home cooked dinners by the season

Tag: 45 minutes or less

Sicilian Style Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Sicilian Style Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Roasted cauliflower has long been one of my favorite winter vegetables. Tossed with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, roasting brings out the flavor of this somewhat bland vegetable with the caramelization that occurs when it turns a…

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots

Streamlined recipes are especially appealing right now. We’ve all put a lot of miles around the track cooking at home this past year and it has been exhausting. I get it. On the positive side you have probably been eating healthier and you’ve most likely…

Crispy Lentil Cakes with Lemony Yogurt

Crispy Lentil Cakes with Lemony Yogurt

Whew, my (and your) search for the best plant-based cake (burger) is over! You may never have given lentil cakes a thought until now, but I am pretty sure these will become part of your routine once you try them. Maybe you are a solid…

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

Some things are just more beautiful on the inside, like celery root.  You may have skimmed over it in the produce section thinking what is this unattractive and obscure vegetable, and how would I use it. Also known as celery knob or celeriac, it might…

1-2-3-4 Parchment Baked Seafood

1-2-3-4 Parchment Baked Seafood

In these first few days of January, it seems like pretty much everyone is trying to eat healthier. January has become synonymous with “cleansing” after the indulgence of December and as a way to set oneself straight for a new year. I get that. So here…

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

I like the taste of salmon, but its nutritional benefits are the real reason I try to cook with it at least twice a week. I even break my seasonal ingredient rule, cooking it no matter what month it is. Fortunately the “previously frozen” wild…

Jerusalem Chicken and Couscous

Jerusalem Chicken and Couscous

Many nights, about 45 minutes seems to be the amount of time I prefer to take to cook a weekday dinner. I guess I am a bit more patient than the average person who spends about 27 minutes according to Michael Pollan in his book…

Springtime Asparagus Arugula & Chicken Bowl

Springtime Asparagus Arugula & Chicken Bowl

Two articles I recently read confirmed what I already knew. Eat more vegetables and use the best tasting ingredients possible when cooking. In the first article, The Cheaters Guide to Living to 1oo, it outlines simple secrets to living longer, healthier and happier. One recommendation…

Garam Masala Shrimp

Garam Masala Shrimp

“Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile”                       -Franklin Jones- I say there is always room to give more love in this world. Cooking dinner is one of…

Pan Seared Apple Pork

Pan Seared Apple Pork

Let’s just say I came into a lot of apples last week. My friend’s trees were loaded with both red and green and I was at the right place at the right time. It goes without saying I loved getting them, but I was also…

One Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken Meatballs

One Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken Meatballs

It’s not often I hear someone say they don’t like meatballs. I think it’s because they are just fun to eat. Each bite has many flavors and they’re tender from mixing additional ingredients to the ground meat. True, they do take a bit more time…

Rubbed Salmon Arugula Corn Salad

Rubbed Salmon Arugula Corn Salad

The stars line up just one time of the year for these four ingredients and lucky for us it’s now. Wild caught salmon, sweet corn on the cob, melt in your mouth cherry tomatoes and peppery fresh arugula leaves. There is nothing like eating whole,…

Chorizo Tortilla Soup

Chorizo Tortilla Soup

By now it won’t surprise you I think sausage is a cooking secret weapon. I love that one ingredient can have so much power, unleashing its robust flavor on whatever it comes in contact with. In this case it’s soup and with Spanish style chorizo.…

Sumac Seared Chicken with Spinach and Tahini Honey Lemon Dressing

Sumac Seared Chicken with Spinach and Tahini Honey Lemon Dressing

Salad piled on top of a seared chicken breast and drizzled with dressing is one of my favorite recipe templates. It satisfies the craving for a lighter dinner and yet the chicken makes it substantial enough. Using boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded to an even…

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl

Those of us who used to pass on Brussels sprouts are giving them a second look. In the past the motivation to eat them might have been more for their nutritional attributes than their flavor qualities. All that has changed. Thinly sliced and quartered, and…

One Pan Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Parmesan

One Pan Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is simple enough for inexperienced cooks to prepare yet worthy for those who aren’t and it fits my resolution to give you a monthly recipe using a short list of ingredients. It could be your answer for an easy Valentine’s dinner. This abbreviated…

Chanterelle Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

Chanterelle Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

My good friend Carol has a special place where she hunts for chanterelle mushrooms. She’s graciously invited me to follow along with her a few times but much to my loss our schedules haven’t lined up for me to be the fortunate beneficiary. So like…

45-Minute Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Rice

45-Minute Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Rice

My son has been using A Year At The Table recipes to cook dinner. Having graduated from college he is living in an apartment and facing the often-daunting task of what to cook for dinner. He’s frustrated though with the cooking process. Doing the shopping, organizing the right equipment and doing the actual cooking can be overwhelming, he says. Can’t there be a simpler way?

I promised him I would develop a recipe “template” that he can use over and over, reminding him that like anything, the more you cook the same recipe the better you get at it…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Skillet Pasta

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Skillet Pasta

My quest for the all in one dinner continues… this time with pasta and roasted brussels sprouts. What I love is not using a separate pan to cook the pasta and instead do it all together with the other ingredients. One less pan to clean…

30 Minute Dijon Chicken with Mushrooms

30 Minute Dijon Chicken with Mushrooms

Many years ago I came across a recipe for Chicken Breasts with Mustard Sauce by Pierre Franey, the “60-Minute Gourmet” from the New York Times food section. I was drawn to the recipe because of the ingredients, as well as the fact that it went…