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

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Gingery Pork Meatballs with Noodles Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 

Meatballs:
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound lean ground pork
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Noodles:
8 ounces uncooked wide rice noodles
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 cup red bell pepper strips
1 cup julienne-cut snow peas
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

Place a foil-lined jelly-roll pan in oven. Preheat oven to 450°.

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; stir gently just until blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Divide pork mixture into 20 equal portions; shape each portion into a meatball. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on preheated pan. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until done.

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Rinse noodles under cool water; drain. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, peas, salt, and crushed red pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add noodles; toss. Place 1 3/4 cups noodle mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 5 meatballs. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons green onions.

Cooking Light, page 54

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Soba Noodles with Spicy Cumin Lamb Wednesday, Nov 6 2013 

7 ounces uncooked soba noodles (I substituted Udon noodles)
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
8 ounces ground lamb
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup snow peas, trimmed
1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell peppier
9 baby carrots, halved lengthwise

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse; drain well.

Combine chicken broth and next 4 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb; cook 2 1/2 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove lamb from pan with a slotted spoon; set aside.

Return pan to medium-high heat. Add oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add cumin and red pepper; cook 30 seconds or until seeds begin to pop, stirring frequently. Add vegetables to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add lamb and broth mixture; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until liquid is slightly reduced. Serve over noodles.

Cooking Light, November 2013, page 28

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Spicy Shrimp Noodle Bowl Wednesday, Jul 17 2013 

3 cups unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste) or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon lower-sodium soy sauce
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
1 ounce dried shiitake mushroom caps, chopped
1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
1 star anise
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 ounces uncooked flat rice noodles
1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup diagonally cut green onions
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
12 small fresh basil leaves
4 lime wedges

Combine first 11 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 3 1/2 cups (about 12 minutes). Add shrimp; cook 4 minutes or until done. Remove cinnamon, anise, and ginger; discard. Cook rice noodles according to package directions; drain. Place 1/2 cup noodles in each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with 1 cup stock mixture and about 5 shrimp. Sprinkle evenly with bean sprouts, green onions, cilantro, and basil. Serve with lime wedges.

Cooking Light, January 2013, page 66

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Quick Seafood Stew Tuesday, Jul 2 2013 

1 1/2 cups small red potatoes, quartered (about 10 ounces)
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound striped bass fillets
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leek
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/2 cup clam juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
24 medium mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 (1-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread
1 garlic clove, halved

Place potatoes in a saucepan. Add water to cover potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer 10 minutes; drain potatoes. Set aside.

Preheat broiler to high.

Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl. Add fish, skin side down; cook 2 minutes or until skin is crisp. Remove from pan; break into 2-inch pieces.

Reduce heat to medium-high. Add leek and sliced garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add 1 cup water and next 6 ingredients (though bay leaf); bring to a boil. Add potatoes, fish, and mussels; cover and cook 4 minutes or until shells open and fish is done. Discard any unopened shells, thyme, and bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley.

Arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil 1 1/2 minutes or until toasted. Rub bread generously with cut side of garlic. Serve with stew.

Cooking Light, May 2013, page 60

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Ginger-Marinated Steak and Noodle Salad Friday, Feb 8 2013 

HANDS-ON TIME: 25 MINUTES, TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR, 35 MINUTES (INCLUDES MARINATING), SERVES 4

1/3 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, plus 6 thin slices
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 1/2 cup plus
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
Kosher salt
3/4 pound carrots, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced lengthwise (seeded if desired)
8 ounces rice noodles (often labeled as “pad thai noodles”)
1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, grated ginger, red pepper, 3 tablespoons each of the vinegar and brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Pour two-thirds of the dressing into a shallow baking dish, add the steak, and refrigerate, turning once, for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. Set aside the remaining dressing.

In a small saucepan, bring to a boil 1/2 cup water, the remaining 1/2 cup of vinegar, the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar, the sliced ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the carrots and jalapeno and simmer until the carrots are crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cool, at least 1 hour.

Fifteen minutes before serving, cook the noodles according to the package directions; rinse.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak to the desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve on the noodles with the pickled vegetables, cilantro, and reserved dressing.

REAL SIMPLE, MAY 2011, Page 74

Kung Pao Chicken with Coconut Jasmine Rice Friday, Feb 8 2013 

2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced ginger
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper (about 1 large pepper)
1 cup snow peas, trimmed
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts

Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauce 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; sauce 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chicken; sauce 3 minutes or until chicken begins to brown.

