This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
20-minute whole grain
vegetable oil or
quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.
Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.
These flourless pancakes taste a bit like the centre of a piece of French toast. Fry up a batch (or two!) on the weekend and keep the wrapped pancakes in your fridge or freezer for an easy microwaveable breakfast you'll actually want to eat.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
chopped shelled pistachios
Per pancake: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In bowl, mash 1 of the bananas until smooth. Stir in 2 tsp of the honey, the baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir in eggs until well combined.
Measure out 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat; lightly brush with some of the oil. Working in batches, drop batter by 2 tbsp into skillet; sprinkle 1/2 tsp of the pistachios over each pancake. Cook until bottoms are golden, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes; cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining oil, batter and all but 2 tsp of the pistachios. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 3 weeks; reheat in microwave or toaster.)
Slice remaining banana; arrange over pancakes. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios; drizzle with remaining honey.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Flourless pancakes can be tricky to flip, but here's a trick: Use a thin spatula and lightly mist it with cooking spray before turning the pancakes.
Ramekins filled with bubbling creamy sauce, flaky mild fish and fluffy mashed potatoes are the epitome of comfort. For a twist, substitute sweet potatoes for the russets, following the same cooking instructions.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
(white and light green parts only)
sodium-reduced vegetable broth
cod or other firm
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks
salt and pepper
Mashed Potato Topping:
(about 500 g)
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate38 g
In Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, carrot, celery and garlic, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in broth and 1/4 cup water; cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk. Remove from heat; stir in cod, peas, dill, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper.
Mashed Potato Topping: Meanwhile, prick potatoes all over with fork. Microwave on high until fork-tender, about 7 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel potatoes; mash with milk, horseradish, salt and pepper.
Divide cod mixture among four 1-cup (250 mL) ramekins. Spoon potato mixture over each, smoothing tops. Bake on rimmed baking sheet in 425 F (220 C) oven until filling is bubbly, about 10 minutes.
Pressing super-fluffy russet potatoes through a ricer is the key to creating the smoothest mash you've ever tasted. Doing it a day ahead is a serious time-saver: Simply stir together your ingredients and reheat 12 minutes before dinner!
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2015
peeled and cut in chunks
1 1/4 cup
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate36 g
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until fork-tender, about 15 minutes; drain well. Press potatoes through potato ricer. (Make-ahead: Spread onto parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet; let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Continue with recipe, adding 8 minutes to cook time.)
In large saucepan, heat together cream, butter, salt and pepper over medium heat until butter is melted. Add potatoes; cook, stirring frequently, until smooth and hot, about 4 minutes.