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Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner by Giada De Laurentiis

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  • Sautéed kale, mushroom, and cranberries

    • vickster on May 25, 2013

      Simple and tasty vegetable side dish. I had to use up some kale and mushrooms, and the cranberries add an unexpected tasty sweetness. Also tried without the mushrooms, and used 1 large shallot instead of garlic with a touch of habanero olive oil.

  • Balsamic-glazed salmon

    • mharriman on May 12, 2018

      The glaze on the salmon was a bit soupy and for me overwhelmed the rich taste of the salmon. I would reduce the amount of glaze next time. I would have liked to make the fresh edamame and fresh snap pea side dish to go with the salmon as suggested, but alas, neither was available in my fresh produce aisle.

  • Asian chicken salad

    • mharriman on July 14, 2018

      This turned out pretty good and took very little time to put together. I used the leftover pieces from a whole roasted chicken made and eaten the day before. The salad is a nice, refreshing and light meal on a summer night — no heating of a stove or oven needed if you skip roasting the nuts!

    • kateiscoooking on March 03, 2017

      This is our go-to chicken salad. We buy a rotisserie chicken and take everything into the office and use this for lunch. The dressing is perfect!

  • Chicken with tarragon and white wine

    • kateiscoooking on March 04, 2017

      made w bone-in, skin-on thighs. next time i'll remove the skin before serving. sauce was magnificent. sounds like it might be too much mustard but it wasn't at all.

  • Mediterranean halibut sandwiches

    • BasicStock on March 23, 2017

      I love this mayonnaise mixture and use it often for salmon burgers, adding a crushed clove of garlic.

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Reviews about this book

  • Huffington Post

    ...you won't see any six-hour, slow-cooked roasts, but rather all of the recipes can be made in under an hour. If you're worried that will translate into oversimplified, flavorless recipes, don't fret

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  • Huffington Post

    The cookbook rises to the challenge, delivering ... dishes that come together quickly... a welcome handbook of fantastic recipes and surefire Monday-to-Friday strategies for every home cook.

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  • ISBN 10 030745102X
  • ISBN 13 9780307451026
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  • Published Mar 27 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

Giada De Laurentiis is one of America’s most-loved culinary stars, adored for her Food Network hit shows and her New York Times bestselling cookbooks alike, both of which feature her fresh, flavorful Italian recipes. For the first time, Giada tackles weeknight cooking, sharing her favorite tips and go-to dishes—all in her vibrant signature style—to get a delicious meal on the table in a flash.
After a full day, Giada, like most parents, wants nothing more than to sit down for a home-cooked dinner with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade. Weeknights with Giada rises to the challenge, delivering soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and meat and fish dishes that come together quickly as stand-alone main courses—most in half an hour or less: Rustic Vegetable and Polenta Soup, a hearty soul-warming one-pot dish, cooks in under twenty minutes; Lemony White Bean, Tuna, and Arugula Salad is a great meal that’s quickly assembled from pantry and fridge essentials; Spicy Linguini with Clams and Mussels is a fifteen-minute-or-less spectacular pasta; and you can’t beat Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Pepper and Caper Salsa, which are also ready in just fifteen minutes. From inventive breakfast-for-dinner dishes and meatless Monday vegetarian recipes—both weekly traditions in Giada’s house—to picnic sandwiches and hearty salad recipes for reinventing leftovers, Weeknights with Giada reveals every secret in her repertoire. Even the desserts are quick to mix and bake, should a craving—or a last-minute school bake sale—strike.
Here is Giada at her most inventive—and at her most laid-back. Flavor, freshness, and fun take center stage while cooking times, pots dirtied, and stress are kept to a minimum. With gorgeous color photographs and intimate home snapshots of Giada and her family, Weeknights with Giada is a welcome handbook of fantastic recipes and surefire Monday-to-Friday strategies for every home cook.

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