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Quick Fix: Baked Pecan Crusted Halibut with Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes

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Here’s a quick sheet pan dinner. I coated halibut fillet with a mayonnaise sauce and chopped pecans, which added a nice crunch and flavor to the fish. The halibut bakes on the sheet pan along with broccoli florets and sweet potato cubes to complete the meal.

Halibut is a tender fish that is tasty with a mild subtle sweetness. Other fish such...Read more

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Quick Fix: Stacked Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Avocado Lettuce Salad

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You can let your oven do the work for these crunchy, vegetarian quesadillas. They’re filled with goat cheese and red kidney beans flavored with cumin and fresh cilantro.

Placing your baking tray in the oven while it preheats means that when you add the tortillas the bottom layers will be crisp. I used a food processor to quickly mix the ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Moroccan Burgers with Cucumber Slices and Tomatoes

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Bring the flavors of Morocco to your burger recipe. It’s a tasty twist on your classic burger. I added warm and savory spices -- cinnamon, cumin and turmeric and lots of fresh mint -- to ground meat for a unique blend of flavors.

A secret to getting a caramelized surface and keeping the burgers together is to add them to a hot skillet ...Read more

Quick Fix: Sweet and Tangy Sauced Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans and Barley

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Here’s an easy and delicious way to flavor pork tenderloin. It’s a sweet and sour sauce made with apricot jam and apple cider vinegar, that adds a tangy flavor and takes only 2 to 3 minutes to make.

I thought barley would be a nice side dish but didn’t want to spend a lot of time or another pot to cook it. So, using quick-cooking barley,...Read more

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Quick Fix: Hearty bean and veggie medley

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Here’s a flavorful vegetable one-pot dinner that takes only minutes to make. One secret to the flavor is escarole. It is part of the chicory family. When escarole is raw it has a slightly bitter flavor and when cooked it adds a mellow touch to the dish. Toasted pecans add a crunchy texture. I use dried thyme and oregano for the dish.

Here’...Read more

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Quick Fix: Rosemary, lemon, garlic swordfish with spinach orzo

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Passing by the fish case in the market, I noticed some very fresh swordfish. I decided to buy some and complement the richness of the fish by adding the aromatic flavors of lemon, rosemary, and garlic.

Orzo is a rice shaped pasta. It gives a lighter feel than larger pasta. Fresh spinach gives a vibrant color and adds flavor. I added it after ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Irish Inspired Frittata

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When St. Patrick’s Day comes around, I start to think about an Irish-inspired dinner. Here’s a quick festive one that includes sausage, potatoes, eggs and the secret ingredient that brings out the flavors – beer.

The addition of Irish soda bread completes the meal.

HELPFUL HINTS:

Any type of bread can be used.

Any sausage can be used....Read more

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Quick Fix: Mediterranean-Style Beef Meatloaf with Mint Couscous

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You can have this entire meatloaf dinner on the table in 20 minutes. My secret for making a quick meatloaf is to bake it on a baking sheet, which allows hot air to circulate all around the meat for quick cooking.

The side couscous dish can be made while the meatloaf is in the oven. I use pearled couscous. It’s pasta that is rolled and ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Walnut and Mushroom Ragout

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Here’s a quick, colorful and filling veggie dinner. It’s made with walnuts that are toasted in the skillet before the other ingredients are added giving a little crunch while the mushrooms add an earthy flavor and meaty texture.

I used cremini mushrooms. They’re very similar to portobello mushrooms, but in a different stage of maturity. ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Everything Bagel Savory Salmon with Brown Rice

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I was looking for a simple way to spice up salmon fillets and a bottle of everything bagel seasoning on my spice shelf smiled up at me. The spices are a perfect addition to the rich salmon. It’s more than just for bagels now and is becoming a favorite spice for many different recipes.

By the way, I had some leftover salmon in the fridge, and ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Chicken Francese with Asparagus and Rice

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Recently I had Chicken Francese at a local restaurant. It’s an Italian American dish of crispy chicken cutlets usually pan fried and topped with a lemon butter sauce. I thought I would like to make it at home for Valentine’s Day or other special dinners.

For this quick version both the chicken and asparagus are baked together in the oven ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Moo Goo Gai Pan

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The Chinese New Year got me thinking about enjoying some Chinese food. Moo Goo Gai Pan is a Cantonese staple of chicken and mushrooms over rice or noodles. Moo Goo Gai Pan is an English transliteration of “moh gu gai pin,” which literally means plate of chicken and mushrooms. It’s a chicken stir-fry that’s thickened with cornstarch, and ...Read more

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Quick Fix: Chicken Carbonara

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How about a warm and inviting Chicken Carbonara for a quick weeknight dinner? It’s a classic Italian dish with a creamy sauce and pasta. I used rotisserie chicken to speed up the preparation. A traditional carbonara is made with pancetta, a salt cured pork. If it’s difficult to find, bacon slices work well.

Here’s my very shortened ...Read more

 

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