by Michael Smith
The Food Network
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 pinch salt and pepper
1 splash sunflower oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
2 clove garlic, chopped
2 apples, cored and chopped
¼ cup apple cider
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp grainy mustard
1 Tbsp dried sage
1 handful fresh sage leaves
1. Match your favourite heavy frying pan or skillet with a tight fitting lid and medium high heat. Splash and swirl in enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then swirl in a dollop of butter. Add the chicken breasts, searing their first side until it’s golden brown and crusty, about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip the breasts and continue searing until side two is equally golden brown and delicious. Add a splash more oil if you think the pan needs it. The goal here is not to fully cook the meat but just to add lots of brown flavour to the works while the pan temperature is high enough.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and remove the chicken breasts to a plate. Add the onion and garlic, sautéing for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the apples, cider, vinegar, mustard and dried sage. Adjust your heat to bring the works to a slow, steady simmer, not a rapid boil. Return the chicken to the pan, cover tightly and continue cooking, simmering the sauce and baking the meat until its cooked through and delicious, and registers an internal temp of 165ºF, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the breasts once during the simmer, to allow the apple flavours to fully permeate from all sides. Add the fresh sage leaves. Plate the finished chicken breasts, spoon on the saucy apples, serve and share.
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Recipe by Dolores Gentner-Ryan
"This is a no fry variation of this popular dish, and is just as delicious!"Ingredients
by Rachel Ray
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 pound whole wheat pasta
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup chicken stock
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it, add the cauliflower and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer the florets with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. In the same boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente, then drain in a colander. Add the pasta to the cauliflower.
While the pasta is working, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk and chicken broth and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese. Whisk in the mustard and season with pepper.
Stir the cheese sauce into the pasta and cauliflower.
Place in a 9x12 oiled baking dish. Turn your oven to broil Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top of the mac and cheese mixture. Place in oven and allow the top to brown before serving.
2 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
1 eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
1 pint ricotta cheese
9 ounces crumbled feta cheese
2/3 cup pesto
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
fresh pasta sheets
1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place pumpkin on a baking sheet and roast in oven until browned and tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grill eggplant on a charcoal grill or fry in a skillet, turning once, until charred and tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Halve tomatoes and place on baking sheet in oven for last 15 minutes of pumpkin time; cook until tender and wrinkly.
In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, feta, pesto, eggs, salt and pepper until well mixed. Fold roasted pumpkin into ricotta mixture.
Spoon half of the tomato sauce into a 9x13 baking dish. Lay two pasta sheets over the sauce. Arrange a single layer of eggplant slices over pasta and top with half the ricotta mixture. Cover with two more pasta sheets. Arrange the roasted tomatoes evenly over the sheets and spoon the remaining half the ricotta mixture over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella. Top with remaining two sheets of pasta. Pour remaining tomato sauce over all and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
Bake in preheated oven 30 to 40 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 ¼ tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground turmeric
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups pumpkin purée (about 1 15-ounce can)
3 large eggs
1 cup light brown sugar
⅔ cup maple syrup
Heat oven to 350 degrees and oil muffin pan
Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter has melted, foamed and started to brown, about 5 minutes. Use a whisk to scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of the pot. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg.
In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar and maple syrup until totally smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients, followed by browned butter.
Divide among prepared muffin tins and bake until the tops are puffed and spring back slightly when pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.
Makes 4 portions
4 large firm white fish fillets (skinless). I like cod but you can use haddock or pollock
1 cup Panko crumbs
1 lemon, zested
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
3 tbsp almond flour
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
2 tsp chives, finely chopped
3 egg whites
Salt and pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the fish fillets on a paper towel to ensure that they are completely dry. Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine the Panko crumbs, lemon zest, garlic powder, chili powder, almond flour, parsley and chives. Season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites and season with salt and pepper.
Dip the fish fillet in the egg mixture then into the Panko crumb mixture. If you feel it is not sticking simply re-dip in the egg and back into the Panko mixture. Place onto the baking sheet, spray with olive oil cooking spray and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
From Oh She Glows
Yield: 3 servings
1. Add oil to a large pot and sauté the garlic and mustard seeds for a few minutes over medium-high heat, until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Be careful not to burn them. Add in the onion and sauté for another 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
2. Add the celery, potato, split peas, broth, and spices. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and simmer on low-medium heat uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until the split peas are cooked through and the potatoes are tender.
3. With a ladle, carefully transfer about 3 cups of the soup into a blender (leave some of the pouring hole ajar so stream can escape). Starting at a low speed, puree the soup until smooth and pour it back into the pot and stir. (Note: You can also use an immersion blender if desired.) Cook for 5 minutes and then serve immediately with fresh parsley and a pinch of smoked paprika, if desired.