Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lazy Suppers

What do you make for supper when you are feeling lazy? No, not take-out, but when you actually cook something but don't feel like a Hurculean effort. Here are some of my go-to lazy suppers. What are yours?

Gyoza Soup

 8 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 cups greens you have on hand, such as bok choy, cabbage, basil, spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, etc., or a combo of these
1 pound package of frozen gyoza (vegetable, chicken, pork, or shrimp)

Boil the ginger and chicken stock. Add thinly sliced greens and let cook a minute or two. Add the frozen gyoza and let cook for two minutes (gyoza is precooked--it just needs heating up), and serve over steamed white rice.

Tarted-up Sliders

1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 cloves crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Minced cilantro or oregano or mint or any green herb you have on hand

Add all ingredients and kneed to distribute the seasonings. Form into small patties (around 2 inches diameter) and grill. Serve with a salad and rice or bread.