Sara’s Weeknight Meals Season 6

Shredded Root Vegetable Latkes

Makes about 12 latkes, 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1 pound assorted root vegetables, such as turnips, beets, parsnips, and carrots 1/2 pound boiling potatoes, such as Yukon Gold or Red Bliss 1 small onion 1 large egg 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour…


Braised Brisket with Flying Disks

Serves 8 to 10 For the brisket: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil One 4 to 5 pound beef brisket, preferably flat cut with a 1/4-inch layer of fat left on kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 large onions, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons minced garlic ¼ cup tomato…


Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Wraps

For the shrimp: 1 lb. shrimp, 16-20 size or bigger, peeled and deveined 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon sriracha BBQ sauce, optional 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions For the salad: 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber 1 cup finely diced…


Agnello Scottadito with Heirloom Tomato Salad

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 12 individual lamb chops 2 sprigs rosemary cracked black pepper to taste 2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes salt and pepper to taste 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 6 large fresh basil leaves 5 fresh mint leaves Directions Brush some oil on the…


Dirty Duck Rice

  Serves 4 to 6 people 3 large duck livers 1/2 cup whole milk 6 confit duck legs (available on line from Mapleleaffarms.com and Dartagnan.com) 2 tablespoons duck fat (available from the above on line sources) 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons brandy 3…


Dandelion Greens Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pecan Dressing

  Serves 4 For the dressing: 2/3 cup raw sugar 1 cup toasted pecans 1 cup red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 pinches salt 1 ½ teaspoons chile de arbol powder (or chile powder of your choice) 3 cups blended oil For the salad: 6 cups dandelion greens…


Zucchini and Pasta Noodles with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

  Serves 4 Hands-on-time: 15 minutes Total prep time:  30 minutes 4 cups baby zucchini 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pinch of saffron 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups labneh 8 cups zucchini spiral noodles 4 cups cooked angel hair pasta 1/4 cup minced cilantro…


Kentucky Lemonade

Hands-on-time:  10 minutes Total prep time:  55 minutes There are two secrets to making great lemonade: Secret #1 – Roast your lemons. Secret #2 – Bourbon. Fortunately, this recipe incorporates both those tips to deliver one of the greatest summer taste sensations of them all: Kentucky Lemonade. You can use…


Roasted Vegetable and Fresh Ricotta Sandwiches

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 35 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments: Roasted kale and parsnip strips 1 small eggplant (about 10 ounces) 1 large zucchini (about 12 ounces) 1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes (about 6 medium) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground…


Picadillo Sloppy Joes

  Picadillo Sloppy Joes Total preparation time: 30 minutes Makes 4 servings (3 ½ cups filling) 1 medium onion 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 pound ground chuck, round, or sirloin One 4½-ounce can chopped green chiles ½ cup pimiento-stuffed green olives 1-cup chili sauce…


Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew

Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew Serves 6 to 8 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 8 pieces with the skin on 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, about 20 shrimp 4 tablespoons dende oil ½…


Smoky Fish Chowder

Makes about 9 cups, 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 8 ounces Canadian bacon 1 medium onion 2 medium celery sticks 1 pound boiling potatoes, such as Yukon gold or Red Bliss 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme…


Grilled Duck Breast on a Honey Roasted Carrot-Farro-Herb Salad with Cider Jus

Makes 4 servings Serve with a pinot noir Two 12-ounce Muscovy Duck breasts Honey Roasted Carrot Farro Salad (recipe below) Cider Jus (recipe below) First score the fat side of the breast by making shallow, crosswise cuts. (This helps the fat melt away into the pan.) Season the breasts well…


Apple Nutmeg Bites

Prep time: 5 minutes Container: Nutri Ninja Bowl™ Makes: 12 bites 1 1/2 cups dried apples 1/2 cup Medjool dates, cut in half, pits removed 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 cup toasted walnuts Place all ingredients into the Nutri Ninja Bowl in the…


Shredded Butternut Squash with Dates and Pistachios

Start to finish: 20 minutes Hands in time: 20 minutes Servings: 4  1 medium butternut squash (1 ½ pounds) 2 medium shallots 1/3 cup shelled natural pistachios 3 large dates 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 large mint leaves 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice Kosher salt Cayenne pepper Peel the…


Rawia Bishara’s Brussels Sprouts with Panko

Adapted from: Olives, Lemons & Za’atar (Kyle Books, 2014) Rawia’s Tip: If you are not a fan of frying, Brussels sprouts can be brushed with oil and oven roasted at 400°F until tender. That being said, I think fried tastes better! Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands-on time: 40 minutes…


Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with Everything Pita Crisps

Start to finish: 1 hour, 20 minutes Hands-on time: 1 hour Servings: 6 (about 10 1/2 cups) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, half cut into 1-inch chunks and half cut into 1/2-inch dice 1…


Sauteed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers

  Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 45 minutes Servings: 4 1 pound chicken breast cutlets, preferably thin sliced 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided 3 tablespoons rinsed, drained and dried capers Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour (preferably wondra) for dredging the…


Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cucumber Cantaloupe Salsa and Creamy Feta Dressing

  Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands-on time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled, divided 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/4 cup mayonnaise (low-fat if you prefer) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing the…


Steak with Steak Butter

STEAK BUTTER Start to finish: 10 minutes Hands-on time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes about 16 tablespoons (1/2 pound) 1/2 pound Homemade Butter (see recipe below) or store-bought unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons and softened to room temperature 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, finely minced…


Indian Scrambled Eggs with Pappadams

Ingredients 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil Four 8-inch pappadams 1⁄2 small onion One 1-inch piece fresh ginger 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large serrano chile 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric 8 large eggs 1⁄3 cup plain low-fat or full-fat Greek-style yogurt (see page 49) Kosher salt 1⁄2 pound…


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