Sesame Chicken and Noodles in Mushroom Broth Sunday, Oct 16 2016 

4 shiitake mushrooms
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
4 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
1 quart water
2 cups uncooked fresh Chinese-style noodles
1 pound chicken cutlets
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 baby bok choy, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices red bell pepper
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

Remove mushroom stems. Thinly slice caps; set caps aside. Bring stems, broth, and next 6 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Remove pan from heat.

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add noodles; cook 3 minutes or until done. Drain.

Sprinkle chicken with black pepper. Place seeds in a dish. Press seeds into both sides of chicken. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan. Add bok choy, cut sides down; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Add reserved mushroom slices and bell pepper. Strain broth mixture through a sieve into pan; cover and cook 2 minutes. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon.

Thinly slice chicken. Place 1/2 cup noodles, about 1/4 cup vegetables, and 4 ounces chicken into 4 shallow bowls. Spoon 1/4 cup broth mixture over each. Garnish each with two lime wedges.

Cooking Light, August 2012, page 26

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Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
6 garlic cloves, minced
12 ounces lean ground pork
1 1/2 cups diced seeded cucumber
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced carrot
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2 serrano chile, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
16 Boston lettuce leaves

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing gently until just combined; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble. Place pork mixture in a large bowl. Add cucumber and next 5 ingredients (through serrano), and stir to combine.

Combine lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add juice mixture to pork mixture; toss. Place about 1/3 cup pork mixture in each lettuce leaf.

Serves 4, Amount per serving:
Calories 231, Fat 12.6g, Saturated fat 3.4g, Monounsaturated fat 5.8g, Polyunsaturated fat 2.2g, Protein 21.2g, Carbohydrate 10.5g, Fiber 2.3g, Cholesterol 64mg, Iron 0.9mg, Sodium 385mg, Calcium 42mg

Cooking Light, March 2013, page 134

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Vietnamese Salt and Pepper Shrimp Rice Noodle Bowl (Bun Tom Xao) Thursday, Mar 14 2013 

5 ounces uncooked rice vermicelli noodles
1/2 cup lukewarm water
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
5 teaspoons fish sauce (such as Three Crabs)
2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced
4 cups (1/4-inch) slices green leaf lettuce
3 cups diagonally cut slices seeded Kirby (pickling) cucumber (about 2)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup torn Thai basil leaves
1/4 cup torn mint leaves
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/3 cup (1/4-inch) slices green onions
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Cook rice vermicelli noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

Combine 1/2 cup lukewarm water and granulated sugar in a medium bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce, and chiles; set aside.

Combine lettuce, cucumber, and herbs; set aside.

Combine cornstarch, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; stir until well combined. Add shrimp; toss to coat. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and swirl to coat. Add half of shrimp; cook for 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until shrimp are seared. Remove from pan. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to wok; repeat procedure with remaining shrimp. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to wok; swirl to coat. Add onions and garlic; stir-fry 30 seconds. Return shrimp to pan; stir-fry 1 minute.

Arrange about 1 cup lettuce mixture in each of 4 large bowls, and top each serving with about 1 cup noodles and 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts. Divide the shrimp evenly among servings, and serve each with 1/4 cup sauce.

Cooking Light, March 2013, Page 106

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Spicy Thai Basil Chicken Monday, Mar 11 2013 

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.

Serves 4, Calories 250, Fat 14.1g, Saturated fat 3g, Monounsaturated fat 7.1g, Polyunsaturated fat 3.1g, Protein 21.6g, Carbohydrate 10.7g, Fiber 1.2g, Cholesterol 98mg, Iron 1.9mg, Sodium 486mg, Calcium 51mg

Cooking Light, January/February 2013, Page 31

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Steamed Mussels with Bell Peppers, Watercress and herbed toasts Thursday, Feb 7 2013 

1/2 cup dry sherry
2 cup orange juice
2 Tbs. tomato paste
4 tsp. sherry vinegar
2 tsp. honey
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh thyme
12 1/2-inch-thick slices baguette (cut on an angle)
Kosher salt
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
3/4 large red bell pepper, cut into medium dice (about 3/4 cup)
3/4 large yellow bell pepper, cut into medium dice (about 3/4 cup)
2 Tbs. minced fresh garlic
1 tsp. minced fresh serrano Chile
4 lb. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
4 oz. fresh watercress, tough stems trimmed, washed well

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup water with the sherry, orange juice, tomato paste, vinegar, and honey.

In another small bowl, mix 3 Tbs. of the olive oil with the thyme. Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with some of the thyme oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Toast under the broiler, flipping once, until golden brown on one side and lightly toasted on the other, about 5 minutes total.

Meanwhile, in a medium (6-quart) Dutch oven, heat the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil and 1 Tbs. of the butter over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, raise the heat to medium high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots and somewhat softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and Chile and cook briefly, stirring, until fragrant and well combined. Add the sherry mixture, stir, and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels, cover the pot, and cook until the mussels have opened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, toss in all but a few sprigs of the watercress, and stir gently to partially wilt it.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels and watercress to 4 wide, shallow serving bowls. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter to the broth and stir until melted. Ladle the broth over the mussels. Garnish with the remaining watercress sprigs and serve with the toasts on the side.

COOKFRESH 2011, Page 36

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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