A surprising little trick to enhance a good tomato-based broth is allspice or cinnamon.
1 Tbsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 regular cooking onions, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
28 oz (796 mL) can diced tomatoes and juice
4 cups (1 L) low-sodium vegetable stock
2 in (5 cm) chunk of Parmesan rind
2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp (5 mL) brown sugar
2 tsp (10 mL) fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2 mL) allspice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups (750 mL) shredded Swiss chard
1/2 cup (125 mL) fat-free plain Greek yogurt
Heat oil in heavy saucepan and sauté onion, celery, carrot, and garlic until soft. Do not brown. Transfer to a 4 to 6 L slow cooker along with tomatoes, stock, Parmesan rind, herbs, sugar, lemon juice, and allspice. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Remove Parmesan rind and discard. Use immersion blender if you wish soup to be a little creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Fold in chard. Cover and continue cooking for 15 more minutes to wilt chard.
Ladle into bowls and serve with a dollop of yogurt.
Each serving contains: 122 calories; 6 g protein; 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 18 g total carbohydrates (10 g sugars, 5 g fibre); 282 mg sodium
source: "Slow Cooking", alive #375, January 2014
In Japan, it’s a custom to eat kabocha squash on the day of the winter solstice as a symbol of good health. In fact, kabocha squash contains cancer-fighting antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein. It’s also full of fibre and vitamins A and C. We’ve made a roasted version dressed in a sweet and tangy marinade that’s sprinkled with sesame seeds before roasting in the oven. The remaining marinade, full of ginger, tamari, and red pepper flakes, is used as a dressing to further flavour the squash. Know your squash You’ll recognize kabocha squash by its dark green rind and round shape. Its yellowish-orange flesh is sweeter than other types and has been likened to a cross between sweet potato and pumpkin. The rind is quite hard but is edible when cooked. Wash squash well and take care while cutting. You can microwave the whole squash for 4 to 5 minutes prior to cutting to help soften the rind and make things a bit easier.
This homage to the sun plays out visually as well as nutritionally. To celebrate the return of the vitamin D-giving sun, this dish of eggs, spinach, and yogurt with a hint of spice is a vitamin D party on a plate. A single serving of these eggs contains 12 g of protein and more than 70 percent of the RDA of vitamin D. Taking inspiration from the Turkish egg dish çilbir, the creamy yogurt is drizzled with a little bit of olive oil that’s been flavoured with chili flakes and sweet paprika. Lay out components separately and then mix them up to savour the creamy texture and delicious smoky flavour. Eggs and a drop of vinegar Adding acidic vinegar to the poaching water changes the structure of the protein (as does cooking) and helps the egg hold its shape by making that process happen more rapidly.
Tarts are timeless, and a good tart is always a people-pleaser. And who doesn’t love something with chocolate in any form? This classic tart is so easy to make with fresh fruit and hints of orange in a delicious chocolate crust. Once firm, it cuts like a dream into 16 easy slices. Fruity faves This remarkable tart lends itself well to a bevy of flavours. We conjoined raspberries with chocolate and orange in our tart. But you can stretch the boundaries with all sorts of fruits such as mango, pineapple, and papaya. If you’re longing to go somewhere tropical but the opportunity has scooted away, make this timely tart and fill it with the flavours of the tropics.