Dinner Solved!: 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You!

Dinner Solved!: 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You!

by Katie Workman


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Katie Workman is a gifted cook, a best friend in the kitchen, and a brilliant problem solver. Her Mom 100 Cookbook was named one of the Five Best Weeknight Cookbooks of the past 25 years by Cooking Light and earned praise from chefs like Ina Garten (“I love the recipes!”) and Bobby Flay (“Perfect . . . to help moms everywhere get delicious meals on the table.”). Now Katie turns her attention to the biggest problem that every family cook faces: how to make everyone at the table happy without turning into a short-order cook.

Expanding on one of the most popular features of the first cookbook, her ingenious “Fork in the Road” recipe solution, which makes it so easy to turn one dish into two or more, Katie shows you how Asian Spareribs can start mild and sweet for less adventurous eaters—and then, in no time, become a zesty second version for spice lovers. She shakes up the usual chicken for dinner with Chicken Tikka Masala-ish—and feeds vegetarians, too, by offering a fork where cauliflower is used in place of the chicken. Fettuccine with Shrimp and Asparagus is a blueprint for seven other easy mix-and-match pasta dinner combinations. Crostini for breakfast—truly an aha! idea—can go sweet or savory, pleasing both types of morning eaters. Have all the ingredients on hand? Make the insanely delicious Chocolate Carrot Cake. Missing chocolate? Don’t run out to the store—the basic Carrot Cake is just as satisfying.

Katie’s voice is funny and wry, and completely reassuring. Stunning full-color photographs show every dish. The result: no more cranky eaters, no more dinner table strife, no more unsure or stressed-out cook.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594774433
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Katie Workman is the author of Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook. She is a columnist for the Associated Press, Eating Well magazine, and FoodNetwork.com, and a food writer whose articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Parents, Rachael Ray Every Day, New York magazine, and many others. She posts regularly on her blog, themom100.com. Katie is also the founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com; and a regular contributor to NPR.  She sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit, and lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Happy in the Kitchen vii

Chapter 1 Morning Food 3

Berry Banana Smoothie 4

Ricotta Berry Breakfast Crostini 7

Breakfast Wraps 11

Orange Scones 13

Berry Streusel Coffee Cake with Sweet Vanilla Drizzle 15

Chapter 2 Serious Sandwiches 21

Egg Salad Sandwiches 22

The Mozzarella Sandwich 27

Sloppy Joes 29

Tangy Chicken Salad 32

Creole Shrimp Rolls 35

Chapter 3 Snacks 39

Hummus 41

Cheesy Pretzel Snaps 43

Tortilla Scoops with Minty Pineapple-Jalapeño Salsa 45

Deviled Eggs Five Ways 48

Granola Bars 51

Chapter 4 Appetizers 55

Sweet and Spicy Peanuts 56

Lemony Parmesan Artichoke Dip 59

Buffalo Chicken Wings 61

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika 65

Savory Zucchini Puff Pastry Tarts 67

Chapter 5 Saladas 71

Pickley Cucumber Salad 72

Light Green Crunchy Salad 75

Kale and Quinos Salad with Dried Cherries 78

Greek Tabbouleh Salad 81

Cobb Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing 83

Chapter 6 Soups & Stews 87

Butternut Squash Soup 88

Carrot-Ginger Soup with Shrimp 91

Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup 93

Shortcut Chicken Udon Soup 97

Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup 99

Chapter 7 Meat 103

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri 104

Mustard and Maple-Glazed Pork Loin 107

Spanish Pork Chops 109

Asian Spareribs 112

Roast Leg of Lamb with Two Sauces 117

Chapter 8 Chicken 121

Chicken Tikka Masala-ish 122

Jerk Chicken 127

Bacon, Sage, and Provolone Chicken Rolls with Marsala Sauce 129

Chicken in Mushroom Cream Sauce 133

Chicken in Orange Sauce 135

Chapter 9 Fish & Seafood 139

Crab Cakes 141

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions 145

Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Shallot, Tomatoes, and Mustard Sauce 147

Caesar-Roasted Salmon 151

Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut Piccata 153

Chapter 10 Burgers & Meatballs 157

Cajun Burgers 158

Japanese Salmon Burgers with Avocado Wasabi Crema 163

Southwestern Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers 166

Maple-Barbecue Pork Meatballs 169

Easy, Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Meatballs 171

Chapter 11 One-Dish Meals 175

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry 176

One-Sheet Middle Eastern-ish Chicken Dinner 179

Chicken Vegetable Potpie Casserole 183

Baked Shrimp and Grits with Caramelized Fennel and Leeks 186

Asian Rice Bowl Many Ways 189

Chapter 12 Pasta & Sauces 193

Quick Bolognese Sauce with Linguine 195

Simple One-Skillet Chicken Alfredo Pasta 198

Stupid Easy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta 202

Fettuccine with Shrimp and Asparagus 205

Vegetable Lo Mein 209

Chapter 13 Tacos & Enchiladas 213

Fish Tacos 214

Shrimp Tacos 217

Carnitas 220

Slightly Spicy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas 225

Creamy Black Bean, Mushroom, and Zucchini Enchiladas 229

Chapter 14 I Need a Big Fat Hug 233

Spanish-Style Beef Pot Roast 235

One-Skillet Beefy Enchilada Noodle Casserole 239

Spicy (or Not) Oven-Fried Chicken 244

Chicken and White Bean Chili 247

Saucy Seafood Stew 251

Chapter 15 Vegetarian 255

Cheesy, Crispy Pizza Portobello Mushrooms 257

Baked Potato Bar 259

Korean Sesame Tofu and Mushrooms 263

Lazy Vegetable One-Skillet Lasagna 266

Warm Roasted Tomato, Couscous, and Chickpea Salad 271

Chapter 16 Vegetables 275

Honey-Glazed Carrots 276

Cauliflower Puree 278

Creamy Coleslaw 281

Korean Spinach 284

Warm Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mustard Vinaigrette 288

Chapter 17 Good Old Carbs 293

Scallion and Ginger Sweet Potato Fries 294

Potato Gratin 297

Noodle Kugel 301

Cornbread 305

Lemon-Horseradish Potato Salad 307

Chapter 18 Cookies 311

One-Pot, No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies 312

Honey-Roasted Peanut Cookies 315

Big Chewy Brownie Cookies 318

Chocolate Chunk and Crystallized Ginger Oatmeal Cookies 323

One-Pot Raspberry Oatmeal Bars 325

Chapter 19 Homestyle Desserts 329

Pound Cake 330

One-Pot Cocoa Powder Brownies for Abby 333

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread 335

Carrot Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 339

Sweet Potato-Cinnamon Rice Pudding 342

Chapter 20 Sauces & Basics 345

Super Simple Tomato Sauce 347

Two Cremas 348

Two Pestos 350

Two Asian Sauces 353

Chipotle Mavonnaise 355

Conversion Tables 356

Menus 357

Index 360

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