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Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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Sample Recipe: Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
By Jaden Hair, steamykitchen
This chicken, sausage, and shrimp jambalaya is one of my family's favorites. When it's cooked "low and slow" in the slow cooker, the chicken is especially tender and delicious.
You'll want to prep and get this recipe going in the morning—the jambalaya needs four to six hours of cooking time on the slow cooker’s high setting, or six to eight hours if cooked on low. Serves 4 to 6.
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sausage, season to taste with salt and black pepper, and cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken and sausage to a slow cooker, reserving the oil in the pan.
Add the celery, bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 to 6 hours.
Once the jambalaya is cooked, turn off the slow cooker and skim away any excess oil on the surface. Add the shrimp and stir until pink, 3 to 5 minutes. (The residual heat from the slow cooker will suffice to cook the shrimp.) If desired, add more salt, black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Serve the jambalaya over hot cooked rice or with bread.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch-thick pieces
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus additional for seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
2 celery stalks, diced
1 bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce, or to taste
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups hot cooked rice or 1 large baguette
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Planning out meals and trying to make them exciting takes work.
So I was thrilled to review the new Good Bite Weeknight Meals Cookbook.
What's Good Bite? Well, I'll tell ya.
Good Bite is one of the fastest growing cooking websites in the country. It features the webs most influential food bloggers, on video, sharing their recipes for great tasting meals.
Good Bite Weeknight Meals combines 140 recipes for quick and delicious family meals from the site's most popular contributors.
The pictures are beautiful. The bios of all the cooks are a lot of fun to read and when it comes to Exciting New Recipes to try.. they've got that too.
The book is divided into chapters that are centered around the main ingredient & few others that focus on additional topics
Chicken and Turkey
Beef and Lamb
Soups & Stews
And of course I had to TRY OUT a recipe before I could give this a BIG THUMBS UP.
I tried Matt Armendariz's Spanish Tortilla. YUMMY!
5 basic ingredients
Potatoes, salt, EVOO, onions, and eggs...
turned into a beautiful tummy packing dish my family loved.
If your looking for a new cookbook to add to your kitchen collection. DEFINETLY check this one out!
This colorful volume has many color photos of the recipes and small black and white shots of the contributors. As the title suggests, these are quick meals, so they rely on some packages items and dressings. Example, the Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic-Sage Brown Butter & Asparagus on page 185 (contributor Kath Jones of ourbestbites.com) relies on packaged ravioli. The Southern Chicken & Dumplings on page 230 (contributor Christy Jordan of southernplate.com) starts with a can of cream of chicken soup, two cans of chicken broth and a tin of flaky biscuits and a rotisserie chicken. Granted, it's fast, but hardly qualifies as cooking, rather it's an assembled entree.
Good Bite Weeknight Meals is not a cookbook by a single author but a compilation of favorite recipes by sixteen popular food bloggers. Sites such as Weelicious, Steamy Kitchen, Picky palate, Recipe Girl, Kath Eats, Matt Bites and Gluten-Free Girl are just a few of the contributors who made this book possible. It's divided into chapters that include Chicken & Turkey, Beef & Lamb, Pork, Seafood, Pasta, Vegetarian, Soups & Stews and Side Dishes. Some of the recipes seemed too utilitarian for my taste, however, others hit a bright spot. The Chicken Salad with major grey Chutney on page 45 is similar to one I make except without the snow peas and shredded carrot. Matt Armendariz's Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (page 87) looks delicious. Other than that, the recipes didn't offer the sensory appeal I look for when checking new recipes. (I need to state that I am not a slap it together type of cook; these might be perfect for a busy mom on the go).
What I liked about the book was the page of questions for each contributor: What do you always have in your shopping cart? Elicited many responses-olive oil, Maggi seasoning, garlic, ginger, Plugra butter, fish sauce, yogurt. Mine would be lemons.
What's your go-to weeknight dinner? Answers ranged from panini to quesadillas and fajitas to main dish salads. (Mine's a Costo rotisserie chicken which becomes chicken salad, tacos, Asian soup or a host of other items plus food for my cat).
Favorite tool? Stand mixer and chef's knife top the list. Mine's also my chef's knife.
I give the book four stars for organization and beauty, three stars for content. The recipes just didn't hit my hot button.
- Though some of these recipes are very simple, others take more work. This isn't a 30-minute-meals type cookbook. There are slow cooker recipes and others that take planning and advance prep, but nothing in this cookbook is overly difficult or complicated.
- There's a great variety of recipes in this cookbook. With over 140 recipes from Asian to Mexican, there's something sure to please any palate.
- I've tried three recipes from the cookbook so far, and all of them have been very simple and easy, but haven't been mindblowing. I'd say this cookbook provides solid 3.5 to 4 star meals - nothing you'd want to prepare for company or a special occasion, but great for getting a meal on the table quickly.
- If you're prone to improvisation in the kitchen, many of these recipes make a great jumping off point.
- The cookbook is high quality with glossy pages and gorgeous pictures. I only wish there was a picture to accompany every recipe!