101 New Recipes for Summer ready in 10 minutes

A friend forwarded this article, and I’d like to share it with you, my readers.  I hope you are enjoying summer. I love this time of the year, not the heat(!) but the long days of sunlight which means more time to spend outdoors and more time to spend with the kids. I love it!

Summer is the season to kick back and enjoy eating outdoors and eating lots of fruits and light refreshing food items.  Growing up, summer meant mangoes to me, lots of lots of mangoes. Although today my one daily mango during summer pales in comparison to the  five I used to eat as a child, the fruit bowl full of mangoes at home is a constant reminder that the summer is here and it is short so I need to savor every moment of it.

Here’s the NY Times article from 2007 that has 101 Simple Meals that require less than 10 minutes to make. It is an incredible collection of simple delicious quick recipes that should satiate any palette.

Of the 101 recipes I scanned through and tried a few, I think the following 10 recipes are great for kids:

# 2: Toss a cup of chopped mixed herbs with a few tablespoons of olive oil in a hot pan. Serve over angel-hair pasta, diluting the sauce if necessary with pasta cooking water.

# 6 Heat a quarter-inch of olive oil in a skillet. Dredge flounder or sole fillets in flour and fry until crisp, about two minutes a side. Serve on sliced bread with tartar sauce.

#15 Call it panini: Grilled cheese with prosciutto, tomatoes, thyme or basil leaves.

#17 Soak couscous in boiling water to cover until tender; top with sardines, tomatoes, parsley, olive oil and black pepper.

#24 Dredge thinly sliced chicken breasts in flour or cornmeal; cook about two minutes a side in hot olive oil. Place on bread with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

#27 Egg in a hole, glorified: Tear a hole in a piece of bread and fry in butter. Crack an egg into the hole. Deglaze pan with a little sherry vinegar mixed with water, and more butter; pour over egg.

#30 Quesadilla: Use a combination of cheeses, like Fontina mixed with grated pecorino. Put on half of a large flour tortilla with pickled jalapenos, chopped onion, shallot or scallion, chopped tomatoes and grated radish. Fold tortilla over and brown on both sides in butter or oil, until cheese is melted.

#38 Fried rice: Soften vegetables with oil in a skillet. Add cold takeout rice, chopped onion, garlic, ginger, peas and two beaten eggs. Toss until hot and cooked through. Season with soy sauce and sesame oil.

#45 Sauté shredded zucchini in olive oil, adding garlic and chopped herbs. Serve over pasta.

#95 Veggie burger: Drain and pour a 14-ounce can of beans into a food processor with an onion, half a cup rolled oats, a tablespoon chili powder or other spice mix, an egg, salt and pepper. Process until mushy, then shape into burgers, adding a little liquid or oats as necessary. Cook in oil about three minutes a side and serve.

Are there other recipes from the 101 recipes that your kids liked?

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