Easy Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Ingredients: makes 24 bars, 1½ pounds (three 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, 2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt (some for the crust, some for the filling), 2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar, 4 large eggs, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, 1/3 cup granulated sugar METHOD: 1. A Read More …

Easy Gingery Gingerbread Recipe

Ingredients: makes 24 servings, ½ cup (1 stick) butter, plus a little extra for the pan, 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon powdered ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, 3 tablespoons (3 to 4 ounces) grated fresh ginger, 2/3 cup (packed) brown sugar, ¾ cup molasses, 2 large eggs, 2 teaspoons pu Read More …

Easy Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients: makes about 8 servings, ½ cup (1 stick) butter, plus a little extra for the pan, 3 medium bananas, very ripe, ¾ cup buttermilk, ¾ cup (packed) light brown sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda METHOD: 1. About An Hour Ahead Of Time, Unwrap The Butter And Place Read More …

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 servings, 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 10 medium apples (any kind except red delicious), ¼ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup (1 stick) butter, 1¼ cups rolled oats (regular, not “quick-cooking”), 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ¼ cup (packed) brown sugar (light or dark) METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preh Read More …

Easy Cherry Clafoutis Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 servings, 2 tablespoons butter, 1½ cups pitted black cherries (frozen/not defrosted, or fresh), 1 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour, 1½ cups milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, 4 large eggs, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 350°F. Put The Butter In A 9-By 13-Inch Ba Read More …

Easy Fajita Peppers and Onions Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, this recipe is vegan., 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 medium red or yellow onion, thickly sliced, 1 large red bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 large green bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove) METHOD: 1. Place A Large (10-To 12-I Read More …

Easy Spinach with Garlic Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 servings, this recipe is vegan., 1 pound spinach, fresh (stemming optional) or frozen, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt METHOD: 1. If Using Fresh Spinach, Place It In A Colander And Rinse Well. Shake To Remove Most, But Not All, Of The Water Clinging To The Leaves. If Using Frozen Spinach, Thaw It In A Colander By Read More …

Easy Braised Brussels Sprouts in Mustard Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 servings, this recipe is vegan., 1 pound brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/3 cup minced shallots (about two 3-ounce shallots), ½ teaspoon salt, 5 tablespoons water, ¼ cup prepared mustard, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Use A Very Sharp Knife To Cut Off And Discard The Base Of The Brussels Sprouts. (As You Do So, Th Read More …

Easy Dark Leafy Greens with Very Sweet Onions Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, this recipe is vegan., 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 medium red or yellow onions, chopped, 3 large bunches fresh greens,stemmed chopped, ½ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Place A Large (10-To 12-Inch) Heavy Skillet Over Medium Heat. After About A Minute, Add The Olive Oil And Swirl To Coat The Pan. Add The Onions, Turn The Heat To High, And S Read More …

Easy Grilled Summer Squash Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, this recipe is vegan., 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 medium red or yellow onions, thinly sliced, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove), 1½ pounds summer squash, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices or ½-inch cubes, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Place A Large (10-To 12-Inch) Heavy Skillet Over Medium Heat. After About A Minute, Add 1 T Read More …

Easy Winter Squash Au Naturel Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, this recipe is vegan., 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 pounds winter squash (acorn, butternut, or delicata) METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 400°F. Line A Baking Tray With Foil, And Pour On The Olive Oil. Use Your Fingers To Distribute The Oil So That It Coats The Area Where You’Ll Put The Squash., 2. Cut The Squash In Hal Read More …

Easy Pesto Recipe

Ingredients: makes about 1 cup, 3 cups (tightly packed) fresh basil leaves, 3 medium cloves garlic, 1/3 cup olive oil, plus a little extra, 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese METHOD: Place The Basil Leaves And Garlic In A Food Processor Or Blender, And Pulverize. Keep The Machine Running While You Drizzle In The Olive Oil In A Steady Stream. When You Have A Smooth Paste (Seconds Later), Transfer Read More …

Easy Crostini Italian Toasts Recipe

Ingredients: makes 12 crostini, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove), twelve ½-inch-thick diagonal slices from 1 or 2 french baguettes METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven (Or Toaster Oven) To 350°F. Line A Baking Tray With Foil., 2. Combine The Olive Oil And Garlic In A Small Bowl., 3. Lightly Brush The Bread On Both Sides Wi Read More …

Easy Bocconcini Skewers Mozzarella Balls with Basil and Tomatoes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 10 to 20 skewers, ½ pound (about 20) mini mozzarella balls, drained, 1 small container small cherry tomatoes (assorted colors, if available), about 20 small basil leaves, pesto for dipping (optional), store-bought or homemade (chapter 8: party snacks) METHOD: 1. Skewer 1 Or 2 Cheese Balls, Tomatoes, And Individual Basil Leaves On Each Cocktail Skewer., 2. Arrange The Skewer Read More …

Easy Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, this recipe is vegan., 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or lime juice, 2 large (about 1 pound) firm, ripe avocados, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground cumin, 3 tablespoons very finely minced red onion, 3 tablespoons minced cilantro, ¼ cup diced fresh tomato or tomato-based salsa, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste METHOD: 1. Pour The Lemon Or Lime Juic Read More …

Easy Hummus Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, this recipe is vegan., two 15-ounce cans chickpeas (about 3 cups cooked chickpeas), 6 tablespoons sesame tahini, 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove; or possibly more, to taste), ½ teaspoon salt (possibly more, to taste), 1 teaspoon ground cumin, olive oil, for the top, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper METHOD: 1. Set A C Read More …

