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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Kung Pao Chicken Tacos Wednesday, Nov 6 2013 

6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
3/4 cup diagonally sliced celery (about 2 stalks)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 lime wedges

Place chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to bag; seal. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place 1/4 cup cornstarch in a shallow dish. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt. Add chicken to cornstarch in dish, and toss chicken to thoroughly coat. Shake off excess cornstarch.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of coated chicken; sauté for 6 minutes or until done, turning to brown. Remove chicken from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Repeat the procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil and coated chicken.

Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, honey, and next 3 ingredients (through sambal oelek) in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring twice. Stir in garlic. Combine soy sauce mixture, chicken, peanuts, and celery; toss to coat chicken.

Toast tortillas under broiler or on a griddle until lightly blistered, turning frequently. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates; divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each taco with green onions and bell pepper strips; serve with lime wedges.

Cooking Light, October 2012, page 106

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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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Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers Thursday, Jul 11 2013 

1 cup water
1/2 cup white rice
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 green onions, chopped
4 cubanelle peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella a cheese

Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the ground sirloin, and cook until it begins to brown, and is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat and stir in 1 can of tomato sauce along with the garlic salt, kosher salt, pepper, and green onions. Bring to a simmer, and keep warm. When the rice is ready, stir it into the meat mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Stuff the pepper halves with the meat and rice mixture, rounding the tops. Place the stuffed peppers into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Stir the remaining can of tomato sauce together with the parsley, brown sugar, basil, and oregano. Spoon this sauce over the peppers.

Bake the peppers in the preheated oven for one hour until they are hot and beginning to brown. Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese to serve.

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Classic Crab Cakes Tuesday, Jun 25 2013 

2/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
8 ounces lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon, quartered

Combine 1/3 cup panko and next 10 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl, stirring well. Add crab; stir gently just until combined. Place remaining 1/3 cup panko in a shallow dish. Using wet hands, shape crab mixture into 4 equal balls. Coat balls in panko. Gently flatten balls to form 4 (4-inch) patties.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Serve with lemon wedges.

Amount per serving: Calories 181, Fat 7.8g, Saturated fat 0.9g, Monounsaturated fat 4.2g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.4g, Protein 16.3g, Carbohydrate 8.8g, Fiber 1g, Cholesterol 107mg, Iron 0.9mg, Sodium 482mg, Calcium 70mg

Cooking Light, April 2013, page 50

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Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Smoked Tomatoes Sunday, May 19 2013 

2 cups hickory or oak chips
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 boneless beef ribeye steaks, cut 1-inch thick (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
6 to 8 small heirloom, Campari, or roma tomatoes, halved
8 to 12 green onions, trimmed

Soak wood chips in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling.

In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, sage, garlic powder, dry mustard, and pepper; set aside ½ teaspoon of the spice mixture. Sprinkle the remaining spice mixture over steaks; rub the mixture over both sides of the steaks.

Drain wood chips. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place steaks on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 16 to 20 minutes for medium rare (145 degrees) or 20 to 24 minutes for medium (160 degrees), turning once halfway through grilling.

Sprinkle tomatoes with reserved spice mixture. Place tomatoes, cut sides up, on grill rack over the dip pan and green onions on grill rack over coals for the last 8 to 10 minutes of grilling time, turning onions once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add wood chips to grill according to manufacturer’s directions. Adjust for indirect cooking. Place steaks on grill rack over burner that is turned off. Cover; grill as directed.) Let steaks stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve steaks with tomatoes and green onions.

Serves 4. Per serving 782 calories, 61g total fat, 185mg cholesterol, 646mg sodium, 8g total carbohydrate and 50g protein.

Garden Fresh Recipes, page 40

Shrimp Pad Thai Wednesday, Apr 3 2013 

8 oz brown rice noodles
1 tbsp jarred tamarind paste
2 tsp fish sauce
4 tsp Sucanat
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp high-heat cooking oil (such as sunflower, safflower, peanut or grape seed oil)
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz peeled and deveined shrimp, preferably tail on
6 green onions, white and light green parts, plus half of dark green parts, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch lengths
1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp chopped dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
1 lime, cut into wedges, optional

Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a small pot or kettle to a boil. In a medium bowl, whisk ¾ cup boiling water, tamarind paste, fish sauce, Sucanat and pepper flakes. Set aside.

