Canned beans are braised with cherry tomatoes, fennel, and health-boosting spices, making for a satisfying topping for whole grains, sprouted wheat pasta, or sourdough bread. A refreshing side of creamy cucumber salad makes this meal feel whole. This is a great excuse to experiment with a new-to-you spice. What is berbere? Berbere is a spice blend from Ethiopia that can include warming ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, along with fruity coriander and cardamom, black pepper, chili peppers, garlic, paprika, cumin, and fenugreek. Grocery stores now carry the spice blend, but it’s also readily available online.
This nourishing Northern Thai coconut soup has brown rice standing in for noodles. Vegans can enjoy the meal with chickpeas or tofu, while omnivores can enjoy it with chicken. Colourful toppings soak up the spicy, soupy base. Swaps from traditional khao soi ingredients have been made for convenience, allowing this to be assembled on a weeknight. Noodles, please! If noodles are a must in your khao soi, try thin brown rice vermicelli or brown rice ramen noodles in place of the rice.
No draining or cheese sauce-making required! Cauliflower stands in for milk in this nostalgic, cleaned-up comfort food recipe that’s ready in as little as 20 minutes. The easiest method for this is using a multi-cooker, but stovetop instructions are included if you don’t have one. Frozen riced cauliflower can stand in for the florets, eliminating the mashing. The sauce won’t be as creamy but it will still be loaded with feel-good veggies!
This puffed pancake is the perfect start to a holiday morning. Unlike traditional pancakes, this one only requires a quick stint in the oven to produce a lovely soufflé effect that sinks soon after it leaves the oven. Its pillowy sunken middle lends itself to cradle all kinds of toppings, either sweet or savoury. Here, we went with a seasonal cranberry compote spiked with some citrus. However, feel free to adorn as you like. Sprouted flour power Sprouted flours have been shown to have more available nutrients compared to mature grain flour. They may also contain less starch and be easier to digest.
Gingerbread is a quintessential holiday flavour that lends itself to a variety of applications both sweet and savoury. Here we showcase it in a make-ahead breakfast that is crowned with warm caramelized pears and toasted nuts. The combination of warm and cold elevates this breakfast from a simple bowl of oatmeal into something a little special, fit for the holidays. Feel free to double or triple the recipe should you need to feed a larger crowd. Getting warmer Overnight oats are generally eaten cold; however, if you prefer your oatmeal warm, you can transform your overnight oats in a few simple steps. Place enough milk just to cover bottom of a saucepan and place over medium heat. Once liquid starts to simmer, add overnight oat mixture and reduce heat to low. Stir constantly until oat mixture is warmed through. Serve topped as desired.
A popular breakfast dish throughout the Middle East, shakshuka is traditionally made by poaching eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. Here, we’ve shaken things up by replacing the eggs with seasoned and seared tofu, and we’ve included an extra helping of protein by adding crispy spiced chickpeas to fuel you up for a busy day ahead. Herb swap Can’t find the fresh herbs needed for a recipe? Simply swap in the same dried herb using three times less the amount. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh basil, you can swap it for 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil.
Inspired by a classic Swedish treat, these rolls are the perfect breakfast pastry when you’re looking to impress. While classic breakfast rolls can take the better part of a day to assemble and bake, these rolls come together quickly and easily in about an hour, leaving you with more time to pursue other holiday endeavours. Savoury swap Prefer your breakfast savoury instead of sweet? Swap out the filling in these rolls for a mix of grated cheese, a sprinkle of paprika, and some thinly sliced green onions.
With only six simple ingredients, this holiday treat is a delicious, quick, and easy-to-make snack or dessert. See the recipe video here. ’Tis the seasoning For even more festive flavor, try adding in ground nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Go nuts Easily substitute walnuts for cashews or hazelnuts, or use sunflower seeds to make these bites nut free.