Easy Peppy Pepitas Recipe

Ingredients: makes 8 to 10 servings, this recipe is vegan., ¼ cup olive oil, 1½ pounds (about 6 cups) hulled pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds, 4 or 5 dried chiles de árbol (whole pods), or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or both, ¾ teaspoon salt (possibly more), 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice METHOD: 1. Place A Large (10-To 12-Inch) Heavy Skillet Over Medium-Low Heat, And Add The O Read More …

Easy Cajun Spiced Nuts Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 to 8 servings, 2 tablespoons canola, soy, or peanut oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 1 tablespoon powdered ginger, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 pound (about 4 cups) unsalted walnuts, pecans, cashews, or peanuts, ½ teaspoon salt (possibly more), 1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar (light or dark), ¼ cup cider vinegar METHOD: 1. Place A Read More …

Easy Bacon-Wrapped Fruit Bites Recipe

Ingredients: makes 12 bacon bites, vegetable oil spray, 6 slices bacon, “regular” or turkey, 12 turkish-style dried apricots or pitted prunes, or a combination METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 400°F. Line A Shallow-Sided Baking Pan With Foil, And Set A Cooling Rack On Top. Spray The Rack With Nonstick Spray., 2. Cut Each Slice Of Bacon In Half Cro Read More …

Easy Luxury Potato Bites Recipe

Ingredients: makes 24 bites, 12 small potatoes cut about 1½ inches in diameter METHOD: 1. Place The Potatoes In A Large Pot And Add Enough Water To Cover Them By A Few Inches. Bring To A Boil Over High Heat And Cook For 5 To 10 Minutes, Or Until The Potatoes Are Tender When Pierced With The Tip Of A Sharp Knife., 2. Put A Colander In The Sink And Drain The Potatoes Thoroughly, Then Let Them Read More …

Easy Hot Fudge Sundaes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 servings, 1 pint heavy cream (that’s the big container, or two of the smaller ones), ½ cup dark corn syrup, 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, 2 teaspoons plus, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (some for the sauce, some for the whipped cream), 2 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons sugar (powdered or granulated) METHOD: 1. Measure Out 2/3 Cup Of The Cream And Pour It Read More …

Easy Balsamic Strawberries Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, this recipe is vegan., 2 pints (1 quart) strawberries, ¼ cup sugar (possibly more), 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (possibly more) METHOD: 1. Clean The Strawberries By Wiping Them With A Damp Paper Towel. Hull Them, And Then Halve Or Slice Them, Depending On Their Size., 2. Place The Strawberries In A Shallow Pan (A 10-Inch Glass Pie Pan Works Well) And Spr Read More …

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchy Things Recipe

Ingredients: makes about 30, this recipe is vegan., 1 cup smooth peanut butter, 2/3 cup (4 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, 2 cups crisp cereal (such as kashi go-lean crunch) METHOD: 1. Place The Peanut Butter In A Small Saucepan Or A Cast-Iron Skillet. Put It Over Medium Heat, And Stir With A Wooden Spoon While It Softens. This Will Take Only About 1 Minute., 2. Remove The Pan From The Sto Read More …

Easy Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 dozen cookies, 1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, plus a little extra for the cookie sheets, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar, 1 large egg, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons peppermint extract, 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons baking powder scant, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (one Read More …

Easy Intensely Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Ingredients: makes 8 to 12, 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, plus a little extra for the pan, 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar, 5 large eggs, 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt METHOD: 1. About An Hour Ahead Of Time, Unwrap The Butter And Place It In A Large Bowl. Use A Table Knife To Cut It Into 1-Inch Read More …

Easy Crispy Pan-Fried Fish Fillets Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 1 pound white fish fillets each ½-inch thick), 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon water, ½ cup panko (japanese-style breadcrumbs; see chicken, fish, and meat), ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, lemon or lime wedges, for serving METHOD: 1. Rinse The Fish Under Cold Running Water, Then Pat It Dry With Pap Read More …

Easy Pan-Seared Garlic Prawns Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 1 pound frozen extra-large shrimp (“easy-peel” or peeled, deveined), ¼ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 good-sized clove), ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, a big pinch of red pepper flakes (plus more for passing at the table), fresh lime wedges, for garnish METHOD: 1. Put The Shrimp In A Colander In The Sink And Run Cold Read More …

Easy Italian Peppers and Sausages Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 servings, ½ pound small potatoes scrubbed and cut in half, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 sweet or spicy italian sausages (about 3 ounces each), 1 large onion, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices, 1 large red bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 large green bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspo Read More …

Easy Stir-Fried Broccoli Beef Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 6 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons (packed) light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, 1½ pounds flank, sirloin, rib-eye, skirt, or strip steak, about ¾-inch thick, 3 tablespoons canola, soy, or peanut oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 6 good-sized cloves), 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger, 1 lar Read More …

Easy Old-Fashioned Beef Stew Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 to 8 servings, 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, ¾ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil (possibly a little more), 2 medium red or yellow onions, chopped, 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, 3 to 4 cups beef broth (boxed, canned, or reconstituted from bouillon), 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cl Read More …

Easy Grandma Bettys Brisket Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, 4 large red or yellow onions, sliced (not too thin), one 3-pound beef brisket, 2 tablespoons water METHOD: 1. Adjust The Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 325°F., 2. In A Small Bowl, Combine The Salt, Pepper, And Garlic Powder. Mix Well, And Set Aside., 3. S Read More …

Easy Steak Fajitas Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 1½ pounds flank, sirloin, rib-eye, skirt, or strip steak, about ¾-inch thick, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium red onion, thickly sliced, 1 large red bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 large green bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide strips, 1 t Read More …

Easy Couscous Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 servings, 1½ cups couscous, 2¼ cups boiling water, 2 teaspoons olive oil or melted butter, ¼ teaspoon salt METHOD: Place The Couscous In A Medium-Sized Bowl, And Pour In The Water. Cover With A Plate And Leave Alone For 10 Minutes. Fluff With A Fork, Stir In The Olive Oil Or Butter And The Salt, And It’S Ready To Serve. Read More …

