Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Summer Shortcuts

Summer is finally here! We get up early, go to bed late, spend lots of time outdoors, and less time in the kitchen. Still, I want to serve quick, healthy, and delicious summer meals. That's where Wegman's is a life-saver. If you're lucky enough to have this supermarket in your area, you know exactly what I mean.

Their Menu magazine is published quarterly. Although on sale in the stores, it magically appears in my mailbox. They know what a good customer I am! It features wonderful seasonal recipes (often using their own convenience or specialty items), suggested wine pairings, farm features, and cooking techniques.

This week I tried Grilled Jamaican-Style Jerk Chicken Breasts served with Mango & Cashew Salad. The chicken is packaged in the marinade and grill ready. The salad is simple to prepare, and delicious. Both will make future appearances on our summer table.

Mango & Cashew Salad

1 1/2 Tbsp and 1/3 cup Wegmans Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1/2 lb whole, unsalted cashews (Bulk Foods) (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Wegmans Clover Honey
juice from 1 lime (about 2 Tbsp)
3 bags (5 oz each) Food You Feel Good About Arugula Blend Salad
3 mangos, peeled, seeded, 1-inch dice (about 3 1/2 cups)

Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp oil in skillet on MEDIUM. Add cashews, cayenne pepper and salt; stir in honey.
Remove from heat; toss, set aside to cool.
Whisk lime juice and remaining 1/3 cup olive oil in small bowl.
Combine arugula, mango and cashew mixture in large bowl; drizzle with dressing.

Notes: Mangos aren't popular with my family, so we used apples instead. We also made only 1/3 of the recipe.

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Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

I love Wegmans. Unfortunately, we don't have one that is closer than just over an hour each way, but when we're visiting family in PA, I try and make a point of getting there, if possible.

That looks like the perfect summer dinner!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

There's no Wegmans here in Northern California but there is a Raleys. They publish a magazine that sounds similar to the one you described. I've found many of their recipes quite delicious. They help me try foods I might not try otherwise - like mangos.

Beth F said...

That recipe caught my eye too! I'm so glad I saved the magazine because now I'm going to make it. I love Wegman's!

JoAnn said...

Melissa - Wegman's is the best! My husband says Danny sends out a search party if I go more than 3 days without a visit. The one that opened near my brother in PA even has a sit-down restaurant!

Margot - Sounds like Raleys uses the same marketing strategy. The recipes have definitely got us trying new food - I love it!

Beth F - Wegman's website has all the recipes, too. There are a few more in that issue I plan on trying.

Rose City Reader said...

I just got some pre-marinated and pre-prepared dinners from my local butcher. Standing in the kitchen doesn't sound like fun to me now that summer is finally here.

Unfortunately, my weekend cooking project was a dud. But of all the things that should be purchased, pate might top the list.

JoAnn said...

Rose City Reader - Summer is a perfect time for meals like this. I definitely spend less time in the kitchen. You know, I've never eaten pate...