Easy meals for Moms

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With spring here and summer not far behind, our calendars are getting busier and busier. With kids sports and school ending we don'??t have time to take to make complicated family dinners. So I have found a way to deliver delicious meals to my family using 4 ingredients. Yes, I said 4. I know that puts a smile on your face because there isn'??t much thought or prep to this. Here are a few that you should try. And for more information there are even cookbooks devoted to the magic #4.

Let'??s start with a light seafood meal that everyone will enjoy.

Salmon and Cheese Wraps

4 salmon fillets ( about 7 oz each)
4 slices of Taleggio cheese ( rind removed)
8 fresh sage leaves
8 slices of prosciutto
( salt and pepper and extra virgin olive optional)

Season the fish with salt and pepper. Cut the cheese slices to in the tops of the salmon and put them on the fish. Put 2 sage leaves on top of the cheese, then wrap each fillet in 2 pieces of prosciutto.
Heat a ridged grill pan. Add the wrapped fillets and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully turn over each fillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
transfer the wrapped salmon fillets to a warm serving plates. serve immediately. drizzle with olive oil if using.

Here is your meat choice that will be an easy serve for the family.

Pork and Potatoes in Red Wine

4 pork chops
1 1/2 pounds waxy potatoes ( cut in large pieces)
1 tsp coriander seeds ( crushed)
1 3/4 cups of red wine
( salt and pepper)

Trim the fat from the pork chops and melt it in a nonstick skillet. Add the potatoes and cook over medium to low heat, stirring and turning occasionally, for 20 minutes until golden brown all over. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and place in an ovenproof casserole pan.
Add the chops to the skillet and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes until evenly browned all over. Put in casserole dish.
Gently stir the coriander seeds into the casserole dish, season with salt and pepper, and pour in the red wine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the pork chops are tender. Serve immediately.

For the Vegetarians out there, here is a yummy recipe for you!

Tomatoes with Goat Cheese

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12 tomatoes
6 round goat cheeses
3 fresh basil sprigs ( chopped)
1 egg ( lightly beaten)
( salt and pepper)

Slice the tops off the tomatoes at the stalk end and set aside. Scoop out the flesh and seeds with a teaspoon, taking care not to pierce the tomato shells. Discard the tomato seeds and put the flesh in a bowl. Sprinkle the inside o each tomato shell with a pinch salt. Turn upside down on a paper towels and let them drain for 45 minutes.
Add the cheese and basil to the tomato flesh in the bowl and mash well until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper and beat in the egg until the mixture is sticky and thick.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spoon the cheese mixture into the tomato shells and replace the lids. Put the tomatoes in an ovenproof dish that will hold them securely and bake for 10 minutes. Turn off the oven but do not remove the tomatoes for 5 minutes then serve them.

For your sweet tooth.

Baked Apples with Ginger

3 tbsp unsalted butter (extra for greasing)
4 large baking apples
4 tbsp plum jam
3 tbsp chopped preserved ginger
( extra: 1 1/4 cups of water)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a shallow ovenproof dish, large enough to hold all the apples steady, with butter.
Using an apple corer, core the apples without cutting all the way through to the base. Peel the top half of each. Using a sharp knife, enlarge the cavity slightly. Place the apples in the prepared dish.
Mix the plum jam and preserved ginger together in a bowl and spoon the mixture into the cavities. Melt the butter and brush it over the top halves of the apples. Spoon the remainder over the top of the filling.
Pour the water into the dish but not over the apples and bake, but basting occasionally with the cooking juices, for 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Serve.

I hope these recipes give you a jump start to summer. Here's a challenge? Why not try to see what 4 ingredients you have around the kitchen that could create a meal. The simplicity of this plan will make you smile and the taste of these recipes will give the best results yet...a happy family.

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