How can something so satisfying also be good for you? The full flavour begins with a mirepoix that is gently sautéed until vegetables are very soft and almost caramelized. And the rich red tomatoes and tomato paste are excellent for heart-healthy eating. Double up the recipe and store extras in the freezer for a speedy mid-week supper.
Look for a red wine that is a little more acidic, such as a bottle of Chianti or a Pinot Noir. And if you’re really feeling flush and want to splurge or impress, crack open a bottle of aged Barolo.
This dish is excellent for vegan diets. Serve with an egg-free pasta or spoon ladles of the Bolognese over wedges of roasted butternut squash for extra yum!
In medium-sized saucepan, cover lentils with 3 cups (750 mL) cold water. Bring to a gentle boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until lentils are tender but still have a bit of bite to them. Drain thoroughly and set aside when done.
In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic; sauteu0301 until softened and vegetables begin to caramelize. Stir in tomato paste. Then add balsamic or red wine and stir to loosen any bits from bottom of saucepan. Add tomatoes and their juices, breaking up tomatoes with fork. Add stock, bay leaf, thyme, minced oregano, maple syrup, and salt. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes for flavours to blend. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Remove bay leaf and woody stems from thyme. Fold in cooked lentils and simmer until warmed through. Cover and set aside while cooking pasta.
Bring large saucepan with lightly salted water to a full boil. Add noodles and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well. Stir a little olive oil into pasta to prevent it from sticking.
To serve, spoon noodles into serving bowl. Add a ladle of Bolognese sauce and scatter with some minced basil and toasted pine nuts. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve with crushed chilies, if using.
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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.