• The search for crispy, non-fried, chicken tenders — a year-long quest — has led to this: Omega-3, calcium, and iron-rich, heart-healthy seeds. This is not your fast-food chicken tender recipe.
    30 min

  • It's amazing how one of the easiest slow-cook recipes ever can yield results that will have everyone swooning. By the time these beef spare ribs are done, they will be falling off the bone into a sauce bath that is both comforting and complex. Whip together some milk-braised cabbage and rice and dinner is ready to be served.
    10 min, plus slow cook

  • If you haven’t heard of cioppino it’s probably because we live in the midwest, leagues away from a proper dock-side fish market. But this delicious vegetable-based “Catch of the Day” soup is filled with all kinds of goodies from the sea — like shrimp, crab, scallops and cod — simmered in a tomato broth with herbs.
    30 min, plus slow cook

  • When I traveled to Greece, saganaki (fried cheese) was on every menu. At the time, I had no appreciation for this hard salty cheese because I was hoping it would be gooey like Wisconsin fried cheese curds. Too bad, since some restaurants lit it on fire before serving! The saganaki in this recipe is bite-sized, perfect for topping a traditional Greek salad with crunchy, salty nuggets.
    30 min

  • Nothing says winter like a warm bowl of pasta covered in thick sauce. This vegetarian bolognese dinner incorporates lentils into a red-wine based tomato sauce stewed with porcini mushrooms, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and onion, and topped with grated Pecorino Romano.
    30 min

  • I wanted to include a Jacques Pépin recipe on the roster, since he is brilliant at creating tasty dishes that take less than 30 minutes to make. These steamed drop-biscuits are tinged with ricotta cheese and covered with a luscious red pepper sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.
    45 min