|Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar|
For the month of April we enjoyed each others company virtually and continued with our healthy themes with a menu using 5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS. We were up for the challenge and created what we consider a delicious and healthy menu from the pages of Cooking Light magazine. This Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar recipe is simplicity personified and well worth trying over and over again as I have in the past month.
In today's world everyone seems to be in a hurry. It's no wonder we stop off at fast food restaurants for supper. If you sometimes struggle to come up with a varied weekly menu for your family, for whatever reason, the good news is you don’t need a pantry full of exotic ingredients to create something delicious. With just a few ingredients on hand you really can create something pretty special and not break the bank.
This months theme proves that delicious dishes only need five ingredients or fewer to make cooking easier, faster and down right irresistible. Using few ingredients enhances the natural flavours of fresh carefully-selected ingredients to illustrate the belief that each ingredient should truly stand out in a recipe. This straightforward cooking style promotes healthy, seasonal eating as well as stress-free shopping. We can minimize fuss and maximize taste to achieve mouth-watering meals in no time!
This month Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch started us off with a mind-blowing appetizer of Chili Lime Shrimp. Adding to our healthy menu Aggie of Aggies Kitchen cooked up a colourful and flavourful side dish of Spinach with Chili Oil. For finesse Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club wowed us with our main attraction... tender and flavourful Sherried Pineapple Pork Tenderloin. Helene of La Cuisine d'Helene was unable to make it this month since she is tied up with moving across the country. She was going to make Barbecue-Stuffed Potatoes which made a delicious addition to our menu. To end our meal I chose Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar as pictured above. They were the perfect ending to our meal paired with some vanilla bean frozen yogurt. And hey there were only 3 ingredients so how easy is that!!! I used a Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar with Pear from Made in the Napa Valley I received as part of my loot bag at the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco last fall.
Spring is definitely not a good time to be cooped up in the kitchen, so these recipes from Cooking Light magazine enable you to get delicious suppers on the table FAST. Each recipe offered by our group above uses no more than five ingredients and requires your attention for 25 minutes or less. The dishes are no fuss... but with lots of flavour. These simple recipes let you downsize your shopping lists, leaving you more money to spend on what really matters to you. For busy home cooks, getting a meal on the table quickly, and with few ingredients, means more time with their family and less time spent in the grocery aisles.
Would you like to join in? Based on this months theme, create a dish from the pages of Cooking Light magazine and post your recipe on your blog; then comment with your link to your post on the Cooking Light blog Test Kitchen Secrets once they do the write-up which is usually the following week.
Our theme next month will be Mothers Day Brunch. Post your recipe on your own blog on/or around the second Wednesday of each month if you would like to join in and then comment on the Cooking Light blog post when it has been written.
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