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Singapore Slaw

Singapore Slaw
Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Start to Finish: 20 minutes
Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 3 cups shredded cabbage or 1/2 of a 16-ounce bag shredded cabbage with carrot
  • 1-1/2 cups jicama cut into strips
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 1/2 of a medium green, red, or yellow sweet pepper, cut into julienne strips (1/2 cup)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or salad oil
  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine cabbage, jicama, orange sections, sweet pepper, red onion, and cilantro. Cover and chill up to 4 hours.
  2. For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine peanut oil or salad oil, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame seed (if desired), toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and dry mustard. Cover and shake well. Chill up to 4 hours.
  3. To serve, shake dressing again; pour over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare dressing up to 4 hours ahead. Cover and store in refrigerator. Shake well before using.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

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Five-Spiced Sesame Tuna and Avocado

Five-Spiced Sesame Tuna and Avocado
Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

4 Servings
Prep 10 min
Cook 10 min

  • 2 avocados
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (eyeball it)
  • 1/4 cup tamari (dark soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Four 6-ounce tuna steaks
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup snipped chives
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  1. Thickly slice the avocados lengthwise and coat with the lime juice to prevent browning; set aside. In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the vinegar, tamari and honey to a low boil. Lower the heat and simmer until syrupy, 6 to 7 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Sprinkle the tuna with the five-spice powder and season with salt and pepper. Place the tuna in the skillet and cook, turning once, until just browned, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Slice the tuna and top with the sesame seeds and chives.
  3. Divide the lettuce among 4 plates and top with the tuna and avocado. Drizzle with the dressing.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Cheesy Zucchini Boats

Cheesy Zucchini Boats
Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

4 Servings
Prep 20 min
Cook 40 min

  • 4 zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Using a small spoon, scoop out the zucchini flesh, leaving a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick shell. Wrap the zucchini flesh in a paper towel and squeeze out any excess liquid; discard the liquid and set aside the flesh. Place the zucchini shells cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the zucchini flesh and onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the bread crumbs, and toast the bread crumbs for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the nuts and oregano, then combine with the vegetables; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Flip over the zucchini shells and line the bottoms with the mozzarella. Pack in the filling. Sprinkle the parmesan on top. Bake until the zucchini is tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Pistachio-Crusted Pork Chops

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min

  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Pepper
  • Four 1-inch-thick pork chops
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Using a food processor, finely grind the nuts, garlic, lemon peel and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a shallow bowl; whisk in the breadcrumbs.
  2. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Dip each chop into the egg, then coat with the nut mixture; transfer to a baking sheet.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chops and cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side; return to the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 140°, about 20 minutes.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Spanish Fideos with Shrimp

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

Makes 4 servings

  • Salt
  • 1 pound thin egg noodles (fideos), broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 pound medium shrimp-peeled,deveined and chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a couple of generous handfuls)
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the noodles and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat until rippling. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the scallions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the noodles to the shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Add the parsley, sherry, soy sauce and a little hot sauce. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water. Top with the nuts.

**Personal Review: YUM! This was sooo easy to make and it tasted wonderful! I used angel hair pasta instead of the fideos – I could find them. It was gobbled up quickly!**

Apple-Oat Muffins

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Yield 12 muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes

  • 2 cup(s) old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup(s) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup(s) (1 to 2 medium) shredded Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup(s) walnuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 12 standard muffin-pan cups. In large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.
  2. In medium bowl, with fork, beat buttermilk, oil, and egg until well blended; stir in shredded apples. Add apple mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until flour mixture is moistened (batter will be very thick and lumpy). Stir in chopped walnuts.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin-pan cups. Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until muffins begin to brown and toothpick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean. Immediately remove muffins from pan. Serve warm, or cool on wire rack to serve later.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Sesame Pork Rice

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Recipe & picture courtesy of My Recipes

Makes 4 servings

  • 2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag long-grain rice
  • 1 pound boneless center-cut loin pork chops, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon bottled ground fresh ginger, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  1. Cook rice according to package directions; omit salt. Drain well; set aside.
  2. While rice cooks, toss pork with 1/2 teaspoon garlic and 1/2 teaspoon ginger. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; sauté 3 minutes or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat; add 1 teaspoon garlic and 1/2 teaspoon ginger; sauté 30 seconds. Add rice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and vinegar; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in pork; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.

**Personal Review: This was very simple to make – it tasted pretty good too – although I think I will add a scrambled egg, onions and other “goodies” to this the next time I make it.**