Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade 20-Minute Meals 2
Meredith, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ith fantastic photographs that make one reach for a knife and fork, Sandra Lee has once again outdone herself in offering recipes and tips for twenty-minute meals. She uses her unique 70/30 philosophy of mixing 70% quality readymade foods with 30% fresh ingredients, then tells us to '
add a dash of creativity and cook up a meal that's 100% amazing.
emi-Homemade 20-Minute Meals 2
six chapters of inventive recipes, conveniently paired into fabulous full-menu meals you can put together easily, with time to spare.
' We're told that '
Time is the currency of life and much more valuable than money. Spend it wisely with Semi-Homemade.
fter presenting ideas for using pre-packaged foods, drink mixes and suggested utensils, Lee segues to
Starters and Snacks
. Reading these recipes - and gazing at photos of the results - is enough to start one salivating. There's
Greek Layered Dip with Pita Chips
Crab Cake Fritters
Roast Beef and Blue Cheese
. I have only randomly chosen recipes. Leaving any out is a crime, but space doesn't permit. Besides, you can obtain the complete collection yourself.
andra Lee gets serious with
. I never met a pasta dish I didn't like. She suggests main courses like
Ravioli with Marsala-Caper Sauce
Sautéed Zucchini with Garlic and Herbs
. Or maybe
Angel Hair with Salmon in Lemon Cream Sauce
Garlicky Sautéed Green Beans and Peas
. Drooling yet? Wait until you see the photos accompanying the recipes. This wonderful food is produced in a short time span - food you could serve to the boss.
Beef, Pork, and Lamb
. What dishes!
Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushrooms
is paired with
Blue Cheese and Bacon Mashed Potatoes
Pork Loin Chops with Peach BBQ Sauce
Bourbon Creamed Corn
Lamb Chops with Garlic Yogurt Sauce
Glazed Carrots and Snap Peas with Golden Raisins
eeping in mind that each dish comes with an estimated time to produce, we move on to
Fish and Shellfish
. In danger of running out of space, I'll just suggest one dish from each of the remaining chapters. Salmon is a must in my diet. Love the stuff.
Orange Basalmic Glazed Salmon with Mandarin Couscous
gets my vote. Don't neglect the other recipes, though. Dynamite.
hicken and Turkey
are waiting their turn. For a nice change with chicken, I opt for the
Wasabi Chicken with Four Pea Stir Fry
. The peas take only ten minutes to put together. For everyone who has eaten all their dinner,
Treats and Desserts
Tiramisu a l'Orange
is my choice. I could also be talked into a
Strawberry Creamsicle Martini
eep in mind that all of the elegant dishes pictured in this new cookbook take no more than 20 minutes to prepare. Get ready for accolades for your food and find something else to do with your extra time.
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