Make a fresh and delicious dinner in less time than you’d need to order takeout.
Savory Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- In a 12-inch skillet on medium-high heat, cook 2 medium bell peppers, seeded and chopped, in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for 3 minutes. Add 3 cloves garlic, chopped; cook 30 seconds. Add 1 pound ground turkey and 2 tablespoons fish sauce. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up the meat.
- Stir in 1/4 cup each packed fresh cilantro and fresh mint leaves, chopped; 3 tablespoons lime juice; and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Serve in lettuce cups with Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.
Tangy Pulled-Pork Sammies
- Add a metal steamer insert to a large saucepot filled with 2 inches of water; cover and heat to boiling.
- Rub 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch slices, with 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt; add to steamer. Reduce heat to maintain simmer; cook pork, covered, 20 minutes or until tender.
- Cool slightly; with hands, shred pork, then toss with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard.
- Toss 3 cups slaw mix with 2 tablespoons cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Serve on 4 brioche buns, split and toasted, topped with slaw.
Harissa Grilled Chicken Kebabs
- In a large bowl, whisk 1/4 cup harissa pepper paste with 2 tablespoons each olive oil and honey; set half aside for serving.
- To remaining harissa mixture, add 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced, tossing to coat; thread onto skewers. Grill on medium-high for 6 minutes or until cooked through, turning over once.
- Toss 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, with 1 cup quick-cooking bulgur, cooked; add 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Serve chicken on tabbouleh salad with reserved harissa sauce.
Zesty Lemon Herb-Baked Flounder
- In a 3-quart baking dish, arrange 1 1/4 pounds flounder fillets in single layer; season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Top with 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced; drizzle with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 450 F 12 to 15 minutes, until fish just turns opaque in center.
- Pulse 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned croutons in a food processor until coarsely crushed; sprinkle over flounder. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with sauteed greens and dinner rolls.
Spinach and Artichoke Squash Casserole
- Poke 2 medium spaghetti squash all over with a knife; place in a large microwave-safe dish. Cook on 80 percent power 10 minutes. Turn over; cook 10 more minutes or until knife slips in.
- In a 6-quart saucepot on medium heat, cook 1 medium shallot, finely chopped, in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 3 minutes, stirring. Add 6 cups packed spinach and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes or until wilted. Add 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened; 1 cup drained marinated artichoke hearts, chopped; 1/4 cup grated Parmesan; 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest; and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring until cheese melts.
- Cut squash into halves; discard seeds. With fork, scrape strands from sides; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
- Divide spinach mixture among squash halves. Broil until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
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