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Crudos are served in restaurants everywhere — why not at home, too? Appetizer or entrée, it's the perfect summer dish. All you need is fresh fish, olive oil, different accents and seasonings, and a sharp knife.If you read my recipes, you'll notice that I'm a heat-freak, a pepperhead — well, these recipes are no different. A few different minced peppers as accents — jalapeño, Fresno, serrano — these can make all the difference. In January, I scored some paiche (a giant Amazonian freshwater fish that has not been regularly available in the U.S., if at all) at New York's Chelsea Market. The texture has been described as somewhere between cod and Chilean sea bass. It worked as a crudo with a little olive oil, lemon, and salt — though the texture trended more toward Chilean sea bass. Even then, I had to add some heat though.It was an outrageous combination of not-easy-to-pair ingredients: paiche and bhut jolokia (second-hottest pepper in the world at the time). Hot? A little (wink). Tasty? Yes. Ridiculous? You bet. These recipes aren't as spicy. But they are simple and delicious. Use different citrus juices, salts, and kinds of salts as you taste and match accents to see what you like.Click here to see No-Cook Dishes for Hot Summer Nights.
These delicious sticky buns are the perfect addition to your breakfast or dessert table. Oozing with ginger flavor and caramel-peacan glaze, these rolls are sure to sweeten up your day. This recipe is courtey of Ready Set Eat.
It can be hard to motivate yourself to get cooking in the kitchen after a long, stressful day at the office, but I promise this salmon burger recipe is just about as easy as it gets when it comes to creating a quick, healthy dinner.Click here to see Fast and Furious Dinner Recipes — 20 Minutes or Less.
When you have fresh pasta (that you either made yourself or bought), you really don't need to do much to it because it's already going to be so good. That's the reason why this recipe works so well. Fresh, silky noodles topped with quartered tomatoes, nutty and creamy Pecorino cheese, and chopped parsley. Add a little olive oil and you're in business. Great for a weeknight meal or when you don't really feel like doing much at all.
This Chicken salad is Quick Easy and Delish...
This Alfredo recipe is super simple and can be made in under 10 minutes. Serve your Alfredo sauce with pasta and rotisserie chicken for an effortless weeknight meal.
Serve with a bowl of fresh salsa on the side to spoon over the tacos, if you like.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal make ground beef burritos.
Chicken cordon bleu has gotten a reputation over the years as a recipe that's not exactly easy to prepare. It's a traditional roulade, which takes some skill and a deft hand for balance, and the fact that it's breaded and fried is never a great inspiration. This preparation, however, uses only a few ingredients and gives you all the luxuriousness of a traditional chicken cordon bleu without the mess and fuss. It's quick and easy, and a great way to impress your guests (and family).
Though microwave cooking may not be chef-endorsed, it does help cut down on time like in this fast and simple casserole recipe.
If you’re a fan of ginger, then you know about the sweet and mild flavor of the pink pickled ginger that accompanies your sushi. Pickled ginger is a flavor-packed treat that is simple to make and will last you a couple weeks.This recipe is super-easy, so you can go from a knob of ginger to delicious pickled ginger in about 24 hours. Enjoy with sushi, seared tuna, or simply on its own.Click here to see more pickling recipes and tips.
The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes
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Here Are 9 Quick And Easy Dal Recipes You Can Try At Home:
1. Dal Tadka Without Oil
Yes, your comforting bowl of dal can be made without using a drop of oil. With the same old fiery flavours of dal tadka without dollops of oil, this dal tadka is a total winner on the table. Find the full recipe here.
2. Bengali-Style Chana Dal
One of the most loved breakfasts in Bengali homes, chana dal with luchi is an utterly delicious combination that one must try. Bengali-style chana dal is also made on the day of Maha Ashtami, the most important day of Durga Puja, as part of the bhog. A mix of herbs and spices, including cinnamon, bay leaf, clove, cardamom and turmeric with chana dal, here's how you can make it at home.
