Everyday Food: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart Living Magazine

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    • Ingredients: shallots; thyme; asparagus; heavy cream
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    • Ingredients: chicken thighs; jalapeño chiles; corn tortillas; Monterey Jack cheese; scallions; green peppers; avocados; cilantro; limes
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    • Ingredients: chicken broth; soy sauce; dried red pepper flakes; shiitake mushrooms; rice vinegar; tofu; fresh ginger; scallions
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    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; heavy cream; Dijon mustard; tarragon
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    • Ingredients: white bread; buttermilk; red pepper hot sauce; Parmesan cheese; thyme; chicken pieces
    • Accompaniments: Carrot-cumin slaw
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    • Ingredients: limes; green cabbage; carrots; jalapeño chiles; cilantro; ground cumin
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    • Ingredients: bacon; romaine lettuce; cooked turkey meat; avocados; blue cheese; tomatoes
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring
    • Ingredients: chicken cutlets; breadcrumbs; Parmesan cheese; tomato sauce; mozzarella cheese
    • Accompaniments: Easy chunky tomato sauce
  • Cashew chicken
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring; Chinese
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; scallions; rice vinegar; hoisin sauce; cashew nuts
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; almonds; goat cheese; dried apricots; breadcrumbs; mint
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    • Ingredients: canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce; canned tomatoes; cooked chicken meat; cilantro; corn chips; sour cream; feta cheese
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring
    • Ingredients: beef steaks; parsley; shiitake mushrooms; cremini mushrooms
    • Accompaniments: Soft polenta
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    • Ingredients: beef skirts; avocados; radishes; cilantro; pickled jalapeño chiles; ground cumin
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    • Ingredients: limes; beef steaks; carrots; romaine lettuce; bean sprouts; peanuts
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring
    • Ingredients: dried cherries; balsamic vinegar; rhubarb; nutmeg; pork chops
    • Accompaniments: Snap peas with mint
    • Categories: Side dish; Spring
    • Ingredients: sugar snap peas; mint
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    • Ingredients: frisée; orange juice; honey; shallots; arugula; radicchio
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Spring
    • Ingredients: lamb chops; rosemary; red peppers; mint; scallions
    • Accompaniments: Steamed zucchini with scallions
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Side dish; Spring; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: zucchini; scallions

Notes about this book

  • Eat Your Books

    See Recipe Girl's take on Glazed pork tenderloin with pineapple from this cookbook.

  • debrakp on May 17, 2011

    The book is organized by the four seasons, so it is easy to find recipes to fit what is available and fresh at all times of the year.

  • sck on July 28, 2010

    Perfect everyday cookbook for quick meals. We've really enjoyed the baked shells with winter squash, the lamb burgers, and the pasta with proscuitto and peas. Lots of things in here you can make with what's already in your pantry and refrigerator.

  • Ltepp on April 04, 2010

    Great Everyday Cookbook

  • Breadcrumbs on March 10, 2010

    This book appeals on many levels. Photos are plentiful, accurately depicting finished product. Instructions have been clear and succinct. True to the book's title, most recipes indeed produce "Great Food Fast".

  • nomadchowwoman on January 05, 2010

    The title describes accurately what's inside. Every recipe I've tried is wonderful, from the blueberry crumb cake to the Indian-spiced chicken burgers, Vietnamese beef sandwiches to chicken w/prosciutto and sage.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Pear custard pie

    • Cheri on May 24, 2011

      Love this fall dessert. Easy, comforting. Have made this many times and served to a wide variety of palates, all with success

    • sarahcooks on April 04, 2011

      This is so easy! Make sure your pears are nice and ripe - if they're hard, they won't soften in the oven like apples would.

  • Blueberry crumb cake

    • Cheri on January 23, 2011

      Streusel topping makes a lot, cut down by 1/3. This is good, not too sweet. Used frozen blueberries. Took 1 hr 40 min @ 350 to bake.

    • Breadcrumbs on March 17, 2010

      Note: only uses 1/4c buttermilk, 1 1/2 cups blueberries

    • JKDLady on September 11, 2014

      I doubled the blueberries to 3 cups because we like more fruit than cake. We really enjoyed it. I personally would not cut down on the streusel on top, but I agree that there is a lot. I used a 10" springform pan, and it cooked in about an hour.

