Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Inspired Pantry

So, you've taken an inventory of your pantry and all you have is a can of tuna, pasta, a jar of pasta sauce, and a can of condensed milk. No wonder you are desperately seeking dinner. Time to improve your pantry and refrigerator with the basic items you need to be able to make dinner in a flash. 30 to 45 minutes is usually what busy moms or dads have time for to get a meal together and on the table. If a recipe calls for marinating, you need to allow time for this, so a little planning is required. Since food is based on personal taste, I offer some suggested items that you may want to keep on hand, including recipes that you can use to make a quick meal. The inspired pantry includes:

sun dried tomatoes, pesto, panko break crumbs or seasoned breadcrumbs, roasted peppers, artichokes, pasta, white or brown rice, chicken broth, beef broth, tomato paste, marinara sauce, black beans, olive oil, vegetable oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar

Baking Essentials
flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate chips

Spice Shelf
bay leaves, cayenne pepper, dill, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, rosemary, thyme, sage, dried mustard, cumin, fennel seeds, chili powder, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, wasabi powder, salt, pepper

mustard, ketchup, honey, mayonnaise, salsa, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce

butter, eggs, Parmesan cheese, fresh vegetables (buy when you need), fresh herbs (buy when you need), fruit, lemons, limes, garlic

This is delicious and a quick healthy meal. I am adding this one to my weekly night family favorites.

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Lime Coleslaw (adapted from Bon Appetite)
1 15-once can black beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cups coleslaw mix
2 green onions, chopped
Fresh cilantro
6 tortillas (corn, flour or wheat)
Crumbled feta cheese or other cheese
Your favorite salsa, or hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Other toppings: diced tomatoes, guacamole

Place beans and cumin a bowl, and slightly smash some of the beams. Mix olive oil and lime juice. Add cabbage, green onions, cilantro, season with salt and pepper. Mic well. In a non stick pan or one coated with cooking spray, heat a tortilla, spoofing some beans on half of the tortilla. Fold over and cook on both sides until crispy. Fill tacos with slaw, cheese and other toppings. Makes 5 to 6 tortillas.

This next recipe requires some marinating, so allow time for this. You could also use this marinade on a pork roast or tenderloin.  Grilling is an option as well. I made some baked acorn squash to along with it.  It paired well with the pork.

Orange, Honey and Rosemary Pork Chops (adapted from Everyday Food)
6 bone in pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
1 large orange, zested, 1/2 juiced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3/4 cup honey
4 to 5 fresh rosemary sprigs
Salt and pepper

In a bowl, mix orange zest, juice, vinegar, and honey and mix well.  Place pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag and add marinade.  Crumple fresh rosemary and add to bag.  Coat chops well with the mixture, place in refrigerator and marinate for no less than three hours, or all day.  Turn bag a few times through the day if possible.

Place chops on rack on top of a foil covered rimmed baking sheet.  Pour marinade into sauce pan.  Simmer on medium for 5 minutes.  You can do this while chops are cooking. Broil chops for 4 minutes on upper rack. Turn and coat with reserved glaze.  Cook another 4 minutes, turn and coat with glaze.  Cook another couple of minutes with more glaze.


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My Inspired Table said...

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