3. Dhuli Moong Dal
Moong dal is undeniably one of the most common dals around and is found in the kitchen pantry, at all times. Cooked in a mix of onion, tomatoes, cumin seeds, ghee and a host of spices, this quick and simple dhuli moong ki dal is the satiating treat you need after a long day! Click here for the recipe.
Pair this quintessential dal with roti or rice.
4. Urad Aur Chane Ki Dal
Make your meal richer with this amazing protein-packed urad and chane ki dal recipe. Two delicious dals together cooked with cumin seeds, asafetida, coriander powder, chillies and pepper. Aren't you slurping already? Click here for the recipe.
Savour the goodness of both urad and chana dal in one dish!
5. Ghiya Chana Dal
Don't love ghiya/lauki (bottle gourd)? This dal recipe is an ideal way to sneak in the nutritious veggie into your diet and make it even more protein-rich besides the burst of flavours! Find the recipe here.
Toss lauki in dal and spices for a crackling dish!
6. Chane Ki Dal
One of the simplest dal recipes, chana dal is cooked with tomatoes, ginger, cumin, bay leaves, chillies and garam masala in this absolutely delicious recipe! Click here for the recipe.
This simple bowl of chane ki dal is irresistibly delicious! Image credits: NDTV Beeps
7. Chironji Ki Dal
Simple yet a crowd-pleaser at all time, this recipe combines chironji with rich Indian flavours with peppercorns, cumin, chillies with yogurt. A must-try! Find the recipe here.
8. Dhaba Dal
Now you can make your favourite dhaba dal at the comfort of your kitchen. Urad dal cooked in a melange of spices, butter and a crackling tadka makes for a mouth-watering dal. Find the full recipe here.
9. Microwave Sookhi Moong Ki Dal
Light, quick and easy to cook, moong dal is a one-pot wholesome meal for a combination of healthy and tasty. And here is a simple sookhi moong dal recipe made in a microwave! Click here for the recipe.
Moong dal is super easy to cook and light on the stomach.
Try these yummy, quick and easy dal recipes at home and share your experience in the comments section below.
About Aanchal Mathur Aanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.
How to make slime without glue
If you prefer to make your slime without glue (or borax), you can try the following recipe. No-glue slime is somewhat firmer and less slippery, but it's still great fun to play with!
All you need to make slime without glue is:
- a large glass of hot water (approx. 350 ml)
- food colouring
- two cups of cornstarch
This is one of the easiest ways to make slime, also sometimes known as gloop. Take the hot (not boiling!) water and mix it with the food colouring first. Start with a few drops or small pinch of colour, and add keep adding until you have the colour you like.
Next, put the two cups of cornstarch in a new bowl and then slowly add the liquid. If the slime is too firm at the end, add a little water. If it's too runny, add some cornstarch. The slime is ready if it doesn't stick to your fingers.
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You can buy a Slime Factory kit with all the ingredients you need included. See more details here at Amazon.
Dinner with 10-minute prep time
ABC Life: Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Spaghetti alla puttanesca with ricotta
This versatile Neapolitan pasta dish uses mostly pantry ingredients such as tinned tomatoes, anchovies, capers and olives.
It takes 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook, so you'll be twirling spaghetti on your fork in no time.
Tip: Fresh and tinned tomatoes work equally well in this dish.
Chilled soba noodle salad with marinated cucumbers, sesame and avocado
ABC Everyday: Hetty McKinnon
If you don't mind a little bit of prep (we're talking five to 10 minutes max), get ahead by cooking the soba noodles the day before, as this dish is served cold.
Otherwise, cook the noodles and put them in a bowl with cold water and ice for the same effect.
Then all you need to do is cut four Lebanese cucumbers, dice two avocados, and mix the seasoning sauce to add to the ready-cooked noodles.
Tip: If you don't have four Lebanese cucumbers, two telegraph cucumbers will also do nicely.
Gnocchi broccoli tray bake with lemon and cheese
ABC Everyday: Hetty McKinnon
Cutting florets of broccoli is the most complicated part of this simply moreish dish, which takes 20 minutes to cook in the oven.
