Weeknight Wonders: Delicious, Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less

Weeknight Wonders: Delicious, Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less

by Ellie Krieger

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Overview

Beloved Food Network and Cooking Channel star Ellie Krieger knows the secret to healthy eating: it has to be delicious. You won't eat right if you feel deprived. WEEKNIGHT WONDERS offers 150 recipes for your favorite foods, as delicious as ever, yet magically reworked without all the fat and  cholesterol. Each recipe can be prepared with minimal fuss and simple ingredients, even after a long day at work, in 30 minutes or less. From Parmesan Chicken Breasts and Goat Cheese Frittata (plus no-guilt desserts), you can stay focused on eating well any day of the week.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118409497
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 210,672
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author and registered dietician ELLIE KRIEGER was the host of the Food Network’s Healthy Appetite. She is a frequent contributor to CNN and USA Today and has appeared on many TV programs, including national morning shows.

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CHAPTER 1

salads

STARTERS AND SIDE SALADS

Cool and Crisp Shredded Romaine Salad Mediterranean Chopped Salad Spinach Salad with Mushrooms and Red Onion Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts and Dried Apricots Sweet And Savory Carrot Salad With Oranges And Dates INDIAN-STYLE CUCUMBER SALAD CELERY, RADISH, AND HERB SALAD CHICORY SALAD WITH GREEN APPLE, CRANBERRIES, AND BLUE CHEESE NECTARINE AND FENNEL SALAD WITH CRISPY PROSCIUTTO TUSCAN KALE SALAD MOZZARELLA, TOMATO, AND PEACH SALAD BLACK AND RED SALAD WITH WALNUTS AND GOAT CHEESE SUGAR SNAP PEA, TOMATO, AND WATERMELON SALAD WITH FETA

MAIN-COURSE SALADS

STEAK AU POIVRE SALAD SHRIMP PAD THAI SALAD CEVICHE SALAD WITH AVOCADO AND GRAPEFRUIT
cool and crisp shredded romaine salad

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Sometimes you need an accompaniment that provides cool, crisp contrast to the main course, with clear, elemental flavors that complement, not compete. That's what this salad is made for. It is simply chopped lettuce and scallion, dressed with olive oil and lemon or lime juice. I use lime when I am pairing it with Asian and Central or South American–inspired dishes and lemon for Mediterranean and European fare.

1½ hearts of romaine lettuce
Chop the lettuce into ½-inch-thick ribbons and thinly slice the scallion. Place them in a large bowl. Juice the lemon or lime (about 1½ tablespoons) and add to the bowl along with the oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.

SERVING SIZE 1½ cups

CALORIES 80; Total Fat 7g (Sat Fat 1g, Mono Fat 5.4g, Poly Fat 0.6g); Protein 1g; Carb 3g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 150mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Vitamin A, Vitamin C

GOOD SOURCE OF Vitamin K

mediterranean chopped salad

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

In the summer, when tomatoes are at their best, this salad is a go-to in my home. It was one of the first dishes my daughter learned to make on her own—that's how easy it is. And she usually takes charge of getting it on the table to this day. However easy, it is absolutely delicious and versatile too. Serve it as a starter or alongside sandwiches, hummus and pita, pizza, or anything with a Mediterranean flair you might be tossing on the grill.

3 medium tomatoes
Core the tomatoes and core and seed the bell pepper. Cut the tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber into ½-inch chunks and place in a large bowl. Add the oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, and black pepper, and toss to coat.

SERVING SIZE 1½ cups

CALORIES 100; Total Fat 7g (Sat Fat 1g, Mono Fat 5.4g, Poly Fat 0.7g); Protein 2g; Carb 8g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 300mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Vitamin C

GOOD SOURCE OF Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K

FORGET FAT-FREE SALAD DRESSINGS. You need some fat to absorb all the valuable nutrients in produce. And studies show your body gets the most out of salad when prepared with monounsaturated fat–rich oils, like olive oil or canola.

spinach salad with mushrooms and red onion

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This simple salad can be served any time of year, but its tender yet hearty ingredients make it ideal for the fall and winter months, when it stands up beautifully to belly-warming soups and stews.

6 medium button mushrooms
Trim and thinly slice the mushrooms and thinly slice the onion. Combine the spinach, mushrooms, and onions in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, then drizzle over the salad and toss gently to combine.

SERVING SIZE: 1½ cups

CALORIES 90; Total Fat 7g (Sat Fat 1g, Mono Fat 5.4g, Poly Fat 0.7g); Protein 2g; Carb 6g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 230mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Vitamin A

GOOD SOURCE OF Vitamin C

shaved brussels sprout salad with hazelnuts and dried apricots

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This salad reveals a fresh, modern side to the typically dowdy Brussels sprout, like the classic transformation of a bookish girl who removes her glasses and unpins her bun to become a stunningly desirable woman.