  • Flank steak with lime marinade

    • Cheri on March 31, 2011

      This was pretty good. Served wrapped in tortillas with salsa, sr. cream, guacamole and romaine lettuce. Everyone had seconds. Easy

  • Cod with leeks and tomatoes

    • Cheri on January 25, 2016

      I made this with red snapper. It was fabulous! The leeks cooked in the pan while the oven was coming to temp, then added tomatoes & fish. 20 min was perfect time. Served over brown rice, arugula salad on the side. Recommended, quick, easy, healthy.

  • Sauteed chicken in mustard-cream sauce

    • Breadcrumbs on April 28, 2010

      p.32 - 4 x 6oz b/s chx breasts - cooked on stove top. April 2010 - first use of this rec. Super simple with great results. I used a butter evoo combo instead of pure evoo, otherwise I didn't change anything. Sauce was delicious and recipe took less than 30 mins start to finish. Definitely will make again.

    • Lindalib on August 02, 2012

      Quick meal on a weeknight. Nice combination of flavors.

  • Sloppy joes

    • Breadcrumbs on March 10, 2010

      pg. 216 - March 2010: First time using this recipe. Very quick and easy. Directions straight-forward, thorough and succinct. In addition to listed ingredients I added: 2 tbsp of tomato paste, 1/2 tsp dry oregano, 1 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp dark brown sugar. While dish was good, I found it a bit bland, lacking a depth of flavour. Next time I'd add additional Worcestershire and, oregano.

  • Crispy apricot pork chops

    • HunyBadger on April 07, 2011

      Very easy albeit uninspired. Used Grey's Chutney instead of apricot jam and panko flakes instead of breadcrumbs. Came out very moist.

    • HunyBadger on April 07, 2011

      pg 296

  • Cashew chicken

    • esack on April 11, 2011

      Added pineapple and red pepper

    • BethNH on May 11, 2017

      Meh. This dish has no flavor. I added a red pepper and subbed a leek for scallions. Hoisin sauce and rice vinegar are not enough to add flavor to all the chicken. We added some spicy Szechuan sauce we keep on hand and it dramatically improved the dish. I wouldn't make this again.

    • seherhussain on August 24, 2011

      good tip, added a pepper too

    • susankay on May 02, 2022

      I make this regularly, and we love it. I accidentally added a little more vinegar, and it was better than ever.

    • julesamomof2 on October 07, 2019

      Like others have commented, this needs vegetables to make it a complete meal. I added sliced red pepper and diced zucchini and doubled the sauce and it was decent.

  • Tomato and grilled bread salad

    • Lindalib on June 18, 2012

      Very Good. We grilled (slightly stale) store-bought garlic cheese bread, and used fresh tomatoes, English cucumber (both salted and drained) and fresh basil from the garden.

  • Pecan-crusted catfish

    • Lindalib on December 15, 2013

      Delicious, very quick and easy. Will absolutely do again.

    • Locavore on January 02, 2016

      made with walnuts instead of pecans -- easy, tasty, and gluten-free

  • Chicken stir-fry wraps

    • emcoughlin on August 25, 2010

      A tasty stir fry! I made some changes based on what I had on hand - I used white wine vinegar and added a little sugar, added carrots, and served the stir-fry over rice instead of the lettuce wraps. There is nothing amazing or highly unique about the recipe, but it's easy to make, has a basic ingredients list, and is healthy, so we'll definitely have it again!

  • Roasted salmon with lentils

    • sarahcooks on November 03, 2012

      Easy and tasty. I served it with roasted brussels sprouts.

  • Chicken with cranberry sauce

    • sarahcooks on December 06, 2010

      This was easy and turned out great! I made it with the mashed beans and also threw some brussels sprouts on the same tray as the chicken and it was a great meal. The chicken took longer than the recipe said, but they were probably bigger breasts than it called for.

    • ksg518 on March 02, 2023

      I used thighs instead of breasts which resulted in a slightly oilier chicken after using the herb butter. But I really liked the cranberry sauce here. The recipe calls for sautéed onion with sage and thyme which is then simmered in chicken stock. The stock is strained and then used to cook the cranberries (with a small amount of sugar). The final result is a sauce that’s more liquid than cranberry but with a definite savory note. I’ll make this again.

  • Grilled sweet potatoes with scallions

    • sarahcooks on July 04, 2012

      Simple and excellent. Just don't burn them.