There's no need to pre-cook the gnocchi — simply mix all the ingredients together and then lay them out on two trays.
The broccoli (or vegetables of your choice) will emerge from the oven with a beautiful caramelised effect.
Tip: Cauliflower, baby carrots, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts will all work equally well.
Vegetarian one-pot pilaf with cauliflower, carrots, peas and corn
ABC Everyday: Alice Zaslavsky/Nathan Nankervis
This pilaf is an excellent way to use whatever vegetables are on hand, including frozen veg.
Even though it takes 35 minutes to cook, you can set a timer and walk away, so it doesn't require you to attend to the pot the whole time.
Tip: Depending on what's available, carrots can be replaced by strips of pumpkin or sweet potato. No cauliflower? No worries. Beans, broccoli or brussels sprouts are great substitutes.
Chicken tray bake with cauliflower, rocket and lemon
After you've made your first tray bake, you'll delight at how just a little prep can result in something delicious.
Once all the vegetables and chicken are on the tray and seasoned, it's a matter of putting them in the oven and simply turning the chicken pieces over every 20 minutes for an hour.
Again, a timer is your best friend here, and it means you can do other things while your dinner cooks.
Tip: Be adventurous with your vegetables here — broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts are all very at home in tray bakes.
2 packages (8 ounce size) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 graham cracker pie crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light, fluffy, and well mixed.
Pour the cheesecake filling into the graham cracker crust. Place the cheesecake in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.
Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let cool completely. When cool, place the cheesecake in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours before slicing and serving.
This is the best cake ball recipe!
It really is so simple. There are a few things that make it even easier.
You can use a cookie scoop to make the balls. You will thank me later because it saves so much time on spooning out the cookies.
I bought the three pack, so I can use the smaller two for cake balls or cookies and then the bigger one to fill up cupcakes . They get a ton of use at our house.
Also, if you are having trouble dipping the cake balls in the almond bark, you can just spoon some almond bark over the cake balls and coat them manually (though this will take longer).
I like to store my cake balls in the freezer. I find they keep for quite some time and we like to eat them when they’re nice and cold.
The cake balls are very sweet, so if you are making these for yourself or your family you will only need 1 or 2 for a yummy dessert. Enjoy!
9 quick and easy recipes to throw together for last-minute guests
Surprise! Your in-laws just dropped by for an unexpected visit. Your first instinct is probably to run to the fridge and look for some food to put out, but the bag of baby carrots and the stale cookies in your pantry just won’t cut it. But have no fear — you don’t have to let your mother-in-law silently judge you for 30 minutes while you wait for the pizza delivery. With just a little bit of forethought, it’s easy to impress unexpected guests with a simple last-minute appetizer or meal.
The first step in having something to throw together is planning ahead. That may seem easier said than done with the madness of the holiday rush, but it really only takes five minutes to assess what you have, make a list of essentials and then grab them the next time you're at the grocery store. Here are some simple tips to make sure you’re well prepared for spontaneous festivities:
- Take an inventory: Spend a few minutes looking through your pantry, fridge and freezer, to get a sense of what you're working with to whip up a last-minute dish. While doing so, break out your phone — or pen and paper, if you’re old school — and write down the ingredients you have on hand that could work. (If you’re not sure what works as a good base for a dish, check out the expert recommendations below before taking inventory.)
- Stock up the pantry: If your inventory is looking a bit bare, add some items to your shopping list. Think about different courses, like appetizers, mains, drinks and desserts. Items like canned beans, jarred olives, artichokes and peppers, crackers, Chex mix, dry pasta, jarred sauce, seltzer and even baking mixes are lifesavers. Pro tip: order non-perishable items online from big box stores to save yourself a trip to the store. Shipping is usually free!
- Buy some frozen essentials: Having a well-stocked pantry will probably suffice, but it never hurts to keep some goodies in the freezer as well. If you’re cooking dinner one night and find yourself with some leftover chopped veggies, freeze them! Other helpful freezer staples are edamame, frozen brown rice or frozen appetizer bites.
