One Pan, Two Plates

One Pan, Two Plates

More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two

Book - 2013
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Collects recipes for weeknight meals for two, including jambalaya, tuna burgers, veal piccata, lamb kebabs, yellow curry chicken, and prosciutto-wrapped salmon.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, c2013
ISBN: 1452106703
9781452106700
Branch Call Number: 641.5612 SNY
Characteristics: 207 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Horton, Jody

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cookingthebooks
Oct 02, 2019

This is the inaugural book for our new cooking class at Fearless Cooking in Chicago! These are simple, weeknight meals designed to be prepared for two people using just one pan. This book would make a fine addition to the library of a beginner cook (perhaps a student or newlywed) with limited equipment and ingredients at their disposal. We would probably utilize different techniques and additional flavors and tools to prepare these meals. However, we totally understand and support the concept. We chose a different dish to prepare with attendees each week. Here they are:
• Flank Steak with Chimichurri and Summer Squash Hash - This was the first dish featured in our cooking class. Everyone loved the simple chimichurri. In fact, many wished they had more! It's such a versatile dish and could easily be made vegetarian or with a variety of alternative protein (fish, chicken, pork chop, etc.) The vegetable hash could easily be made with whatever fresh Summer vegetables were available (zucchini, carrots, etc.) Any leftovers could easily be mixed with eggs for a delicious breakfast the following day. This is simple, easy cooking as it should be.
• Fresh Summer Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil and Buttery Croutons - This dish came together quickly and easily. We were a bit baffled by the addition of croutons to pasta so we likely would have omitted those if we made this again. Additionally, we would increase the amount of garlic and add red pepper flake for a more assertive flavor.
• Lamb Kebabs with Harissa, Chickpeas and Summer Squash - We couldn't resist using a fresh, gigantic zucchini from our garden so we made the executive decision to substitute that in place of the summer squash. The harissa packed a nice heat level - tempered by the cool cilantro sour cream. We cooked the lamb to a nice medium-rare using the technique outlined in book. Like most meat, this could have benefitted from an overnight marinade / seasoning. Additionally, we were surprised that mint was not included - as it goes so well with lamb.
• Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Shallots and Cauliflower "Risotto" - Having done the paleo diet for a few months previously, we were aware of cauliflower "rice". We ate lots of it. When properly prepared, you can fool many diners into thinking it's actually rice. The simple preparation of the salmon allows it to really shine - provided you get the freshest available. The technique of searing the salmon, setting it aside while charing the cauliflower, then finishing everything in the covered pan was slick. Per the suggestion, we also created a small side salad to enjoy with this dish.
• Skirt Steak Fajitas - We made this dish for a cooking demonstration as part of the Grand Opening ceremonies at Fearless Cooking in Chicago. For additional depth of flavor we assembled the pico de gallo and marinated the skirt steak the day before (always a good idea whenever possible). We also followed the suggestion in the recipe and prepared a batch of refried beans so we could offer both meat and vegetarian options to visiting guests. The addition of cumin to the marinade provided a welcome, unconventional flavor. Greek yogurt could be substituted for the sour cream, if you prefer.

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Newmommy09
Mar 20, 2019

Some really great ideas and recipes!

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readerjoce
Jun 14, 2015

What a great book! I'm always looking for small-serving recipes and this certainly fits the bill. Everything I made from this book was delish. The curries were particularly good. The fact that they are all made in one pan is a bonus. Don't feel you must use cast iron - I used a regular non-stick with good success.

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