Shaved thin and served raw as the base of this delightful slaw, Brussels sprouts are toothsome and crunchy, yet tender. Their flavor is mild, with nutty-sweet undertones highlighted here by toasted hazelnuts and chewy, sweet apricots, all tossed in a bright, tangy-sweet vinaigrette. It is an ideal side for kabobs, a burger, or grilled chicken or steak, and since it holds up well, like most slaws do, it is a perfect dish to bring to a potluck barbecue when you want to make something deliciously different.

1/3 cup hazelnuts
Toast the hazelnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly, 2 minutes. Wrap the toasted nuts in a clean kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove most of the skins.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, orange juice, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.

Trim the ends off the Brussels sprouts, then thinly slice them in a food processor using the slicing blade or by hand with a sharp knife. Coarsely chop the hazelnuts and thinly slice the apricots.

In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with the dressing, hazelnuts, and apricots until well incorporated.

SERVING SIZE 1 cup

CALORIES 250; Total Fat 17g (Sat Fat 2g, Mono Fat 12.7g, Poly Fat 1.9g); Protein 5g; Carb 23g; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 200mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Fiber, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

GOOD SOURCE OF Copper, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein, Thiamin, Vitamin B6

BRUSSELS SPROUTS have the highest concentration of anti-cancer compounds of any of their common cruciferous cousins. Eating the vegetable in a salad like this maximizes its healing power, since the protective compounds are released when the vegetable is shredded but none are destroyed, as they can be with cooking.

sweet and savory carrot salad with oranges and dates

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This stunning orange-hued salad treats your taste buds to an earthy balance of sweet (crisp-tender carrots, juicy oranges, and plump dates) and savory (garlic, cumin, and parsley). It is the kind of side you commonly find in a Middle Eastern hummus or falafel place, so it pairs naturally with just about anything you might serve with or in a pita bread, from creamy hummus to simply grilled meats.

6 medium carrots (1½ pounds)
Bring a pot of water fitted with a steamer basket to a boil. Peel and cut the carrots into ¼-inch-thick coins. Place the carrots in the steamer, cover, and cook until firm-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the carrots to a large bowl of ice water to cool rapidly, 30 seconds. Drain.

While the carrots are cooking, cut the oranges into segments, reserving the segments and juice in a medium bowl.

Mince the garlic and place in a large bowl. Add the juice of the lemon half (about 2 tablespoons), the oil, cumin, salt, and pepper and whisk to combine. Add the carrots to the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Chop the parsley and

dates, add to the bowl along with the reserved orange segments and juice, and toss to coat.

SERVING SIZE 1 cup

CALORIES 210; Total Fat 8g (Sat Fat 1g, Mono Fat 5.5g, Poly Fat 0.9g); Protein 3g; Carb 36g; Fiber 8g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 270mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Fiber, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

GOOD SOURCE OF Folate, Manganese, Molybdenum, Niacin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6

indian-style cucumber salad

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This creamy cucumber salad, my take on a classic Indian side dish, is ideal for providing cool, crisp contrast to a spicy entrée. It pairs perfectly with Grilled Tandoori Chicken Breasts, for example. But don't think it needs a powerful partner to shine. With its seasonings of fresh cilantro and fragrant cumin seeds, it holds its own next to a simple burger or sandwich as well.

1 large English cucumber
Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds and discard. Slice the cucumber thinly. Place the cucumber in a colander, toss with the salt, and allow to sit for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the cumin seeds, if using, in a dry skillet and toast over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until they become fragrant and turn a darker shade of brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a cutting board and, using the flat edge of a large knife, crush the seeds a bit.

In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, and cumin seeds or ground cumin, until combined. Coarsely chop the cilantro.

Pat the cucumber with a paper towel to absorb the moisture released. Add the cucumber slices and cilantro to the yogurt dressing and toss to combine.

SERVING SIZE about ½ cup

CALORIES 30; Total Fat 0.5g (Sat Fat 0g, Mono Fat 0.2g, Poly Fat 0g); Protein 2g; Carb 4g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 170mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF n/a

GOOD SOURCE OF n/a

celery, radish, and herb salad

MAKES 4 SERVINGS That bunch of celery sitting in your refrigerator is used to its workhorse role in recipes where it is essential, but mostly underappreciated. But given a chance at center stage, boy does it rise to the occasion! This salad celebrates celery's best assets, from its tender, crunchy center ribs to its surprisingly flavorful and tender leaves. Tossed with peppery radishes, fresh herbs, and shavings of Parmesan cheese, in a simple lemon and olive oil dressing, it makes a salad that is right for every season. It's equally suitable with a sandwich for a summer picnic as it is with a soup like Pasta Fagioli with Zucchini, or Meatballs with Simple Marinara, for a warming winter meal.

