Freebie Friday: Fresh Food Fast!

August 13, 2010 | By | Comments (116)

Ckl-fff-book  Last Friday, we gave away a book to one of our loyal (and
clever) Facebook/blog fans. This week, we’re back at it with our best selling book,
Fresh Food Fast: Weeknight Meals. We’ve heard from lots of you via Facebook and
Twitter, that this collection of quick recipes is a favorite.

The first book in the series, Fresh Food Fast, is one I cook
from at home quite a bit. My favorite recipe from that collection is Deep South
Shrimp and Sausage
. Since I’m a deep-South Georgia girl, it’s hard to tear me
from traditional shrimp and grits that fulfills the 4 wonders of southern
cooking—cheesy, creamy, spicy, salty. Our lightened version is really good with sweet Gulf shrimp, smoky turkey sausage, and that delectable base of cheese grits–and better yet it doesn’t require me to run the block or drink a gallon of water after I
partake. This recipe seriously takes less than 15 minutes to make. No test kitchen tricks (and that time includes me wrangling 2 young kids). 



So this, week we’re giving away not just one book, but both
editions of the Fresh Food Fast series: book 1 and the new Weeknight Meals.
Here’s how it works:


Step 1: “Like” us on Facebook (use the Facebook box to the
right and click “Like” if you don’t already like us).

Step 2: Describe for us here in 50 words or less your favorite
quick and easy recipe.
Entries should be typed into the comments field of this
blog post. Entries are due by Monday, August 16 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Editors will select their favorite based on originality,
creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via
email by August 19, 2010. For full contest rules, click here.

Hint: Play Food Editor and describe the flavor,
texture, aromas of your go-to weeknight dish. Or tell us why it makes such a great
quick and easy meal. (It doesn't have to be a Cooking Light recipe.)

Check out our collection of 5-Ingredient Recipes, Healthy Chicken Recipes, and some of our Editor's Favorite Weeknight Dinners for inspiration.


  1. Amy

    Pour hot pasta (rotini/penne, etc.)over a pile of spinach to wilt. Make a quick white sauce with butter, flour, milk and parm, and one or two chunks homemade pesto (kept in my freezer). It adds tons of flavor without having to cut fresh herbs and garlic. Pour pesto over pasta and spinach, and top with seasoned breadcrumbs to give it some crunchy, savory flavor. No need for salt and pepper!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:58 am
  2. karen mooney

    Leftover spaghetti (or any leftover pasta) turned into a fritatta. Just add 2-3 eggs (depending on how much pasta you have) and pour over the pasta in a skillet. Heat on top of the stove for five mins, then added some shredded cheese (mozz or parm) and pop under the broiler. Slice into wedges. Add a side salad for a filling meal.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:50 am
  3. Cheri

    I would love a better way to make health foods fast.

    August 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm
  4. Jackie

    chicken breasts, one bottle of Mrs. Dash Garlic Lime Marinade. Mix, soak 30 minutes, bake. The marinade seals in the juices, making the chicken succulent. The garlic and lime adds taste to make the flavor literally pop in your mouth. A wonderful meal that leaves no leftovers.

    August 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm
  5. Katrina

    One of my favorite quick, easy meals is fajitas–chicken and peppers. I hate onions. Lots of spices served on whole wheat tortillas, with a little cheese, lettuce, tomato and cilantro.

    August 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm
  6. Amanda

    Thaw 1 box chopped spinach. Saute spinach with a drizzle of olive oil & 2 cloves garlic. Put spinach in bottom of 3 qt baking dish and sprinkle with LF feta cheese. Cook 2 chicken breasts in same skillet, with a little olive oil & season w/ salt/pepper. Place chicken on top of spinach, sprinkle with more LF feta. Cook at 400 in oven for 10 minutes.

    August 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm
  7. Kim

    My favorite quick and easy is a cucumber and tomato salad right from the garden. Just chop up the cukes and tomatoes with a little red onion, add some white vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and you have an awesome quick salad. You can change it up by using different types of oils and vinegars. Delish!

    August 16, 2010 at 11:40 am
  8. Lori Beth

    Saute a few shallots and cloves of minced garlic, diced Vidalia, in some olive oil until lightly browning. Add in Israeli couscous and toast, add in light chicken stock and simmer. When almost complete toss in some white beans, fresh baby spinach, and fresh chopped parsley. Top with black pepper and a grated cheese and ENJOY!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:58 am
  9. Becky

    I love to grill chicken breast tenderloins that have been marinated in pineapple juice, garlic and soy sauce. Rice Pilaf and Pineapple Casserole are the perfect sides to go with the chicken!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:55 am
  10. Shannon

    Tuna Ramen Salad is my fresh food fast meal for the summer. Take one pkg of ramen and crush in bag, 1/2 cup mayo, 1 cucumber sliced, 1 can of tuna drained & broken up, 1 cup of grape tomatoes, pepper to taste. Mix all together & enjoy. Super easy & refreshing for all. Great flavor and you can add additional veggies depending on what you like. Also could substitute tuna for shrimp or chicken too.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:54 am
  11. Diane A

    For a delicious dinner, I boil 1 lb. capellini. Meanwhile, I saute two cloves garlic, minced, in 1 T. olive oil in a large skillet and add two cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juice, simmering 7 minutes. I add 1/4 c. chopped fresh basil and serve over pasta.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:48 am
  12. Kathe Harvey

    My husbands favorite is a quick and easy crockpot recipe:
    Throw some type of beef roast or steak on the bottom of the crockpot (it doesn’t really matter what, it’s all good.)
    Slice onions and bell peppers (1 each) and throw them on top of the meat.
    Mix 1 can cream of mushroom and 1 cup red salsa and spread it over the top.
    Cook on low for 8 hours or until meat falls apart.
    Serve with/over mashed potatoes or rice.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:31 am
  13. Kimberly Lipsky

    My favorite quick and easy go-to recipe is: fresh salmon, baked with lemon-pepper seasoning, then I whip up a cherry or grape tomato, fresh mozzarella, and chive salad with low-fat Italian dressing. It’s quick, easy, and best of all – d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:27 am
  14. melissa

    Black Bean Burgers from a recent Cooking Light. I love a recipe that is fast, healthy and inexpensive! With cumin and pepper jack cheese they are smoky, spicy and delicious. I love to top mine with avocado slices. So tasty!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:27 am
  15. Jane George

    My favorite throw it together quick is spaghetti with olive oil.. Boil thin spaghetti, saute lots of chopped garlic in olive oil, add sliced calamata olives, two mashed up anchovies, add cooked spaghetti, toss. Sit at table with a few slices of great bread and the Romano chesse and you are good to go. Maybe a decent Merlot would be good.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:25 am
  16. Kimberly

    My favorite quick and easy recipe is a grilled chicken salad. Take baby spinach, fresh sliced mini bell peppers from the garden, dried cranberries, feta cheese, pecans, and leftover or already prepared grilled chicken breasts. Slice and top salad with chicken. Dress with raspberry vinaigrette or your favorite dressing. Enjoy!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

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