It’s too obvious, but we’ll say it anyway: this deep chocolate granola with crunchy nuts and sweet-tart cherries is so crave-worthy, portion control will take strong willpower. If ever granola could be considered romantic, this would be it. And rumour has it that it’s also kid approved. Serve drowned in your preferred milk or build a breakfast power bowl by topping yogurt with spoonfuls of this granola and fresh fruit. If richly flavoured date syrup is unavailable, it can be replaced with honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup.
When baking granola, it’s best to use a low oven temperature and longer cooking time with frequent stirring. This helps prevent the contents from burning and taking on bitter flavours.
Preheat oven to 250 F (120 C). In large bowl, toss together oats, pecans, hempseeds, coconut flakes, cacao powder, sugar, and salt.
In small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, date syrup, and vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix well until everything is moist. On rimmed baking tray, spread granola in even layer.
Bake for 40 minutes, stirring granola every 10 minutes. Stir in dried cherries.
In small microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate and heat on high power in 15-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until smooth. Or place chocolate in heatproof bowl set over a medium saucepan of barely simmering water (donu2019t let the bottom of bowl touch water) and stir constantly until melted.
Drizzle chocolate over granola and then slide tray into refrigerator to solidify chocolate. Once set, gently scoop granola into airtight container for storage.
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.