The sauce for this lasagna should be made the day before you want to serve the lasagna; it tastes better the second day! The final dish cuts beautifully when serving and the tomato meat sauce layer and cheese sauce layer combine perfectly for an awesome taste.
Portion size8 servings
hot Italian sausage
lean ground beef
peeled and chopped
(156 mL each)
dried parsley flakes
To Prepare the Tomato Meat Sauce (the day before): In a large saucepan, brown the Italian sausage and ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Add the green pepper, bacon, carrots, and onion and continue to cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Drain the excess fat if necessary at this point. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the oregano, basil, parsley flakes, salt and pepper. Stir all together well and continue to cook over medium low heat for about 30 minutes. Transfer the prepared sauce to a large bowl and allow to cool. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a plate and store in the refrigerator overnight. The next day: Prepare the lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside. Prepare the Cheese Sauce: In a medium size bowl, combine the cottage cheese, eggs, and parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Assemble the Lasagna: Spread half of the tomato meat sauce evenly over the bottom of a greased 9" x 13" glass casserole dish. Top with 3 or 4 of the lasagna noodles as needed to cover the sauce. Spread half of the Cheese Sauce evenly over the noodles and sprinkle half of the grated mozzerella cheese evenly over all. Repeat the layers once more; tomato meat sauce, lasagna noodles, cheese sauce, and finally the remainder of the grated mozzerella cheese. Note: the lasagna can be covered tightly with plastic wrap and foil at this point and frozen. Simply defrost in the fridge overnight when you want to serve it and bake as directed. Bake the lasagna uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes or until bubbly and browned on the top. Remove from the oven, tent carefully with aluminum foil, and allow to set for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with Ceasar salad and garlic cheese toast.
Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We've subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we've included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2013
(No. 1 medium grade)
Sour Cream Pastry:
1 1/4 cup
Per serving: about
Total fat15 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Sour Cream Pastry: In bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter and lard until in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk water with sour cream; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing briskly with fork and adding more water if necessary to form ragged dough. Press into disc; wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 circles, rerolling and cutting scraps. Fit into 12 muffin cups; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vinegar and salt. Divide walnuts, currants and raisins among pastry shells. Spoon scant 1/4 cup filling into each shell.
Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until filling is set and pastry is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Run thin knife around edges to release tarts. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
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.
Fifteen minutes of hands-on time is all you need to prep this crowd-pleaser. Get the veggies in the oven first, as they take longer to cook than the pork. For even cooking, cut any larger chunks of carrot in half.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Portion size4 servings
Spiced Potatoes and Carrots:
, scrubbed and quartered
carrots, halved lengthwise
and cut crosswise in 3/4-inch pieces
Spiced Potatoes and Carrots: In bowl, toss together potatoes, carrots, oil, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 450°F oven, stirring once, until tender and golden, about 40 minutes. Toss with parsley just before serving.
Pork: While vegetables are roasting, in large shallow bowl, mix together bread crumbs, Parmesan, herbes de Provence and oil. Rub pork all over with mustard; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dredge in bread crumb mixture, turning and pressing to coat.
Once vegetables have roasted for 30 minutes, push to 1 side of pan; add pork. Bake until juices run clear when pork is pierced and just a hint of pink remains inside, 8 to 10 minutes.
Roasting the sweet potatoes before adding them to the broth mixture enhances their sweet, earthy flavour and gives this Indian-inspired soup deeper colour.
Prep time25 minutes
Total time40 minutes
salt and pepper
sodium-reduced chicken broth or
whipping cream (35%)
, toasted and coarsely chopped
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
In large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes and half each of the oil, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on greased rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, stirring once, until tender and lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook onion and celery, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, 1/2 tsp of the cardamom and the cayenne pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in 1 cup of the broth; cook until celery is softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in sweet potatoes.
Working in batches, in blender, purée soup with remaining broth until smooth. Scrape into clean Dutch oven. Stir in remaining salt and pepper and 4 cups water; cook over medium heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Ladle into serving bowls.
In separate bowl, beat cream with remaining cardamom until thickened; dollop onto soup. Sprinkle with pistachios.