I'm not a chef. I'm a mom who easily gets bored in the kitchen. I love salads and I love a challenge. This winter we were out skiing in Utah and had two fabulous dinners that involved grilled romaine lettuce. I loved the combination of the crisp lettuce and warmth which brought out the sweetness of the greens, it was just yummy. But I didn't think about trying it at home. Then came the challenge. Food shows are ubiquitous. And I love them. Many foodie shows have inspired me to give new techniques a whirl or try a new recipe. But not the overly complicated ones. I've got no time to run to seven different stores in the quest for the perfect ingredients. Busy moms like me need to be able to do one-stop shopping. That's the genius of the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games. The show features four talented chefs who are tasked with weekly supermarket-themed challenges. The chefs are working with the same tools we have. This weekend the chefs will be tasked with a grilling challenge. That's where the idea came up for this “Grill at Home Challenge.” My mission is to recreate a little of the flavor I experienced out West with ingredients easy to find at my local grocery store. And there's one more challenge! I used only 5 ingredients. Easy Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Low-fat Caesar Dressing 1 package romaine lettuce (3 heads) 2 lemons 1 container parmesan cheese 1 cup low-fat canola mayo salt & pepper (that's one ingredient in my book!) Tools needed: grill pan or outdoor grill Directions:Preheat grill or grill pan Trim the bottom of the lettuce heads and discard bottoms. Separate the leaves. Rinse and dry them on paper towels. Mix 1 cup of mayo with 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and juice of one lemon. Mix well and then season with salt and pepper. Set aside until the lettuce is done. Squeeze one of the lemons over the leaves and season lightly with salt and pepper. Put the spears on the grill pan or on the grill in bunches so they have good contact with the grill to get those pretty grill marks. Don't flip too often! Cook about 1 minute per side OR until the lettuce just begins to wilt. After flipping remove from grill and set in an oven t stay warm until all the leaves are all done. Place leaves on plate and dress with the Caesar mix. Enjoy!
Guy’s Grocery Games features four talented chefs competing in supermarket-themed cooking challenges as they navigate their way through the aisles, adhering to real-world obstacles doled out by host, Guy Fieri, such as shopping on a budget, substituting out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at closing time. Ultimately, the food does the talking, as one-by-one the losing chefs “check out,” with the last chef standing going on a shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000!
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