Too busy playing this summer for elaborate dinners? We’ve got just the list of fast, easy and kid-friendly dinners for you. Bon appetit!
1. CHEESY FISH TACOS
1lb. of fish (I use Tilapia)
1T butter or olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1t soy sauce
handful of spinach
Salsa (see salsa verde recipe below)
Saute the fish over medium heat in oil or butter until brown and slightly crispy on the edges. Add the minced garlic and soy sauce and sauté one more minute. Lay on tortillas and cover with spinach and cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds. Add salsa for those who like it.
4 large or 6 small tomatillos
1 clove of garlic
1/2 a seeded jalapeno pepper
juice of one lime
1/4 cup cilantro
1T olive oil
Peel the tomatillos and rinse the sticky exterior. Combine all the ingredients in the food processor.
2. QUICK SUMMER TACO SALAD
1 chopped tomato
corn from 2 cobs or 1 can
1 diced cucumber
3 roughly chopped scallions
Shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup prepared beans of choice (black, kidney or pinto)
Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl.
1/2 package of Tempeh (available at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, near the tofu)
1T chili powder
1t olive oil
Tabasco sauce to taste
Crumble Tempeh into small bits and saute in oil on medium heat until brown (about 5 minutes). Add spices and salt and saute for 1 more minute.
3. ITALIAN GARDEN PASTA
The pine nuts are the best part, unless you devour them before you serve the dish.
1 package of your choice pasta
1/4 cup pine nuts (dry roasted pine nuts don’t need kosher supervision, according to the CRC)
1 chopped onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
4 handfuls chopped kale or spinach (do not use frozen)
2T dry white wine
3T freshly chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste
2 chopped tomatoes
1/2 block feta cheese
Prepare pasta according to package. Roast the pine nuts over a dry pan on medium heat for 2 minutes. Shake pan and roast 2 minutes more. The smell is divine, so restrain yourself and do not to eat them all.
Add wine and spices. Pour vegetables over pasta and add fresh tomatoes and feta. Top with pine nuts.
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 can or 1 cup dried black beans
Tortillas (I like Trader Joes because they aren’t filled with unnecessary ingredients)
Spinach (optional, but must be fresh)
Optional toppings: Sour cream, salsa (see my post on the food processor for a homemade recipe), cilantro, green onions, avocado
All that’s required to prepare for this meal is the rice (and beans if you use dried). I cook the rice, then add the beans (and spinach if you’re using it) to the same pot, and then spoon it on top of a tortilla for each person. Add the cheese and pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds. Add the toppings to each person’s liking.
For Cuban flair, add plantains to the top: slice ripened plantains and saute over vegetable oil (not olive!) on both sides until brown. Add salt and juice of one lime.
5. LENTIL VEGGIE BURGERS
1 cup raw lentils
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Old Fashioned oats
1/4 cup olive oil
Prepare the lentils by rinsing them and placing them in a pot with water to cover. Add 1 clove garlic and some salt. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until soft (about 30 minutes). Drain lentils.
Add lentils and remaining ingredients to the food processor and puree until it forms a thick mixture. Place mixture in the fridge for at least 10 minutes or overnight.
Heat a frying pan with olive oil on medium heat. Scoop spoonfuls of burger mixture into pan and let brown for a few minutes and flip to brown other side. Serve warm on bun with hamburger toppings of your choice or try the special sauce below.
VEGGIE BURGER SPECIAL SAUCE
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1t red wine vinegar
1 clove chopped garlic
2T freshly chopped basil