Allison Fishman, host of TLC's HOME MADE SIMPLE and Lifetime's new COOK YOURSELF THIN, created these fast, easy and insanely delicious dinners. Pick a recipe and start tonight! They each make one serving, but can easily be doubled.
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Couscous-Stuffed Pepper Slice the top off a red or yellow pepper; clean out seeds and veins. Simmer top and bottom in a pot of boiling water for 7 to 10 minutes, or until tender (not mushy!). Set drained pepper aside. Meanwhile, make couscous according to package instructions. Toss with herbs (chopped basil, dill, mint and/or parsley), toasted pine nuts and 1 tbsp. olive oil; add crumbled feta cheese and canned, drained chickpeas. Fill pepper with couscous mixture.
Spicy Soba Noodles In a blender, mix 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp. each honey, fresh lime juice, soy sauce and water. Toss with cooked noodles and cilantro.
Rice and Beans Burrito Make instant rice; heat a can of rinsed black beans with 1/2 cup vegetable stock, a squeeze of lime, salt and pepper. Place rice and beans on a tortilla; top with grated cheddar, avocado, sour cream and hot salsa. Fold!
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SautA[c]ed Chicken With Mushrooms In a skillet, sautA[c] a boneless chicken breast in 1 tbsp. vegetable oil until golden and cooked through; remove. In the same skillet, sautA[c] 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, 1/4 cup white wine and 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar. When wine has reduced, add 1 tbsp. heavy cream (not milk, which will curdle) until just warmed through. Drizzle sauce over chicken and enjoy!
Lemon and Rosemary Golden Chicken Grill (or sautA[c] in 1 tsp. olive oil) a boneless chicken breast until cooked through, 5 minutes per side; set aside. In the same skillet, combine 2 tsp. olive oil, a small chopped clove garlic, 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves and the juice of one lemon. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle over chicken. Serve with slices of crusty bread to soak up the sauce.
Ginger Stir-Fry Chicken Dice a chicken breast into 2-inch pieces, sautA[c] in 1 tbsp. vegetable oil until golden; remove. In the same pan, add 2 tsp. each peeled and chopped fresh ginger, garlic and chopped scallions (white part only); cook 1 minute. Add 1 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil (optional) and a handful of shredded napa cabbage (or chopped bok choy). Cook until veggies turn bright green, about 2 minutes. Mix!
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Salmon With Wilted Spinach In a nonstick skillet, sear salmon fillet in 1 tbsp. olive oil and cook until golden, turning once, about 8 minutes total. Remove. Add 1 clove of chopped garlic to pan and cook about 30 seconds. Add 3 handfuls of fresh spinach; season with sea salt. Cook until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Place salmon over spinach and serve.
Chicken Paillard Flatten a boneless chicken breast using a wine bottle. Grill or sear until cooked through, 5 minutes per side. Meanwhile, toss arugula (or mixed greens) with tomatoes and shaved Parmesan; drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar; sprinkle with sea salt. Serve chicken topped with salad. Or pair salad with Sliced Skirt Steak. Cook in a skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil, about 4 minutes per side.
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With a Pork Chop In a small skillet, sear a pork chop in 1 tbsp. vegetable oil until golden on both sides and cooked through. While pork is cooking, in a small saucepan mix 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard and 1 chopped scallion (white part only). Simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Brush glaze over pork chop and garnish with the green part of the scallion, sliced. Or swap out pork for grilled Boneless Chicken, Salmon Fillets or Halibut . Another idea: Use uncooked glaze as a marinade for skirt steak, then broil.
2 Fab Fish Dishes
Codfish With Capers Season cod fillet (or flounder or sole) with salt. In a skillet, sautA[c] fillet in 1 tbsp. olive oil; remove. In the same skillet, squeeze 1/2 lemon; add 1 tsp. capers and 1 tbsp. chopped parsley. Heat sauce through (about 1 minute) and drizzle over fish.
Flounder en Papillote Place a flounder fillet on a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley, dill, thyme), salt and pepper. Cover with thinly sliced tomatoes and lemons. Close up foil tightly, leaving some air inside, and scrunch the ends. Cook in a 400A[degrees]F oven for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
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Penne Napoletano Boil penne pasta. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet and sautA[c] 1 clove chopped garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes; cook to heat through. Mix in pasta. Remove from heat and toss with torn fresh basil and small, room-temperature mozzarella balls.
Aglio e Olio Cook spaghetti. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet and quickly sautA[c] 1 tsp. minced anchovy and 2 tsp. minced garlic. Toss with spaghetti. Add salt, a shake of hot pepper flakes and grated Parmesan.
Sausage and Sage In a skillet, brown 2 small sweet Italian sausage links in 1 tbsp. olive oil. Remove and slice. Add a few fresh sage leaves to hot oil; cook for a minute; toss with cooked rigatoni and sliced sausage. Serve with grated Parmesan.
Parsley Pesto In a blender, mix 1 cup Italian parsley leaves, 1 tbsp. pine nuts or almonds, 3 tbsp. olive oil, and 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan; blend until smooth (add water or more oil to thin). Mix some in cooked pasta; save the rest.
Risi e Bisi Mix frozen peas, butter and Parmesan with cooked orzo pasta.
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Couscous feels fancy served up in a red pepper! Turn the page for the recipe.
ALLISON FISHMAN: "Most of these recipes use ingredients that are already in your fridge."
A small amount of cream delivers big flavor.
Add taste and texture with fancy sea salt.
RECIPE GOLD: THE 10-MINUTE PASTA !
Source Citation:Bober, Joanna. "How To Make The 20 Best, Easiest Dinners Ever!(Recipe)." Glamour 107.4 (April 2009): 269. Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 22 Oct. 2009
Gale Document Number:A197860054
Disclaimer:This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional care.
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