This dish is an all-time favourite for a calcium boost. Both the broccoli and sesame seeds contain substantial calcium, and this stir-fry is excellent as a side dish or a simple dinner. Using unrefined sesame oil adds genuine Asian flavour. Sesame is revered in Asia for its antiaging properties. Combining the sesame oil with natural tamari soy sauce is always an excellent base for a stir-fry. Add garlic for immune boosting properties and feel free to experiment by adding ginger and shiitake mushrooms to this basic recipe. This recipe only takes 10 to 15 minutes from beginning to end, so think twice about ordering in Chinese when you could have your own fabulous dish ready in the time it takes to be delivered!
2 Tbsp (30 mL) tamari soy sauce
1 tsp (5 mL) natural brown sugar
3 Tbsp (45 mL) cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 cup (250 mL) water
1 Tbsp (15 mL) unrefined sesame oil
4-6 cloves garlic, crushed
6 cups (1.5 L) broccoli pieces, florets and stems
Freshly ground black pepper
2 green onions, sliced diagonally
3 Tbsp (45 mL) sesame seeds
In a small bowl, mix together the tamari soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, and water. Mix well.
In a large wok, over medium high heat, add the sesame oil, and then the garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add broccoli pieces, stirring quickly to cover with oil and garlic. Cover and let cook for 3 minutes until the broccoli is bright green. Add a little (1 to 2 Tbsp) water if necessary. Add the tamari and cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and black pepper and serve. Garnish with green onion slices. Serves 6.
source: "Nutrient-Rich Recipes", alive #273, July 2005
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.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.