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Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

Serves 4

  • 2 pounds small red-skinned or yukon gold potatoes
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • A few sprigs thyme
  • One 3-inch piece lemon peel
  • Pepper
  • Four 6-ounce salmon fillets, skinned
  • 4 slices black-pepper bacon
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into spears
  • One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (dark soy sauce)
  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450°. In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, salt the water and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain; return to the pot.
  2. While the potatoes are working, in a saucepan, combine the chicken broth, cream, thyme sprigs and lemon peel and steep over medium-low heat. Pour over the drained potatoes and mash together; season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then wrap each fillet with the bacon. Arrange the fish on a broiler pan and roast until the bacon is almost crisp and the fish is almost firm, about 12 minutes.
  4. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together the broccoli, ginger, garlic, EVOO and crushed red pepper; season with salt. Roast in the lower third of the oven until tender, about 12 minutes.
  5. In a small saucepan, bring the maple syrup and tamari to a boil. Baste the salmon liberally with the glaze and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with the mashed potatoes and broccoli.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Corn and Crab Quesadillas

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Betty Crocker

Makes 6 servings

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions (5 medium)
  • 1 jar (2 oz) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 lb chopped cooked crabmeat or imitation crabmeat (2 cups)
  • 6 sun-dried tomato or spinach-cilantro flavored flour tortillas (8 to 10 inch)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • Sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
  1. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, corn, cilantro, onions, pimientos, pepper and red pepper. Fold in crabmeat. Spread 2/3 cup of the crabmeat mixture over each tortilla; fold tortilla in half, pressing lightly. Brush both sides of each tortilla with butter.
  2. In 12-inch skillet, cook 3 tortillas at a time over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, turning once, until light brown. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

**Personal Review: This turned out great – we loved it and will make it again!**

Chicken with Sherry-Soy Sauce

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Recipe & picture courtesy of My Recipes

Makes 4 servings

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, optional
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  2. Add sherry, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and red pepper to pan; scrape pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Stir in oil.

**Personal Review: This was really easy to make and it turned out wonderful. Very quick, very simple.**

Roasted-Pepper-Pasta-Stuffed Peppers

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

Serves 4

  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound short whole wheat pasta
  • 4 large red bell peppers, tops cut off and reserved, seeds
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 4 jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 small portobello mushroom caps, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, stems discarded and leaves chopped
  • One 28-ounce can fire-roasted crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups arugula or baby spinach (a few generous handfuls)
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated pecorino-romano cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. Trim the bottoms of the bell peppers, without cutting a hole, so that they stand. Season inside with salt and black pepper. Turn the peppers bottom side up in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, set the tops alongside and drizzle with EVOO. Roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Using a food processor, puree the roasted red peppers. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the red onion, garlic, mushrooms, crushed red pepper and rosemary and cook until softened, 7 minutes. Stir in the pureed peppers and the fire-roasted tomatoes; season with salt and black pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pasta and toss. Add the arugula and basil and cook until wilted.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Turn the peppers upright; fill with pasta. Top with the cheese and broil until melted, 2 minutes. Cover with the tops and serve with any extra pasta.

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Skirt Steak & Pesto Noodles

Recipe from Ladies’ Home Journal

Prep: 15 min
Start to Finish: 1 hr 15 min
Makes 8 to 10 servings

  • 1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chopped tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 skirt steaks (1-1/2 lbs total)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 package (1 lb) fettuccine
  • 3/4 cup purchased pesto
  1. For marinade, in a large, shallow glass dish, combine tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and pepper flakes. Rinse steaks and pat dry; add to marinade, turning to coat all sides. Cover and marinate at room temperature 30 min (or refrigerate up to 5 hrs).
  2. Heat broiler and place rack 4 inches from heat. Cover a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan with foil. Transfer steak and marinade to baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Broil, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 145 degrees F for medium, 10 to 14 min. Remove from broiler and let stand 5 min before cutting into 1/2-inch-thick slices; reserve cooked marinade.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with pesto and remaining 1 tsp salt.
  4. Transfer steak to a platter; top with half the cooked sauce. Serve with pasta and remaining sauce.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Zucchini Casserole with Red-Pepper Aioli


Recipe & picture courtesy of My Recipes

Makes 4 servings

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced onion
  • 6 (1/2-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut Italian bread (about 6 ounces), toasted
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (15.75-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Red-Pepper Aioli (recipe to follow)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Cut 2 bread slices into 1-inch cubes; set aside. Drain tomatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup liquid; discard remaining liquid. Place tomatoes in a medium bowl. Stir in basil, thyme, pepper, and garlic.
  4. Place 1/2 cup onion in the bottom of a 3-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 2 bread slices, half of the remaining onion, half of the tomato mixture, half of the zucchini, and half of the cheese over onion in dish. Repeat layer; top with bread cubes. Pour 1/2 cup reserved tomato liquid and broth over casserole. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover casserole and bake an additional 25 minutes or until top begins to brown.
  5. Spoon 2 cups casserole into each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon Red-Pepper Aioli.

Red-Pepper Aioli

Makes 1 cup

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained 
  1. Drop garlic through food chute with food processor on. Process until finely minced. Add the remaining ingredients, and process until well-combined.

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Rigatoni alla Siciliana


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes total

  • 1 eggplant, about 1-1/2 pounds
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) fire roasted whole tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound mini rigatoni pasta
  • 1 cup smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Trim eggplant and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. In a large skillet, cook eggplant and garlic in oil for 7 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and break up with a wooden spoon. Add oregano, salt and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While sauce is simmering, cook pasta following package directions. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
  4. Toss drained pasta with sauce. Add reserved pasta water, in 1/4 cup increments until desired consistency.
  5. Stir in cheese and allow to melt slightly and serve.

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