This savoury pancake makes a great starter for a small group or a hearty meal that serves one or two people. Look for okonomi sauce and bonito flakes at Asian supermarkets. If you can't find the more richly flavoured Japanese-style mayonnaise, substitute with regular mayo.
Prep time30 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Portion size6 servings
packed finely shredded
(31 to 35 to count), peeled, deveined and cut crosswise in 1/2-inch pieces
, thinly sliced
sodium-reduced chicken broth
, cut in crosswise thirds
or tonkatsu sauce
(such as Kewpie)
Per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
Okonomiyaki: In bowl, toss together cabbage, shrimp, green onions and ginger.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper. In separate bowl, whisk together broth, egg and bonito flakes; whisk into flour mixture until combined. Stir in cabbage mixture.
In 10-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Pour in batter, spreading to edges; arrange bacon over top. Cook until bottom is light golden, 5 to 6 minutes. To turn, using spatula, gently slide pancake onto plate, bacon side up; quickly invert pancake into pan. Cook until bacon is crisp, about 6 minutes. Using 2 large spatulas, transfer pancake to plate, bacon side up.
Topping: Drizzle pancake with okonomi sauce and mayonnaise; sprinkle with bonito flakes and green onions.
This Mediterranean-inspired layered dip makes a refreshing and simple appetizer that comes together in minutes. Use 2% Greek yogurt for the best results, as it's thicker than nonfat versions. Serve with herbed pita chips for dipping.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time5 minutes
2% plain Greek yogurt
extra-virgin olive oil
hot pepper flakes
Spread yogurt on large rimmed serving platter. Top with pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil and pine nuts. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with hot pepper flakes (if using).
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
boneless beef blade roast
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
dry red wine
mini white potatoes
scrubbed and quartered
cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
sodium-reduced beef broth
drained and rinsed
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat27 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.
This hot and spicy stir-fry comes together faster than ordering takeout. It's also a great way to use up any veggies lingering in your fridge. Serve it over your favourite noodles, brown rice or whole grains.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes
Portion size4 servings
unseasoned rice vinegar
hot pepper flakes
sugar snap peas
(21 to 24 count), peeled and deveined
(white and light green parts only), cut crosswise in 1-inch pieces
Per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate15 g
In small bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
In large nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat; cook garlic, ginger and hot pepper flakes until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add snap peas; cook for 1 minute. Add shrimp; cook until pink and opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes. Add hoisin mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve over noodles.
Kung Pao Chicken
Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 375 g skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips, for the shrimp.