Chicken thighs aren't just affordable; they also happen to be incredibly juicy and tender. Plus, they make a tasty canvas on which to paint this sweet and sour honey-lime glaze. Serve with lime wedges and a lemony salad.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014
grated or pressed
boneless skinless chicken thighs
salt and pepper
Roasted Spiced Cauliflower:
(about 1 small head)
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate16 g
Roasted Spiced Cauliflower: Toss together cauliflower, oil, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; bake in 425 F (220 C) oven for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together honey, lime juice, mustard, garlic and paprika; set aside. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook chicken, turning once, until golden all over, about 8 minutes. Brush half of the honey mixture over chicken; cook, turning once, until glossy and coated, about 2 minutes. Move cauliflower to one side of baking sheet; add chicken, brushing with remaining glaze.
Bake until cauliflower is tender and browned, and juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle parsley over cauliflower; serve with chicken.
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.
chicken liver pâté, pork liver pâté or
duck liver pâté
Per piece: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate6 g
In food processor, pulse together mushrooms, shallot and garlic until finely chopped.
In nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook mushroom mixture, stirring occasionally, until shallot is softened, about 4 minutes. Add beef, 1/2 tsp of the thyme, the salt and pepper; cook, breaking up beef with spoon, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Pour in wine; cook, stirring, until almost no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
On work surface, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry; cut into 16 squares. Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each of 16 mini muffin pan wells, leaving overhang. Repeat with remaining pastry. Spoon 1 tbsp of the beef mixture into each; top with pâté. Fold overhang over top of filling.
Whisk egg with 1 tbsp water; lightly brush over pastry. Sprinkle with remaining thyme. Bake in 425°F oven until golden, about 14 minutes. Run tip of knife around edges of pastry to release from pans. Serve warm.
Dried figs, crunchy pistachios and chai-inspired? spices give these humble hermit cookies a sophisticated flavour. Look for dried Mission figs in the produce section of your grocery store. For best texture, choose the softest ones.
Portion size30 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
1 1/2 cup
each ground cardamom and
each ground cloves and
each baking soda and
chopped dried Mission
chopped unsalted shelled
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, cream and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture until almost blended. Stir in figs and pistachios, using hands if needed, to form soft dough.
Drop by rounded 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350?F (180?C) oven until bottoms are golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Makeahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days.)