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Sausage and Ricotta Pizza

1. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats). Let pizza dough stand at room temperature, covered, while oven preheats. 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casing from sausage. …

Pork Tenderloin with Olive-Mustard Tapenade

A combination of olives, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard gives this Mediterranean-inspired pork tenderloin a tangy, slightly tart taste. Cooking Light JUNE 2004 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 pork medallions and 2 tablespoons olive mixture) Ingredients 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 8 pieces 1/2 teaspoon …

Lime-Cilantro Pork Tacos

These easy pork tacos get their fantastic flavor from lime juice, cilantro, and fresh jalapeño.  Cooking Light JUNE 2004 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 tacos) Ingredients 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons olive oil …

Spaghetti with Sausage and Tomato Sauce

This versatile Italian dish goes from stovetop to table in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a simple salad for a filling weeknight meal. Cooking Light APRIL 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon basil) Prep time:30 Minutes Ingredients 8 ounces …

Herbed Pork with Wild Mushrooms

Serve thyme-seasoned pork over brown rice to soak up the mushroom sauce, or with instant polenta and Parmesan cheese. Cooking Light JULY 2002 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1/3 cup sauce) Ingredients 1 teaspoon vegetable oil Cooking spray 3 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps 1 …

Cider-Glazed Chicken with Pecan Rice

With chicken cutlets and boil-in-bag rice, this unique take on the chicken-and-rice dinner couldn’t be easier (or faster!) to make. Cooking Light OCTOBER 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cutlet and about 1/2 cup rice) Total:20 Minutes Ingredients 1 (3.5-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice (such as Uncle Ben’s) 2 …

Herbed Pork with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms

Serve thyme-seasoned pork over brown rice to soak up the mushroom sauce, or with instant polenta and Parmesan cheese. Cooking Light JULY 2002 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1/3 cup sauce) Ingredients 1 teaspoon vegetable oil Cooking spray 3 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps 1 …

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

Sweet onions, salty sun-dried tomatoes, and tangy crumbled goat cheese give this healthier pizza a tasty depth of flavor. Cooking Light OCTOBER 2001 Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 wedge) Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups thinly sliced onion, separated into rings (about 1 onion) 1 (1-pound) Italian cheese-flavored …

Spicy Shrimp and Grits

Crank up the heat (in your weeknight meal, that is!) and serve a spicy version of this Southern favorite. Cooking Light MARCH 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup grits, about 1 1/2 cups shrimp mixture, and 1 tablespoon green onions) Hands-on:18 Minutes Total:20 Minutes Ingredients 3 cups 1% …

Cashew Chicken Salad Sandwiches

This sandwich comes together as fast as an ordinary turkey sandwich but is much more interesting. Serve with sliced fresh fruit for a casual dinner for two. Cooking Light APRIL 2004 Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup chicken salad and 1 bun) Ingredients 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream 1 …

Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad

Lean sirloin steak sits atop a bed of fresh veggies for an easy weeknight main dish salad. Top with crumbles of rich blue cheese to bring out the bold flavors in the homemade vinaigrette. Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2009 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups salad, 3 ounces …

Brandy and Mustard-Glazed Tenderloin Steaks

Serve a company-worthy dinner of flavorful steaks, ready in less than 20 minutes. Mashed potatoes drizzled with olive oil and steamed broccoli pair well with this impressive dish. Cooking Light APRIL 2008 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 steak and 4 teaspoons sauce) Ingredients 4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks 1/4 …

Stir-Fried Chicken Salad

A light, weeknight dinner can be on the table in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders. Cooking Light MAY 2006 Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon bottled chopped …

Mushroom, Steak, and Poblano Tacos

This Tex-Mex favorite tastes as good as it looks. Please your family by letting everyone choose their own toppings to add to the tacos. Cooking Light AUGUST 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 tacos) Total:20 Minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided 1 (8-ounce) flank steak, trimmed 1/4 teaspoon …

Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes and Pesto

Entertain on the fly with a quick-cooking and delicious scallop dinner. Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2004 Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Cooking spray 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons olive …

Seared Pork Tortas

Torta is Spanish for “sandwich“—and is usually a hefty stack of meat, beans, and veggies. Our lightened version packs pork, beans, and veggies between fresh baguette slices for a super sandwich that can feed the whole family. Cooking Light AUGUST 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich) Total:20 Minutes …

Speedy Chicken Potpie

You really can get this chicken potpie on the table in 20 minutes. Strips of pastry are a quick stand-in for the traditional crust on top. Cooking Light JANUARY 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups chicken mixture and 3 piecrust strips) Ingredients Cooking spray 1 pound skinless, …

Kung Pao Shrimp

Take ten minutes to create a memorable Asian-style meal that your family will love. Cooking Light DECEMBER 2009 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups) Ingredients 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry, divided 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp 1 …

Open-Faced Pimiento Cheese BLTs

Pimiento cheese is a Southern tradition. We add a little Parmesan to the standard cheddar-mayo mixture for extra savory depth. Cooking Light JULY 2012 Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich) Hands-on:12 Minutes Total:12 Minutes Ingredients 2 tablespoons bottled diced pimientos, drained 1 tablespoon grated peeled shallots 2 tablespoons canola …

Two-Step Macaroni and Cheese

Quick and easy comfort food satisfies the tummy and the soul in this four-ingredient dish. Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2000 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup) Ingredients 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 6 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed 4 cups …

Herbed Chicken Parmesan

This lighter version of an Italian favorite loses some of the fat but none of the taste. We recommend rice-shaped orzo pasta with this saucy chicken entrée, but you can serve spaghetti or angel hair pasta instead. Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2003 Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) …

Moroccan Chickpea Chili

This recipe—packed with chickpeas, canned tomatoes, carrot, celery and onion—proves that you don’t need meat for a satisfying and filling chili. Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2007 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups) Total:36 Minutes Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup prechopped onion 3/4 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup …

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions

Pork chops and apples make a perfect pairing for a quick meal that feels like fall. Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2012 Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chop, about 1 tablespoon sauce, and 3/4 cup apple mixture) Ingredients 2 1/2 teaspoons canola oil, divided 1 1/2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed …

Spaghetti with Sausage and Simple Tomato Sauce

This versatile Italian dish goes from stovetop to table in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a simple salad for a filling weeknight meal. Cooking Light APRIL 2010 Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon basil) Prep time:30 Minutes Ingredients 8 ounces …