Easy Bulgur Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 servings, 1½ cups bulgur, 2 cups boiling water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt METHOD: Place The Bulgur In A Medium-Sized Bowl, And Pour In The Water. Cover With A Plate And Leave Alone For 30 Minutes. Fluff With A Fork, Stir In The Olive Oil And The Salt, And It’S Ready To Serve. Read More …

Easy Baked Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 4 medium-large russet potatoes (about ¾ pound each) METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 400°F. Scrub The Potatoes Under Running Water And Pat Them Dry With Paper Towels Or A Clean Dish Towel., 2. Place The Potatoes Directly On The Rack In The Center Of The Oven. Let Them Bake For 50 Minutes To An Hour, Or Until The Outs Read More …

Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, 3 pounds potatoes, peeled (or not) and cut into 2-inch chunks, 1 cup milk (can be part cream), 3 tablespoons butter, 1¼ teaspoons salt, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Place The Potatoes In A Large Saucepan And Add Enough Cold Water To Cover Them By A Good Inch. Bring To A Boil, Reduce The Heat To Low, And Simmer, Uncovered, For 15 To 20 Minutes, Or Read More …

Easy Boiled Parsley Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, this recipe is vegan when made with olive oil., 2 pounds (about 30) red creamer potatoes, salt for the cooking water, a handful or two of flat-leaf parsley sprigs, 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil (or a combination), ¾ teaspoon salt METHOD: 1. Rinse The Potatoes In A Strainer Or Colander Under Running Water, Then Shake Off The Excess Water. Pat The Potatoe Read More …

Easy Roasted Fingerlings Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, this recipe is vegan., 2½ pounds (about 24) fingerling potatoes, about 3 inches long, 2 tablespoons olive oil METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 425°F. Scrub The Potatoes Under Running Water. Pat Them Dry With Paper Towels Or A Clean Dish Towel, And Then Cut Them In Half Lengthwise With A Very Sharp Knife., 2. Lin Read More …

Easy Skillet Potatoes with Fried Onions Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, this recipe is vegan., 2½ pounds potatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1 large red or yellow onion, sliced, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Scrub The Potatoes (Peeling Is Optional), And Cut Them Into ½-Inch Cubes. You Should Have 5 To 6 Cups Of Cubes. Place Them In A Large Saucepan, Add Water To Cover By About An Inch, And Bring To A Bo Read More …

Easy Your Basic Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, this recipe is vegan., 3 pounds (about 6 medium-sized) sweet potatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark), 1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice METHOD: 1. Set A Large Pot Of Water On The Stove To Boil. Peel The Sweet Potatoes, And Cut Them Into Chunks. Place A Large Colander In The Sink., 2. When The Water Comes To A Boil, Add The Sw Read More …

Easy Classic Vegan Asparagus Recipe

Ingredients: serves 3 to 4, ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 pound asparagus, heaping ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (1 small clove), ¼ teaspoon salt METHOD: 1. Pour The Water And Olive Oil Into A Wide, Shallow Pan, Such As A 10-To 12-Inch Skillet. Lay The Asparagus Spears In A Single Layer In The Liquid. (If They Don’T All Quite Fit Into One Layer, It’S Okay To Pile Them Up A Little.), 2. Tu Read More …

Easy Vegan Broccoli Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, salt for the cooking water, 1 large head of broccoli (1½ pounds), 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a good-sized clove), ¼ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Put A Large Pot Of Cold Water To Boil Over High Heat, And Add A Big Pinch Of Salt. Place A Large Colander In The Sink., 2. While Waiting For The Water To Boil, Read More …

Easy Deeply Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 generous servings, this recipe is vegan., 1 tablespoon olive oil (possibly more), 1 large cauliflower, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces, ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 425°F. Line A Baking Tray With Foil, And Drizzle It With The Olive Oil., 2. Arrange The Cauliflower Pieces On The Tray And Shake Read More …

Easy Seriously Good Green Beans Amandine Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, salt for the cooking water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons butter, ¾ cup chopped almonds, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove), 1½ pounds green beans, stem ends trimmed, ¼ teaspoon salt METHOD: 1. Put A Large Pot Of Cold Water To Boil Over High Heat, And Add A Big Pinch Of Salt. Place A Large Colander In The Sink., 2. While Waiting For The Wat Read More …

Easy Delightfully Spiced Carrots Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, this recipe is vegan., 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 8 medium-sized carrots cut on the diagonal ¼-inch-thick, ½ teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 small clove), ¼ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Place A Large (10-To 12-Inch) Heavy Skillet Over Medium Heat. After About A Minute, Add The Olive Oil And Swir Read More …

Easy Green Pea and Feta Quiche Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, 1½ cups frozen green peas (about half a 1-pound bag), 1 small bunch fresh mint, ¾ cup (packed) crumbled feta cheese, one unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, 6 large eggs, ¾ cup milk, 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, 2 scallions (white and tender green parts), finely minced METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Read More …

Easy Mushroom Popover Pie Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 servings, 2 tablespoons butter, ½ cup finely minced red or yellow onion, ½ pound fresh white mushrooms, stemmed and chopped into ¼-inch pieces, ¼ pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and chopped into ¼-inch pieces, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 good-sized clove), 1¼ teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled, 3 large eggs, at room Read More …

Easy Baked Stuffed Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients: makes 1 or 2 servings, 1 medium-large russet potato (¾ pound), 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ cup minced red or yellow onion, ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (half a small clove), 1 ounce (about 1 cup, lightly packed) fresh baby spinach, finely chopped, ¼ cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons minced scallion (green tops only), ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons grat Read More …

