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.
An airy, mousse-like filling brings a little sophistication to the perfect pairing of chocolate and peanut butter. Best: You need just three ingredients.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
smooth peanut butter
milk chocolate (about 11 oz)
per piece: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
Line 20 mini muffin tin cups with candy cups; set aside.
In bowl, stir peanut butter with icing sugar until smooth. Drop by 1 tsp onto parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Spoon 1 tsp into each candy cup; add 1 peanut butter ball to centre of each. Top each with 2 tsp chocolate, spreading to edges and smoothing tops. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week; let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.)
Everyday ground spices add oodles of flavour to simple ground beef. If spicy dishes are right up your alley, add a generous pinch of cayenne pepper along with the cumin and curry powder. Serve topped with a dollop of yogurt, if desired. Cost: $2.40/serving
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014
salt and pepper
Spiced Beef and Spinach:
lean ground beef
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate44 g
In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook ginger, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is light golden, about 7 minutes. Stir in rice; cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Stir in 1-1/2 cups water; bring to boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer until no liquid remains and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork.
Spiced Beef and Spinach: Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, breaking up with spoon, for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, curry powder, salt and pepper; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook, stirring, just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Stir rice into beef mixture until combined; sprinkle with almonds.
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.