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


  • 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.)



  • 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


“Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches.”

Federico Garcia Lorca


So, you want to want to eat more plants, but what you really, truly want is a big bowl of pasta, drenched in butter? Totally get it. Sometimes the trick is just to balance the proportion of green to starch – make a vegetable-laden risotto, for example. Or make a small dish of starch to satisfy that craving, and make a bigger dish of salad that has lots of flavors (and maybe a creamy, avocado-based dressing?).

Love to Cook: It sounds weird, but it’s delicious: Dave T’s Spinach Cake- David Lebovitz.

Weeknight Reality: Almost every good salad ingredient is available pre-cut, pre-washed, and ready to dump in a bowl. If you need help selecting the particular items, take a peek at Mark Bittman’s 101 Salad Suggestions. The varieties are almost endless, and all good, and all super fast.

Need a Miracle: Tabbouli, from the store, served on a bed of greens, topped with an egg.