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.
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.
Japanese udon noodles, which cook in a matter of minutes, soak up all of the slightly spicy umami-rich sauce in this stir-fry. Cubes of golden tofu make the meat-free supper substantial. You can also use cubed chicken or pork. Cost: $2/serving
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2015
pkg (420 g)
drained and cut in 3â„4-inch (2 cm) cubes
pkg (227 g)
Asian chili sauce
(such as sriracha)
pkg (each 200 g)
per serving: about
Total fat17 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate68 g
Pat tofu dry and toss gently with cornstarch to coat. In wok or large nonstick skillet, heat all but 2 tsp of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat; cook tofu, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.
In same wok, heat remaining vegetable oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry mushrooms, garlic and ginger until mushrooms are beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add broccoli; stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Stir in hoisin sauce, chili sauce and 3/4 cup water; bring to boil.
Reduce heat to low; add noodles, tossing gently to coat. Simmer, stirring gently, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add tofu, green onions and sesame oil; cook, tossing to coat, for 1 minute.
Skip the takeout line and whip up this Asian-inspired stir-fry at home, instead. It's the perfect dish for using up odds and ends that are kicking around in the fridge, so feel free to switch up the veggies or substitute the shrimp for sliced chicken breast on days when you're too busy to grocery shop.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time25 minutes
smooth peanut butter
sodium-reduced soy sauce
unseasoned rice vinegar
Asian chili sauce (such as sriracha)
sodium-reduced chicken broth
rice stick noodles
(1/4 inch wide)
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
sugar snap peas
salted roasted peanuts
Per each of 3 servings: about
Total fat17 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate90 g
In bowl, whisk together peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar and chili sauce until smooth; gradually whisk in broth until combined. Set aside.
Place noodles in large heatproof bowl; pour in enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let stand until noodles are pliable, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain again.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook garlic and ginger, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp; stir-fry until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in broth mixture and noodles until coated. Remove from heat. Add snap peas; toss to combine. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.