Tortellini with Broccoli Pesto Friday, Oct 14 2016 

1 bunch broccoli (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut into florets
kosher salt and black pepper
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 ounce Parmesan, grated (about 1/4 cup), plus more for serving
1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

Cook the broccoli in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly; reserve the water for cooking the tortellini.

Pulse the broccoli, parsley, oil, pine nuts, Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a food processor until finely chopped, 15 to 20 seconds.

Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, reserving ¾ cup of the cooking water. Drain and return the tortellini to the pot.

Add the broccoli pesto and ¼ cup of the reserved cooking water and toss to combine. (Add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.)

Serve sprinkled with more Parmesan.

Real Simple, February 2014, page 168

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Lamb & Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves  Wednesday, Oct 12 2016 

1 15- to 16-ounce jar grape leaves, drained
1 pound ground lamb
2 cups instant brown rice
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint or 2 teaspoons dried
1 tablespoon dried marjoram leaves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
Plain yogurt for serving

Time: 2 1/2 hours

Put a large saucepan of water on to boil. Remove grape leaves from the jar and unroll. Separate into two piles—one of whole leaves and one with any torn leaves or pieces of leaves. The whole leaves will be used for rolling. Set aside the others for Step 5.

Cook the whole grape leaves in the boiling water for 5 minutes; drain in a colander.

To prepare filling: Combine lamb, rice, parsley, mint, marjoram, oil, cinnamon, cumin, salt, pepper and allspice in a medium bowl until well combined.

To assemble grape leaves: Lay a clean kitchen towel on a work surface. Place 4 to 6 whole grape leaves at a time on the towel with the stem-side up and stem end pointing toward you. Pinch or trim off any long or tough stems. Depending on the size of the leaf, shape 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of the filling into a 1 1/2- to 2-inch log and place it on the leaf, perpendicular to the stem end. Roll the end of the leaf over the filling, tuck in the sides and roll tightly into a cigar shape. Repeat with the remaining grape leaves and filling. (You may have filling or grape leaves left over.)

Place the torn or very small leftover grape leaves in a large saucepan, covering the bottom completely; this will prevent the stuffed leaves from sticking as they cook. Place about half of the stuffed grape leaves in one tight layer in the pan and drizzle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Make a second layer of grape leaves on top of the first and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Place the largest heatproof plate you have that will fit in the pot on top of the grape leaves. Place a small-to-medium heatproof bowl on top of the plate and fill it three-quarters full with water (this will act as a weight to keep the grape leaves submerged). Add water to the pan until it reaches the rim of the plate.

Timing: Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the rice is tender, adding water as necessary to keep the grape leaves submerged, about 45 minutes. (To check if the rice is done, carefully remove the bowl and plate, take out one stuffed grape leaf using a slotted spoon and cut it open.)

Carefully remove the bowl and plate, then transfer the grape leaves from the water using a slotted spoon. Serve warm with lemon wedges and yogurt for dipping, if desired.

Eating Well, May/June 2011, page 83

Korean-Style Lettuce Wraps Tuesday, Oct 11 2016 

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and seeded
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3 scallions, chopped fine
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed
1 head red leaf, green leaf or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated

Combine soy sauce, pear, sugar, scallions, garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds and pepper in large bowl. Measure out and reserve 1/4 cup marinade. Cut skirt steaks crosswise into 3 or 4 sections and add to marinade. Marinate while heating grill.

Grill steaks over medium-hot fire until well browned and steaks register 125 degrees (medium rare), 6 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to cutting steaks, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes. Slice steaks thin against grain, transfer to platter, and drizzle with reserved marinade. Serve with lettuce leaves for wrapping.

30-minute Suppers, Summer 2011, page 23

Pappardelle with Shrimp and Asparagus  Monday, Oct 10 2016 

3/4 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp (raw)
kosher salt and black pepper
2 small shallots, sliced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 large bunch asparagus (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¾ cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Cook until browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the shallots and red pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until the shallots are crisp-tender, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the pasta, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and ½ cup of the reserved cooking water to the shrimp and asparagus and toss to coat. (Add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.)

Serve warm.

Real Simple, April 2014, page 206

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken Thursday, Oct 6 2016 

4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1/2 cup minced shallots
1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 pound ground chicken
2 Thai or serrano chiles, minced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 lime wedges

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add bell pepper; sauté 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove shallot mixture from pan.

Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well. Return chicken to pan over medium heat. Add chiles; cook 1 minute. Add shallot mixture to pan. Stir in fish sauce and next 3 ingredients (through black pepper); cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove pan from heat; stir in basil and juice. Serve with lime wedges.

Cooking Light, December 2012, page 31

Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder Monday, Oct 3 2016 

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups 2% milk
1 pound potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
12 ounces processed cheese (Velveeta), cubed (about 2-1/4 cups)
3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (I used WAY more)

In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef, onion and pepper over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Add garlic to beef mixture; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended.

Gradually stir in milk. Add potatoes, water and bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Add cheese; stir until melted. Sprinkle servings with bacon.

Taste of Home, November 2014, page 88

Chiang Mai Pork Patties Monday, Sep 26 2016 

1 1/4 pounds ground pork
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped shallots
1/4 cups finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh lemongrass
2 tablespoons thinly sliced Kaffir lime leaves or 1 tablespoon minced lime rind
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh galangal or 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 fresh Thai red bird chiles, minced
15 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
10 lime wedges

Combine pork and salt in a medium bowl; toss to combine.

Place shallots in a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Add chopped cilantro and next 5 ingredients (through chiles); process until mixture is finely chopped. Add pork mixture; pulse 5 times or until mixture is well combined.

Using wet hands, shape mixture into 15 (1-inch-thick) patties (about 2 tablespoons per patty). Heat a large grill pan over high heat. Add half of the pork patties. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat the procedure with remaining patties. Arrange 3 lettuce leaves and 3 pork patties on each of 5 plates, and serve each serving with about 1/4 cup herbs and 2 lime wedges.

Cooking Light, November 2011, pages 206-208

Shanghai Style Noodles  with Beef, Snow Peas and Broccoli Sunday, Sep 25 2016 

8 oz whole-wheat spaghetti (I used chinese stir fry noodles)
5 crowns broccoli, florets only
1 orange, zested and juiced
2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, plus additional for garnish (I used coarse ground black pepper)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp olive oil
3/4 lb beef sirloin strips, cut into ½-inch-thick, 2-inch-long pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lb snow peas, rinsed well and trimmed

Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti, reduce heat to medium-high and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent noodles from sticking. Add broccoli and cook for 5 more minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Cover loosely to keep warm and set aside

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk orange zest and juice, soy sauce, pepper flakes and ginger; set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium. Add beef and cook, turning occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add peas and orange juice mixture and stir to coat. Sauté for 3 minutes, until beef is cooked through.

Add beef mixture to spaghetti mixture and toss to combine. Divide among serving plates. If desired, garnish with additional pepper flakes.

clean Eating, March 2012, page 74

Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Toss Wednesday, Sep 21 2016 

1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini1 cup frozen peas
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook tortellini according to package directions, adding peas during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink.

Drain tortellini mixture; add to skillet. Stir in salt, thyme, pepper and remaining oil; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.

Healthy Cooking, April/May 2012, page 37

Shrimp Linguine with Ricotta, Fennel, and Spinach Thursday, Sep 8 2016 

9 ounces fresh linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup vertically sliced fennel bulb
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces grated fresh Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add shrimp, fennel, and shallots; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts.

Stir in rind and next 3 ingredients (through salt). Stir in reserved cooking liquid; cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Add pasta and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon ricotta.

Cooking Light, March 2013, page 26.

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