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.
Enjoy the campfire taste of s'mores year-round—no roaring fire required! These three-ingredient, no-bake drop cookies are the ultimate holiday treat.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
1 1/2 cup
1 1/2 cup
per cookie: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of gently simmering (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat.
Stir in graham wafers and marshmallows. Drop by rounded 1 tbsp onto parchment
paper–lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. (Makeahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week.)
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.
Using vanilla wafer cookies instead of the traditional sponge cake makes these no-bake miniature buches de Noel (yule logs) an easy make-ahead treat. If you like, shape marzipan into little mushrooms or holly leaves and berries and pipe melted chocolate into twig shapes to decorate the logs as we've done here. Make sure your cream is cold before you begin so it's easier to whip. Looking for Toast Cups? Click here for the recipe.
In large bowl, beat cream with vanilla until thickened. In separate bowl, add icing sugar; sift in cocoa powder, whisking to combine. Sprinkle cocoa mixture over cream mixture; beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
Spoon 1 tsp cream mixture over bottom of 1 cookie. Sandwich with another cookie, top side down; press gently to squeeze cream to edge. Repeat layers to make a 6-cookie stack; top stack with 1 tsp cream mixture and 1 more cookie, top side up. Lay stack horizontally on waxed or parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cookies to make 5 more stacks.
Spread remaining cream mixture by rounded 2 tbsp over top and sides of each stack. Using tines of fork, make shallow ridges in cream to resemble bark. Refrigerate until cream is slightly set, about 2 hours. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate until cookies are soft, about 24 hours.?