Cabernet Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta Thursday, Jan 19 2017 

Ribs:
16 (3-ounce) bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped shallots
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 rosemary sprig
2 1/2 cups cabernet sauvignon or other dry red wine
1 1/4 cups lower-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Gremolata:
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 garlic clove, minced

Polenta:
3 cups fat-free milk
1 cup water
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to pan. Add 8 ribs, and sauté for 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove ribs. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 8 ribs. Add onion and the next 5 ingredients (through rosemary) to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine to pan, and bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook for 13 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Add broth to pan, and bring to a boil. Return ribs to pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours, turning ribs after 45 minutes. Remove ribs from pan, and strain cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Discard the solids. Skim fat; discard. Return cooking liquid to pan. Combine flour and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl, stirring well. Add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook for 11 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Stir in vinegar.

To prepare gremolata, combine 1/3 cup parsley, 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind, and minced garlic.
To prepare polenta, bring 3 cups milk, 1 cup water, 5/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper to a boil over medium heat. Slowly stir in 1 cup polenta. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese. Place 1/2 cup polenta in each of 8 shallow bowls, and top each serving with 2 ribs, 2 tablespoons sauce, and about 2 teaspoons gremolata.

Cooking Light, October 2011, page 88

Shrimp Linguine with Ricotta, Fennel and Spinach Tuesday, Mar 26 2013 

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.

Serves 4, Amount per 1 cup serving:
Calories 377, Fat 10.6g, Saturated fat 4.1g, Monounsaturated fat 4.6g. Polyunsaturated fat 0.9g, Protein 23.9g, Carbohydrate 43.6g, Fiber 4.8g, Cholesterol 122mg, Iron 2mg, dium 650mg, Calcium 296mg

Cooking Light, March 2013, page 26

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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

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