Tear off leaves of 2 of the mint sprigs and place in bottom of a tall glass. Add water and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved and mint is bruised. Fill glass with finely crushed ice and pour bourbon over. Stir and garnish with remaining mint. Serve with a straw.
A simple batter-layering technique yields fun results in this quick bread recipe. Kids will love the way the stripes emerge as the batter settles into the pan. We're pretty sure you'll love it, too.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 cup
natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cup
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate38 g
In large bowl, beat butter with granulated sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in peanut butter.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture. Add milk; stir until smooth. Transfer half of the batter to separate bowl.
Whisk cocoa powder with 3 tbsp water until smooth; fold into one bowl of the batter mixture until combined.
Spoon generous 1/4 cup of the chocolate batter into bottom of parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan; jiggle pan or gently dab batter with spoon to spread; repeat with 1/4 cup of the plain batter. Repeat layers, alternating between the two batters.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 75 to 85 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Transfer loaf to rack.
Whisk icing sugar with 1 tbsp water until smooth; brush all over top of warm loaf. Let cool completely.
Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and store for up to 2 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 1 month.
Tip - Make it nut-free! :For a school-safe, nut-free version of this loaf, use an equal amount of soynut butter or sunflower seed butter in place of the peanut butter.
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.
Our super-fresh twist on grilled cheese is bursting with creamy guacamole, gooey cheese and spicy chorizo. Pico de gallo, or salsa fresco, is an uncooked salsa that takes just minutes to make. Spoon some of it into the sandwiches and serve the rest on the side with tortilla chips for dipping or tossed with greens.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Portion size4 servings
Pico de Gallo:
salt and pepper
, cooked and cooled
slices (1/2 inch thick)
Monterey Jack cheese
, thinly sliced
dry-cured chorizo sausage
, thinly sliced
, peeled and pitted
Per serving: about
Total fat31 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate40 g
Pico de Gallo: In food processor, pulse together tomato, onion, jalapeño pepper, lime juice, oil, honey, salt and pepper until roughly chopped. Stir in corn and cilantro.
Sandwiches: Top 2 slices of the bread with Monterey Jack and sausage; spoon 2 tbsp of the Pico de Gallo over top of each.
Mash avocado with lime juice; spread over top of remaining bread. Sandwich with Pico de Gallo–topped bread slices, avocado side down.
Mix mayonnaise with cilantro; spread over both sides of sandwiches.
Mist large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat; cook sandwiches, turning once, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Cut each sandwich into quarters. Serve with remaining Pico de Gallo on the side.
Breakfast loaves are often made with vegetable oil for moistness, but unsweetened applesauce works just as well. While this loaf is excellent on its own, if you want something a bit more indulgent, try topping your slice with a vegan butter-flavoured spread or a soy-based nut butter. Cost: $0.95 per serving
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2016
1 1/2 cup
all purpose flour
each baking soda and
coconut milk (such as Thai Kitchen)
carrot (about 1 large)
per serving: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate36 g
In small bowl, mix flaxseed meal with 1/3 cup water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, maple sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, xanthan gum, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, coconut milk, lemon juice, vanilla and flaxseed meal mixture; stir into flour mixture just until combined. Fold in carrot. Scrape into greased 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan, smoothing top.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden and cake springs back when touched, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Maple sugar is made by boiling sap until the liquid is evaporated. It's less processed than white granulated sugar and twice as sweet!