(pictured with Cornbread Stuffing)
Look for organic poultry in your local health food store or ask if they can do a special order for you. Plenty of suppliers now offer naturally raised, organic, non-medicated, and free-range animals that generally have less saturated fat and more flavour. The organic label is the ideal as standards require animals to be raised without antibiotics, hormones, or growth stimulants. Also, humane treatment and access to the outdoors are stipulated, and the animals must be fed 100-percent certified organic feed and must graze in certified organic pastures. Game birds can be cut in half for quicker cooking times or left whole for a traditional look. Ask the butcher to cut them or cut them in half at home with a sharp butcher’s knife.
3/4 cup (185 mL) fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp (30 mL) grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup
1 Tbsp (15 mL) tamari soy sauce
1 Tbsp (15 mL) water
2 tsp (10 mL) cornstarch or arrowroot powder
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 Cornish hens
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
2 large oranges cut into slices
Fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme
Preheat oven to 475°F (240°C). Combine orange juice, ginger, maple syrup, and soy sauce in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Combine water and cornstarch or arrowroot in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir cornstarch into juice mixture and cook, whisking constantly until thick and glossy, about 2 minutes.
Oil roasting pan with olive oil and place hens on it. Sprinkle hens with salt and ground ginger. Spoon juice mixture evenly over hen halves and add orange slices and fresh herbs for garnish. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake 35 minutes or until thermometer registers 180°F (82°C). Baste occasionally if desired.
source: "Easy Traditional Elegance", alive #278, December 2005
This Asian-inspired stir-fry takes full advantage of the crunch Brussels sprouts achieve when they’re heated quickly. The sweet-and-sour sauce delivers a tangy edge, and tempeh offers plant-based protein and a blast of umami. If you want meat in the dish, you can replace tempeh with ground pork. Ready, set, go Stir-frying is a cooking method that thrives on speed. That means you want to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go into the pan. That also means no chopping on the fly.
Two fall stalwarts—rutabaga and Swiss chard—team up to bring seasonal flavour to these baked savoury cakes. A topping of velvety cashew cream adds a little extra spark. Rutabaga burgers, anyone? You can also prepare these cakes burger-style in a skillet. Simply form rutabaga and chard mixture into burger-sized patties and cook in greased skillet over medium-high, until golden brown on both sides.
If you’re feeling a bit burnt out when it comes to your typical morning repast, consider pivoting to this bowl of nutrition and quintessential fall flavours. It might just be the cozy sweater of the breakfast world. If you need extra energy to power your day, you can scatter on some crunchy granola. The sweet potato mixture can be made a day or two in advance and reheated in the microwave before serving. Pick of the crops For sautéing purposes, you want to use pears that keep their shape when heated. Bosc and Anjou are two good options. Fuji, Cortland, Honeycrisp, and Empire are excellent apple choices for heating in the skillet, as they won’t turn too mushy.
A plant-based spinoff of shepherd’s pie makes an ideal use for those surplus starches. Flavour-rich shiitake mushrooms and saucy lentils meet creamy potatoes in a protein-filled and satisfying comfort meal packed with nutrition and perfect for any cool-weather dinner. Mash it up Do you have other kinds of leftover mash on hand? Any mash befits the top of this comfort food. Try substituting potatoes with mashed sweet potatoes or yams. For lower carb options, try celeriac or cauliflower mash!