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Beet Pancakes with Cherry Sauce

Beet Pancakes with Cherry Sauce

Not to worry, these swoon-worthy pancakes don’t taste beety despite including the root vegetable for its red touch. The batter can be prepared up to two days in advance and kept chilled in the refrigerator. But it’s best used at room temperature. Thin with additional milk or yogurt if the batter becomes too thick. Makes about 14 pancakes. 1 medium-sized beet, peeled and chopped 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) gluten-free oat flour 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon, divided 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1 cup (250 mL) milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain yogurt 1 medium banana 1 large free-range egg 1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped walnuts (optional) 1 Tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter 2 cups (500 mL) frozen pitted cherries 3 Tbsp (45 mL) pure maple syrup 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) cornstarch, dissolved in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) water 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract Place beet in steamer basket set over at least 1 in (2.5 cm) of water and steam until tender. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, stir together oat flour, 3/4 tsp (4 mL) cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Place beet, milk, yogurt, and banana in blender container and blend until smooth. Blend in egg. Add beet mixture to dry ingredients and gently combine. Fold in walnuts if using. Let batter rest for 10 minutes. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add butter to skillet and melt. Pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter for each pancake into pan and cook for 2 minutes, or until darkened around the edges and bubbles form on the surface. Flip and cook for 2 minutes more. Test a pancake to see if it has cooked through. If not, increase cooking time. Transfer cooked pancakes to baking sheet and keep warm in preheated 200 F (95 C) oven as you prepare remaining pancakes. To make cherry sauce, bring cherries, maple syrup, lemon zest, remaining cinnamon, and 1/4 cup (60 mL) water to a simmer in medium-sized saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes and then gently mash cherries into a pulpy purée. Stir dissolved cornstarch and vanilla extract into cherry mixture and simmer for 2 minutes more, or until slightly thickened. Serve pancakes topped with cherry sauce. Serves 4. Each serving contains: 402 calories; 14 g protein; 13 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 60 g total carbohydrates (27 g sugars, 6 g fibre); 236 mg sodium source: "A Red Inspired Menu", alive #388, February 2015
Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Parmesan Crisps

Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Parmesan Crisps

And, of course, no day of eating red is complete without tomato-infused dishes, which brings the potent cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene to the table. From sun-up to sun-down, these palate-pleasing red food recipes will surely award you a bounty of hugs and kisses. Infinitely better than anything from a can, this painted red soup tastes like it should be more of a high-flying kitchen effort than it is. When fresh tomatoes are out of season, canned San Marzano should be your go-to tomatoes for soups and sauces, as they are revered for their fruity sweetness. The Parmesan wafers make a fanciful accompaniment to the soup. 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grapeseed oil or sunflower oil 2 leeks, thinly sliced 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 cups (500 mL) lower-sodium vegetable broth 1 - 28 oz (796 mL) can San Marzano tomatoes 1 cup (250 mL) sliced roasted red pepper 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme 1 tsp (5 mL) sweet smoked paprika 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper 2 tsp (10 mL) honey Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 cup (250 mL) grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese In large saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add leeks and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened and browned. Add garlic; heat for 1 minute. Place broth, tomatoes, red pepper, thyme, paprika, and black pepper in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Stir in honey and lemon juice. Place soup in blender or food processor container and blend until smooth. Blend in batches if necessary. Return soup to pot and heat for 5 minutes. To make Parmesan crisps, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Mound tablespoonfuls of cheese at least 2 in (5 cm) apart. Gently flatten out mounds with back of a spoon, making sure rounds are not touching each other. Bake until cheese is melted and slightly golden, about 6 minutes. Remove from oven and do not disturb until completely cooled and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Using thin spatula or knife, carefully lift crisps from baking sheet. Divide soup among serving bowls and top each with Parmesan crisps. Serves 6. Each serving contains: 174 calories; 11 g protein; 8 g total fat (4 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 16 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars, 2 g fibre); 429 mg sodium source: "A Red Inspired Menu", alive #388, February 2015
Red Quinoa Pomegranate Salad

