In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook green beans for 7 minutes; drain. In same pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat; cook garlic and thyme for 1 minute. Return beans to pan; toss with salt and pepper.
Browning the chicken and cooking the biryani in the same pan keeps cleanup to a minimum and infuses the rice with flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Portion size4 servings
bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
onions, thinly sliced
sodium-reduced chicken broth
Per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate42 g
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp salt and pinch pepper. In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, turning occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Drain all but 4 tsp fat from pan; cook onions over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in broth, rice, thyme and 1/4 tsp salt, scraping up browned bits; bring to boil.
Arrange chicken, skin side up, over rice mixture. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.
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.
Roasting the sweet potatoes before adding them to the broth mixture enhances their sweet, earthy flavour and gives this Indian-inspired soup deeper colour.
Prep time25 minutes
Total time40 minutes
salt and pepper
sodium-reduced chicken broth or
whipping cream (35%)
, toasted and coarsely chopped
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
In large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes and half each of the oil, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on greased rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, stirring once, until tender and lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook onion and celery, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, 1/2 tsp of the cardamom and the cayenne pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in 1 cup of the broth; cook until celery is softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in sweet potatoes.
Working in batches, in blender, purée soup with remaining broth until smooth. Scrape into clean Dutch oven. Stir in remaining salt and pepper and 4 cups water; cook over medium heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Ladle into serving bowls.
In separate bowl, beat cream with remaining cardamom until thickened; dollop onto soup. Sprinkle with pistachios.