Now that you’re well prepared, it’s time to pull from your storage and create a killer dish in a flash. We tapped some registered dietitians for their go-to bites when last-minute guests stop by.
Break out your food processor and impress you guests with a homemade hummus on the fly. “Hummus requires ingredients I almost always have, but it's also easily customizable,” says Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD. “I use canned chickpeas or another bean, olive oil, garlic, tahini (you can skip if you don't have any), lemon, salt and pepper and serve it with crackers, pita or veggies,” she adds. If you don’t have these items in your pantry, now is the time to add them to your list.
A pasta dinner is only minutes away, if you’ve got the right ingredients. “A super quick crowd-pleasing meal only requires ground turkey, a jar of marinara sauce and a box of pasta,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of “The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club” and founder of NutritionStarringYOU.com. Just brown the meat in a skillet, cook the pasta and then combine the two in a bowl with jarred sauce. “It feeds about six people in under 20 minutes,” says Harris-Pincus.
No-Bake Chocolate Almond Bites
If you’ve got a food processor, chocolate chips, dates and nuts, you’ve got a quick no-bake dessert. If you’re out of almonds, try walnuts or pecans. Don’t have chocolate chips? Use white chocolate or a candy bar you’ve got stashed in the drawer. This recipe is completely customizable based on the ingredients you have on hand.
White Bean Romesco Dip
Romesco dip sounds and tastes more elegant than it actually is. “It's basically almonds (or any nuts you have on hand), roasted red peppers, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper all zipped up in a food processor or blender,” says chef and Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, MS, RD. “For added plant-based protein to fill up your guests, include some white beans in the mix,” says Gellman.
Guests show up at the most unexpected times. For breakfast or brunch guests, a simple frittata will hit the spot. Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, New York-based culinary nutrition expert and author of 52-Week Meal Planner, suggests utilizing a fridge staple to whip up a baked egg dish. You can sub in any frozen veggies you may have to make this simple crowd-pleaser. Serve with salad greens, toasted bread slices and a pot of coffee (and pour yourself an extra cup).
Holiday Snack Mix
Making a holiday snack mix is as easy as raiding the pantry. “Grab a few crunchy things, one sweet thing and one salty thing,” says Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, culinary dietitian and author of Taco! Taco! Taco! and co-author Fertility Foods. “Toss it all together and serve in a festive bowl or dish — no cooking required,” Haas adds.
“I always keep some sort of flatbread in the freezer so I can pull it out and make a go-to pizza that everyone will enjoy,” says Elizabeth Shaw MS RDN CLT CPT, nutrition expert and owner of ShawSimpleSwaps.com. She suggests adding any sauce you find in the cupboard. “If you don’t have pizza sauce, you can use BBQ sauce or another condiment and top it with cheese, veggies or basically anything you can find in the fridge or pantry,” says Shaw.
“I always have at least one block of cheese in my fridge (I stock up when it’s on sale),” says Jenna Braddock, MSH, CSSD, RD Dietitian and food blogger at MakeHealthyEasy.com. “From there, I add whatever crackers or bread I have around, lay out any fresh fruit from my fridge, and finish it off with a dried fruit or nuts.” The best part of this is that you can customize the type of cheese, fruit and nuts to suit your taste (or based on what you’re able to scrounge up). And might we add this is the perfect time to break out that fancy serving dish your in-laws bought you that's been collecting dust in the cabinet?
While you're at it, kick your drink game up a notch, too. Wine is always a winner, but why not think outside of the bottle this year with a fruity spritzer? Just combine 3 ounces of your favorite wine with 1 ounce of seltzer and 1 ounce of 100% fruit juice, and garnish with fresh fruit slices, if you have them. Your guests will be impressed and feel special — like you were planning for their arrival all along.