In a large wok or skillet, heat oil on high. Add shallots and garlic and sauté, stir-ring often, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sauté until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add noodles and toss to combine.

Working 3 to 4 tbsp at a time, gradually add tamarind paste mixture to wok, tossing to coat. Cook until noodles are tender and well coated, about 3 minutes. Stir in green onions and bean sprouts and cook, tossing gently, for 30 seconds. To serve, garnish with cilantro and peanuts. If desired, serve with lime.

Nutrients per serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 378, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated fat: 2 g, Carbs: 56 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 22 g, Sodium: 540 mg, Cholesterol: 86 mg

Clean Eating, October 2012, page 93

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Sesame-Soy Meatballs Friday, Mar 8 2013 

1/3 cup minced green onions
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon chile paste (such assembly otlek)
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 pound ground sirloin
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Add beef; mix gently to combine. With moist hands, shape the ground beef mixture into 20 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.

Heat a large cast—iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the meatballs to pan; cook 4 minutes, turning to brown meatballs on all sides. Arrange browned meatballs in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining meatballs. Bake meatballs at 400 degrees for 7 minutes or until done.

Yield 4 servings (serving size 5 meatballs). CALORIES 241, FAT 11.3g (sat 2.7g, mono 4.8g, poly 3g), PROTEIN 23.5g, CARBS 10.3g, FIBER 0.3g, CHOL 42mg, IRON 1.9mg, SODIUM 491mg, CALC 36mg

Cooking Light Page 50

Grilled Vegetables with Miso Sauce Friday, Feb 15 2013 

SERVES 2, 30 MINUTES OR FEWER

VEGETABLES
1/4 red kuri or kabocha squash, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
1 small red onion, sliced
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 large bok choy, leaves separated

MISO SAUCE
1 Tbs. miso paste
1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
2 green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds

To make Vegetables: Brush squash and onion slices with oil. Spray grill with cooking spray, and lay squash slices on grill. Close, and cook on mediumhigh 10 minutes, or until squash is tender; transfer to plate. Place onion slices on grill; cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender; transfer to plate. Place bok choy leaves on grill; cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until wilted and crisp tender; transfer to plate.

Meanwhile, to make Miso Sauce: Combine miso paste, garlic, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup water in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook 1 minute, or until miso dissolves and begins to bloom. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vinegar. Fold in green onions and sesame seeds.

Serve Grilled Vegetables drizzled with Miso Sauce, or serve Miso Sauce on the side.

PER SERVING (1 1/2 CUPS VEGETABLES AND 3 TBS. SAUCE): 184 CAL; 5G PROT; 10G TOTAL FAT (1G SAT FAT); 21G CARB; 0MG CHOL; 379MG SOD; 4G FIBER; 8G SUGARS

Page 34, March 2011, Vegetarian Times

Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers Wednesday, Jul 4 2012 

1/3 cup sliced green onions, divided
1/3 cup chopped shallots, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 garlic cloves
1 large serrano chile, stemmed
8 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons light sour cream
8 mini bell peppers (or use 2 regular peppers)

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. After preheating, reduce one side to low.

Combine 1/4 cup green onions, 1/4 cup shallots, sugar, 2 tablespoons juice, oil, allspice, garlic, and serrano in a mini food processor; process until smooth. Combine half of onion mixture and chicken in a medium bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with salt.

Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side. Move chicken over low heat. Cover and grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Brush chicken with remaining onion mixture.

Combine remaining green onions, remaining shallots, remaining juice, cheese, cilantro, and sour cream. Halve bell peppers lengthwise; discard seeds. Divide cheese mixture evenly among pepper halves. Place peppers on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Grill 7 minutes or until peppers are lightly charred.

Serves 4
Amount per serving: Calories 340, Fat 17.9g (Sat 5.9g, Mono 8.8g, Poly 2.2g), Protein 30.2g, Carbohydrate 14g, Fiber 1.6g, Cholesterol 132mg, Iron 2.1mg, Sodium 363mg, Calcium 67mg

Cooking Light, May 2012, page 62

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