/4 cup
1 3/4 cup
per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light, fluffy and pale yellow, about 5 minutes. Add 1 egg; beat for 2 minutes, scraping down side. Repeat with remaining eggs, adding 1 at a time. Beat in milk, vanilla and salt until combined (mixture may appear curdled).
Add half of the flour; stir gently just until combined. Repeat with remaining flour. Scrape into parchment paper–line 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan, smoothing top.
Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until top is golden and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely. Peel off parchment paper. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; store for up to 2 days.)
Change it up: Blueberry Lemon Buttery Pound Cake Set aside 1 tbsp of the flour before beginning. Add 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest when beating in milk, vanilla and salt. Toss 1 1/2 cups fresh wild blueberries with reserved flour; fold into batter. Bake as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To keep crust from overbrowning, use a light-coloured loaf pan. Darker pans tend to impart a deeper colouring to buttery baked goods.