With this premade breakfast loaf, you need not hover over a pot of simmering grains in the morning to serve up oatmeal. Grated carrot adds moisture, while the tender apple topping shows you’re willing to go to the extra effort to satisfy Mom’s palate. Both the loaf and apple topping can be made at least three days in advance. If following a gluten-free diet, use oats and oat flour that are certified gluten free.loa
1 cup (250 mL) steel-cut oats
1/2 cup (125 mL) oat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup (250 mL) grated carrot
1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped pecans
1/3 cup (80 mL) dried currants
1 tsp (5 mL) allspice
2 large organic eggs
1/3 cup (80 mL) milk or unsweetened dairy-free milk 2 unpeeled apples, sliced
2 Tbsp (30 mL) butter or butter substitute 3 Tbsp (45 mL) pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
In large bowl, place oats and cover with water; let soak for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C) and line loaf pan with piece of parchment paper large enough to make at least a 1 in (2.5 cm) overhang. Drain oats and return to bowl; stir in flour, carrot, pecans, currants, and allspice. In separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add egg mixture to bowl with oat mixture and stir to combine.
In lined loaf pan, place oat mixture and press down firmly to compact. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until loaf is set. Let cool in pan for several minutes before using parchment paper overhang to lift oat loaf from pan. When ready to serve, slice loaf using serrated knife and reheat slices in microwave for about 1 minute. To make apple topping, in medium saucepan, melt butter and maple syrup over medium heat. Add apple slices and cinnamon; heat until apple is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Serve loaf slices topped with braised apples.
To make parchment paper easier to fit into baking pans, simply crunch up a piece, run under water for a few seconds, and then wring out excess liquid. The soaked paper will now effortlessly mould into the shape of the pan.
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.