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.
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
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!
The rich caramel flavour of buttery baked pecans makes these blondies, the brownie's light-coloured cousin, purely irresistible. Be sure to stir the pecans while they're still warm so they don't harden into one big piece.
Butter Pecans: In bowl, stir together pecans, brown sugar and butter; spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 375?F (190?C) oven until browned and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Stir gently while still warm; set aside to cool. Break up any pieces that stick together.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Fold in pecans. Scrape into parchment paper– lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 325?F (160?C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs clinging, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing: In large bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in icing sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Spread over blondies; let stand at room temperature until set, about 30 minutes. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares. (Makeahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.)