This versatile ingredient adds unbelievable flavour to sweet and savoury recipes. Bonus: It's Canadian (!) and is a natural, minimally refined alternative to sugar and corn syrup.
This moist cake tastes like a blend of two of our country's most-loved doughnut flavours: sour cream and maple-glazed.
Tangy mustard, sweet maple syrup and robust rosemary make the perfect flavour combination for baked squash wedges. To add a little kick, use spicy Italian sausages instead of the mild ones.
Do you know what takes a salad from just OK to outstanding? Cheese and bacon. This indulgent salad is sweet and salty, with the perfect amount of tanginess. If you would like to make the dressing ahead of time, warm it up before pouring it over the greens to make sure they wilt.
Brining is a super-easy make-ahead solution that adds flavour and prevents meat from drying out, so it's great for pork. We've used boneless pork loin chops for easier slicing.
This dessert sings with the all-Canadian taste of real maple syrup. Each serving is topped with crunchy maple pecans (add a dollop of whipped cream, if you like) for a decadent dessert.
This classic recipe for dense candy- shop fudge will be an instant family favourite. It's essential to have an accurate candy thermometer, because if it's only a few degrees off, you may have difficulty getting the right texture.
Simple pantry ingredients make a flavourful sweet-and-sticky glaze for juicy chicken thighs. Feel free to use frozen broccoli for the couscous, if that's what you have on hand. (Psst, it's cheaper than fresh broccoli, and precut florets will cut down on prep time.)
Finding a breakfast that gives you a boost and keeps you going until lunch can be tricky. These whole grain waffles made with protein-rich Greek yogurt and topped with nutritious berries and more yogurt will start the day off right.
Three forms of maple add just the right amount of sweetness to these simple cookies. Maple sugar is available in the baking aisles of large grocery stores or in gourmet food shops. Use leftover maple sugar to flavour coffee and oatmeal or in place of white sugar in selected dessert recipes.
Oat flour has a mild, slightly sweet and nutty flavour that makes these pancakes a satisfying breakfast. Find oat flour in health food stores or make your own.
Canada, meet your new favourite cookie. We've done our country's iconic flavour justice by adding maple to the flaky cookie dough, then topping them off with a syrupy glaze.
These beautiful cookies make for an elegant holiday gift. Bake them in small batches, keeping a watchful eye so they don't brown too quickly. To achieve the delicate curved shape, drape the cookies over a rolling pin while still warm.
When you're at the deli counter, ask for the ham to be sliced slightly thicker than regular sandwich thickness. The chives tend to sink to the bottom of the crêpes, so roll them chive-side-out for a pretty presentation.
Maple syrup and maple-flavoured whisky liqueur bring a touch of Canada to this holiday classic. Individual turnovers make for easy entertaining. Freeze the unbaked turnovers and bake them straight from the freezer. If maple-flavoured whisky is unavailable, you can substitute brandy.
This indulgent maple-infused custard is made even sweeter by adding a seasonal buttery pear topping. To ensure that the custard is set in time for dessert, make the pots de creme well in advance of your guests' arrival.
This mild sauce is not only excellent for basting, but it's also delicious to serve at the table for dressing up any grilled mains. It pairs well with pork, chicken or fish.
Soaking walnuts in water overnight rids them of any bitter aftertaste. This butter may appear dry, but don't worry -- it is extremely smooth and creamy, and spreads very easily.
Mix it up by using a variety of white and dark meat so that they all get their favourite pieces. Be sure to cut chicken breasts in half crosswise, through the bone, to make them more similar in size to the thighs and drumsticks.
Slow-cooked then quickly finished on the grill, sweet and sticky glazed ribs are guaranteed to impress your guests. Pork side ribs are also called St. Louis–style ribs, but back ribs are equally delicious.
Grilling the salmon on water-soaked cedar planks infuses it with a delightfully smoky taste, plus the sauce gives it a golden glaze. If you can't do this outside, bake it on planks in a 425°F (220°C) oven for about 12 minutes.
A sticky maple syrup glaze on the pork makes these loaded fajitas slightly sweet and a favourite among kids. Save yourself some prep work by arranging the toppings on a platter and letting everyone assemble their own at the table.
The warm, heady spices of pumpkin pie shine through in this crisp, golden granola. If you close your eyes, it's kind of like eating pie for breakfast!
These wholesome cookies are great not only as an on-the-go breakfast but also as a midday snack. Dates are a source of protein and iron, giving you the energy you need to get through a busy day. And when puréed into paste form, they add natural sweetness and moisture to baked goods.
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.
This twist on strawberry shortcake uses sweetened mini versions of bannock, a traditional aboriginal bread, in place of the usual biscuits. The maple-kissed toffee sauce adds an extra Canadian touch.
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Most of us don't need a reason to whip up tacos for dinner, but if you do, we have some pretty delicious recipes to get you started.
