Consider leaving the peel on your potatoes as this significantly adds to the fibre you’ll receive. Adding garlic helps build the immune system at this critical time of year, and why not squeeze in some greens? When chopped finely and swirled into the potatoes, they are a real crowd pleaser. Saturated fat is removed entirely by using soy milk and olive oil instead of cream and butter.
6 cups (1.5 L) water
4 large potatoes, cut into quarters
4 cloves garlic, whole and peeled
2 cups (500 mL) spinach, cut into thin strips
1/3 to 1/2 cup (85 to 125 mL) unflavoured, enriched soy milk
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Bring water to boil in large pot then add potatoes and garlic. Cook on medium-high for 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
Pour 1/2 cup (125 mL) water into a second pot or frying pan, add spinach and steam for 5 minutes. Drain and transfer potatoes and garlic to large bowl. Add soy milk, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper, and mash well. Drain steamed spinach and stir evenly into potatoes.
source: "Easy Traditional Elegance", alive #278, December 2005
Rich, tasty crab, sweet apple, licorice-scented tarragon, and a touch of lemon make these stuffed endives a classy crowd pleaser. The filling is easily prepared in advance and can be chilled until ready to serve, but this dish also comes together quickly enough to be done right before stuffing into leaves. Keeping your boats upright If you want the endive boats to sit neatly on the dish or platter without tipping, you can make a small slice at the bottom of each leaf before filling to give it a flat surface to rest on. Just make sure not to penetrate too deeply into the wall of the leaf.
Many of us have discovered the magic of roasting Brussels sprouts to completely transform them, imparting rich, nutty flavour. Skewered on toothpicks, they’re perfect for a party appetizer. When drizzled with pomegranate molasses and paired with a smoky red pepper hummus dip assembled from cupboard ingredients, they’re next level—all while being an absolute cinch to put together. Prepping the sprouts If you’ve spent hours in the past peeling and trimming sprouts, you’ll love this simple tip to make things go faster. Simply trim the bottom end and then make a slice straight down the middle of each sprout. Any excess outer leaves will fall off, saving you the fiddly job of peeling them.
This hearty version of traditional sloppy joes has a tidy helping of sleep-aiding dietary fibre, thanks to its payload of smoky lentils. Swapping out the doughy bun for sweet bell pepper ups the nutritional ante and visual appeal. It’s also superb as leftovers. Smoke and fire Chipotle peppers are ripened red jalapeno chiles that have been smoked and dried. In stores, they’re typically sold in a rich, smoky flavoured adobo sauce. They add fiery, complex flavour to sauces used for pasta dishes, tacos, and any version of sloppy joes.
If you’re hungry for a nighttime snack, then spoon up this creamy, sweet-tart yogurt bowl to help promote some sweet dreams. It’s also a great breakfast option with a little granola tossed on top. The cherry compote can be made up to 5 days in advance. Less is more Many people would be surprised by the amount of added sugar that can be found in flavoured yogurts, including vanilla. A healthier option is to select products that are labelled “plain” and then let natural sweetness come from fruit toppings.