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.
Blood oranges add a splash of colour to this winter salad. Choose oranges that feel heavy for their size, and store them in your refrigerator or in a cool, dry place for up to a week.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Portion size12 servings
small blood oranges or
Cara Cara navel oranges
red wine vinegar
, finely grated or pressed
salt and pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
torn red or
green leaf lettuce
, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
thinly sliced red onion
Per serving: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
Finely grate orange zest to make 1 tsp. Remove remaining peel and pith from oranges; cut oranges crosswise into generous 1/4-inch thick slices. Set aside.
In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, orange zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in oil in thin steady stream until well combined. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days.)
In large bowl, combine lettuce, fennel, red onion and oranges. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
This noodle dish gets its signature bright yellow colour from golden turmeric. We've substituted leaner pork tenderloin for the traditional barbecued pork (but if you can find the real thing, it's definitely worth using). This recipe yields a lot, so be sure to use a wok or your largest nonstick skillet.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
trimmed and sliced in thin strips
sodium-reduced soy sauce
(about 1/32-inch/1 mm thick)
(21 to 24 count), peeled and deveined
sweet red pepper
cut in 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) lengths
per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate46 g
In bowl, stir together pork, 2 tsp of the soy sauce, the sesame oil, pinch of the salt and the pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, place vermicelli in large heatproof bowl; add enough boiling water to cover and soak according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well.
In wok or large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tsp of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat; cook eggs, stirring, just until set, about 1 minute. Scrape onto plate. Wipe out wok. Add 1 tsp of the vegetable oil to wok; saut? shrimp over medium-high heat until pink and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Remove to plate. Add 1 tsp of the vegetable oil to wok; saut? pork mixture over medium-high heat until just a hint of pink remains inside, about 3 minutes. Remove to plate.
Add remaining vegetable oil to wok; saut? onion, red pepper and garlic over medium-high heat until pepper is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add vermicelli, egg, shrimp, pork, green onions, curry powder, turmeric, sugar and remaining soy sauce and salt. Cook, stirring and tossing, until well combined and heated through, about 3 minutes. Add bean sprouts; cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute.
Change it up - Vegetarian Singapore Noodles: Omit shrimp. Substitute 1 pkg (350 g) extra-firm tofu, drained and cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes, for the pork; continue with recipe as directed.
This baked one-pan version of rösti is our secret to feeding a crowd without spending the evening in front of a stove. Start with a clean oven to avoid setting off your smoke alarm, as these squares cook at a high temperature.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Dill-Mustard Cream Cheese:
one-third pkg (250 g pkg)
drained, rinsed and finely chopped
(about 2 large), peeled
(about 1 large), peeled
each onion powder and
each pepper and freshly grated
sliced in 60 bite-size strips
per piece: about
Total fat1 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
Rösti: In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook russet potatoes and sweet potato, covered, until slightly tender, about 10 minutes; drain. Let cool enough to handle.
Using coarse side of box grater, grate russet potatoes and sweet potato into large bowl; stir in butter, onion powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg until combined.
Press into bottom of parchment paper–lined 15- x 10-inch (40 x 25 cm) rimmed baking sheet. Bake on bottom rack of 450°F (230°C) oven until bottom and top are golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool slightly. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Reheat in 375°F/190°C oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes.) Cut into 60 squares.
Dill-Mustard Cream Cheese: In bowl, beat together cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, capers, dill and pepper until smooth. Spread onto rösti squares.
Topping: Garnish each rösti square with 1 strip of salmon and 1 small sprig of dill.