Quick and decadent, these banana split kebabs pack all the flavour of the classic colossal confection into a tasty linear treat. For speedy assembly when the mood strikes, keep a few cans of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator, as the separation of coconut cream and coconut water takes at least 8 hours.
In some brands of coconut milk, the cream and water do not separate, making it impossible to make whipped cream. If making coconut whipped cream for the first time, refrigerate a couple of different brands of full-fat coconut milk to see which brand works best.
Thread 2 pieces each of banana, pineapple, and strawberry onto 8 - 8 in (20 cm) skewers. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate.
In bowl, whisk together coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle or dunk skewers in chocolate sauce and sprinkle with chopped almonds, pressing into chocolate sauce if needed to make sure they stick. Chill skewers in refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make whipped cream, chill mixing bowl or bowl of stand mixer in freezer for at least 20 minutes. Carefully open chilled can of coconut milk and scoop thick coconut cream into chilled bowl. Save coconut water for another use. Using electric hand beater, or stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat cream until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add maple syrup and vanilla, and continue whipping coconut cream on high speed until well incorporated and fluffy. Transfer to serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
Serve kebabs chilled with Coconut Whipped Cream on the side. Alternatively, using a piping bag with star piping tip, pipe little rosettes of Coconut Whipped Cream onto chilled kebabs just before serving.
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These Asian-inspired salmon burgers won’t leave you missing the beef < or > the bun. And keep this fruity and fiery salsa in mind the next time you want to jazz up grilled chicken or taco night. Serrano pepper or chile de arbol would be good swaps for bird’s eye pepper in the salsa. You can even mix some Sriracha sauce into the burgers to further punch up the meal. Skin deep Skinless fish is the only way to go for burgers. A helpful fishmonger will kindly skin fillets for you before purchase. As an alternative to salmon, you can also blend up skinless fillets of arctic char or rainbow trout.
These whimsical weeknight quesadillas offer a great excuse to break out the long-forgotten waffle iron. The smoky, tangy pepper sauce is the perfect sidekick for this dish, but it’s also wonderful when tossed with pasta, stuffed into sandwiches, and slathered on burgers. TIP : When assembling quesadillas, keep fillings centred 1/2 in (1.25 cm) from the edge of the tortilla so they don’t spill over. TIP : Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a versatile pantry staple to add deep smoky heat to sauces, dips, marinades, and soups. No waffle iron? Then make these quesadillas using this skillet method. Place 1 tortilla in skillet, preferably cast iron, and cook over medium heat until dark spots appear and bottom is crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook until crispy and darkened on the other side. Remove tortilla from skillet and replace with another tortilla. Cook until darkened and crispy on one side, flip, and top with stuffing ingredients. Place crispy tortilla on top, press down gently, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.