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"Lite" Everyday Recipes

I'm piggy backing this off of the other Everyday Recipes thread...I just got a new job that allows me to spend a bit more money on food and it also allows me to actually prepare meals.

Unfortunately, I've been a little crazed at work lately so I've been relying on Trader Joe's quick almost ready to eat meals (pastas, pizzas, salads, etc).

But that's about to end and I could really use some good ideas for summery and everyday lite healthy recipes.

Send yours ideas this way! Much appreciated!

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  1. I made tofu steaks a few nights ago and they were so easy and delicious! Remove tofu from its box, pat dry w/ paper towels and slice into 1-inch-thick slabs. Marinate with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil - I added a dash of Worcestershire. You could also add minced ginger or garlic. Marinate for about 10-15 mintutes - I kept spooning the marinade over the top so that all the slabs received an equal coating. Fry in a nonstick pan with olive oil, 5-6 minutes each side, until the tofu is golden. I enjoyed these with steamed rice pilaf (a family recipe: break up a handful of long noodles, saute in a bit of butter until golden, add rice and stock (1 part rice to 2 parts liquid) stir & cover, bring to a boil, lower heat, steam for 20 minutes) and stir-fried broccoli. I prepared the rice and broccoli while the tofu was marinating. Dinner was on the table in 30 minutes.

    1. Not a bad idea, although as much as I don't mind tofu, I don't think I can see myself eating just tofu for dinner.

      I said lite, but not THAT light. Sounds yummy though. I'll have to give it a shot...

      Thanks!

      1. Hi - I just finished BBQing a 1/2 turkey breast from T.J's - A kosher one. I left much of the skin on and earlier stuffed w/ fresh cut rosemary and T'J's pesto then refridgerated for several hours. I think the olive oil from the pesto helps keep the turkey moist while cooking (about 45 minutes). It turned out really nice and there's plenty for the either the freezer or leftovers. Great to slice on salads too. I also bought T'J's already made pizza dough (regular and whole wheat avail)took half and rolled out on the kitchen table. Then placed onto a cookie sheet, drizzled w/EVOO, spread T'J's artichoke/cheese spread, added thinly sliced onions and fresh tomatoes then cooked until golden. - yum! Earlier, I also boiled an artichoke that I cut in half. I let it cool then scooped out the middle and grilled for a short while with the turkey (just to get the grill flavor thing). That was dinner. We eat late in my home during the summer so, running the stove for the bread wasn't bad and the grill is out on the patio. The meal was filling but not heavy. :) One of my favorite summer salad things is again w/that lovely pesto..Just giant hunks of toms, cucs and mozzarella mixed in pesto w/ s&p added to taste. :) Happy summer.

        1. I'm a big fan of BBQing but not a huge turkey fan, although that sounds pretty good. I bought the TJ's dough the other day...VERY GOOD! I was pretty surprised how good it was. I'll give that artichoke a try too. Good suggestion!

          1. Try the pesto thing w/chicken tenders or breasts - I do and leave it to marinate for several hours. I also love to spread on FRESH catfish then BBQ - Also great summer options.