salmon-pasta-16prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 50 minutes      serves 6-8

ingredients
1 large handful of basil (about 1 cup chopped)
1 large handful of parsley (about 1 cup chopped)
1 small handful of dill (about 1/2 c chopped)
1 small bunch of chives (about 1/2 c chopped)
2 scallions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
the leaves from 3 stalks of tarragon (stems discarded)
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 T
1 1/2 lb salmon fillet
1 lb dried fettucine
2 T butter
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 c capers, drained and roughly chopped
1 c heavy cream
2 c frozen peas
zest of a whole lemon

directions

  1. first, make the green goddess pesto. in the bowl of a food processor, add the basil, parsley, dill, chives, scallions, tarragon, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. next, rinse your salmon fillet, pat it dry with a paper towel, and season with salt. heat 2 T of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. sear the salmon until cooked through on both sides, approximately 5-6 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish and your preference for how done you want your fish). when it’s cooked to your liking, transfer to a plate, and with two forks, flake the salmon.
  3. next, bring a pot of salted water up to a boil. boil the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  4. while the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add the butter and the garlic. stir the garlic until lightly browned, and then add the capers. turn the heat all the way down to low, and stir to combine. add the heavy cream, followed by the peas. stir to warm the peas through.
  5. add the cooked pasta and stir thoroughly until the pasta is coated in the cream. next, add the pesto and stir to combine. top with the flaked salmon, additional black pepper to taste, and lemon zest.

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tortellini salad

October 23, 2017

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes      total: 30 minutes       yields 4 servings15-minute-spinach-pesto-tortellini-salad-1

ingredients
1 10 oz. package cheese tortellini
1 14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts
4 c baby arugula
2 c halved cherry tomatoes
2 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
3 T bottled italian dressing

directions

  1. cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. drain the artichoke hearts and reserve half for another use.
  4. in a serving bowl, combine the cooled tortellini, artichoke hearts, baby arugula, tomatoes, pepperoni, basil, and italian dressing.

source – parents magazine, sept. 2017, pg. 142
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steamed meat patty

October 18, 2017

prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 45-60 minutes       servings 4-6salted-fish-minced_3

ingredients
1 lb. ground pork or beef
3-4 chinese mushrooms, sliced or diced
1 green onion, diced
1 egg
1 T soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
3-4 water chestnuts, diced
a few drops of sesame oil
1/2 tsp salt
pepper

directions

  1. combine all ingredients for meat patty in a heat resistant dish.
  2. steam for 30-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the patty.
  3. side note: for very lean ground pork, add 2 stalks of napa cut fine, and bamboo shoot and baking soda.

source – will have to check which cook book this is from, pg. 40

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prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 6-8 hours      total time: 6-8 hours + 15 minutes quick-and-easy-chicken-taco-soup-3-683x1024      serves 8

ingredients
6 c low-sodium chicken broth
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)
2 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can corn
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped, plus sliced for serving
2 T ground cumin
2 T chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 T fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
shredded cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce, for serving

directions

  1. combine broth, chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, onion, chopped jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. cover and cook on low until chicken is very tender, 6-8 hours.
  3. remove chicken and, using 2 forks, shred into bite-size pieces.
  4. stir chicken and lime juice into soup and serve topped with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, and sliced jalapeno.

source – real simple magazine, sept. 2017, pg. 148
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prep time: 10 minutes       cook time: 25 minutes      total time: 35 minutes      4 servingsdry-fried-string-beans-8

ingredients
1 lb green beans
1/2 tsp salt
2 T oil
1/4 c ground pork
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 dried red hot peppers
1 tsp chinese cooking wine/shaoxing wine
1.5 tsp soy sauce
a pinch of sugar
1 tsp sesame oil

directions

  1. heat your wok over high heat until just starting to smoke, and add the green beans and salt. immediately lower the heat to medium low, and sear the green beans for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. you want to see small scorch marks on the green beans. once the green beans are somewhat tender, take them out of the wok and set aside.
  2. heat the oil in your wok over medium high heat and brown the pork. add the garlic and chili, and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. toss in the seared green beans, cooking wine, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. crank the heat back up to high and stir-fry for a final minute. serve immediately.

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