Easy Greek-Style Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 2 medium eggplants (1 pound each), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium red or yellow onion, diced, 1 teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1 medium bell pepper (any color), chopped, ½ teaspoon salt, one 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained, one 12-ounce jar marinated artichoke he Read More …

Easy Chickpea and Mango Curry Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 1 tablespoon canola, soy, or peanut oil, 1 teaspoon butter, 1 medium red or yellow onion, diced, 1 heaping tablespoon curry powder, ½ teaspoon salt, two 15-ounce cans chickpeas (about 3 cups cooked chickpeas), 2 heaping cups (about 12 ounces) frozen mango chunks, a few dashes cayenne pepper METHOD: 1. Place A Large (10-To 12-Inch) Heavy Skillet Over Medium Heat. Read More …

Easy Thai Green Curry with Coconut Milk Vegetables and Tofu Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 2 teaspoons thai green curry paste, one 14-ounce can coconut milk, light or regular (about 1¾ cups), 1½ cups vegetable broth or reconstituted bouillon, 1 small slice lemon, 2 to 3 tablespoons thai fish sauce or soy sauce, ½ medium red or yellow onion, diced, 1 small yellow crookneck or summer squash, cut into ½-inch-thick slices, 1 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch-th Read More …

Easy Vegetable Tofu Stir-Fry with Orange Ginger Glaze Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, the glaze, this recipe is vegan., ½ cup orange juice (from 1 medium orange), 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar or honey, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 good-sized cloves), 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, the stir-fry, 1 pound firm t Read More …

Easy Homemade Hamburgers Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 burgers, 1 pound ground beef chuck, 1/3 cup very finely minced red or yellow onion, ½ teaspoon salt (plus extra for the pan), freshly ground black pepper, 4 burger buns (optional), mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles METHOD: 1. Preheat The Oven To 350°F Or Preheat The Broiler (This Is For The Buns)., 2. In A Large Bowl, Combine The Beef, Onion, S Read More …

Easy Turkey Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 burgers, 1 large egg, ½ cup very finely minced red or yellow onion, ½ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 pound ground turkey, 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 burger buns (optional), mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles METHOD: 1. Preheat The Oven To 350°F Or Preheat The Broiler (This Is For The Buns)., 2. Break The Egg Into A Medium-Lar Read More …

Easy Salmon Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 burgers, two 7.5-ounce cans salmon, ½ cup toasted breadcrumbs (see pastas), 2 large eggs, well beaten, 3 tablespoons very finely minced red or yellow onion, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon wedges METHOD: 1. Open Each Can Of Salmon And Use The Lid To Press The Salmon Down In The Can As You Tilt It Over The Sink U Read More …

Easy Tuna Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 burgers, two 6-ounce cans tuna, 1/3 cup toasted breadcrumbs (see pastas), ¼ cup very finely minced red or yellow onion, 2 large eggs, well beaten, a small handful of finely minced parsley, ¼ teaspoon (a few squirts) fresh lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon wedges METHOD: 1. Open Each Can Of Tuna And Use The Lid To Pr Read More …

Easy Crisp Panko-Coated Eggplant Cutlets Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, 1 large eggplant (about 1¾ pounds), 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon water, 1 cup panko (japanese-style breadcrumbs—see chicken, fish, and meat), 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil METHOD: 1. Preheat The Oven To 250°F. Set Up A Rack In A Baking Tray On Which You Can Put The Cooked Cutlets., 2. Slice Off And Disca Read More …

Easy Black Bean Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 burgers, 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, ½ cup finely minced red or yellow onion, two 15-ounce cans black beans (about 3 cups cooked beans), 1 large egg, well beaten, 1 cup toasted breadcrumbs (see pastas), 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 good-sized cloves), scant ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or more, to taste) METHO Read More …

Easy Portobello Faux Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 burgers, this recipe is vegan., 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, ½ cup olive oil, 1½ teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 medium-sized cloves), ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, or 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 4 portobello mushrooms (4 to 5 inches in diameter) METHOD: Read More …

Easy Spiced Crusted Tofu Cutlets Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 cutlets, this recipe is vegan., 1 pound very firm tofu, cut into 4 slices, each about ¾-inch thick, za-atar spice mix, 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes METHOD: 1. Put A Medium-Large Pot Of Water To Boil Read More …

Easy Baked Cut Chicken with Fruit Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, one 3-to 4-pound cut-up chicken, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon mild paprika, 1 medium red or yellow onion, 8 to 10 good-sized cloves garlic, peeled (left whole), approximately 20 of each:, -dried apricots, -pitted dried plums (prunes), -dried figs (stems trimmed off and discarded), 1 blood orange or navel orange METHO Read More …

Easy Grilled Boneless Chicken Breasts Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 main-dish servings, 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets (about 8 ounces each), ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil (possibly a little more) METHOD: 1. Pat The Fillets Dry With Paper Towels, And Season On Both Sides With The Garlic Powder, Salt, And A Few Grinds Of Pepper. Set Aside., 2. Place A Small Hea Read More …

Easy Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), 1 tablespoon salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 450°F., 2. Rinse The Chicken (Inside And Out) Under Cold Running Water And Pat It Completely Dry (Inside And Out) With Paper Towels., 3. Combine The Salt And Pepper In A Small Bowl. Place T Read More …

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup water, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, 8 chicken thighs (6 to 8 ounces each) METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 400°F., 2. In A Medium Bowl Or A Jar With A Tight-Fitting Lid, Combine The S Read More …

Easy Poached Salmon Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 servings, 1 lemon, salt for the cooking water, a few thick slices of red or yellow onion, 8 whole black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, two 8-ounce salmon fillets or steaks, ¾-to 1-inch thick METHOD: 1. Cut The Lemon In Half Lengthwise. Cut One Of The Halves Into 4 Thick Slices And The Other Half Into Wedges. Set The Wedges Aside For Serving., 2. Choose A Skillet Or Pot That Is Read More …

