Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less
A few of us have expressed using this summer to cook through Mark Bittman's Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less from the New York Times. Similar to CotM, please post here for discussion relating to that so as not to clutter up the previous thread. I know for some "summer" has not started but at 85 degrees yesterday in Central PA we are starting to think about that kind of cooking and my produce CSA starts next week.
Here is the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/din...
#7 Make pesto
Got a handfull of basil from our CSA. Added a few walnuts, Parm cheese, salt, pepper, garlic cloves and Olive oil and pulsed in the mini prep. Added a couple tbsp of mayo (adapted from and Ina Garten recipe). Made some Israeli couscous and tore up one whole bunch of spinach leaves. Thawed some frozen peas using running water. Tossed it all together and shredded a couple radishes into it. Take out the couscous and no need to even heat up the water.
Found this through the previous thread. I just made #94 -- ketchup-braised tofu. I used really big chunks (32 chunks per block of tofu) browned on all 6 sides and ate it as a burrito with plain sauteed cabbage. It was very fast and easy and made for a tasty lunch (this is coming from an omnivore). It was pretty ketchupy; I would suggest adding a little hot sauce or lemon juice, or picking out the coated tofu and leaving behind some of the sauce. I think the cabbage helped give the burrito some crunch, in addition to its extra flavor dimension.
Has anyone else made any of the recipes?