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Quick Shrimp and Sausage Paella

Quick Shrimp and Sausage Paella

 

Recipe: Quick Shrimp and Sausage Paella

Ingredients

  • 1 can Mexican style tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large pinch saffron
  • 1 package (14-16 oz) smoked turkey sausage, halved and sliced
  • 12 ounces peeled and deviened raw shrimp (21-25 per pound)
  • 1 package (9 oz) frozen green peas
  • lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add rice, tomatoes, broth, and spices. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in shrimp, sausage, and peas. Cover and cook until shrimp is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Serve with lemon slices

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Angel Hair Nests with Lemon and Smoked Salmon

Angel Hair Nests with Lemon and Smoked Salmon

Recipe: Angel Hair Nests with Lemon and Smoked Salmon

Ingredients

  • 4 Angel Hair Nests (~2 oz each)
  • ¼ cup high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 1 8 oz. package smoked salmon
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook Angel Hair Nests according to package directions. Using a slotted spoon, remove nests when cooked as desired and drain on paper towel-lined plate for 30 seconds.
  2. Place three nests on each serving plate. Drizzle each nest with extra-virgin olive oil then top with two small pieces smoked salmon (see photos). Grind some fresh pepper onto each nest, then grate zest from lemons over nests. Serve and enjoy!

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: angel hair nests with lemon and smoked trout

Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad

Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad

Recipe: Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • DRESSING
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • PASTA SALAD
  • 8 ounces (about 3 cups) whole-wheat fusilli
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup diced zucchini (about 1 medium)
  • 2 5-ounce cans chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped soft sun-dried tomatoes
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To prepare dressing: Combine oil, broth, vinegar, basil, shallots, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well combined. (Or whisk in a bowl.)
  2. To prepare pasta salad: Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Add arugula, zucchini, tuna, cheese, tomatoes, pepper and the dressing; toss to coat.

Quick Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without dressing, for up to 1 day. Toss with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad

Chile-Lime Catfish with Corn Saute

Chile-Lime Catfish with Corn Saute

Recipe: Chile-Lime Catfish with Corn Saute

Ingredients

  • 4 4 – 5 ounces fresh or frozen skinless catfish, sole, or tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper or chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 2/3 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded fresh jalapeno chile pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Instructions

  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Measure thickness of fish. In a small bowl stir together lime juice, ancho chile pepper, and salt. Brush mixture evenly over both sides of each fish fillet.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add fish fillets to hot oil; cook for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish flakes when tested with a fork, turning once. Remove fish from skillet. Cover and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add corn, onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic; cook about 2 minutes or until vegetables are heated through and just starting to soften, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro.
  4. To serve, divide corn mixture among serving plates. Top with fish. If desired, serve with lime wedges.

Preparation time: 25 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: Chile-Lime Catfish with Corn Saute

Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce

 

Shrimp with Spicy Garlic SauceRecipe: Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce

This works well served over brown Basmati rice.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 4 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked large shrimp
  • 6 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the first seven ingredients (soy sauce through chili sauce) in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add this sauce mixture to a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil. Let the mixture simmer for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the dissolved cornstarch and stir, letting the mixture return to a simmer for about a minute, or until it has become glossy and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket set over simmering water, steam the green beans, pepper, and shrimp until the beans are tender and the shrimp have turned an opaque shade of pink.
  4. Pour the sauce mixture over the steamed shrimp and green beans and toss to combine. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve!

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Inspired By: Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad

Recipe: Chickpea Salad

Feta cheese and chickpeas lend a Mediterranean flair to this satisfying side salad.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 7-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 3 cups peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To prepare dressing: Wisk together garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. To prepare salad: Combine chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese and onion in a medium bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Inspired By: Chickpea Salad

Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

Recipe: Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops evenly with salt. Add scallops to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm.
  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add pepper and garlic; cook 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute or until most of liquid evaporates. Stir in broth and beans; cook 2 minutes. Add spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; stir in basil.
  3. Grilled garlic bread is great for dipping into the brothy beans. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil evenly over 4 (1-ounce) slices French bread. Add bread to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Rub one side of each bread slice with cut sides of a halved garlic clove.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bay scallops, dried well
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 14 oz cans diced petite tomatoes, drained
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 8 oz angel hair pasta

Instructions

  1. Put a large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet on high heat. When hot, add 1 tsp of oil and the butter over medium-high heat until mixture starts to brown.
  3. MAKE SURE THE PAN AND OIL MIXTURE IS VERY HOT – Transfer HALF of the scallops to the skillet and cook WITHOUT MOVING until seared: ABOUT 30 SECONDS. Gently flip and sear on other side for another 20 – 30 SECONDS. Remove from skillet and set aside; cook remaining scallops and repeat as the first batch; set aside with first batch.
  4. Add the angel hair to the boiling salted water, cook according to package instructions for al dente.
  5. Reduce the skillet to medium-high heat; add remaining teaspoon of oil. When hot add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, salt and pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of parsley, remove from heat.
  6. Drain any liquid that accumulates from the scallops, then add the scallops to the skillet and remove from the heat.
  7. Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Top with the scallops and sauce, more fresh parsley and serve with grated parmigiano if desired.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes
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Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

Recipe: Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (weight after peeled)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can light coconut milk (50% less fat)*
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, heat oil on low. Add red peppers and sauté until soft (about 4 minutes). Add scallion whites, 1/4 cup cilantro, red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook 1 minute.
  2. Add tomatoes, coconut milk and salt to taste, cover and simmer on low about 10 minutes to let the flavors blend together and to thicken the sauce.
  3. Add shrimp and cook 5 minutes. Add lime juice.
  4. To serve, divide equally among 4 bowls and top with scallions and cilantro.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

Light Chicken Curry

Light Chicken Curry

Recipe: Light Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Three 3-inch lengths fresh lemon grass
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the red peppers, onion, broth, coconut milk and curry powder. Process or puree until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the sauce into a large, deep saute pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. Use a rolling pin or meat mallet to lightly crush the lemon grass, then add to the sauce. Stir in the chickpeas and carrots. Nestle the chicken thighs into the sauce, being sure the tops are covered. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard the lemon grass. Serve the chicken over rice with chickpeas, carrots and sauce spooned over it.

Quick Notes

While the family liked the recipe, personally I found it a little bland. Next time try adding some additional seasoning towards the end, either curry powder or garam masala.

Next time try adding the carrots to the blender.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By: Speedy and Light Chicken Curry
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