A big pot of chili is the perfect batch-cooking project, as everything is prepared in one pan and leftovers become even more flavourful. Here, butternut squash forms the base of a sumptuous sauce, while plenty of beans and veggies pack each bowlful with big-time texture. You can make it vegan by swapping out the turkey for a couple blocks of crumbled tempeh.
To freeze items such as chili and pasta sauce for future meals, consider dividing them up among jumbo-sized muffin cups. That way you’ll have individual servings that will defrost much more quickly than a huge ice block of food.
Simply divvy up the food among the muffin cups, place tray in freezer until leftovers are frozen solid, unmould, and then keep food pucks in an airtight container in the freezer. Nonstick and bendable silicone jumbo muffin cups make it easy for you to unmould your frozen leftovers.
In steamer basket set over 1 in (2.5 cm) of water, place chopped butternut squash. Bring water to a boil and steam until squash is very tender. Alternatively, place butternut squash cubes in pot of boiling water and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat 8 to 10 L large pan over medium heat. Add turkey and sauteu0301 until pale golden, breaking up meat with a fork until crumbly.
In separate pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and salt to pan; sauteu0301 until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell peppers, zucchini, and garlic; heat 5 minutes. Stir into large pan with cooked turkey. Remove turkey and vegetables from the heat.
In blender container, place cooked butternut squash, 1 can diced tomatoes and juice, broth, cocoa, chipotle chili, paprika, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and black pepper and blend until smooth. Add pureu0301ed squash mixture to large saucepan containing turkey along with remaining can of tomatoes, black beans, and pinto beans. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat, and simmer, with lid ajar, for 20 minutes. Add corn and heat through. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if you wish.
Serve bowls of chili garnished with pumpkin seeds and cilantro.
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Lime juice and ginger add a tropical whiff to this French-Japanese mashup, where seaweed tendrils and Dijon mustard bring out the umami flavours in mushrooms and eggplant. The ingredients might seem to be strange bedfellows, but they work. The result is somewhere between a quiche and a soufflé, with a gluten-free eggplant crust featuring punchy mustard and citrus. This makes for a hearty vegetarian main for brunch, lunch, or dinner with a side salad, or a filling side dish. Fresh or dried If you don’t have fresh thyme and parsley, use 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme (divided) and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley. The flavours won’t be as pungent, but a little flavour is better than none.
These are the perfect two-bite appetizers. Though the first bite likely won’t “wow” you, the more you chew, the more the salt from the dulse soaks into the avocado and tomato. Wait for it. You can also turn these into breakfast à la avocado toast by substituting a piece of your favourite bread for a slice of baguette. What’s in a name? Theoretically, this should be called a “DLTA” because of the avocado (dulse, lettuce, tomato, and avocado). And if you left out the lettuce, you’d have a “DTA.” A DTA would arguably be a better overall eating experience, since lettuce slightly waters down the rich and creamy result and makes it harder to keep the tomatoes from sliding off the top of the crostini. But the juicy lettuce is actually helpful, since it spreads the salt from the dulse throughout the entire bite, making the “wow” moment come sooner. Besides, neither DLTA nor DTA is as fun an acronym as DLT.
This triple-threat recipe is made with (up to) three types of seaweed. Wakame is essential for the pesto, but kombu boosts the umami punch of sautéed garlic and cherry tomatoes, while kelp noodles are a low-carb substitute for flour-based noodles. Because kelp noodles can be hard to find (you’ll likely need to order them online), feel free to use your favourite boxed linguine, zucchini noodles, shirataki konjac, tofu, or yam noodles instead. You can also leave out the vongole (clams) to keep the recipe plant-based, or use mussels, which are usually more affordable than clams. Both clams and mussels are generally sustainable, as, like seaweed, they’re farmed without feed or antibiotics, unlike many farmed fish operations. Double-duty pesto Make a double batch of seaweed pesto, and enjoy it with eggs, scrambled tofu, or toast.
Spicy popcorn? You bet. This Japanese seven-spice blend combines salty and spicy notes for a healthy snack. If you don’t make your own togarashi, check the container before adding it to your popcorn to make sure it doesn’t contain salt. For an even simpler recipe, skip the togarashi and just grind a few pieces of nori and a pinch of salt in a blender or spice grinder to sprinkle on your popcorn instead. If you’re fresh out of nori, you can always grind wakame, arame, or dulse instead, leaving out the pinch of salt for dulse or any seaweed you taste and find already salty. Shichimi togarashi This customizable spice blend generally features sansho pepper, a.k.a. Japanese prickly ash, a green peppercorn with a citrusy taste, along with seaweed flakes, chili pepper, and dried citrus peel—often yuzu or mandarin orange. If you can’t find sansho, look for Sichuan peppercorn, which has a slightly stronger mouth-tingling effect. You can buy dried orange, mandarin, or tangerine peel. Or you can dehydrate your own, in which case you might as well dehydrate a 1/8 in (3 mm) thick piece of fresh ginger along with the peel. If you can’t handle a lot of chili pepper heat, reduce the pepper to your taste.