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients: serves 4 to 6, one 24-ounce jar prepared tomato sauce, or about 3 cups, homemade italian tomato sauce, meatballs , salt for the pasta water, 1 pound spaghetti, 3 tablespoons olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, a handful or two of chopped flat-leaf parsley METHOD: 1. Pour The Tomato Sauce Over The Meatballs In The Pot They Cooked In. Read More …

Easy Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients: makes about 24 medium meatballs, 1/3 cup toasted whole wheat breadcrumbs (see pastas), 1/3 cup milk, 1 large egg, ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese, a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley, ½ cup very finely minced yellow onion, ¾ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 pound ground chuck, 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil METHOD: 1. In A Medium-Large Bowl, Stir Together The Breadcrum Read More …

Easy Quick and Easy Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients: makes 8 to 10 servings, 2 jars tomato sauce or 6 cups homemade, ¾ pound lasagna noodles (about 12 noodles), 1 pound ricotta cheese, 6 ounces (a few good-sized handfuls) fresh baby spinach, 1 pound mozzarella cheese, grated (about 4 cups), ½ cup grated parmesan cheese METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position And Preheat The Oven To 375°F (350°F If You’Ll Be Using A G Read More …

Easy Genuine Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, vegetable oil spray for the pan, salt for the pasta water, ½ pound elbow macaroni, 2 tablespoons butter, 1½ tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, heaping ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, a big dash of cayenne pepper (up to 1/8 teaspoon), 2 cups milk, 1 cup (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 slices whole wheat bre Read More …

Easy Linguine with Clam Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 servings, salt for the pasta water, ½ pound linguine or spaghetti, 3 tablespoons olive oil (plus a little extra for the hot pasta), ½ cup minced onion, ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 good-sized cloves), big pinch of red pepper flakes, ¾ cup dry white wine, 2 pounds fresh littleneck or manila clams (in the shell), 1 tablespoon butter, a handful of cho Read More …

Easy Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, 3 large eggs, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese (plus extra to pass at the table), ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a small clove), a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 6 ounces (about 6 strips) bacon, salt for the pasta water, ¾ pound spaghetti, 2 tablespoons olive oil METHOD: 1. Crack The Eggs Into A Large Bowl Read More …

Easy Rigatoni Al Forno with Roasted Asparagus and Onions Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, salt for the pasta water, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch chunks, 1 pound asparagus cutinto 2-inch pieces, ½ pound rigatoni or penne pasta (or any kind of tube shape), 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove), ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, ½ cup balsamic vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted and crumbled, f Read More …

Easy Linguine with Spinach and Peas Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, salt for the pasta water, about ½ bag (about 5 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves, 5 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 good-sized cloves), ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (plus extra to pass at the table), ¾ pound linguine, 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus extra to pass at the table), one 10-ounce package frozen peas, defros Read More …

Easy Penne with Broccoli and Pesto Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, ¼ cup olive oil, ¾ cup pesto, store-bought or homemade (chapter 8: party snacks), salt for the pasta water, ¾ pound penne, 1 large head of broccoli (1½ pounds) cut into 2-inch spears, 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, ¾ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Pour The Olive Oil Into A Large Bowl. Add The Pesto And Whisk Until Uniformly Blended. Read More …

Easy Pasta Shells with Chickpeas and Arugula Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, one 15-ounce can chickpeas (about 1½ cups cooked chickpeas), ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 good-sized clove), ¾ teaspoon salt (plus more for the pasta water), ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ¼ cup olive oil, ½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into large dice, freshly ground black pepper, ½ pound small or medium-si Read More …

Easy Farfalle with Roasted Garlic Nuts and Raisins Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, ½ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons roasted garlic paste (chapter 1: soups), salt for the pasta water, ¾ pound farfalle (bowtie pasta), ½ to ¾ cup minced flat-leaf parsley, ½ cup raisins (preferably golden ones), ½ cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted, ½ cup chopped almonds, lightly toasted, 3 scallions (white and tender green parts), finely minced, ¾ teaspoon salt, Read More …

Easy Pasta with Tuna White Beans and Artichoke Hearts Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 servings, one 15-ounce can cannellini or navy beans (about 1½ cups cooked beans), 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove), 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt (plus more for the pasta water), freshly ground black pepper, one 12-ounce can tuna, drained, one or two 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, 3 or 4 scallions (white and te Read More …

Easy Chinese Style Peanut Noodles Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, 1½ cups peanut butter, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 good-sized clove), 4 cups boiling water, ¼ cup cider vinegar, ½ cup (packed) brown sugar (light or dark), 3 to 4 tablespoons soy sauce, up to 1 teaspoon salt (plus more for the pasta water), 1 pound angel hair pasta red pepper flakes METHOD: 1. Put The Peanut Butter And Garlic In A Large Bowl. Add About 2 C Read More …

Easy Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apple Almond Cherry Basmati Pilaf Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 1 cup brown basmati rice, 1½ cups water (possibly more), 1½ tablespoons olive oil, 2 medium acorn squash (about 2 pounds each), halved and seeded, 1 teaspoon butter, ½ medium red or yellow onion, minced, 1/3 cup chopped almonds, ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a small clove), heaping ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 medium apple, chopped (unpeeled), ¼ cup dried cherries (hal Read More …

Easy Vegetarian Chili with Homemade Cornbread Recipe

Ingredients: makes about 6 servings, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium red or yellow onion, minced, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1 medium carrot, diced, 1 medium stalk celery, diced, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1 small bell pepper (any color), diced, three 15-ounce cans red kidney beans (about 5 cups Read More …