Quiches are the blank canvas of the breakfast world. There are so many ways to flavour them, depending on what is seasonally available and your taste. Here, we’ve kept it simple with spinach and some smoked gouda cheese. The crowning glory, though, is the simple pepper relish served on top of each slice. The bright acidity cuts through the richness of the quiche and will keep you coming back for bite after bite. Upper crust Not a fan of quinoa? Why not try a sweet potato crust in the quiche instead? Simply slice 1 large sweet potato into 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) slices and line bottom and sides of greased pie plate. You may need to slice a few pieces in half to make it all fit. Lightly brush sweet potato slices with oil, and bake at 375 F (190 C) for 20 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
The combination of warm chocolate and the coveted mandarin orange makes this a holiday classic perfect for an intimate dinner party. Almond flour along with hemp hearts deliver healthy fats and protein and keep the cake gluten free and moist, removing the need for any additional oil or butter in the batter. A tiny drizzle of olive oil poured over the mandarin-encrusted top and a pinch of salt bring out the sweet flavour of the mandarins. Mandarin top Zest mandarins and reserve 1 Tbsp (15 mL) zest for use in the recipe. Set mandarins aside, leaving them unpeeled. When cake is baked, trim mandarins by slicing off top and bottom to form a flat edge. Then placing mandarin on the edge with peel, slice into 3 equal wheels. Repeat for each mandarin. Now, gently remove peel, being careful to keep wheels intact, and arrange on top of the cake, filling in holes with smaller sections trimmed from a wheel.
These Swiss chard bundles deliver scrumptious holiday flavours in nutritious fibre- and protein-packed parcels. Sweet potato, quinoa, and cranberries scented with thyme and rosemary make for a delicious and satisfying combination of flavours. Roll it up Place Swiss chard leaves in large bowl. Fill kettle with water and bring it to the boil. Pour boiling water over leaves and allow them to soften for about 2 to 3 minutes. With tongs, remove leaves to plate. Lay leaf out on flat surface, face down. Remove the thickest part of central stem by making a notch at the bottom of the leaf and removing it. Overlap remaining loose ends. Place about a heaping tablespoon of filling near the bottom of the leaf and roll it up, tucking in the sides as you go. Place bundles seam side down in Dutch oven.
There’s nothing like a roast to feed a crowd. These lean pork tenderloins will reign at the buffet table and will be equally enjoyed hot or cold. Simply prepared with a rub scented with the flavours of your favourite apple pie, the meat is roasted and rested to retain its juices before being laid out on peppery arugula leaves simply dressed in a classic vinaigrette. When is pork done? Has your pork ever come out dry? It could be all down to a number. In 2020, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its recommended internal temperature from the previously published 160 F (70 C) to 145 F (63 C) to allow for rest time. The new standard reflects a clearer distinction between temperature taken prior to rest time and after. During rest time, the internal temperature continues to rise, reaching the desired 160 F (70 C).
With citrus season upon us, what could be better than a classic fennel and orange salad? It’s light and refreshing, a perfect balance to heavier holiday meals, with a boost of vitamin C to boot. This version adds delicious crunchy cabbage and the bright juiciness of pomegranate. Perfect for sharing, this salad comes together quickly, and the flavour combination is sure to wow at any party you bring it to. Orange supreme To segment or “supreme” the orange, slice top and bottom off the orange so you have a flat surface to work with. With the flat edge on the cutting board, run your knife around the orange, removing skin in sections from top to bottom. Once all the skin is removed, hold the orange in your hand and carefully insert your knife along each section, cutting through to centre to remove each piece, avoiding the pithy sheath. When all the segments have been removed, squeeze what remains of the orange over bowl to extract all of the juice. If you’re not using segments immediately, keep them in the juice so they stay fresh and moist.
Rich, tasty crab, sweet apple, licorice-scented tarragon, and a touch of lemon make these stuffed endives a classy crowd pleaser. The filling is easily prepared in advance and can be chilled until ready to serve, but this dish also comes together quickly enough to be done right before stuffing into leaves. Keeping your boats upright If you want the endive boats to sit neatly on the dish or platter without tipping, you can make a small slice at the bottom of each leaf before filling to give it a flat surface to rest on. Just make sure not to penetrate too deeply into the wall of the leaf.
