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

Spiced Lamb with Plum Sauce Tuesday, Jan 21 2014 

Lamb:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (1 1/2-pound) French-cut racks of lamb (8 ribs each)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
Cooking spray

Sauce:
1 3/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups pitted dried plums, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare lamb, combine the first 6 ingredients. Coat lamb with oil. Rub spice mixture on lamb.

Arrange onion in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray; top with lamb. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of lamb registers 130°. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut lamb into chops. Discard onions.

To prepare sauce, combine 1 3/4 cups water and next 7 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 20 minutes or until sauce measures 2 cups. Stir in juice. Serve sauce with lamb. Sprinkle lamb with cilantro.

Cooking Light, November 2011, page 250

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Skillet Chicken Fajitas Wednesday, Dec 4 2013 

1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
2 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and sliced thin crosswise
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and sliced thin
1 onion, halved and sliced thin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 teaspoons lime juice
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed

Combine chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in bowl. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with spice mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chicken and cook until well browned all over and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to platter and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Return now-empty skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, bell pepper, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Transfer to platter with chicken. Serve with tortillas.

Serves 4

Cook’s Country, October/November 2013, recipe card

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Pernil Style Pork Tenderloin Tuesday, Nov 26 2013 

3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 small shallots, coarsely chopped
4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. distilled white vinegar
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1-1/4-lb. pork tenderloin
4 lime wedges

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

In a food processor, combine the garlic, shallots, 3 Tbs. of the oil, the vinegar, chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Pulse for several seconds to make a paste.

Cut the tenderloin in half crosswise and then butterfly both halves by holding a knife parallel to the cutting board and cutting a lengthwise slit to within 1/2 inch of the other side of the tenderloin. Spread 1 Tbs. of the paste inside each slit. Tie with kitchen string or secure with toothpicks and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a heavy-duty, ovenproof, 10-inch skillet over high heat until hot and add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil, swirling the pan to coat the bottom. Add the tenderloins and sear on all sides until golden-brown, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 8 minutes. Turn the tenderloins over and spread the remaining paste on top. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of each registers 145°F, about 6 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board, remove the string or toothpicks, and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice 1/2 inch thick and serve with the lime wedges.

Serves 4
nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 330; Fat (g): 20; Fat Calories (kcal): 180; Saturated Fat (g): 4; Protein (g): 31; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13; Carbohydrates (g): 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): 290; Cholesterol (mg): 95; Fiber (g): 1

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Scallops and Roasted Pepper Chutney Tuesday, Jun 11 2013 

For the scallops
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne
16 large scallops

For the chutney
4 red peppers
1 medium red onion
1-inch piece gingerroot
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin seed powder
1/2 teaspoon cracked peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter

Place the olive oil, garlic, ginger and cayenne in a resealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Add the scallops and turn to coat. Refrigerate the scallops while you make the chutney.

Set an oven rack at the upper-middle position and heat your broiler to high. Place the peppers, onion and ginger on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and broil for 15 minutes, turning often, until all sides of the vegetables and ginger are charred (you may need to remove the ginger before the peppers and onion are finished). Place them in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 30 minutes. Peel the charred skin from peppers and onion and trim the blackened skin from the ginger. Place the roasted and peeled vegetables and ginger in a food processor along with the heavy cream, lime juice, salt, toasted cumin, cracked pepper, garam masala and cayenne pepper and pulse until smooth.

Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the ghee or clarified butter and heat for 1 minute. Add enough scallops to fill the skillet and cook until they’re browned, about 1 1/2 minutes, without moving. Flip the scallops over and cook the other side until browned, about 1 minute longer. Place the scallops on a large serving dish. Cover with foil to keep warm and cook remaining scallops. When all of the scallops are browned, discard all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet and add the chutney. Bring it to a broil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 minutes. Taste the chutney for seasoning, pour over the scallops and serve.

The Costco Connection, May 2013, page 67
Reprinted from American Masala (Clarkson Potter, 2007) by Suvir Saran with Raquel Petzel

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Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 small orange bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
I also used 2 whole tomatoes

Cooking spray
3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
4 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Rub paprika mixture evenly over chicken; let stand 10 minutes.

