Prompt Recap: March 22, 2015

Missed a day or want a full set of ideas in one place? Here are six prompts to help you make it through the week, whether you have plenty of time to cook or need a miracle nightly. Click the one word prompt to go to the full set of ideas and recipe links.

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Artichoke3 artichokes 2015

  • Love to Cook: Stuffed artichokes with a simple green salad (watercress, arugula or baby kale)
  • Weeknight Reality: Quick braised artichokes, pan-braised chicken cutlets, Israeli couscous
  • Need a Miracle: Salad with marinated artichoke hearts, olives, sweet peppers & rotisserie chicken over greens

 


Lentilsred and green lentils

  • Love to Cook: Composed lentil salad with fresh sourdough bread
  • Weeknight Reality: Lentil-sweet potato (or spinach) curry with jasmine rice & cilantro
  • Need a Miracle: Canned lentil soup with added fresh spinach and crème fraîche

 


Softcream cheese and banana bread

  • Love to Cook: Risotto (or pappardelle) with mascarpone cheese & herbs; butter lettuce salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives; fresh croissants & jam
  • Need a Miracle: Whipped cream cheese on toasted, store-bought banana (or zucchini) bread; butter lettuce salad with fruit

 


Tartlemons and cilantro

  • Love to Cook: Vinegar-braised pork chops (or chicken thighs); Napa cabbage slaw with ginger dressing
  • Weeknight Reality: Tequila-lime fish tacos or lemon chicken breasts with rice and spinach/sorrel salad
  • Need a Miracle: Salad from the salad bar with homemade lemon/olive oil dressing; lemon-berry tarts from the bakery

Fragrantfragrant

  • Love to Cook: Curry (beef, chicken or sweet potato) with basmati rice
  • Weeknight Reality: Same as above, just use a recipe with shorter cooking time
  • Need a Miracle: Quick Pho Ga, using prepared chicken stock, rotisserie chicken and rice noodles (with cilantro, lemons, sprouts, onions, peppers, etc.)

 


ChilePoblano

  • Love to Cook: Classic green chile pork stew with fresh tortillas
  • Weeknight Reality: Mushroom & poblano tacos with corn & cilantro
  • Need a Miracle: Quick bean burritos with green chile salsa and fresh jalapenos

 


Parting Thought

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.

Rainer Maria Rilke, via goodreads

Lentils

Lentils can be much more than the key ingredient for warm, comforting soup. From complex salads to bright vegetable curry, lentils are the perfect base for an early spring dinner. Plus they cook quickly compared to other types of legumes, making them great for a weeknight cooking. Confused about different types of lentils? Link at the end of the recipes should help.

red and green lentils


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Composed lentil salad with fresh sourdough bread
  • Weeknight Reality: Lentil-sweet potato (or spinach) curry with jasmine rice & cilantro
  • Need a Miracle: Canned lentil soup with added fresh spinach and crème fraîche

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, ‘If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.’ Said Diogenes, ‘ Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king.’

Anthony de Mello, via goodreads