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Debby says ...
My best meal was last night's. I pan roasted some bone-in chicken breasts, then prepared a garlic and sherry pan sauce to go over it. Sides were pureed cauliflower and glazed maroon carrots. The carrots were out of this world! I can't wait to make them again.
03/25/2009 1:39:40 PM CDT
Karen says ...
my best meal this week started with Whole Foods bay scallops, frozen silver queen corn, fresh tomaotes, cilantro, scallions, and queso fresco. A faux Maque Choux topped with sauteed scallops and the chesse made a light and satisfying meal. Tossed together in about 20 minutes, served with a mixed green salad and a dandy chardonnay, my family was very happy.
03/25/2009 1:50:11 PM CDT
kimmie says ...
I've been making this salad every day and can't stop eating it! Thinly slice a shallot and soak it in 2 Tb of cognac vinegar, then cover with a teaspoon of kosher salt. Let it sit while you toss arugula, sunflower sprouts, diced cucumber, and sliced grape tomatoes. Pour the shallot & vinegar over the top & toss, then add about 2 Tb of crumbled feta & drizzle with olive oil. It's super low-calorie and yummy - just watch the amount of oil you use, as it has more calories than all the rest combined. :)
03/25/2009 1:54:12 PM CDT
Kristin says ...
A french country meatloaf with chicken liver, beef, port, apricots and pistachios. Tasted like Pate! Dumped it on top of some mashed potatoes and baby zucchini. Yumster.
03/25/2009 1:59:20 PM CDT
hersh cohen says ...
best quick and very tasty and healthy meal...cook a pasta...i like rigatoni with this...cut a filet of skinned fresh salmon into chuunks about an inch square, and salt and peppr them...quickly saute them in a large pan..set the salmon chunks aside..i usually make a simple tomato sauce, but we really like the san marzano sauce now in whole foods mkts...heat it in the large pan, and add back the salmon chunks...add the rigatoni...add in a big handful of fresh tarragon...perfection!!!
03/25/2009 2:01:18 PM CDT
suzinphilly says ...
I made this up while trying to get rid of leftovers, and ow have bought the ingredients to keep making it! Super easy and healthy-- takes 5 minutes max. Heat up a tiny bit of olive oil in a pan. Toss in a handful of broccoli florets. Chop 2 leaves of bok choy (from almost the bottom up) and put it in the pan. Stir around a little bit. Add 1/2 can of black beans, a sprinkle of oregano, sprinkle of salt, and sprinkle of red chili flakes if you like spicy. Stir around til everything is hot, then put it in a bowl. Sprinkle a little bit of grated cheddar cheese (real or soy) and chow down!
03/25/2009 2:19:52 PM CDT
Jenna says ...
Fish tacos: Rub tilapia filets with chili powder, and a dab of oil. Bake or pan fry just until done. Fill heated corn tortillas with some fish (one filet is plenty for 3 tacos), finely shredded cabbage, favorite salsa (I like spicy tomatillo-based) and fresh yogurt or sour cream. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze onto the fish. Easy to sub chicken or pork strips. If you prefer larger flour burritos, I fill out the tortilla with a Spanish-type rice made with Texmati & Rotel; it's light and doesn't compete with the spicy fish. I love the traditional garnishes of radishes and grilled scallions, but often present black beans and fruit salad to those with more Americanized tastes (and appetites).
03/25/2009 2:24:37 PM CDT
Maria says ...
My best meal this week was a Mushroom Rigatoni! *Drools* This dish is hearty and tasty!! I love getting my Fresh Herbs, mushrooms and Cheese from Whole Foods even though I have to drive an hour to get there!! What you need: * 4 tablespoons olive oil * 2 Large Shallots * 4 large cloves chopped garlic * 1 package of baby bella mushrooms sliced * 1 package of white button mushrooms sliced * 2 cans diced tomatoes in juice (I use fire roasted muir glen from Whole Foods!) * 1 cup good white wine * large bunch of basil chopped * 1 box of rigatoni pasta * Grated Parmesan (I use fresh and grate it myself) * S&P What to do: * Heat olive oil in a large non stick deep side skillet over med. heat * add garlic and shallots saute until tender (add a pinch of kosher salt) * add all mushrooms and saute until mushrooms start to brown (approx. 6-8 min) * Add Tomatoes, White Wine, chopped basil * Season with salt and pepper to taste * Let Sauce simmer * While sauce is simmering, Add pasta to salted water to boil, until al dente * When Pasta is finished add to sauce with approx. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and simmer for approx. 5 min * Serve immediately with more Parmesan grated on top and chopped basil COOKS NOTES: Be sure to taste when you cook, especially pasta dishes, pasta tends to take alot of salt to get seasoned, but don't over salt! Taste Taste Taste!
