Friday, October 15, 2010

Easy Make-Ahead Meals

Sassy Citrus and Sage Chicken

2 oranges
2 Tbs chopped shallots
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs olive oil, divided
1 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 Tbs chopped fresh sage, divided
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 whole roaster chicken (about 6 lbs)
1 sprig each fresh rosemary and fresh sage

1. Heat oven to 350˚F. Zest and juice oranges; reserve rinds. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook shallots in butter and 1 Tbs olive oil 2 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tsp chopped rosemary, 2 tsp chopped sage, garlic and wine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; let simmer 5 minutes, or until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

2. In bowl, combine 1 Tbs orange zest and remaining olive oil, chopped rosemary and chopped sage. Season surface of chicken and inside cavity with salt and ground black pepper, if desired. Spread orange zest mixture over chicken. Place rosemary sprig, sage sprig, and reserved orange rinds inside chicken cavity; tie legs. Place chicken in roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil. Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 30 minutes more, or until thermometer inserted in thigh reads 175˚F, basting occasionally with 1/2 wine mixture. Transfer chicken to serving platter. Let sit five minutes before slicing.

3. Pour pan drippings into liquid measure; skim off and discard fat. Return drippings to roasting pan. Place roasting pan over medium heat on 2 burners. Add remaining wine mixture, stirring to scrape up brown bits. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes more, or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired. Serve sauce with chicken.

Forest Green Bean Salad

8 oz green beans, trimmed
1 bag (5.5 oz) salad greens
6 radishes, slices

1/2 cup each crumbled feta cheese, pitted olives and canned white beans
1 orange, zested
and juiced
1/4 cup prepared o
il-and-vinegar dressing
1 Tbs each choppe
d fresh chives and parsley

1. In saucepot of boiling salted water, cook green beans 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.

2. In bowl, gently toss green beans with next 5 ingredients.

3. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/2 tsp orange zest and last 3 ingredients. Drizzle over salad.

Lemony Lentil Toss

7 oz whole red lentils
3 Tbs white b
alsamic vinegar
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
3 Tbs olive oil
1 yellow pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced cucumbers
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1 can (15 oz) white beans, rinsed and drained

1. Cook lentils according to package directions, until tender but still firm. Drain; rinse in cold water.

2. In bowl, whisk together vinegar, 1 Tbs each lemon juice and zest, garlic and olive oil. Season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired.

3. Add peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and scallions; toss gently to coat. Stir in beans and lentils. Chill 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.

Macadamia-Crusted Salmon

1 salmon fillet
(about 3 lbs)
1 cup crushed corn chips
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
2 Tbs each chopped fresh chives and fresh parsley
2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
1/3 cup, plus 2 Tbs mayonnaise, divided
4 tsp Dijon mustard, divided
1 Tbs GF soy sauce (optional)
2/3 cup sour cream
1 Tbs chopped fresh dill

1. Heat oven to 425˚F. Place salmon on baking sheet. In bowl, combine corn chips, nuts, chives, and parsley. Season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired; set aside.

2. In bowl, combine 1 Tbs lemon juice, 2 Tbs mayonnaise, 3 tsp Dijon mustard and soy sauce, spread over salmon. Sprinkle corn chip mixture evenly over salmon; pat to adhere chip mixture to salmon. Roast 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with fork, covering loosely with foil if chips brown too much.

3. In bowl, combine sour cream, dill, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp lemon zest and remaining mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Serve dill sauce with fish.

Sugar Snap-Corn Medley

1 large ear corn on the cob
8 oz sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/2 cup diced red peppers
1/3 cup diced white onions
1 Tbs each olive oil and butter
1 Tbs each chopped fresh chives, chopped fresh parsley and lemon juice

1. In a saucepot of boiled salted water, cook corn 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender, adding snap peas during the last minute of cooking. Drain peas. Let corn sit until cool enough to handle; cut kernels from cob.

2. In skilled over medium-high heat, cook peppers and onions in oil and butter 2 minutes, or until tender.

3. Add corn; cook 1 minute. Stir in snap peas, chives, parsley and lemon juice; cook 1 minute, or until heated. Arrange veggies on platter.

Chocolate-Raspberry Cake

1 box (18.25 oz) chocolate-fudge cake mix
1 1/3 cups cold strong-brewed coffee
3 cups heavy cream, divided
2 bars (4 oz each), bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 container (8 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pint fresh raspberries
1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained

1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting coffee for water. Divide batter among 3 greased and floured 9" round cake pans. Bake 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling rack; remove from pans. Let cool completely.

2. In small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup heavy cream just to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and let sit 2 minutes, stir until smooth. Let cool 5 minutes, or until chocolate mixture is at room temperature, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, in bowl of electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and remaining heavy cream 4 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Stir in vanilla extract. Place 1 cake layer on serving platter. Spread 1/3 cup chocolate mixture evenly over cake. Top with 1/3 cream cheese, 1/2 cup raspberries and 1/4 cup madarin oranges. Repeat layering once. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining chocolate mixture evenly over top of cake. Top with remaining cream cheese, raspberries and oranges. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired.


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