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No-Knead Bread

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose or bread flour, plus more for dusting (I usually use half whole wheat and half all-purpose, sometimes with a shake of ground flaxseed added) 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) instant yeast (sometimes I use about 1/3 teaspoon regular active dry yeast) 1 tsp (5 mL) salt DIRECTIONS: In a...

Rosemary-Parmesan Twists

These crunchy bread sticks are quick to make and can be flavoured with almost anything; serve them in a tall glass or vase alongside a cheese platter, or tuck them into lunch boxes. I used rosemary and Parmesan cheese, but try any of the suggested flavourings or a combination...

Sloppy Joes

INGREDIENTS: olive or canola oil, for cooking 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped (optional) 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 1/2 lb (750 g) lean ground beef, bison, turkey or chicken, or a combination 1 28 oz (796 mL) can diced, whole, or stewed tomatoes 1/2 cup (125...

Kale Chips

Kale chips are a revelation. Turns out roasting is the ideal cooking method for tougher kale leaves, which usually need a little more cooking time than spinach or chard. Tossing with oil and salt and cooking at high heat produces crispy, nutty kale ‘chips’ that smell like popcorn and...

Oat, Almond and Apricot Breakfast Biscotti

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour 1 cup (250 mL) oats 3/4 cup (185 mL) sugar (white or brown) 2-4 tbsp (30-60 mL) ground flax seed 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 cup (half stick or 60 mL) butter 1/4 cup (60 mL) plain yogurt 1/4 cup (60 mL) milk...

Broccoli Pesto

If you can’t pass off broccoli as tasty ‘trees’ or douse it in enough cheese sauce to make your kids like it, try roasting it. Roasting rids it of any cabbagey bitterness, making it sweeter, nuttier, and with delicious crispy edges. Eat it straight up, sprinkled with a little...

Lemony Parsley Hummus

Ingredients: 1 small bunch of parsley (curly or Italian), chopped (discard stems) 1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil 19 oz (540 mL) can chick peas, drained Juice of 1 lemon 1 garlic clove (or 1 head roasted garlic) 2-3 tsp (10-15 mL) sesame oil Pinch salt Directions: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the parsley and...

Cheesy Shrimp & Spinach Risotto

INGREDIENTS: Drizzle of olive or canola oil and a small knob of butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cups (500 mL) short grain (or Arborio) rice 6 cups (1.5 L) chicken or vegetable stock, at room temperature or warmed 1/2-1 cup (125-250 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp...

Spinach Tomato Sauce

INGREDIENTS: Canola or olive oil, for cooking 1 bag baby spinach, washed 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 19 oz. (598 mL) can diced tomatoes, undrained, or any kind of tomato sauce Salt, to taste DIRECTIONS: Heat a drizzle of oil in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat; tear the spinach into the pan and...

Bagels

Store-bought bagels that are close to the size of your head can weigh in at 500 calories apiece, even though they are low in fat. Flavour these more appropriately-sized ones any way you like by stirring in some grated cheese, caramelized onions, fresh garlic, cinnamon and raisins, toasted nuts...

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