03/25/2009 2:40:42 PM CDT
RJ says ...
My favourite quick meal: Linguine with fresh mushrooms. Slice 4oz mushrooms; finely chop half a red onion; mince one clove of garlic; finely chop one red chilli (I like jalapeno); zest and juice one lemon. Saute the onion, garlic, chilli in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms, and a splash of lemon juice. Saute till mushrooms are soft. add lemon zest to taste together with chopped fresh thyme and salt and pepper. Serve over linguine or fettucine and top with chopped parsley and grated parmesan. If you like a bit of protein you can add proscuitto with the mushrooms.
03/25/2009 2:44:45 PM CDT
RJ says ...
Another fav: Chilli prawns with rice. Marinate (for up to one hour) 18-20 green prawns in: half a cup of sweet chilli sauce, 1 clove crushed garlic, one tablespoon honey, 3 chopped green onions, 1 dessertspoon worchestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute drained prawns till cooked and then mix in the reserved marinade and heat through. Serve over boiled rice topped with chopped cilantro.
03/25/2009 2:50:52 PM CDT
Bohdan says ...
This REALLY works! Go to the local Greenmarket videlicet: http://cenyc.org/greenmarket (or if the ingredients that follow are not available, try Commodities Natural Market, Healthfully, or Whole Foods in the East Village). Get all the ingredients and you can actually dine at least 7 times on this! Organic Italian bread ($2.49 at Whole Foods!). You can freeze it for longer use. Organic Virgin Olive Oil (Shop around! I use 365 Organic Extra Virgin from Whole Foods.) Organic Garlic. Organic Tomato. Organic Red Onion. Organic Parsley. (you can store this in the fridge, cut the bottoms (use in another dish) and store in a glass cup of water.) Maille Old Style Whole Grain Dijon Mustard (darn, it's not Organic, chuckle!) Real Salt (realsalt.com, available at healthfully.com in the East Village). Applegate Farms Roasted Turkey Breast (natural or organic, depending on budget - Whole Foods Houston Street seems to have the best prices so far.) Take two slices of the bread and lightly toast them. Smear a spoonful of olive oil on both slices. Lightly salt the bread (using Real Salt). Mince two cloves of garlic (poor man's penicillin, by the way), a slice or three of the red onion and several sprigs of parsley (very healthy and counteracts garlic breath too!). Add to a bowl. Add a moderate amount of the mustard. Mix. Use a knife to smear it on the toasted bread. (Savor the rest! ;-) ) Make around 3 slices of tomato - and chop roughly, adding it on top of the bread. You only need ONE (usually out of seven) slice of the Roasted Turkey Breast. Roughly shred the slice and cover the both breads. A glass of red wine (actually, the 5 Liter Burgundy Box by Peter Vella (available at astorwines.com)is quite a bargain and not bad! But I do miss Chateau d'Yquem though.) Mangia! Mangia! Mangia!
03/25/2009 2:50:54 PM CDT
Linda Bedford says ...
My favorite Monday night meal begins with the meal I made on Sunday...I roast a whole chicken. We have that on Sunday and the remainder, usually half a chicken, is the basis for Monday night curry. 1 Jar Pataks Curry Sauce - I use Jalfrezi flavour 1 onion 1/2 green pepper 1/2 cooked chicken taken off the bone. I brown the onion in a small amount of oil, mix in the chicken, add the sauce and cut up pepper and simmer for 10 -15 min. Place in a bowl with a dollop of Mango Chutney and a warm Nan bread. Some steamed rice will make this go further, but I usually stick with the curry and the nan for a quick meal.
03/25/2009 3:31:14 PM CDT
Stepmom43 says ...
My best meal of the week was what I called "desperation salmon," because I am trying hard to get my husband to like this lovely fish ... Fresh salmon filet oven-broiled in a shallow white wine & lemon sauce, topped with homemade rosemary tarragon garlic butter (I, literally, got the rosemary from my front yard). On the side: coconut cashew basmati rice (added raisins, because I like it sweet); the tiniest haricorts vert I could find; and sauteed button mushrooms ... I was hungry! I topped off the dinner with a homemade, thrown-together baked "apple mush," sort-of a really messy cobbler - skins on for color - and lots of crumbles. I think we had vanilla ice cream also :-). Excuse me, I got hungry typing this ... I'm going for leftovers!
03/25/2009 3:40:19 PM CDT
susan troche says ...
My daughter Angelica, 14, invented this easy recipe: 1. saute 2 bags of spinach in olive oil and garlic 2. turn off heat and stir in 2 containers of Whole Foods zesty garlic hummus 3. serve with brown rice and some grilled chiken or fish
03/25/2009 4:07:37 PM CDT
Catherine says ...