Arrange chicken, onion, and bell pepper (and tomatoes) on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cook vegetables 4 minutes on each side or until tender. Cook chicken 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken and vegetables from grill; coarsely chop vegetables. Let chicken stand 5 minutes; thinly slice chicken.

Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons cheese over half of each tortilla; divide vegetables and chicken evenly over cheese. Fold each tortilla in half over filling; lightly coat tortillas with cooking spray.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 quesadillas in pan; cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and tortillas are lightly browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 2 wedges; serve with sour cream.

Cooking Light, May 2013

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 quesadilla wedges and 1 tablespoon sour cream)
Calories 310, Fat 13g, Saturated fat 6.1g, Monounsaturated fat 4.1g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.1g, Protein 26.8g, Carbohydrate 20.4g, Fiber 1.9g, Cholesterol 79mg, Iron 1.9mg, Sodium 552mg, Calcium 228mg

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Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Chile-Sauteed Shrimp Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

2 3-oz beef tenderloin medallions
Olive Oil

Spice Rub
2 tbsp sweet paprika (Chef’s Tip: Opt for the Hungarian variety.)
1 tsp organic evaporated cane juice
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper

Sauteed Shrimp
4 shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp sweet paprika
Pinch chile flakes

In a small bowl, combine all spice rub ingredients. Using about 1 tbsp per beef medallion, coat both sides with mixture, gently rubbing into meat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. (Tip: Store leftover spice rub in an airtight container for up to six months.)

In a small bowl, stir together all sauteed shrimp ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 45 to 60 min.

Preheat oven to 425F. Mist a medium, ovenproof saucepan with cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add beef and sear on one side for 4 to 5 min. Turn over, transfer pan to oven and roast to desired doneness; about 7 min for medium-rare or 9 to 10 min. for medium.

In a nonstick saute pan on high, add shrimp and saute for about 3 min, until just cooked through. Top beef with shrimp.

Clean Eating, January/February 2013, Page 60

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Lamb Chops and Cilantro Relish with Fresh Lima Beans Friday, Feb 8 2013 

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Cooking spray
1 (1 1/2-pound) French-cut rack of lamb (8 ribs), trimmed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine first 3 ingredients.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle lamb with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add lamb to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side. Spread oil mixture over lamb; place pan in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 138 degrees. Remove lamb from pan; let stand 8 minutes. Cut into chops.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and jalapeño; sauté 5 minutes. Combine onion mixture, cilantro, and the remaining ingredients.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size 2 chops and 3 tablespoons relish) Calories 319, Fat 18.4g (sat 7g, mono 8.3g, poly 0.9g), Protein 32g, Carbs 4.5g, Fiber 1g, Cholesterol 102mg, Iron 2.5g, Sodium 347mg: Calc 3mg

For the Fresh Lima Beans: Cook 2 cups fresh lima beans in simmering water 20 minutes or until tender. Rinse with cold water, drain. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, and teaspoon salt. Add beans, /2 cup quartered grape tomato, 4 cup sliced kalamara olives, and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley; toss well.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: ‘2 cup). CALORIES 140, FAT 46g (sat O.7ç SODIUM 176mg

Recipes by Tiffany Vickers Davis

Cooking Light, August 2011, Page 68

Caribbean Grilled Chicken with Tropical Rice Pilaf Friday, Feb 8 2013 

SERVES 4

½ cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1½ pounds)
2 mangos, peeled and cut into 1½-inch cubes
1½ cups white rice
2¼ cups water
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Whisk oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, allspice, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in large bowl. Toss 1/4 cup marinade mixture with chicken, and half of mango pieces (largest pieces). Place  marinated mango pieces onto four 1/4—inch skewers. Transfer chicken halves and skewered mango pieces to plate and season with salt and pepper.

Heat additional 3 tablespoons marinade mixture in large saucepan over medium—high heat. Add rice and cook, stirring, until rice is opaque. about 3 minutes. Add water and 1 teaspoon salt, bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, grill chicken breasts and mango skewers over hot fire until chicken registers 160 degrees and mangos are charred, about 6 minutes per side (for each). Transfer to platter and tent with foil.

Chop remaining mango into small pieces, and toss with rice and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle remaining marinade over chicken. Serve with rice pilaf.

30-minute Suppers Magazine, Summer 2011, Page 14

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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