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Shrimp with Rice Noodles & Bok Choy

Shrimp with Rice Noodles and Bok Choy

Starting your dish with fresh stock is really easy. Place the vegetable peels, stems and shrimp shells in a pot with water and simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes. The stock offers a richness that water alone can't and you save the money you would spend on store bought stock.

This is a recipe that works better as you spice it up. The instructions are for a mild version, but if you like spicy food, add more red pepper flakes. For mild use 1/8 teaspoon and add 1/8 teaspoon for each degree of heat you like.

You can use chili oil for a more pervasive heat. Start with replacing 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil with a teaspoon of chili oil – and replace more if you like more heat.

Red Beans and Rice Risotto

Red Beans and Rice Risotto

I love red beans and rice and I love risotto. The former is a rich blend of rice, veggies and beans spiced just right. The latter is a subtle, creamy dish that cooks fast. This is the perfect blend of the two so you don't have to wait for Monday's all-day simmering to get your red beans.

Note that this doesn't contain added hot sauce. Take your bottle to the table with you and spice it up to your liking.

Sausage and Yellow Pepper Risotto

Sausage and Yellow Pepper Risotto

For those eating gluten free risotto can be a good choice when eating out. Chefs are more sensitive these days to diners who need to eat gluten free and I have had a few tell me that they have risotto in house even if it is not on the menu so it could be worth asking.

It can often be disappointing, however. Recently I was in a restaurant and ordered the risotto. It was done perfectly but there was far too much sausage - more meat than rice. This recipe is what I had hoped that dish to be. Great food is all about balance: the right amount of each ingredient so that each complements the other.

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Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.We're inaugurating a new category of frozen meals today: the "Serves Two."

I'm seeing more and more of these in the freezers: meals that are intended to actually serve two people, as opposed to meals that are disingenuously labeled as two servings when practically speaking they're only one. CedarLane's Spinach & Feta Pie is a good example: the numbers look great until you realize that not only is this two servings, but who's going to cook it, then cut it in half and only eat half of it? Then reheat the leftovers? Never!

Today's offerings from Sukhi's Gourmet Indian are labeled "Serves 2" right on the front of the package, and judging from the amount in the dish, they should be a good, light meal for two people. Two for Two from Sukhi's Gourmet Indian »

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