1 large bunch celery, with leaves (about 2 pounds)
Remove the 6 or 7 outermost dark green celery stalks and reserve for another use. Cut the core away from the remaining paler, leafy stalks. Slice them thinly on the bias, only coarsely chopping the leaves, and place the sliced stalks and leaves in a large bowl.

Slice the radishes thinly and add them to the bowl along with the parsley. Tear any larger mint leaves in half and add the mint to the bowl.

Drizzle with the oil, the juice of the lemon (about 1 tablespoon), salt, and pepper and toss to combine.

Shave the Parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler into thin, wide strips. Serve the salad garnished with the Parmesan shavings.

SERVING SIZE 1 cup salad and about 5 Parmesan shavings

CALORIES 90; Total Fat 7g (Sat Fat 2g, Mono Fat 4.6g, Poly Fat 0.6g); Protein 3g; Carb 4g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 340mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Vitamin K

GOOD SOURCE OF Calcium, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

celery, radish, and herb salad

chicory salad with green apple, cranberries, and blue cheese

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This hearty salad, a jewel-toned mix of fall and winter flavors, holds its own next to the belly-warming, satisfying meals you crave when there is a chill in the air. The pleasant bitterness of the chicory is balanced with sweet-tart green apple, dried cranberries, and a bold, creamy punch of blue cheese. It is a festive dish you can proudly serve at a holiday meal, but it's one that is simple enough to enjoy anytime. I like to make a soup-and-salad meal out of it with Savory Carrot-Cashew Soup.

1 large bunch chicory (about 10 ounces)
Trim the chicory leaves, then chop them and place in a large bowl. Core the apple, then slice it thinly, cut the slices into ¾-inch pieces, and place in the bowl. Crumble the cheese into the bowl and add the cranberries.

Drizzle with oil and vinegar, sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

SERVING SIZE about 1½ cups

CALORIES 170; Total Fat 12g (Sat Fat 3.5g, Mono Fat 6.6g, Poly Fat 0.9g); Protein 4g; Carb 13g; Fiber 3g; Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 330mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF n/a

GOOD SOURCE OF Calcium, Fiber

chicory salad with green apple, cranberries, and blue cheese

nectarine and fennel salad with crispy prosciutto

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This salad is the product of a serendipitous discovery my daughter Bella made one day in the kitchen, a kind of you-got-your-peanut-butter-in-my-chocolate moment. I was slicing fresh fennel for a salad while she was snacking on a nectarine. After sneaking a nibble of the fennel between bites of fruit, she quickly declared the combination a must-try. Indeed, the sweet, juicy nectarine and crisp, anise-y fennel are a winning duo, made even more scrumptious, as I discovered later in my test kitchen, tossed in orange-shallot vinaigrette and topped with a savory crumble of crisped prosciutto. I like to serve it with Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts and crusty bread.

Cooking spray
Slice the prosciutto into ½-inch strips.

Spray a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ham is crisped and browned, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool while you prepare the salad.

Tear the lettuce leaves into a large salad bowl. Core and thinly slice the fennel and add it to the bowl. Pit the nectarines, slice thinly, and add to the bowl.

Finely dice the shallot and place it in a small bowl. Add the orange juice, oil, vinegar, and salt and whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.

Serve the salad topped with the crispy prosciutto and pepper.

SERVING SIZE 2½ cups

CALORIES 140; Total Fat 9g (Sat Fat 1.5g, Mono Fat 5.5g, Poly Fat 0.8g); Protein 6g; Carb 12g; Fiber 3g; Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 490mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

GOOD SOURCE OF Fiber, Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Protein

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Introduction 11

Salads 24

Soups and sandwiches 58

Meat dishes 94

Poultry dishes 130

Seafood dishes 172

Vegetarian dishes 210

Sides 240

Desserts 268

Index 292

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Weeknight Wonders: Delicious, Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great selection of easy, delicious recipes that span the globe. They are just as promised - quick enough for weeknights. Something we all need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellie always amazes me. . . Delicious foods you want to eat, lowmcalorie, healthy options, suggestions to live by all with style and grace. A dietician in the know, now, I trust her tk provide recipes and ideas to live by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellie Krieger's cookbook are always excellent. The recipies are presented in such an clear way that an amatuer can make them. Highly recommend this cookbook for all levels of cooks.
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Murphys-Kitchen More than 1 year ago
I love all of Ellie's books; I wish she would start up her cooking shows again ... I miss them. Lots of great recipes and ideas on eating healthier, but not tasteless.