  • Oven-baked polenta

    • mfto on January 04, 2012

      p 201 - I usually make polenta in the microwave following Cook's Ill recipe but decided to try cooking in the oven. You put water, polenta and salt in covered casserole, bake in 425 oven for 15 minutes. Remove and stir. It was very liquidy. Put back in oven for 15 minutes. It had thickened a little but still looked too thin. Yikes! I had warmed 1/4 cup milk and 2 tbs butter as instructed and added this along with majoram. Still unsure but I whisked and whisked and miraculously, the polenta thickened perfectly. Very delicious. Especially liked the marjoram. Served 4 and could have served at least 5. Online http://www.marthastewart.com/317466/oven-baked-creamy-polenta

  • Roasted chicken and vegetables

    • TCuiziniere on January 20, 2016


    • bethihearyoucalling on July 07, 2011

      subbed chicken thighs, cooked chicken 40 minutes. drizzled balsamic on dish at last 10 minutes of cooking

    • Nancith on September 27, 2018

      This was pretty satisfying, good for an early fall dish. It does lack some depth of flavor; probably should have sprinkled rosemary on the veg as well as chicken, or some other complementary herb, or, as a previous reviewer did, sprinkled w/ balsamic. Afraid of losing the end of my finger, I microwaved the squash halves to soften slightly to make it easier to slice. (it was challenging enough to slice the thing in half), and used a Quorn chicken thing for my part of the protein, which worked remarkably well.

  • Lentil soup

    • bethihearyoucalling on July 07, 2011

      Cooked bacon low and slow, cooked lentils longer than recipe called for, added water as needed. Served with shaved parmesan on top.

    • chezlarios on May 18, 2021

      Simple and tasty.

  • Chili-rubbed skirt steak

    • apronless on November 07, 2011

      This is a stand-out recipe. I use ancho chile powder. The jalapeno-cilantro sauce that is served with the steak is stellar. The spice level on either one is low but good.

  • Fish tacos

    • ChefMike on October 02, 2011

      Page 150

    • Jardimc on April 24, 2022

      I salted the cabbage and left it to drain in a colander for 30 minutes, before combining it with the scallions, jalapeño and sour-cream mixture. We served the fish in corn tacos, as we prefer the flavour. A decent meal, quickly assembled.

  • Pasta with prosciutto and peas

    • JKDLady on September 18, 2014

      This is nice for a hot summer day. The lemon added a nice lightness. I substituted milk for the cream, but would leave it out entirely next time and simply use the pasta water. It was hard for me to keep the prosciutto from clumping. Next time, I think I would sauté it just after the onions before adding everything else in.

  • Salmon steaks with hoisin glaze

    • JKDLady on January 16, 2016

      Boring. It wasn't bad, but it isn't worth repeating.

  • Iceberg wedges with thousand island dressing

    • JKDLady on January 17, 2016

      The dressing was a bit too thick and sweet. I guess I would add more milk, but I don't think that I would make the recipe again.

  • Beef and orange stir-fry

    • JKDLady on September 22, 2014

      This was a nice simple dish that was full of flavor. We enjoyed it very much. I did add 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier, which I think intensified the orange flavor.

  • Beef bulgogi

    • JKDLady on January 15, 2016

      We really loved this, and it was easy to make. I added chopped bok choy because we like more veggies. It was a nice addition. I cooked the veggies in one skillet and the meat in another and combined it. That just worked better for me. I would increase the meat to 2 pounds and use the same amount of marinade. I will definitely make this again.

  • Tortilla and black bean pie

    • JKDLady on September 25, 2014

      The flavor of this was very good, but it was pretty messy to serve. The filling didn't hold together, so it spilled out onto the counter as I was trying to serve it. I'm not sure how to solve this problem.

  • Barbecued chicken

    • Nancith on July 14, 2016

      Really liked the barbecue sauce, tangy & flavorful, although maybe too sweet for some folks. Oven-roasted the chicken, rather than grilled, due to inclement weather. Sauce was very nice with my mock-chicken cutlet as well.

  • Orzo and snap pea salad

    • Nancith on September 01, 2018

      Simple ingredients, but a nice combination of textures and flavors. I loved the lemony brightness of this dish. The only issue was slightly overcooking the squash & snap peas waiting for the water to return to a boil. Would have preferred more crunch with the snap peas, but still a very appealing dish.