Easy Cornbread Recipe

Ingredients: 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons vinegar (any kind), 1 large egg, lightly beaten METHOD: 1. Adjust The Oven Rack To The Center Position, And Preheat The Oven To 350°F. Lightly Coat An 8-Inch Square Baking Pan (Or Its Equivalent, Such As Read More …

Easy Vegan Mushroom Zucchini Ragout Over Creamy Polenta Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 large red or yellow onion, chopped, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ to ¾ pound mixed fresh mushrooms (stemmed if using shiitakes), sliced or diced, 2 small zucchini, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices, 2 small yellow crookneck or summer squash, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 good-sized clove), ½ teaspoon italian seasoning (or Read More …

Easy Creamy Polenta Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 4 cups cold water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup polenta METHOD: 1. Pour The Water Into A Medium Heavy-Bottomed Saucepan, Add The Salt, And Bring To A Boil Over High Heat. Then Very Gradually Sprinkle In The Polenta While Whisking Continuously., 2. Reduce The Heat To Low And Cook, Whisking Or Stirring Very Frequently, For 15 Minutes, Or Until The Grains Are No Longer C Read More …

Easy Artichoke Goat Cheese Tomato and Red Onion Focaccia Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 or 3 servings, 1 tablespoon cornmeal or unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 pound pizza dough, one 6.5-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced in half, if large, 6 large cherry tomatoes (about 1-inch diameter), cut into 3 slices each, 1 medium red onion, cut into, ¼-inch-thick slices, ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled, ½ cup crumbled goat cheese (plain or herbe Read More …

Easy Broccoli–Cheddar Cheese Calzones Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, 1 tablespoon cornmeal or unbleached all-purpose flour, vegetable oil spray or a drizzle of oil for the work surface, 1 pound store-bought pizza dough, cut into quarters, 1½ tablespoons olive oil, ½ cup minced red or yellow onion, 2 heaping cups chopped broccoli, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, ¾ cup (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese Read More …

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 medium (about 4 pounds) butternut squash, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped, 1½ teaspoons salt, 2 medium granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced, ½ teaspoon crumbled dried (or rubbed) sage, ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, 4 cups water, up to 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, as needed, up to 1 tablespoon brown sug Read More …

Easy Vegan Raspberry Shallot Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: makes a generous ½ cup,, 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot, 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar, heaping ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup olive oil METHOD: Combine The Shallot, Vinegar, Sugar, And Salt In A Smallish Bowl. Whisk Until Thoroughly Combined, Then Continue Whisking As You Drizzle In The Olive Oil. When All The Olive Oil Is Incorporated, The Dressing Is Ready T Read More …

Easy Creamy Balsamic-Honey Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: makes about ¾ cup,, enough for about 6 servings of salad, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup buttermilk, 2 tablespoons honey, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot, 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil METHOD: Combine The Vinegar, Buttermilk, Honey, Salt, And Shallot In A Smallish Bowl. Whisk Until Thoroughly Combined, Then Continue Whisking As You Drizzle In The Read More …

Easy Honey-Mustard Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: makes about ½ cup,, enough for 4 to 5 servings of salad, 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon honey, ½ teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 small clove), ¼ teaspoon salt, 6 tablespoons olive oil METHOD: Combine The Vinegar, Mustard, Honey, Garlic, And Salt In A Smallish Bowl. Whisk Until Thoroughly Combined, Then Continue Whisking Read More …

Easy All-American Three-Bean Salad Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, this salad is vegan., one 15-ounce can chickpeas (about 1½ cups cooked chickpeas), one 15-ounce can red kidney beans (about 1½ cups cooked beans), one 15-ounce can green beans (about 1½ cups cooked beans), ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 stalk cele Read More …

Easy Basic Potato Salad Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, salt for the cooking water, 1½ pounds potatoes (about 2-inch diameter), scrubbed, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup plain yogurt, ¼ teaspoon salt (possibly more), 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (possibly more), ¼ cup finely minced red onion METHOD: 1. Put A Medium-Sized Pot Of Cold Water Over High Heat, Add A Teaspoon Of Salt, And Bring To A Boil. Place A Co Read More …

Easy Classic Cole Slaw Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 to 8 servings, 2 pounds cabbage (purple and/or green), shredded, 1 large carrot, coarsely grated, ½ cup very finely minced red onion, ¾ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup olive oil, 1/3 cup cider vinegar, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup plain yogurt, 1 to 2 tablespoons sweetener METHOD: 1. Combine The Cabbage, Carrot, And Onion In A Very Large Bowl. Sprinkle With The Salt, Toss To Combine, And Read More …

Easy Caesar Salad with Its Own Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 large salads, caesar dressing, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a small clove), 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese, ¼ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, salad, 1 pound romaine lettuce (a large head or “hearts”), 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese, f Read More …

Easy Greek Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 large salads, oregano-laced vinaigrette, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a small clove), 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt, 5 tablespoons olive oil, salad, 1 pound salad greens, washed and thoroughly dried (or use three 5-ounce packages), about 12 cherry tomatoes, halved, 1 medium cucumber, Read More …

Easy Best Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, salt for the pasta water, ¾ pound fusilli (corkscrew), small penne, or orecchiette (“little ears”) pasta, 5 tablespoons olive oil, ¾ teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 medium clove), ¾ cup very finely minced red onion, 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 medium bell pepper (any col Read More …

Easy Old-Fashioned Iceberg Wedges with Luxurious Bleu Cheese Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, luxurious bleu cheese dressing, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, ½ cup crumbled bleu cheese, salad, 1 large head (about 1 pound) iceberg lettuce, chilled, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. To Make The Dressing, Combine The Buttermilk And Mayonnaise In A Medium-Sized Bowl, And Whisk Until Blended. Continue Whisking As You Sprinkle In The Bleu Chees Read More …

