Drain spinach; squeeze dry. In food processor, purée spinach, cheese, sour cream, salsa, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until thickened slightly. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
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.
(about one-eighth pkg), softened
Per piece: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
Cinnamon Knots: In small bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon. On work surface, gently unroll pastry; brush pastry with butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Cut lengthwise into ten 1-inch wide strips; halve crosswise to make 20 rectangles. Working with 1 rectangle at a time, bring short ends together; tie in loose knot.
Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven until light golden, about 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Dip: While pastry is baking, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in icing sugar. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Serve with Cinnamon Knots.
Chicken thighs aren't just affordable; they also happen to be incredibly juicy and tender. Plus, they make a tasty canvas on which to paint this sweet and sour honey-lime glaze. Serve with lime wedges and a lemony salad.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014
grated or pressed
boneless skinless chicken thighs
salt and pepper
Roasted Spiced Cauliflower:
(about 1 small head)
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate16 g
Roasted Spiced Cauliflower: Toss together cauliflower, oil, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; bake in 425 F (220 C) oven for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together honey, lime juice, mustard, garlic and paprika; set aside. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook chicken, turning once, until golden all over, about 8 minutes. Brush half of the honey mixture over chicken; cook, turning once, until glossy and coated, about 2 minutes. Move cauliflower to one side of baking sheet; add chicken, brushing with remaining glaze.
Bake until cauliflower is tender and browned, and juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle parsley over cauliflower; serve with chicken.
Everyone needs a fried rice recipe in his or her repertoire, because it's great for using up leftovers. When you don't have any meat in the fridge or freezer, you'll likely have eggs on hand to turn what's normally a side dish into this complete meal.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2014
thinly sliced (light and dark green parts separated)
1 1/2 cup
such as shiitake or cremini
sodium-reduced soy sauce
or other Asian chili sauce
PER SERVING: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate65 g
In wok or large nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry light green parts of green onions until softened, about 1 minute.
Add mushrooms, carrot, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes.
Stir in rice and peas; cook, stirring frequently, until rice is hot, about 5 minutes. Push rice into ring around edge of pan, leaving space in centre; pour eggs into centre. Cook, stirring eggs occasionally, until softly scrambled, about 2 minutes.
Stir in rice mixture, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sriracha and sesame oil; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Sprinkle with dark green parts of green onions.