Red Quinoa Pomegranate Salad

Think of red quinoa as a cheery version of the more customary beige. Spicy-sweet peppadew peppers add a little zing to this salad. Look for them in the deli section of grocers or use roasted red peppers as an alternative. Serve as an accompaniment to dinner or a standalone at lunch. 3/4 cup (180 mL) red quinoa 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth 1 cup (250 mL) pomegranate seeds 1 cup (250 mL) quartered peppadew or sweet piquanté peppers 1 pint (500 mL) cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh mint 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/3 cup (80 mL) sliced pecans 2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil or camelina oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper 3 oz (85 g) feta cheese, diced Place quinoa in fine-mesh sieve and rinse well. Heat heavy-bottomed, medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa and heat until dry and grains begin to smell toasty, about 5 minutes. Add broth, bring to a simmer and heat until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and set aside to cool. Fluff quinoa with fork and toss with pomegranate seeds, peppadew peppers, cherry tomatoes, mint, parsley, and nuts. In small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss dressing with quinoa salad. Divide salad among serving plates and garnish with feta. Serves 5. Each serving contains: 252 calories; 7 g protein; 13 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 26 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars, 0 g fibre); 303 mg sodium Tip: To remove the seeds (also called arils) from a pomegranate without turning your kitchen into a scene from a horror movie, submerge a quartered pomegranate in a large bowl of water. You can then pull apart the fruit with your hands—the seeds will sink while the inedible white membrane will float to the surface. Skim off membrane and drain seeds. source: "A Red Inspired Menu", alive #388, February 2015
Tomato Poached Halibut with Roasted Potatoes

Tomato Poached Halibut with Roasted Potatoes

Sustainable Pacific halibut is gently cooked in a sophisticated red sauce that makes this dish a great catch with restaurant-worthy appeal. And who doesn’t love a side of herbalicious roasted potatoes? When shopping for a jarred marinara sauce, look for one without added sugar and that is lower in sodium. 2 Tbsp (30 mL) grapeseed oil or sunflower oil, divided 1 1/4 lb (680 g) small red potatoes, quartered 1 Tbsp (15 mL) Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt, divided 1/2 tsp (2 mL) black pepper, divided 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) fennel seeds 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cumin seeds 1/4 tsp (1 mL) red chili flakes 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry red wine 2 cups (500 mL) sugar-free marinara sauce 1 lb (450 g) skinless Pacific halibut fillets 1 cup (250 mL) cooked or canned chickpeas 1/3 cup (80 mL) pitted black olives, sliced 1/4 cup (60 mL) flat-leaf parsley Lemon wedges Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Toss potatoes with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil, Italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper. Place potatoes on rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times, or until tender. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sliced fennel, season with remaining salt and pepper, and cook until very soft, stirring regularly, about 12 minutes. Add garlic, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and red chili flakes; cook for 1 minute. Add red wine, raise heat to medium, and simmer for 3 minutes. Add marinara sauce and simmer for another 3 minutes. Place halibut, chickpeas, and olives in sauce. Cover skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until fish is opaque throughout, flipping once, about 13 minutes. Divide sauce and fish among shallow serving bowls. Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges. Serve alongside roasted potatoes. Serves 4. Each serving contains: 462 calories; 33 g protein; 12 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 51 g total carbohydrates (10 g sugars, 8 g fibre); 509 mg sodium source: "A Red Inspired Menu", alive #388, February 2015
No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake

