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Dinner Rush! Beans & Greens Spaghetti

It’s now week two of the “Resolution Stretch.” How you holding up?  I know, I’d rather we call them long term goals, too.  How about a quick and healthy dinner plan to get “two birds with one stone” ahead of the game?

 

The combo of cooked beans and hearty greens is a pretty classic one in Italian home cooking.  The beauty of it, really, is that you can easily make a super hearty dinner for four (or even a few more) that is nutritionally balanced, ready in no time and light on the wallet.

Reach for whatever cooking greens your grocery store has around – mine happened to have some beautiful escarole and rainbow chard so I went with a combination of the two.  Anything will work. Although you’d never know it from the depth of flavor, this recipe is also vegetarian. If you prefer a bit of meat with your dinner, go ahead and crisp up some pancetta, bacon, or their leaner Canadian cousin and add that to the mix too.

You’re saving money, time and calories all in one dish.  Go on, you Resolution Rockstar.

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13 Days of Pumpkin: Chicken in a Pumpkin Seed Sauce

Rachael says, “Say “Adios!” to plain ol’ pollo because I’ve got a chicken in a delicious pumpkin seed sauce.”

Sounds unique? It is! You’ve got to give this dish a try:

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Dinner Rush! Salmon Teriyaki Sliders

Salmon Sliders Recipe
After spending a recent (and most delicious) weekend in Washington, D.C., I’m dedicating this week’s Dinner Rush! to my father-in-law. For those who don’t know Ype Von Hengst, he’s an amazingly talented and accomplished chef who’s well-known for his multi-unit restaurant concept in the Mid-Atlantic region. One of his most-popular menu items (and also one of my personal favorites) is his Grilled Wasabi Salmon Sliders. These things fly out the door of his restaurant!

While not the exact recipe (he keeps his secrets closely guarded, that guy), I think I netted out pretty successfully in re-creating them at home. One definite thing revealed through my frequent tastings of Chef Ype’s sliders is that he uses the thicker part of the salmon, so make sure when you’re at the fish counter that you ask them for the center cut of the fillet (save yourself the time and have them skin it for you while they’re at it, too).

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7-Course Dinner with Chef Lee Anne Wong

Courtesy of City Grit

When we heard  Chef Lee Anne Wong was in town cooking a seven-course meal, we had to go check it out. Always offering up spot-on food reviews with a dry wit, Lee Anne is a regular contributor on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and our resident Appetizer Adviser.

Lee Anne’s dinner on Wednesday night was hosted by City Grit, a culinary salon that plays host to guest chefs and cookbook authors and is housed in a former Catholic school. The chefs are able to turn the raw event space (which doubles as a store during the day) into a food-filled dining experience. I was lucky enough to be in attendance at Chef Wong’s extravaganza entitled, My Journey through Cooking; Mentors, Lessons, and Inspirations.

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Dinner with Chef Lee Anne Wong

Love watching Chef Wong on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats? Excited by her battle on Iron Chef America? Head to City Grit in NYC this Wednesday or Thursday evening and you’ll be able to taste all of those great dishes you may have seen on TV. She’ll be cooking an entire seven-course tribute dinner entitled, My Journey through Cooking, dedicated to those who have influenced and inspired her during her career.

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