The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
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 noodle dish gets its signature bright yellow colour from golden turmeric. We've substituted leaner pork tenderloin for the traditional barbecued pork (but if you can find the real thing, it's definitely worth using). This recipe yields a lot, so be sure to use a wok or your largest nonstick skillet.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
trimmed and sliced in thin strips
sodium-reduced soy sauce
(about 1/32-inch/1 mm thick)
(21 to 24 count), peeled and deveined
sweet red pepper
cut in 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) lengths
per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate46 g
In bowl, stir together pork, 2 tsp of the soy sauce, the sesame oil, pinch of the salt and the pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, place vermicelli in large heatproof bowl; add enough boiling water to cover and soak according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well.
In wok or large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tsp of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat; cook eggs, stirring, just until set, about 1 minute. Scrape onto plate. Wipe out wok. Add 1 tsp of the vegetable oil to wok; saut? shrimp over medium-high heat until pink and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Remove to plate. Add 1 tsp of the vegetable oil to wok; saut? pork mixture over medium-high heat until just a hint of pink remains inside, about 3 minutes. Remove to plate.
Add remaining vegetable oil to wok; saut? onion, red pepper and garlic over medium-high heat until pepper is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add vermicelli, egg, shrimp, pork, green onions, curry powder, turmeric, sugar and remaining soy sauce and salt. Cook, stirring and tossing, until well combined and heated through, about 3 minutes. Add bean sprouts; cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute.
Change it up - Vegetarian Singapore Noodles: Omit shrimp. Substitute 1 pkg (350 g) extra-firm tofu, drained and cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes, for the pork; continue with recipe as directed.
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.