This cheesecake looks great, tastes sophisticated, and plays by the nutritional rules, too. A perfect way to finish off a day of love. 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries, plus more for garnish 2 cups (500 mL) gluten-free organic rolled oats 3/4 cup (180 mL) unsalted almonds 1 cup (250 mL) raisins 1/4 cup (60 mL) melted coconut oil 3 Tbsp (45 mL) cocoa powder 2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey 1 Tbsp (15 mL) unflavoured gelatin or agar-agar powder 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) plain Greek yogurt 4 1/4 oz (120 g) soft goat cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk 2 Tbsp (30 mL) coconut sugar or other raw-style sugar Zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract Dark chocolate, grated Combine raspberries and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water in blender container; blend until puréed. Strain through fine-mesh sieve, pressing with wooden spoon or spatula to remove seeds. Place oats and almonds in food processor container and process until nuts are well chopped. Add raisins, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and honey; process until mixture sticks together when squeezed between your fingers. Line bottom of 8 or 9 in (20 or 23 cm) springform pan or round cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease sides of pan. Place oat mixture in pan and press down firmly to form an even, flat crust. Place pan in refrigerator while you prepare topping. Stir together gelatin or agar-agar and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water in small bowl; let sit for 5 minutes. Purée together yogurt and goat cheese in food processor container. In small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla to a simmer. Add gelatin and stir until gelatin has dissolved. Add raspberry purée and hot milk mixture to yogurt mixture and blend until combined. Pour yogurt mixture over crust. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours. Serve slices topped with fresh raspberries and grated chocolate. Serves 10. Each serving contains: 335 calories; 12 g protein; 15 g total fat (8 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 43 g total carbohydrates (21 g sugars, 6 g fibre); 80 mg sodium source: "A Red Inspired Menu", alive #388, February 2015
Homemade Chocolate Bar

Homemade Chocolate Bar

When you crave a taste of chocolate, nothing else will do. This homemade chocolate is delicious on its own, but stir in a few healthy extras and you have a decadent snack that will leave you and your body feeling nourished and satisfied. 1 cup (250 mL) chopped cocoa butter 3 Tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup or coconut nectar 1/4 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out (optional) 2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp (190 mL) raw cocoa powder 2 Tbsp (30 mL) raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp (15 mL) cacao nibs 2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsweetened coconut flakes 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Himalayan sea salt (optional) Line baking tray or individual loaf moulds with parchment paper, or have ready a selection of chocolate moulds. Place cocoa butter in medium heatproof bowl and set over saucepan filled about a quarter full with water. Position saucepan over medium-low heat and allow cocoa butter to melt slowly. Meanwhile, whisk together maple syrup or coconut nectar and vanilla seeds (if using). Once cocoa butter has melted, remove bowl from saucepan and sift cocoa powder over cocoa butter. Pour in syrup mixture and stir with spatula until well incorporated. Gently stir in pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and salt (if using). Pour chocolate onto prepared baking tray and let it spread into a thin layer, or divide evenly among moulds. Place chocolate in freezer to firm up, about 10 minutes, before unmoulding and storing in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 22 servings. Each serving contains: 109 calories; 1 g protein; 11 g total fat (9 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 4 g total carbohydrates (2 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 54 mg sodium Raising the bar Use this recipe as a stepping stone to creating your own chocolate concoctions. Try adding chopped nuts, dried fruits, different seeds, and even some spices such as cinnamon or a pinch of ground chili to create a personalized chocolatey indulgence. source: "Smart Snacking", alive #387, January 2015
Fudgy Beet Cake

Fudgy Beet Cake

This is a dense, chocolatey, and fudgy cake. You wouldn’t even know there are beets in here. Let it cool completely before serving. Substitute coconut oil for butter as a dairy-free option. 2 medium beets 1 cup (250 mL) gluten-free flour 1/4 cup (60 mL) cocoa powder 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt 1/2 cup (125 mL) raw honey 7 oz (200 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) unsalted butter, cubed 5 large free-range eggs, separated 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cream of tartar Place beets in large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then partially cover and reduce heat. Simmer until very tender, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, oil bottom and sides of 8 in (20 cm) round springform pan. In bowl, stir flour with cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Drain beets and then rinse with cold water. Using your hands, slip off peels. Chop, then whirl in a food processor until finely chopped. Add honey and whirl until well mixed. In large bowl, melt chocolate over double boiler. When almost melted, add butter and stir until evenly mixed. Remove from heat and beat in egg yolks. Stir in beet mixture, then flour mixture. Using standing mixer, beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Stir about one-quarter of egg whites into chocolate mixture to loosen batter, then gently fold in remainder. Scrape into prepared pan. Reduce heat to 325 F (160 C)and bake for 40 minutes. Cake tastes best slightly undercooked. Let cool completely. Slice and top with Greek yogurt and fresh berries, if you wish. Serves 16. Each serving contains: 282 calories; 5 g protein; 23 g total fat (14 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 20 g total carbohydrates (10 g sugars, 3 g fibre); 108 mg sodium Baking with beets The beets in this dessert not only add antioxidant goodness and a wealth of nutrients, including folate, manganese, potassium, and copper, but they also add moisture, which means you need less oil or butter, and a natural sweetness, eliminating the need for additional sugar.
Apple Caramel Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta

