- Portion size 10 servings
- Credits : Fran Glennie
- 1/2 package elbow macaroni
- 500 g cheese
- 1 lb bacon optional
- 1 lb ham optional
Beef Nacho Bowls | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei
Want a lighter take on nachos that's super simple to prepare? Fresh veggies form the base for this updated version, with just enough chips sprinkled on top for a pleasing crunch.
In small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
In large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes; drain fat from pan. Add spice mixture and beans; cook for 2 minutes.
Divide romaine among 4 serving bowls. Spoon beef mixture over each; top with tomatoes, sweet pepper, avocado and Cheddar.
Sprinkle with tortilla chips. Dollop with sour cream (if using); top with cilantro (if using).
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Not all tortilla chips are created equal. If you eat gluten-free, opt for corn varieties and avoid multigrain versions. To reduce fat consumption, choose chips that are baked rather than fried.
French Toast Mug | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei
Want your French toast express-style? Skip the frying pan for this decadent, sweet treat that's ready in less than 10 minutes. With the addition of a few pantry staples (see variations, below), you can make this basic version extra sweet or salty.
In bowl, whisk together egg, milk and vanilla. Add bread; mix well. Spoon mixture into microwaveable mug or bowl. Microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, until set, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm drizzled with maple syrup.
Change it up: Try these variations for an extra hit of sweetness or a salty spin.
Whisk 1 tbsp marmalade into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Whisk 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread and 1/4 tsp sea salt into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Cinnamon-Raisin Sticky Bun
Whisk 1/8 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Bacon and Brussels Sprout Freezer Frittatas Image by: Jodi Pudge Source: Canadian Living Magazine: September 2016
Bacon on a workday? Yes, please! These freezable frittatas are a weekday morning saviour. Heat 'em up in the microwave and enjoy on toast or an English muffin, or on their own with a side of greens or sliced avocado.
In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook brussels sprouts until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well.
Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate.
Drain all but 1 tsp fat from pan; sauté brussels sprouts with pinch salt over medium-high heat until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in bacon. Scrape into lightly greased 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) baking dish.
Whisk together eggs, milk and pinch salt; pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in 350°F oven until puffed and knife inserted in centre comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly. Cut into 8 squares. (Make-ahead: Wrap each square 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 oven.)
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes Image by: Steve Krug
Our set-and-forget version of this classic Easter dish is a win-win: Your oven is free to make the holiday ham and the slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredibly tender and creamy potatoes. You'll need at least a six-quart slow cooker for this recipe.