weeknight meals

Lemon Sesame Tuna & Chickpea Orzo Salad

Ingredients: for the salad: 8 oz dried orzo, cooked to package instructions and drained 1 stalk celery, sliced 1 bunch green onions, diced 3 3-oz pouches Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna 15-oz canned chickpeas, drained 3 oz crumbled feta 1/4 cup roughly chopped Italian parsley 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced […]

Midsummer Orzo Salad

Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup (dry) orzo 2 ears’ worth corn kernels 1 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes 2 “baby” cucumbers, sliced into half-moons 3 tablespoons minced dill 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives 4 oz baby arugula, coarsely chopped 4 oz crumbled feta 3 tablespoons sherry […]

Dilled Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad with Gorgonzola

Ingredients: 3/4 cup (dry) orzo 1 zucchini, cubed 1 Spanish black radish, cubed 6 oz crimini mushrooms, quartered 1/4 lb asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces olive oil a sprinkle of jalapeno garlic seasoning (I use this but you can sub in ground jalapenos and granulated garlic) freshly ground black pepper […]

Rainbow Chard, Meyer Lemon and Dill Orzo

Ingredients: 1 cup orzo 15 oz (canned) cannellini beans, drained 1 large bunch of rainbow chard or Swiss chard, stems and leaves chopped (separate the stems and leaves) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small red onion, cut into half-moon sliced 1/4 cup chopped dill 3/4 (loose) cup Italian or curly […]

Smoked Duck Spicy Sesame Noodles with Zucchini

Ingredients: for the sauce: 1/4 cup “pure” sesame paste* 1/4-1/3 cup water 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon light brown sugar 2 tablespoons chile-garlic sauce 1/2 tablespoon hot sesame oil for the duck: 1 1/2 cold, roasted duck (I used Maple Leaf Farm’s Roast Half Duck with Orange Sauce -discarded the sauce […]

Superlative Sesame Noodles

Ingredients: the dressing: 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons black sesame oil 1 1/2 tablespoons hot chile (sesame) oil 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame paste* 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 1/2 inch knob ginger, grated 8 oz . skinny noodles* cooked, drained and cooled to […]

Sesame Marinated Steak on Spinach and Soba Noodles

Ingredients:2 green onions, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 fresh green chili pepper, minced1 lb tender beef steak (we used 1 inch thick piece of top round)1/4 cup dark soy sauce1/4 cup rice wine (sake)2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, crushed*1 tablepsoon lime juice1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 […]