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Risotto Primavera

I could eat risotto everyday.  If you like risotto too, this Risotto Primavera is a delicious, creamy (and crunchy) dish which mixes arborio rice with asparagus, peas and cherry tomatoes.  This dish can easily be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth.  Just take your time with it.  No matter how much you might want to, don’t rush it.  It’s a slow and patient process that results in a warm and comforting dish that you won’t mind eating even if it’s summertime.   

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Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

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Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine

I usually substitute spinach in recipes calling for arugula but I decided to give it another try with Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine.  The peppery flavor of the arugula is usually a bit much for me but in this case where it is wilted, the flavor is more subtle, not overpowering, and blends well with the turkey sausage (I used sweet turkey sausage but spicy will work just as well).  The fresh fettucine and juicy cherry tomatoes help keep this pasta dish light while the sausage makes it satisfying.  It didn’t take long to make either which is a plus for those of us with full-time jobs or busy moms.  I’ve become a big fan of using fresh pasta (as I did with Spring Linguine with Basil) instead of dried pasta since it cooks much faster but I’m just wondering why there’s no whole wheat available yet? 😦 

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  • Parmesan cheese for pecorino romano

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Caribbean Chicken Kebabs with Lime-Cayenne Butter

I’ve been wanting to make these Caribbean Chicken Kebabs for a while now but since I live in a condo and can’t have a charcoal grill on my deck, I decided to pull out my Cuisinart Griddler and do a little indoor grilling.  I’m sure the taste is much better on an outdoor grill but I’ll tell you what, these were still pretty darn good.  The marinade of fresh orange juice, soy, ginger and garlic gives the chicken a little flavor and the grilling brings out the natural flavors of the crisp peppers, sweet pineapple and juicy cherry tomatoes deliciously.  The Lime-Cayenne Butter gives these kebabs the slightest bit of acidity and heat but there is something about smothering fresh vegetables and lean chicken with a stick of butter that just doesn’t seem right to me.  A sprinkle of cayenne and a squeeze of a few limes before grilling still would have provided flavor with much less fat.

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Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Coastal Living Magazine

Chickpeas and Spinach with Smoky Paprika

I wasn’t too sure if I’d like this dish at first but the former-vegetarian in me couldn’t resist trying it.  I’m still not sure if this is an appetizer, a stew, or a light dinner but I think it’s safe to say it could be all of the above.  I ate it with grilled sourdough bread (left over from the Panini with Chocolate and Brie) and I must say it’s a very tasty little bite.  There are many ingredients in this dish with big flavors – garlic, onions, fire-roasted tomatoes, parsley – but the real star of this show is the smoked paprika.  If you’ve never tried it before – go get some!  Regular paprika just doesn’t compare.  I was pleasantly surprised with this dish and at only 86 calories for a 2/3 cup serving, I didn’t feel guilty having 2 servings.

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  • About 1/2 of the onions

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Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

 

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