Make this quick Nicoise Salad for Mom on her day and enjoy a family meal at home. Typical ingredients are tuna, green beans, olives and tomatoes. The salad is made with bought roasted chicken breast instead of tuna -- no cooking needed. Canned potatoes also simplify the preparation. The green beans cook in the microwave. The microwave bowls can ...Read more
Orange peel adds intriguing flavor to this shrimp and tomato pasta dish. Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese add additional flavor. This colorful dish is served over a bed of rotelli (corkscrew pasta.) The shrimp cook quickly in the tomato and orange sauce.
A salad with cannellini beans -- large white Italian kidney beans -- completes the meal.
This dinner is a tasty mixture of Pacific rim flavors. Lemon grass is the secret to the flavors in Hot and Spicy Beef. It adds a tang like that of lemon or lime and is one of the most important spices used in Thai cooking. It looks a little like a scallion with long, thin, green-gray leaves and a lighter bulb at the tip. Grated lemon rind can be...Read more
Pork tenderloin remains juicy and tender in this quick and easy one-pot meal. Using both frozen chopped onions and green bell peppers cuts down on preparation time. Smoked paprika gives a smoked flavor to the dish. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. Ground chipotle pepper will also give a smoked flavor.
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Chicken marinated in yellow hot pepper sauce (aji amarillo) with added spices and then quickly grilled on skewers is a taste of Peru that you can make in minutes. The sauce gives a sweet and hot pepper flavor to the dish. I was delighted to find it in a jar at the supermarket and created this simple dish. It captures the flavors of Peru, without...Read more
Juicy cubes of tuna with a crunchy coating of chopped walnuts are cooked on skewers accompanied by thick rings of zucchini and plump, ripe grape tomatoes. Brown rice with chopped green peppers and onions makes a quick side dish.
To help the cubes of meat and vegetables cook evenly the skewers, I place the tuna on one kabob and the vegetables on...Read more
A steak cut from the leg of lamb is tender and juicy and cooks in minutes. The spiced coating makes this dish special with little effort. It's great for a weeknight dinner or exciting enough for Easter weekend. If the lamb steak is not in the meat case, ask for 2 steaks about 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick cut from the leg. It is cut right through the ...Read more
With thoughts of St. Patrick's Day, try this whiskey glaze on salmon. It adds a little kick to the dish. There are two spellings of whiskey or whisky. Whiskey spelled with an "e" is the common spelling in Ireland. It's generally aged in white oak, giving it a slight smoky flavor.
To save prep time, look for fresh green beans trimmed and ready ...Read more
Protect the ButterfliesJ.D. Sherylyn B. Bailey
The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the ...
Here is a low-budget, healthy dinner. Ground white-meat turkey, well-seasoned and served in a light tomato sauce, makes a delicious complement for spicy lentils. Be sure the package says white meat turkey only. It's available in most markets.
Canned lentils are used in the side dish. Look for canned lentils with no added salt.
Serve this quick...Read more
Hungry for Indian flavors? Here's a shortcut dinner.
Delicately spiced Indian food takes time to make. For this dinner, I captured the essence of tikka masala, chicken in a creamy tomato sauce, so I can enjoy Indian food that can be quickly prepared. It's an Indian dish with an English pedigree.
Spices are the secret. It's worth gathering a ...Read more
Sausage, fennel, onion and tomatoes make a robust pasta topping.
Turkey sausage flavored with fennel can be found in many markets. Look for mild or sweet Italian sausage.
Fennel is a sometimes called sweet anise. It's a large white bulb with celery-like stems and green, feathery leaves. It has a mild anise or licorice flavor and can be eaten ...Read more