Best Quick and Easy Recipes - Recipes
Favorite Meat Loaf Recipes
2 lbs. lean ground beef
2/3 c. Quaker Oats
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/2 c. catsup or barbecue sauce
Reserve 2 tablespoons catsup. Combine beef, eggs, oats, soup mix and remaining catsup. Shape into a round loaf for crock pot or oblong for oven. Put into crock pot. Top with remaining catsup. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours or 350 degree oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cover with foil if browning too fast. This slices very well for sandwiches the next day.
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1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. cider vinegar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 onion, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/4 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs or crushed crackers
2 lbs. ground sirloin
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
In a saucepan mix tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Set aside. Take onion, celery, green pepper and 1 tablespoon water put in bowl. Put Saran wrap over them and put in microwave to soften. Combine egg with vegetables (celery, onion, green pepper), crackers, salt, black pepper, meat and 1/2 cup tomato sauce mixture. Mix thoroughly. Shape into loaf. Put into baking dish and pour remaining tomato sauce mixture over meatloaf. Bake 350 degrees covered for 1 hour. Baste occasionally. If sauce thickens, add 1/4 cup water to sauce. Serve sauce separate.
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Tip to Help You eat more grains
Use whole-grain bread or cracker crumbs in meatloaf.
1 slice bread, torn into sm. pieces or 1/2 c. bread crumbs, oatmeal or crushed cornflakes
1 sm. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. grated carrots
1 egg, beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1 1/2 lb. ground beef or 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. vinegar
1 tsp. Mustard
1/2 tsp. Paprika
Mix bread crumbs, onion, celery, grated carrots, egg, garlic, salt, pepper and ground beef mix well. Place in loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1 1/2 hours. To prepare sauce: Mix brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and paprika pour over meat loaf during last half hour of cooking.
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From what cuts of beef are ground beef and hamburger made?
Generally, ground beef is made from the less tender and less popular cuts of beef. Trimmings from more tender cuts may also be used. Grinding tenderizes the meat and the fat reduces its dryness and improves flavor.
2 lbs. ground sirloin or ground round
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, I purchase it that way
1 large egg plus catsup for both to equal 1 cup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons Hormel 50% fat free bacon pieces in the jar
1/2 to 1 cup sharp cheese
In a large bowl put the ground meat, bread crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, bacon and cheese. Put the egg and measure the catsup to equal 1 cup. Then beat this mixture together and pour over the other ingredients and mix well. Put this in a large loaf pan and cook at 350F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Most do this step or it will fall apart. Then tent foil over pan and rest for 15 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the slices you can get 6 to 10 or more slices per pan.
Submitted by Susie Indy
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What is the best way to thaw ground beef?
The best way to safely thaw ground beef is in the refrigerator. Keeping meat cold while it is defrosting is essential to prevent growth of bacteria. Cook or refreeze within 1 or 2 days.
To defrost ground beef more rapidly, you can defrost in the microwave oven or in cold water. If using the microwave, cook the ground beef immediately because some areas may begin to cook during the defrosting. To defrost in cold water, put the meat in a watertight plastic bag and submerge. Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook immediately. Do not refreeze raw ground meat thawed in cold water or in the microwave oven unless you cook it first.
Never leave ground beef or any perishable food out at room temperature for more than 2 hours (1 hour at 90 °F and above).
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup cooked rice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/2 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine the beef, rice, brown sugar, onion and 1 tablespoon ketchup. Mix well and place in a 5x9 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Spread remaining 1/2 cup ketchup over the top of the loaf. Bake for 15 more minutes.
By Annie Lott
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ORZO STUFFED PEPPERS
Packed with delicious ingredients like tomatoes and zucchini and topped with melted cheese, these orzo stuffed peppers are sure to be a hit. The recipe calls for chicken broth, but you can use vegetable broth instead to make it vegetarian.
Chef Giada De Laurentiis says, “These stuffed peppers are a snap to prepare, and with no browning of meat required the clean-up is a breeze too! With the bold flavors of Pecorino Romano, mint, and garlic, you and your guests won’t even miss the meat. This one is a real crowd pleaser.”