Combine 3/4 cup water and the next 5 ingredients (through crushed red pepper), stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add water mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Add bell pepper and snow peas to pan; cook for 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisptender and sauce thickens. Sprinkle with nuts. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup).

CALORIES 275; FAT 13.88 (sat 2.69, mono 5.39, poly 4.89); PROTEIN 25.38; CARB 11.98; FIBER 2.29; CHOL 94mg; IRON 2mg; SODIUM 502mg; CALC 41mg

For the Coconut Jasmine Rice: Combine 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice, 1 1/4 cups water, 1/2 cup light coconut milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer; cook 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat; fluff rice with a fork. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

CALORIES 97; FAT 1.59 (sat 1.49); SODIUM 155mg Page 86

COOKING LIGHT, DECEMBER 2010

Sirloin Skewers with Grilled Vegetable Couscous and Fiery Pepper Sauce Tuesday, Jul 3 2012 

Serves 6

Pepper sauce:
4 red bell peppers
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Couscous:
1 cup water
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2 cups uncooked couscous
8 ounces eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
8 ounces squash, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
8 ounces zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 green onions, trimmed
Cooking spray

Skewers:
1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat broiler.

To prepare pepper sauce, cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil for 12 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag, and fold to close tightly. Let stand for 20 minutes. Peel. Place peppers and the next 8 ingredients (through red pepper) in a blender, and process until smooth.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

To prepare couscous, combine 1 cup water, broth, and bay leaf in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork; discard bay leaf.

Arrange eggplant and the next 3 ingredients (though green onions) on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until vegetables are tender and well marked. Remove from heat; coarsely chop vegetables. Combine 1/2 cup pepper sauce, couscous, and chopped vegetables in a large bowl; toss gently. Keep warm.

To prepare skewers, thread beef onto 12 (7-inch) skewers. Lightly coat beef with cooking spray, and sprinkle with black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 8 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning once. Serve with couscous mixture and remaining sauce.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving Calories 526, Fat 15.4g (Sat 3.3g, Mono 9.3g, Poly 1.4g), Protein 36.7g, Carbohydrate 58.5g, Fiber 8.2g, Cholesterol 49mg, Iron 3.7mg, Sodium 461mg, Calcium 75mg

Cooking Light, July 2011, Page 113

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Pork Mango Kebabs with Chili Lime Glaze Monday, Jun 25 2012 

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 pork tenderloins, about 12 oz. each, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 ripe but firm mangoes, peeled, pitted, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, cut into 1 1/2-inch squares
Salt and pepper

Make glaze: Combine honey, soy sauce, zest, lime juice, chili powder and crushed red pepper in a pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Preheat a gas grill on high heat for 10 to 15 minutes with lid closed. Thread pork, mango and peppers, alternating, on 8 large metal skewers, leaving some space between pieces. Place on a baking sheet and season generously with salt and pepper. Brush with glaze. (Discard any leftover glaze.)

Oil grill. Place kebabs on grill, reduce heat to medium-high, close lid and grill for 6 minutes. Turn kebabs and grill until peppers are lightly charred and pork is cooked through, about 6 minutes longer.

Amount per serving: Calories 180, Fat 3g (Sat 1g), Protein 19g, Carbohydrate 20g, Fiber 2g, Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 351mg

All You, June 2012, Page 71

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Shrimp Arugula Salad Tuesday, Jun 19 2012 

4 cups loosely packed baby arugula
1 cup (1/4 x 3-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrot
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
16 large peeled and deveined shrimp (about 3/4 pound)
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegarCombine the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add rosemary, pepper, and garlic to pan; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is tender, stirring constantly. Increase heat to medium-high. Add shrimp to pan; sauté for 6 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove shrimp mixture from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and vinegar to pan; cook for 15 seconds. Drizzle warm vinegar mixture over arugula mixture; toss gently to coat. Divide arugula mixture among 4 plates; top with shrimp. Serve immediately.

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup arugula mixture and 4 shrimp)
Calories 208, Fat 12g (Sat 1.7g, Mono 7.6g, Poly 1.8g), Protein 18.5g, Carb 6.9g, Fiber 1.5g, Cholesterol 129mg, Iron 2.7mg, Sodium 149mg, Calcium 101mg

Cooking Light, June 2011, Page 42

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