3 Simple Dinner Ideas That Will Make You Look Like a Famous Chef
Salmon with Red Pepper Pesto
You will Need:
- 4 (6-ounce) fresh or frozen sustainable salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- Cooking spray (any kind)
- 1/3 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 7 whole blanched almonds
- 1 garlic clove (you can blanch the garlic by placing it in boiling water for 1 minute if you don’t like biting into raw garlic)
Place grill pan on medium-high heat, spray pan with cooking spray to avoid sticking. Evenly sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt onto your pieces of fish. Place fish in pan and cook each side for 4 minutes or until you feel the fish is done.
To make the pesto sauce: Combine the rest of the salt (1/4 teaspoon), peppers, tomato paste, olive oil, almonds and garlic into a blender or food processor until the mixture is smooth.
Serve the pesto over the fish. Add a side salad for a complete meal.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, or a combination, cored and sliced
- Salt, if desired
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground chili powder, or to taste
- 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
- 1 (3- to 4-pound) roasted whole chicken, chopped (you can use a store-bought rotisserie chicken already cooked or frozen chicken strips to save time)
- 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
Suggested toppings: salsa, sliced avocado or prepared guacamole, sour cream, sliced green onions, cheese, and jalapenos.
Roast whole chicken with seasonings of your choice or cut up rotisserie chicken to small pieces or cook frozen chicken strips according to package instructions.
Use a large skillet coated with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, heat over medium-high heat. Cook onion, bell pepper and optional salt for 3 minutes. Add in the seasonings and cook for an additional minute or until the vegetables reach the desired tenderness. After removing from the heat, mix in the lime juice and cilantro into the vegetables to taste.
Oil, lime juice and cilantro can be whisked together and drizzled over the chicken as a dressing.
Follow package instructions to heat tortillas.
Arrange the vegetables, tortillas, chicken and preferred toppings onto separate plates and allow individuals to fix their own tasty fajitas.
Rice Noodles with Sesame-Ginger Flank Steak
You Will Need:
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, divided
- 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch strips
- 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
- 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 1 cup (1/4-inch) slices red bell pepper strips
- 1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
- 4 cups hot cooked rice noodles (about 8 ounces uncooked noodles)
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Cook rice noodles according to package instructions and set aside. Combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, cornstarch, sugar, ginger, salt and garlic until the sugar dissolves.
Over medium-high heat, heat a large skillet (nonstick) with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Cook half of the steak for 4 minutes or until brown and remove from pan and set aside. Repeat this method with the remaining steak. Cook the carrots, snap peas, bell pepper and bean sprouts in the pan with the vinegar mixture for 3 minutes and stir frequently. Add cooked steak and noodles into pan to cook for 1 minute, stir continuously. Onions and toasted sesame seeds can be added at this time or once on a plate ready to serve.