  • Corn and radish salad

    • Nancith on July 14, 2016

      Really liked this simple-to-prepare salad. The lime juice is fabulous touch. Substituted scallions for the jalapeño chile, & used frozen corn. Fresh corn would take it over the top.

  • Moroccan chicken couscous

    • julesamomof2 on January 15, 2021

      Super easy and delicious one pot dinner. We had leftovers for lunch over a couple of days and those were good too. Will make again.

  • Roasted Cornish hens with grapes

    • julesamomof2 on December 06, 2021

      This was ok but not great. The grapes and shallots lend a sweetness to the dish that I didn't care for. The recipe itself worked fine and was easy, so it's more a preference thing for less sweet to meat ratio.

  • Rum-glazed shrimp and mango

    • julesamomof2 on July 16, 2020

      The shrimp skewers were okay, but a little fussy between peeling and deveining the shrimp, making the glaze, and threading the skewers. A bit much for a weeknight and probably not special enough for company. I skipped the watercress and served with couscous.

  • Grilled vegetable tostadas

    • julesamomof2 on August 21, 2021

      These were fine, but bland. Needs some spice. The grilled scallions were surprisingly delicious.

  • Spinach salad with dried cherries

    • julesamomof2 on January 31, 2019

      This is one our go-to salads, definitely in the top 5. I didn't have any red onion this time, so I just skipped it. Easy and delish.

  • Grilled Tuscan chicken with rosemary and lemon

    • ksg518 on July 20, 2019

      I made this largely to use up some rosemary so I didn't have high expectations but it is delicious. You bring some water and rosemary to boil and puree with EVO, salt and pepper. I used the minichop so it wasn't really a puree. I marinated the chicken for about 12 hours and grilled it, basting with the lemon juice per the recipe. I used boneless, skinless breasts although the recipe calls for a whole chicken cut up. The chicken was very flavorful and moist. I think this acts more as a brine than a marinade but, in any event, I'll be making it again.

  • Chicken chilaquiles

    • vikingcook on April 13, 2015

      Calls for 2 chipotle chiles which makes this too spicy for children in my opinion. However, it was right up to the top of the spice-o-meter for my husband & I. Tasty & very easy to make.

    • chezlarios on June 26, 2021

      A solid 4 stars, for a quick meal.

  • Carrot cupcakes

    • swegener on February 01, 2015

      These were bad, I actually ended up throwing them away mostly uneaten, which is rare for me.

  • Bok choy, carrot, and apple slaw

    • csavegetablesfan on December 19, 2018

      This is great with some roasted unsalted cashews on top.

    • csavegetablesfan on January 01, 2019

      It's also good with some daikon radish. I used the finest blade on my spiralizer for the carrot and radish.

  • Crisp goat-cheese salad

    • chezlarios on January 19, 2021

      Simple, yet makes a green salad so much more satisfying.

  • Potato-leek soup

    • chezlarios on April 28, 2021

      Very simple - nothing to really write home about.

  • Turkey cobb salad

    • chezlarios on October 25, 2021

      Used the recipe more as inspiration. Swapped romaine lettuce for other lettuce, blue cheese for sheep's cheese, turkey meat for deli chicken, tomatoes for cucumbers.

  • Thai-style steak salad

    • chezlarios on February 16, 2022

      The steak (we used entrecote) was really delicious, though the flavor was a little harder to detect once it was all mixed in. Used 2 baby romaine lettuces. Had a great Thai flavor though, with the mint and lime!

  • Snap peas with mint

    • chezlarios on June 19, 2021

      Just delightful!! I was cooking for one and only had a handful of snap peas/mangetout from my garden (about 30g's worth), so I heat a tiny bit of butter with a tablespoon of water and proceeded to cook them as recommended. Topped with only two leaves of mint from garden, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and voila - a delicacy!

  • Shrimp pad Thai

    • chezlarios on April 02, 2022

      I used sriracha for the "tomato-based chile sauce", and used soy sauce + fish sauce. Very tasty!

  • Salmon Nicoise salad

    • chezlarios on November 04, 2021

      Not one of Jakob's favorite - he prefers Cobb salad. I thought it was fine. The anchovies really make a difference, to add some additional "pep"/saltiness.

