Weeknight entertaining is a breeze when you put your slow cooker to work! Adding a bit of flour to the sauce at the end of cooking turns it into a rich gravy to serve alongside the roast. Green peas and mashed sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to this hearty cold-weather dish.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
sodium-reduced beef broth
liquid honey and Worcestershire sauce
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
Sprinkle beef with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Set aside.
In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic and bay leaf. Place beef over top. Whisk together broth, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 8 to 10 hours.
Transfer beef to cutting board; remove any butcher's twine. Keep beef warm.
Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.
Thinly slice beef across the grain; serve with sauce.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For the most flavourful sauce, choose a good-quality balsamic vinegar. Taste the sauce before serving; if it's very tangy, stir in up to one tablespoon of granulated sugar until dissolved sweetness.
These wings can get sticky as they bake, so line your baking sheet with greased nonstick foil or parchment paper for easy turning.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2016
salt and pepper
all-purpose flour or
per piece: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In bowl, sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour; toss to coat. Arrange on lightly greased nonstick foil– or parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until crisp and golden, 45 to 50 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Chicken wings that are sold separately and trimmed are a real time-saver. If you can't find them at your local grocery store, cut the tips off of whole chicken wings, then cut each wing in half at the remaining joint.
Change it up:
The Ultimate Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings In small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup cayenne pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot Original), 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp onion powder; bring to boil. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature. Prepare wings as directed; toss with sauce just before serving.
The Ultimate Crispy Barbecue Chicken Wings In saucepan, stir together 1 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup fancy molasses, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Prepare wings as directed, brushing with sauce before last 5 minutes of baking.
All you'll need to make this classic dish is some ground beef, a couple of onions and some pantry staples (including a spoonful of cocoa powder, which adds flavour and a deep reddish-brown colour). Serve with your choice of sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro and, for nostalgia, chopped cucumber. For a more modern touch, swap out cucumber for chopped avocado.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
finely grated or pressed
lean ground beef
granulated sugar and sweet paprika
red kidney bean
drained and rinsed
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate19 g
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onions and garlic, stirring frequently, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
Add cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add beef; cook, stirring and breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, breaking up with spoon.
Stir in chili powder, oregano, sugar, paprika, cocoa powder, salt, pepper and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Discard bay leaf.
Stir in beans; cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Reheat before serving.)
Change it up: Slow Cooker Western Chili
Decrease oil to 1 tbsp; heat in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef, stirring and breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to slow cooker. Stir in 1 can (156 mL) tomato paste and remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
This hot and spicy stir-fry comes together faster than ordering takeout. It's also a great way to use up any veggies lingering in your fridge. Serve it over your favourite noodles, brown rice or whole grains.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes
Portion size4 servings
unseasoned rice vinegar
hot pepper flakes
sugar snap peas
(21 to 24 count), peeled and deveined
(white and light green parts only), cut crosswise in 1-inch pieces
Per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate15 g
In small bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
In large nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat; cook garlic, ginger and hot pepper flakes until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add snap peas; cook for 1 minute. Add shrimp; cook until pink and opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes. Add hoisin mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve over noodles.
Kung Pao Chicken
Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 375 g skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips, for the shrimp.