Fireside nibbles—one simply can’t get enough of them. This eye-catching dip is so easy to prepare: just whip it up in a blender and serve with your choice of veggies or bread crisps for scooping. It’s equally delicious spread on crostini and topped with bruschetta. Bubble-licious Dip can also be served warm. Transfer dip without toppings to small baking dish that is microwave or oven safe. Heat in microwave until bubbly, or bake uncovered in 400 F (200 C) oven until bubbly and golden on top. Garnish with toppings and serve.
Inspired by the flavours of Vietnamese-style summer rolls, this satisfying dinner is built around a marinated flank steak that will stretch to feed a crowd. Marinating flank steak over several hours tenderizes a cut that starts out tougher than some others but can’t be beat for flavour. The marinade flavours of lemon grass, lime, mint, cilantro, and red chilies shine through and are topped off with a spicy mango dressing. Those enjoying this board can choose to eat salad-style or make lettuce wraps filled with slices of beef and a host of crunchy vegetables. Party perfect If you don’t have a board big enough to accommodate everything, split items between two smaller boards. If you’re serving over a few hours, you can also keep some of the ingredients back from the board, in the refrigerator. This will help you keep the board replenished and looking good as stocks are depleted. Leftover sauce makes a great marinade for coleslaw.
Give veggies and dip a punch of protein with this savoury white bean dip. Roasted garlic gives this dip a mellow but rich flavour. The vegetables can be changed up according to the season, but don’t skip the beautiful Belgian endives. Their slightly bitter flavour makes an excellent contrast to the slightly sweet dip, and they work as a built-in scoop. Make-ahead dip This is a great dip for making in advance. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, before serving, allow it to come up to room temperature. This will accentuate the rich flavour.
Arranging salads on a board is a great way to let people choose what they like and build their own bowls according to their tastes. Family and friends can arrange a super hearty grain bowl salad using the protein-packed, iron- and vitamin D-rich ingredients on this board. This salad board takes its cues from a classic Niçoise salad but leans on Asian ingredients and flavour inspirations. Jammy eggs For perfect “jammy” eggs, bring a pot of water to boil. Using slotted spoon, gently submerge eggs, cover, and set timer for 6 1/2 minutes. While eggs are boiling, fill medium-sized bowl with cold water and ice. The minute the time has elapsed, using slotted spoon, remove eggs and place in ice bath. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before serving.
This sweet and savoury brunch board has something for everyone and is tied together by go-anywhere, do-anything buckwheat pancakes flavoured with caraway seeds. These hearty little beauties make a great base for smoked salmon and a creamy caper and chive sauce. Those who fall firmly on the sweet side of things will be equally delighted when their pancakes are piled high with berries or bananas. Serving up Provide plenty of utensils for serving and plates and cutlery for eating to encourage guests to make up their own plates—forks or small tongs for pancakes or smoked salmon, spoons for serving up berries, and small dishes or ramekins (with spoons) for sauce and smaller items such as hempseeds.
Chef Gentile shares a method to make homemade almond milk with equipment found at home in this recipe, but you can use a cold-press juicer instead if you have one. Take care when sweetening with stevia: it is 150 times sweeter than sugar. Excerpted with permission from 21 of Canada’s greatest chefs present Inspired Cooking, benefitting InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care (Fresh Air Publishing).
Fill this free-form rustic tart with your favourite combination of seasonal fruits, from sweet berries in the spring, juicy stone fruits in the summer, apples, pears, and dates in the fall, to pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and squash in the winter. Cook’s Tips: The dough can be made two days ahead. Store well wrapped in the refrigerator, or freeze for up to a month. Excerpted with permission from 21 of Canada’s greatest chefs present Inspired Cooking, benefitting InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care (Fresh Air Publishing).
The ultimate raw cheesecake is a snap to make thanks to inherently creamy raw cashews. While this recipe takes a bit of time to create, it’s mostly hands-off. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries or your favourite fruit. Tip: Make snack-sized cheesecakes in paper-lined muffin tins; they’re perfect for packed lunches or plated desserts.
Whether you build this meal in a bowl or a jar or serve it family style, this raw “noodle” main course will satisfy your need for the punchy tastes of Thai cuisine. Tip: To make Pad Thai even more substantial and add another textural component, top with half an avocado per serving.
The entire carrot, greens and all, makes a flavourful snack served with cucumber coins or celery. Rich in an array of nutrients and healthy fats, this bite will keep you going until your next meal. Tip: Use raw beets and their greens in place of carrots for an earthy magenta alternative.
When Japanese tourists were asked what impressed them most in Canada, they enthusiastically replied: “The clear blue sky and the meadows full of yellow flowers.” What they meant of course was our abundance of dandelions. If only they knew how well the greens combined with feta and chives.
Vary the taste of this simple dressing by replacing the garlic and onions with dill or chives. Add mustard and a drop of honey and it will taste completely different again. There is no limit to your imagination. Fats and weight loss Essential fatty acids in healthy oils, such as those from flax seed and pumpkin seed, curb hunger and actually help weight loss. When you diet by starving the body of nutrients, you lower metabolism and thus gain more weight on returning to old eating habits. The secret to losing weight is eating smarter and better!
The light citrus dressing goes just right with the tangy, bitter taste of the dandelion leaves. Health Benefits of Dandelion Pay special attention to the dandelion when choosing salad greens–the dandelion plant is both food and medicine. Dandelion is a champion at cleansing and detoxification, thanks to its slightly bitter juices. It stimulates digestion, flushes out bile and improves liver function. It combats anemia, heals liver disease, lowers blood pressure and flushes the kidneys. Compared pound for pound to most greens, dandelion yields more potassium, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and choline. Its choline content prevents fats from depositing and supports liver function. Tip Only young dandelion leaves are suitable for salads. The more leaves grow, the more bitter they become. For a less-dominating bitter taste, add one-half cup (125 ml) of chopped dried apricots and raisins and one quarter cup (60 ml) of almond slivers. You may also add sorrel and arugula to your leafy greens. Use this recipe as your guide and change it slightly to meet your needs.