One REAL fast meal I enjoy is my chicken/vegetable stir fry with wild/brown rice. While the rice is cooking I cut organic breast of chicken and season with a bit of cayenne and toss in olive oil to coat the pan, then on the fire to brown lightly, add a smidge of water, and stir fry veggies, shave a few pieces of ginger on top, and simmer while the rice is simmering. All done in 30 minutes max. I have cooked this particular meal many times when my son was a boy, as we'd get home late, and if I didn't hurry he'd actually fall asleep on his plate! So, I learned young how to cook tasty appealing meals in hyper warp speed!
03/25/2009 4:08:26 PM CDT
kristy morrill says ...
I love spinach! So I make a lot of things with it. Lately my fave is to wash and spin a bag or two of spinach, microplane(or slice really thin) some red onion,celery, and yellow peppers. I toss these with the juice of a whole lemon and a bunch of shaved or grated fresh ginger. Then cool in fridge while I blacken some skinless salmon (wild from whole foods) and let that cool. I break it into chunks, and right before serving add it to the salad with a drizzle of EVOO and a drizzle of soy sauce. So good bread is not needed but a crusty slice is good if you got it.
03/25/2009 4:09:16 PM CDT
Meenakshi says ...
Best like you said is subjective, but there indeed was one meal that was a well rounded one this week. It was healthy, inexpensive, super delicious, minimal effort and hence, the best. It was my ten bean soup. It doesn't require even a drop of grease, making it very low in fat. The beans provide the proteins and carbs and the veggies the vitamins and fiber. The italian herbs make it savory and lip smacking yum! Here it is: http://onestopeats.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/ten-bean-soup/
03/25/2009 4:17:27 PM CDT
Maggie says ...
Smitten Kitchen's recipe for pasta w/ cauliflower, feta, and walnuts. It's just too addictive!
03/25/2009 4:18:47 PM CDT
TX Mom says ...
One of my family's favorites is also one of my quickest and easiest recipes. Chili Verde Pork Soft Tacos That morning, I crock pot a pork tenderloin w/ a jar of green (verde) salsa. In the evening when you are ready to prepare dinner, remove the pork from the pot and shred to serve. Make some rice (spanish rice if you like), heat some prepared beans of your choice and warm some corn tortillas, make a green salad and serve with guacamole and salsa!
03/25/2009 4:24:17 PM CDT
rrrmewife says ...
My best was lasagna from scratch last night. Did you know you could sneak flax seed meal into this dish and no one know?
03/25/2009 4:53:57 PM CDT
Tonya says ...
Inside Outside Stuffed Chicken In a digital pressure cooker: chicken tenders, brown rice, dried cranberries, chicken broth, onions, parm. cheese, and fronzen spinach, (thawed and drained), mushrooms. Pressure cook for 20 minutes-Yummy. I served with a salad. Great after church Sunday dinner.
03/25/2009 5:13:13 PM CDT
del yasgood says ...
Here's a pasta sauce that starts with a jar of sauce with additions and a topping to add flavor and interest. Combine and heat in a saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes to combine flavors: Jar Vodka Pasta sauce Cooked and crumbled italian chicken sausage White wine Can crushed tomatoes Serve over pasta or rice and top with: Diced roma tomatoes Halved kalamata olives Crumbled feta cheese
03/25/2009 6:42:22 PM CDT
anita says ...
dried pinto beans cooked with chicken bouillon and olive oil with canned tomatoes cooked with a scant of sugar and some apple cider vinegar. Serve over brown rice.
03/25/2009 7:23:53 PM CDT
LadyLep says ...
Red Pasta Modified from Quick Vegetarian Pleasures Named by my 7 yo son Jackson. Ingredients 1/3 C pine nuts 6 oz. can 365 tomato paste 1/2 C minced fresh parsley, or 1T dried 1/4 C finely chopped fresh basil, or 2 t dried 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 C cheese, I use 365 Monterey Jack, recipe said Parm 1/2 C extra virgin olive oil 1/2 t salt pepper 1 pound 365 whole wheat pasta, cooked to the longer end of the range While pasta is cooking, mix rest of ingredients plus 2T of boiling pasta water, toss with pasta and serve. Add green salad and broccoli for a complete and easy meal.
03/25/2009 8:29:24 PM CDT
NurseJen says ...
Baby bok choy, leeks, green beans, garlic and ginger stir fried with San-J szechuan sauce, over a bed of quinoa cooked in chicken broth finished with sesame oil.
03/25/2009 10:49:21 PM CDT

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