  • Creamy fettuccine with asparagus

    • chezlarios on June 05, 2022

      Very quick and easy, flavorful, minimal clean-up afterward. I don't like it when recipes don't mention actual weight (e.g. it asks for 2 bunches of asparagus), but I used 1kg asparagus; 600g fresh fettuccine; and 200g soft goat cheese. It seems like it would taste good with crumbled bacon on top; for next time!

  • Pasta with Pesto, potatoes, and green beans

    • chezlarios on October 31, 2021

      Used canned pesto instead of fresh, farfalle instead of cavatappi, and added cubed sheep's cheese that I had on hand. Always a quick and easy favorite!

  • Potato salad with sour cream and scallions

    • chezlarios on July 13, 2022

      I used sliced shallots instead of scallions because it's all I had on hand. The resulting potato salad was really not very special.

  • Rhubarb crisp

    • chezlarios on April 25, 2021

      I make this every year with the first rhubarb of the season. SO GOOD!

  • Spicy black-bean cakes

    • chezlarios on September 03, 2022

      Easy to make and really good - used a combination of homemade black beans and can of borlotti.

  • Creamy parsnip soup

    • chezlarios on January 22, 2023

      Nothing out of this world, but it's good, comes together quickly in a single pot (okay, and a pan for the fried leeks), and is a good way to use seasonal ingredients in winter.

  • Rustic apple tart

    • chezlarios on October 23, 2022

      Easy to make. I ended up burning the edges of my tart. I put the sliced apples in water to prevent browning and even though I drained it, I think they still may have retained too much water, meaning that the combined sugar-with-water began to melt and spread all over the pan, and even caramelize and burn (I may have had the temperature a bit higher than they suggested.)

  • Swiss chard with toasted breadcrumbs

    • chezlarios on March 14, 2022

      Made a miniature-sized version with the last of my chard from the garden. Was buttery and delicious!

  • Roasted pears and sweet potatoes

    • chezlarios on January 11, 2021

      Added kalettes during the last 10 minutes of roasting along with the pears. Delicious combination of flavors!

  • Pureed butternut squash soup

    • chezlarios on April 02, 2022

      Simple and easy to make. Tasted good enough but not particularly special. Instead of making the spicy pumpkin seeds, I added the spices to the soup and sprinkled with normal pumpkin seeds.

  • Broccoli, chickpea, and tomato salad

    • chezlarios on January 10, 2021

      I've made this before and it's one of my favorite recipes from this book - quick, easy, healthy. This time, I tried roasting the broccoli and tomatoes before combining with the chickpeas. Works really well too!

  • Arugula, beet, and goat-cheese salad

    • chezlarios on March 17, 2023

      I used a salad mix with frisee to keep it simple, and roasted my own beets. Nothing mindblowing, but I needed a way to use the beets and it's a substantial enough salad.

  • Chicken with poblano cream sauce

    • chezlarios on December 16, 2022

      I cooked the chicken breast in bacon fat, gave it great flavor. Served with wild rice on the side as suggested.

  • Pesto

    • chezlarios on April 25, 2021

      Made this with parsley and walnuts, with parsley from my balcony (it was growing huge after spring sprung) and walnuts from my parents-in-law's tree. So good.

  • Enchiladas with pumpkin sauce

    • Jardimc on September 05, 2022

      Surprisingly tasty, and popular with everyone. I roasted and puréed a pumpkin instead of using canned. And I cooked chicken thighs quickly in the instantpot instead of buying rotisserie. Will definitely make again, as it was relatively easy to throw together and scale up/down. P. 279

  • Indian-spiced chicken burgers

    • Kdevans on January 03, 2021

      page 124

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  • Enchiladas with pumpkin sauce

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      Pumpkin with spicy chiles is a yes, and pumpkin with cheddar is another yes. There was no way these enchiladas could be anything but good. Actually, they were great.

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  • ISBN 10 0307354164
  • ISBN 13 9780307354167
  • Published Mar 13 2007
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

In the first book from the award-winning magazine Everyday Food, which reaches more than 850,000 readers monthly, here are 200 indispensable recipes for familiar--yet innovative--food. These fast and easy recipes are arranged by season to highlight the freshest ingredients available, so readers will find vegetable risottos and poached salmon for spring; the very best burgers, grilled kabobs, and no-cook pasta sauces for summer; braised meats and main-course soups for autumn; and tender roasts, hearty stews, and baked pastas that bring flavor and warmth to winter. Everyday Food is the eagerly awaited one-stop resource for meals the whole family will enjoy.

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