Need to eat fast? These tacos come together in no time and use ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge.
Get the recipe: Weeknight Chili Chicken Tacos
Inspired by the traditional Mexican tacos served with spicy thin pork slices and pineapple, this slow cooker version features pork shoulder broken into tender bite size chunks.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Tacos Al Pastor
A touch of curry powder gives these Caribbean-inspired tacos a spicy kick. Garnish with baked tortilla chips and low-fat sour cream. Serve any extra salsa on the side.
Get the recipe: Grilled Curry Shrimp Soft Tacos
Tender pulled pork topped with crunchy radishes, creamy avocado and sweet summer corn work together in this easy dinner.
Get the recipe: Shredded Pork Tacos with Avocado Corn Salsa
Panko bread crumbs (which are coarser than regular bread crumbs) give this fish an extra-crunchy crust.
Get the recipe: Fish Tacos With Mango-Avocado Salsa
Any no-cutlery-needed breakfast is welcome in a busy household. The tortillas can be warmed in the oven, filled, rolled and wrapped to go. Serve with your favourite toppings for the full taco treatment.
Get the recipe: Breakfast Soft Tacos
Customize the tacos with your favourite toppings, such as thinly sliced radishes, shredded cabbage or lettuce, diced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream and lime juice.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Tacos
Topping Vietnamese-inspired tacos with a fresh carrot salad adds the perfect amount of crunch.
Get the recipe: Lemongrass Chicken Tacos
Make this quick version of Mexican carnitas (braised pork tacos) with leftover roast pork. Slice the pork as thinly as you can, then coarsely chop or shred it into bite-size pieces.
Get the recipe: Roast Pork Tacos with Apple Cucumber Salsa
To make the guacamole in advance, leave the pit in with the mashed avocado and place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent browning; remove the pit right before serving.
Get the recipe: Pork Tacos With Red Cabbage Slaw and Guacamole
Inspired by traditional Chilean pebre salsa, the salsa on these steak tacos is equally delicious with chicken breast tacos. For a little heat, add a tablespoon of minced jalapeño peppers to the salsa.
Get the recipe: Steak Tacos With Pebre Salsa
Classic beef tacos are a real crowdpleaser and a family favourite. To feed more people, simply double or triple the recipe.
Get the recipe: Beef Tacos with Corn Salsa
Packed with hearty lentils, these tasty tacos are super satisfying.
Get the recipe: Chili-Lime Sweet Potato Tacos
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Beyond Thanksgiving dessert and carving jack-o’-lanterns, this autumn gourd has a host of health benefits. Here are five ways pumpkins can improve your diet, sleep and skin, plus five easy and nutritious pumpkin recipes.
1. Healthy eyes
Pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene—it’s what gives it that rich, vibrant colour. Packed with potent antioxidants, it helps protect your vision from degeneration. Bonus: You’ll also see stronger nails and healthier hair.
2. Glowing skin
Pumpkins are rich in a host of skin-healthy vitamins: the properties from antioxidant-rich vitamin A (retinol) act as a shield for your skin, protecting you from the damaging affects of free radicals; vitamin C helps promote collagen production and renew the skin for a glowing face; and vitamin E improves skin tone.
3. Energy boost
The daily recommended iron intake for women is higher than for men, and as women age or become pregnant, the necessary dose increases. Pumpkins are full of iron, an immunity-boosting mineral that can help ward of illness and fatigue and keep your energy high.
4. Better diet
High in fibre (7 grams per one cup of canned pumpkin) and low in calories (26 calories for 100g), pumpkins can help you stay full longer and keep your digestion on track. The Heart & Stroke association recommends 21 to 38 grams of fibre a day, however most people don’t quite reach half that amount.
5. Improved sleep and mood
Don’t toss the seeds. Raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) are rich in tryptophan (yes, the same snooze-inducing amino acid that kicks in post-turkey dinner) and can help you get more Zs. This compound also supports serotonin, which not only helps you sleep better, but boosts your mood, too.
Whether you use the whole pumpkin, the pulp or the seeds, here are five must-try recipes, ranging from savoury to sweet.
Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup
This silky soup is a mix of traditional sweet and sour Thai flavours and has only 159 calories per serving. It’s guaranteed to be your go-to winter warm-up soup.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
A muffin is a great grab-and-go treat. Skip the maple cream cheese spread to keep the calorie count (250 calories) low.
Arugula and Pepita Pesto
Add this pesto to salad, soups or over meat. Keeps in the freezer for up to six months.
Almond Pepita Butter
This fragrant nut butter with a mix of almond and pepita is a super-satisfying topper.
Pumpkin Pie Granola
A mix of pepitas, pecans, flaxseeds, puffed rice cereal and a medley of aromatic spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves gives this granola loads of flavour.