Many of us have discovered the magic of roasting Brussels sprouts to completely transform them, imparting rich, nutty flavour. Skewered on toothpicks, they’re perfect for a party appetizer. When drizzled with pomegranate molasses and paired with a smoky red pepper hummus dip assembled from cupboard ingredients, they’re next level—all while being an absolute cinch to put together. Prepping the sprouts If you’ve spent hours in the past peeling and trimming sprouts, you’ll love this simple tip to make things go faster. Simply trim the bottom end and then make a slice straight down the middle of each sprout. Any excess outer leaves will fall off, saving you the fiddly job of peeling them.
This hearty version of traditional sloppy joes has a tidy helping of sleep-aiding dietary fibre, thanks to its payload of smoky lentils. Swapping out the doughy bun for sweet bell pepper ups the nutritional ante and visual appeal. It’s also superb as leftovers. Smoke and fire Chipotle peppers are ripened red jalapeno chiles that have been smoked and dried. In stores, they’re typically sold in a rich, smoky flavoured adobo sauce. They add fiery, complex flavour to sauces used for pasta dishes, tacos, and any version of sloppy joes.
If you’re hungry for a nighttime snack, then spoon up this creamy, sweet-tart yogurt bowl to help promote some sweet dreams. It’s also a great breakfast option with a little granola tossed on top. The cherry compote can be made up to 5 days in advance. Less is more Many people would be surprised by the amount of added sugar that can be found in flavoured yogurts, including vanilla. A healthier option is to select products that are labelled “plain” and then let natural sweetness come from fruit toppings.
For many of us, turkey is a comfort food that recalls happy memories. This stew is one that is comforting both to make and to eat. Simmered slowly over a few hours, turkey drumsticks deliver rich flavour as well as a huge punch of protein. Tarragon gives it a fresh, bright pop of flavour that balances the earthy richness of the stew. Turkey contains high levels of B vitamins and selenium, as well as tryptophan, which has been explored in recent research for its role in the formation of the mood regulator serotonin. Leftover turkey You can also make this dish with leftover cooked turkey. Simply start the recipe by browning the leek and onion and adding stock, carrots, and parsnips. When the vegetables are tender, add cooked turkey and continue with the recipe
Shepherd’s pie is a classic comfort food, and this plant-based version is no less so, incorporating miso and mushrooms for savoury goodness. Its crowning glory is the fragrant topping made with the winning combination of sweet potatoes and sage. Plus, it’s got a whopping amount of vitamin D, to help see you through these winter days. Make-ahead This recipe makes a large quantity. Because it is so freezer friendly, you can easily split this between two smaller casserole dishes and pop one in the freezer for another time.
What can be more heartwarming than pancakes? These pancakes are fun to make, pretty on the plate, and really pack a nutritional punch. The buckwheat and banana combination delivers delicious sweet and nutty flavour as well as 25 percent of your recommended daily helping of fibre, and plenty of vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium. Prepping the pears Peel pears and slice them thinly along the vertical axis so that each slice is a cross section of the pear. Now split each piece down the centre. Remove the tough core as you get to the centre pieces. Keep each piece together with its partner so that it forms a pear shape that will form the centre of each pancake.
During these cold-weather months, nothing says comfort like warm spices including cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. They not only taste delicious, but will infuse your house with heavenly and inviting aromas. The crumble can be made days in advance and stored in an airtight container, making this dessert quick and easy to prepare. Chai tea is a simple way to infuse intense flavour with minimal prep and effort. Dessert for breakfast? Double or triple this recipe and serve leftovers for a deliciously decadent breakfast. You’ll have them wondering what time it is—breakfast time or dessert time!
Move over potato; there are plenty of other vegetables vying for the title of comfort in a bowl! This combination is full of flavour and is silky smooth and creamy. If you’re a fan of humble celery, you’re going to love this dish. Switch it up Not a fan of celery root? Try this recipe with cauliflower instead, for a more subtle flavour.
The vegetables and mustard do most of the heavy lifting in this side dish with very few—flavour-packed—ingredients. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness, grainy mustard provides tangy zing, and crunchy, crispy edges add a smoky element that will leave you wanting more of this deceptively simple side dish. More is more Want more? For an added boost of colourful flavour, add some cherry tomatoes to this dish during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.