Easy Original Waldorf Salad Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, 4 medium-sized apples, chopped into roughly ½-inch chunks (unpeeled), 1 stalk celery, minced, ¼ cup (packed) raisins (dark or golden), 1 cup plain yogurt, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted METHOD: 1. Combine The Apples, Celery, And Raisins In A Medium-Large Bowl., 2. In A Second, Smaller Bowl, Whisk Together The Yogurt And Mayonnaise Read More …

Easy Chinese Chicken Salad with Soy Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 large salads, soy-ginger-sesame vinaigrette, 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a small clove), 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, 3 tablespoons canola, soy, or peanut oil, salad, 1 pound romaine lettuce (a large head or “hearts”), 2 cook Read More …

Easy Wilted Spinach Salad with Hazelnuts Goat Cheese and Golden Raisins Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, about ¾ pound baby spinach leaves + 4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts (also known as filberts), 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 good-sized clove), 1/8 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons golden raisins, 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese (a 5-ounce package), 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: Read More …

Easy Taco Salad with Cumin Limecilantro Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: makes 2 to 3 large salads, cumin-lime-cilantro dressing, ¼ cup fresh lime juice, ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (half a small clove), ½ teaspoon ground cumin, heaping ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 tablespoon minced cilantro leaves, 6 tablespoons olive oil, salad, one 15-ounce can pinto beans or black beans (about 1½ cups cooked beans), 1 pound romaine lettuce (a large head or “hear Read More …

Easy Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: makes 3 to 4 cups, this recipe is vegan., 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium onion, finely diced (about 1 cup), 1 medium green bell pepper, finely diced, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1 teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ¾ teaspoon salt, one 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, 3 tablespoons tomato paste, 1/8 teaspo Read More …

Easy Vegan Marinara Recipe

Ingredients: makes about 5 cups, this recipe is vegan., 1 medium stalk celery, finely diced (about 1/3 cup), ½ pound mushrooms, finely diced, 1 medium zucchini (about 6 inches long), finely diced, 2 medium tomatoes, finely diced, ¼ cup minced fresh basil METHOD: Add The Celery, Mushrooms, And Zucchini To The Pan When You Add The Onion And Bell Pepper. Add The Diced Tomatoes When You Add The C Read More …

Easy Bolognese Recipe

Ingredients: makes 5 to 6 cups, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ pound ground beef or turkey METHOD: 1. Place A Large Pot Or A Dutch Oven Over Medium-High Heat. After About A Minute, Add The Olive Oil And Swirl To Coat The Pan., 2. Add The Meat And Cook, Stirring Occasionally, For 5 To 7 Minutes, Or Until It Is No Longer Pink And The Outside Edges Are Starting To Brown. While It Is Cooking, Use A Th Read More …

Easy Creamy Almond Chicken Prep Recipe

Ingredients: 1 cup butter or margarine, 1 cup sliced almonds, 6 boneless chicken breast halves, 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper, 1 cup heavy cream, can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken or 98% fat free cream of chicken soup, 2 tbsp. orange marmalade, 1 tbsp. dijon mustard 1/8, 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes METHOD: MELT 1 tbsp. butter in skillet. Add almonds and cook until browned. Remove almonds., P Read More …

Easy New Orleans Shrimp Toss Prep Recipe

Ingredients: 1 lb. fresh large shrimp, shelled and deveined, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. cajun seasoning 1/2cup chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, chopped, 1 can cream of chicken with herbs soup, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp. paprika, 4 cornbread squares or biscuits METHOD: MIX shrimp, 1 tbsp. oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire and Cajun seasoning., HEA Read More …

Easy Creamed Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients: 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tbsp. dry bread crumbs, 1 tbsp. melted butter METHOD: PLACE broccoli in 2-qt. shallow baking dish., Top with chicken., MIX soup and milk. Pour over chicken., Sprinkle with cheese. Mix bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle on top., BAKE at 350°F. for 30 min. Serves 4., Also delicious with Broccoli Cheese or Cream of Broccoli Soup. Read More …

Easy Double Apricot Glazed Ham Recipe

Ingredients: 1 cup dried apricots (6 oz.), 1 cup chicken broth or natural goodness™ chicken broth, 1?2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 6 – 8 lb. fully cooked whole boneless ham, 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, 1?2 cup finely chopped shallots, 2 jars (12 oz. each) apricot preserves (about 2 cups), 1?4 cup dijon mustard, 2 tsp. grated orange rind, place apricots and broth in microwave-safe measuring Read More …

Easy Sensational Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups chicken broth or natural goodnesstm chicken broth, generous dash pepper, 1 medium carrot, sliced, 1 stalk celery, sliced, 1/2 cup uncooked medium egg noodles, 1 cup cubed cooked chicken METHOD: MIX broth, pepper, carrot and celery in saucepan. Heat to a boil., STIR in noodles and chicken. Cook over medium heat 10 min. or until noodles are done. Serves 4. Read More …

Easy Hearty Lasagna Soup Recipe

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 2 cans seasoned beef broth with onion, 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, 1/4 tsp. dried italian seasoning, crushed, 1 1/2 cups uncooked mafalda or corkscrew pasta, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese METHOD: COOK beef with garlic in skillet until browned. Pour off fat., ADD broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Heat to a boil., STIR in pas Read More …

Easy Herb Simmered Beef Stew Recipe

Ingredients: 2 lb. beef for stew, cut into 1” cubes freshly ground pepper, 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 3 cups thickly sliced mushrooms, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1/2 tsp. each dried marjoram, thyme and rosemary leaves, crushed, 1 bay leaf, 1 can (14 oz.) beef broth or lower sodium beef broth, 3 cups fresh or frozen baby carrots, 12 whole baby red-skinned potatoes, with a strip of Read More …

