Mac and cheese for under 350 calories? You bet! The sauce may seem a little thin at first, but it absorbs into the pasta quickly. Cooking the pasta with the squash saves time and keeps dishes to a minimum; keep in mind that the pasta will need less time to cook, so add it after the squash, following cooking directions on package.
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook squash until tender and pasta according to package instructions until al dente, about 12 minutes for squash (the squash may need to cook for a few minutes before adding pasta, depending on pasta cook time listed on package). Drain; set aside.
Meanwhile, in separate large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook sage and garlic, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk in slow, steady stream; cook, whisking often, until beginning to thicken, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in pasta and squash; cook until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in Cheddar until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in green onions, mustard, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Serve immediately.
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.
Always prep your ingredients before getting started on a recipe. Here, chop the white chocolate for the custard before you heat the milk; that way, you can stir in the chocolate immediately, while the custard mixture is still hot, ensuring that the chocolate melts smoothly.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time6 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
1 1/2 cup
chocolate wafer crumbs
White Chocolate Custard:
2 1/4 cups
good-quality white chocolate
(about 2 1/3 oz), chopped
whipping cream (35%)
good-quality white chocolate
(about 2 oz), shaved
Per serving: about
Total fat32 g
Saturated fat18 g
Total carbohydrate43 g
Crust: In large bowl, mix wafer crumbs with butter until moistened. Press into bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake in 325°F oven until firm and dry, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely.
White Chocolate Custard: Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1 cup of the milk, the sugar and cornstarch.
In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat remaining milk over medium heat just until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk into egg yolk mixture. Return to pan; cook, whisking, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 7 minutes.
Strain through fine-mesh sieve into clean bowl; stir in chocolate until melted, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Scrape custard into crust, smoothing top. Refrigerate until custard is set, about 3 hours.
Topping: Beat together cream, vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form; spoon over top of filling. Sprinkle with chocolate.
Quinoa—everyone's favourite superfood—and beans are two pantry staples that pair up to make a fantastic meat alternative any night of the week. Kale is full of vitamin K, which promotes bone health, and vision-sharpening vitamin A. Serve this as a main dish for four or as a side dish for six.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
rinsed and drained
and ground cumin
thinly sliced stemmed
sweet red pepper
organic vegetable broth
(such as Campbell's)
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate57 g
In saucepan, bring 2 cups water to boil. Add quinoa; cover, reduce heat and simmer until no liquid remains and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Transfer to platter; keep warm.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, coriander and cumin, stirring, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes.
Add kale, red pepper, chickpeas, broth, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, just until kale is wilted and red pepper is tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.