In saucepan, bring water and salt to boil. Add long-grain rice; cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid evaporated. Sprinkle with herbs if desired; fluff with fork.
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.
An airy, mousse-like filling brings a little sophistication to the perfect pairing of chocolate and peanut butter. Best: You need just three ingredients.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
smooth peanut butter
milk chocolate (about 11 oz)
per piece: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
Line 20 mini muffin tin cups with candy cups; set aside.
In bowl, stir peanut butter with icing sugar until smooth. Drop by 1 tsp onto parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Spoon 1 tsp into each candy cup; add 1 peanut butter ball to centre of each. Top each with 2 tsp chocolate, spreading to edges and smoothing tops. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week; let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.)
This savoury dish has a little heat and a touch of sweetness from the raisins and caramelized onions. You'll find garam masala, an Indian spice blend, in the spice section of the supermarket. Serve over basmati rice.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2012
(such as Vidalia), thinly sliced
drained and rinsed
fresh baby spinach
Per serving: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate52 g
In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion and sugar, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes.
Add ginger, garlic, garam masala, vinegar, cayenne, salt and pepper; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is deep golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut cauliflower into florets to make 6 cups. Add to pan along with chickpeas, raisins and 1/4 cup water; cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until cauliflower is tender, about 18 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach.
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.