April 01, 2013

Here, another week’s worth of fast, healthy, and tasty menus. It’s not the love of cooking that deters so many of us from the kitchen each night – it’s actually deciding what to cook from the millions of options bombarding us from so many different places. Here, we’ve done the planning for you. Not just menus, but healthy menus that are fast – on the table in less than 45 minutes. Sound good? It does to me, too.

Monday: If you were lucky enough to have a fresh ham on the table for Easter Sunday brunch, you’ve likely got some leftovers that need to be finished off. Fresh ham is a different creature from the cured ham you might be used to. Fresh ham is bright and juicy, full of rich pork flavor and much less salty. It’s a special occasion sort of thing – perfect for Easter Sunday. Our 

The recipe also calls for cooked, chilled rice. There are dozens of boil-in-bag and pouched precooked rice varieties available in the market that cook up quickly. Heat or make the rice the night before (or first thing in the morning). Let chill overnight or throughout the day. Up your whole grain numbers, and use brown rice instead of white.

Dessert: Here’s one more recipe to satisfy the sweet tooth: Balsamic Strawberries over Angel Food Cake. This time of year, these berries are out in full force – see if you can find some local strawberries in your area. The taste of a fresh spring strawberry is something special, a beautiful balance of intense sweetness and just enough tartness to lift the flavor. This simple recipe uses store-bought angel food cake and a simple balsamic-brown sugar sauce. The berries macerate a bit (translation: the berries are soaked in sugar to draw out that naturally sweet fruit juice – making for an even better sauce!) to create this fabulous tart-sweet sauce. Spoon over cake slices and enjoy. There’s no better way to enjoy a fresh strawberry!

Alright, your Sunday Strategist, signing off. Cheers to a week of happy, healthy eating!

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