Easy Tuna & Pasta Cheddar Melt Recipe

Ingredients: 3 cups uncooked corkscrew pasta, 1 can condensed chicken broth, 1 soup can water, 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of mushroom or 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup milk, 1 can (6 1/2 oz.) solid-pack tuna, drained, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tbsp. italian seasoned bread crumbs, 2 tsp. melted butter METHOD: COOK pasta in broth and water in skillet until just tender. Do not d Read More …

Easy Caramelized Balsamic Red-Onion Soup with Cheese Croutons Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 servings, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter (optional), 6 large red onions (4 to 5 pounds), thinly sliced, 2 teaspoons salt, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons prepared mustard, 6 cups water, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, cheese-topped croutons METHOD: 1. Place A Soup Pot Or A Dutch Oven Over Medium Heat. After About A Minute, A Read More …

Easy Cheese Croutons Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 large croutons, six ½-inch-thick slices french bread baguette, cut on the diagonal, ¾ cup (packed) grated swiss cheese METHOD: 1. Preheat The Oven Or A Toaster Oven To 350°F. Line A Baking Tray With Foil., 2. Arrange The Bread Slices On The Prepared Tray. Place The Tray In The Center Of The Oven And Bake For About 5 Minutes, Or Until The Bread Is Lightly Toasted. (Keep An Read More …

Easy Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan Fricos Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 servings, one 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, 2 tablespoons roasted garlic paste (chapter 1: soups), 15 to 20 large basil leaves, roughly torn, 1½ cups milk, ½ teaspoon salt (or more, to taste), freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1. Combine The Tomatoes, Garlic Paste, Basil, And Milk In A Soup Pot Or A Dutch Oven, And Place It Over Medium-High Heat. Bring To A Boil, And T Read More …

Easy Parmesan Fricos Recipe

Ingredients: makes 14 to 16 fricos, 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded METHOD: 1. Set A Large Skillet Over Medium Heat. Drop 1-Tablespoon Heaps Of Parmesan Directly In The Pan, And Working Fairly Quickly, Use The Back Of A Spoon To Spread Each Heap Into A Round Of Cheese About 3½ Inches In Diameter. (They Should Look Lacy, With A Bit Of The Pan Showing Through Between The Shreds.) Make Sure To L Read More …

Easy Cuban Black Bean Soup Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, this soup is vegan., 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium red or yellow onion, minced, 2½ teaspoons ground cumin, half a medium red bell pepper, minced, 1 tablespoon minced or crushed garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1½ teaspoons salt, three 15-ounce cans black beans (approximately 4 cups cooked beans), 3 cups water, 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, a big h Read More …

Easy Corn Chowder Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 medium red or yellow onion, minced, 1 stalk celery, minced, 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 good-sized clove), 1½ teaspoons salt, 4 cups water, 2 or 3 medium-small waxy potatoes (about ¾ pound), cut into ¾-inch dice, 1 pound frozen corn kernels (about 3 cups), thawed, ½ cup milk or heavy cream (or a combination), freshly ground black p Read More …

Easy White Cheddar Mashed Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients: makes 5 to 7 servings, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium yellow onion, chopped, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1½ teaspoons salt, 3 cups water, 4 medium-large russet potatoes (about 3 pounds), cut into small chunks, 1½ cups milk, ¾ cup (packed) grated white cheddar cheese, red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper METHOD: 1 Read More …

Easy Hot and Sour Soup with Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 5 servings, make this vegan by omitting the eggs., 2 eggs, 10 medium-sized (about ½ pound) fresh shiitake mushrooms, 2 tablespoons canola, soy, or peanut oil, 1¼ teaspoons salt, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, 5¼ cups water, ¼ cup cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, ¼ pound firm tofu, cut into thin strips, 1 to 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (optional), 1 teaspoon toast Read More …

Easy Cream of Spinach and Broccoli Soup Recipe

Ingredients: makes 4 to 6 servings, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons butter, 1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 good-sized cloves), 4 cups water, 1 medium russet potato, cut into small dice, 10 ounces fresh baby spinach (can also be frozen, defrosted), 3 heaping cups chopped broccoli, 1 heaping tablespoon roasted garlic paste (chapter 1 Read More …

Easy North African Red Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients: makes 6 to 8 servings, this soup is vegan., 2 cups red lentils, 8 cups water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped, 1 large carrot, diced, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 good-sized cloves), 1½ teaspoons salt, freshly ground black pepper, lime wedges, for garnish METHOD: 1. Combine The Lentils And Water In A Soup Pot Or A Du Read More …

Easy Paprika Chicken with Sour Cream Gravy Recipe

Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. each salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, 4 boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken or 98% fat free cream of chicken soup, 1/4 cup sliced green onions, 1 carton (8 oz.) sour cream METHOD: MIX flour and seasonings. Coat chicken., MELT butter in skillet. Add chic Read More …

Easy Microwave Enchilada Torte Recipe

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef, 1 jar (16 oz.) chunky salsa, 2 tbsp. chili powder, 8 (6 to 8”) flour tortillas, 1 can cheddar cheese soup, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese sour cream (optional) METHOD: COOK beef in skillet until browned. Pour off fat. ADD salsa and chili powder., LAYER 4 tortillas in 2-qt. microwave-safe shallow baking dish. Top with half of the meat mixture and half of the soup Read More …

Easy Fast Fiesta Shepherds Pie Recipe

Ingredients: 1lb. ground beef, 1 can tomato with roasted garlic & herbs soup, 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, 3/4 cup picante sauce, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1 can fiesta nacho cheese soup, 1 cup milk, 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, 1.3cups instant mashed potato flakes METHOD: COOK beef in skillet until browned. Pour off fat., STIR in tomato soup, corn, picante sauce and cumin. Heat to a boil. Cov Read More …