Apple Caramel Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta

Look no further for a new twist on a fall favourite! All the goodness of pumpkin pie has been transformed into a cool and refreshing pudding. The bottom layer is tart apple caramel topped with rich creamy pumpkin. Caramel 4 cups (1 L) unfiltered apple juice 1 Tbsp (15 mL) coconut oil or butter 1/4 tsp (1 mL) vanilla extract Panna Cotta 3 Tbsp (45 mL) cold water 2 1/2 tsp (12 mL) powdered gelatin or 3 Tbsp (45 mL) agar agar 2 cups (500 mL) coconut milk or homogenized milk 2 Tbsp (30 mL) molasses 3/4 cup (180 mL) pumpkin, sweet potato, or squash purée 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg To make caramel sauce, pour apple juice into medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until juice foams and turns deep amber, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil and vanilla. You should have about 1/2 cup (125 mL) sauce. Divide mixture among 8 ramekins, thick glasses, or coffee cups. Refrigerate to set while preparing panna cotta. To make panna cotta, pour cold water into 4 cup (1 L) measuring cup or medium bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top. In saucepan, stir milk with molasses. Place over medium heat, stirring often, until hot. Remove from heat and whisk in pumpkin and spices. Gradually pour into measuring cup with gelatin and whisk to blend. Remove ramekins from fridge. Divide pumpkin mixture over top. Refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours or overnight. Serves 8. Each serving contains: 234 calories; 3 g protein; 16 g total fat (14 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 23 g total carbohydrates (17 g sugars, 2 g fibre); 20 mg sodium Substituting agar agar for gelatin In saucepan, stir agar agar with milk and molasses. Let stand for 15 minutes, then bring to a gentle boil, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat and continue with recipe. source: "Naturally Sweetened Deserts", alive #385, November 2014
Dragon Boat Rice Bowl with Miso Tofu Dressing

Dragon Boat Rice Bowl with Miso Tofu Dressing

Serves 4

The tofu dressing goes well with a variety of salads and grilled vegies. Here it’s featured with brown basmati rice and crisp vegetables for a satisfying vegetarian meal.

Dressing

125 g organic firm tofu
2 Tbsp (40 ml) seasoned rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) white miso paste
3 tsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
3 tsp (15 ml) peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp (1 ml) dried red chilli flakes

Rice Bowl

3 cups (750 ml) cooked brown basmati rice
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 bunch silverbeet or kale, finely shredded
1 cup (250 ml) alfalfa sprouts
4 spring onions, finely chopped
Bunch of coriander
3 tsp (15 ml) toasted sesame seeds

Combine dressing ingredients in blender or food processor. Whirl until very smooth. Add a little more water if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Slightly warm dressing in small saucepan, whisking to keep it creamy. Do not boil.

Place 3/4 cup (180 ml) cooked rice in bowl. Drizzle 1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) warmed dressing over rice and gently toss to coat. Garnish with carrots, zucchini and silverbeet. Drizzle with desired amount of remaining dressing and top with sprouts, spring onions, generous sprigs of coriander and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Each serving contains: 1310 kilojoules; 12 g protein; 8 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 52 g total carbohydrates (9 g sugars, 8 g fibre); 453 mg sodium

source: "Marvellous Miso", alive Australia #21, Spring 2014