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Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less: Fresh, Fast, and Flavorful Home-Cooked Meals, with More Than 200 Recipes Paperback – September 8, 2015
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Pesto Shrimp Linguine Salad from Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes (or Less!)
This pasta salad is delicious warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Obviously, in 30 minutes you won’t have time to chill it, but know that leftovers will taste awesome. If you’ve got a few more minutes, grill the shrimp for an extra burst of flavor.
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the linguine according to the package directions just until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water.
2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shrimp and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sauté until the shrimp turns pink and is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
3. Place the pasta in a large salad bowl and toss with the pesto, distributing it evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Divide the pasta among four dinner plates. Distribute the shrimp, pepper strips, tomatoes, and olives among the plates. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve.
Make it Ahead
The salad can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- 1 pound linguine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound peeled medium shrimp, thawed if frozen
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3⁄4 cup prepared pesto
- 1 large red bell pepper, cored and julienned
- 1⁄2 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes, drained if using jarred
- 1⁄2 cup pitted black olives
- Shredded Parmesan cheese, for garnish
- Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
"The book is full of great ideas for busy cooks wanting to serve nutritious meals in short order. The recipes are simple and easy to follow - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
About the Author
JESSICA FISHER is a busy mom of six children, ranging from kindergarten to high school. Homeschool mom by day, freelance writer and blogger by night, she writes two popular blogs, LifeasMom.com and GoodCheapEats.com. Jessica has written online for The Kitchn, Life Your Way, Money Saving Mom, $5 Dinners, and Simple Mom and in print for more than 85 regional parenting publications in the U.S. and Canada. She lives with her husband and children in San Diego, California and is an avid home cook. She is also the author of Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes themselves are wonderful! I've had the book for just over a week, and I've cooked from it five times. The Biscuit Pizza with Sausage and Peppers (p. 146) made me a hero in my household, and it was so easy to prepare. The biscuit crust makes it seem like you've slaved for hours, but it's really a quick prep. The accompanying Marinated Olive and Tomato Salad (p. 148) was really delicious. Don't miss the great spice mix recipes included in this book; Jamie's Spice Mix and FishMama Spice will save you money and up the "wow factor" in your meals.
The Chicken Tikka Masala (p. 251) is out-of-this-world phenomenal. I've tried for years to replicated Indian fare at home, and the techniques and time savings on this dish make it a winner. My husband literally wept over this dish, it's that delicious. The accompanying Coconut Rice is so full of flavor, it won raves from everyone in our house.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the pairings. The menus are pulled together in two-item increments. It's a realistic amount of cooking for 30 minutes, and I'm not killing myself to have a main and five side dishes. Simplicity rules. And when you've got great flavor and plenty of healthy ingredients, you really don't need to work so hard! (As my mother likes to say, "Work smarter, not harder.") I tend to overthink with menu planning, and the pairings in this book help me cool it with the fussiness.
The tips and tricks generously sprinkled throughout the book are wonderful. So many money saving ideas, prep tips, and strategies. I love the author's focus on healthy, delicious fare that's fabulous without being fussy or frou-frou. I'm a huge Ina Garten fan, and Ms. Fisher's books have a permanent home right next to Ina's on my kitchen counter. Jessica Fisher knows how to cook, and her recipes reflect that. She's a straight-forward writer, an exceptionally gifted recipe developer and chef, and this book is going to be a lifesaver for me and my busy family. Do yourself a favor and invest in this book; your family will be thrilled, you'll save money on your food bill, and your taste buds will dance a jig!
I've known Jessica for several years through the online world, and because I've been watching her changing food habits with her family (more "from scratch", fewer "added ingredients") and it's the same path my husband and I have chosen, I was willing to shell out money to give her newest cookbook a try. Plus, 30 minutes or less? I may not have 6 children that I homeschool, but after a long day of work - heck yes!
This book truly is for EVERYONE. I've already recommended it to empty-nesters, young families, singles who think a PB &J is all they have time to eat, and grandmothers looking to send a care package to college-age grandchildren. The recipes are easy, quick, and tasty - and SO much better for you than opting for takeout when time is short!
This book is arranged a little bit differently than some, and that is a handy feature. Food is separated into categories. Between that and the helpful index, it is easy to find something good to eat. The photography is nice, and I really like the "suggested side" feature that comes with each recipe.
She does an excellent job of finding the balance between scratch made healthy foods and time saving quick meals. We had the Greek beef wraps last night and they were a hit.