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.
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
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!