Some foods, like soups and stews seem to taste better when they are reheated, while others foods like pasta salads and dips seem to benefit from time spent in the refrigerator overnight. When flavors "marry" over time, the results are delicious. Consider doubling these recipes to make sure you have enough leftovers to enjoy for lunch or snacks the next day.
Start with a featured family meal of Tuna and Walnut Pasta Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip and Garlic Pita Chips. Try serving the pasta salad on a bed of spring greens if you want more vegetables in your dinner.
Other great next-day recipes to try this week include Southwest Steak and Potato Soup, Roasted Pepper and Basil Skewers, Ground Beef Biscuit Stew and Ice Pop Pudding. Register for free at MealsMatter.org to add these or other recipes to your shopping list and browse other breakfast ideas.
"Family Meals Matter" features recipes selected by registered dietitians from the thousands of user-contributed recipes available at our free online nutrition and meal-planning website, Meals Matter (www.MealsMatter.org), sponsored by Dairy Council of California.
FEATURED FAMILY MEAL
Sweet and Tangy Yam and California Raisin Salad
Golden raisin vinaigrette
For vinaigrette, place raisins and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed. Let cool, then puree in a blender or small food processor. Whisk in remaining dressing ingredients then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To prepare salad, place sliced yams in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil. Cook on grill over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, turning frequently, until tender and lightly charred. Remove from grill and place in a medium bowl; let cool. Add raisins and chives to bowl and pour dressing over all; stir lightly with a rubber scraper until yams are evenly coated with dressing. Let chill for at least 1 hour before serving on a bed of arugula.
Parmesan Flounder Fillets
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange fillets in a baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Spread yogurt mixture evenly over fillets. Bake 12-15 minutes.
Roasted Pears with Cheddar Crumble
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place pears cut side up in dish. Dot with butter. Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine cheese and granola in a small bowl.
Remove pears from the oven; uncover. Spoon cheese mixture into pears. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Return to oven; bake 10 minutes more, or until cheese is melted and pears are tender.
(Includes ingredients to make at least four servings of each Featured Family Meal recipe)
SWEET AND TANGY YAM AND CALIFORNIA RAISIN SALAD
PARMESAN FLOUNDER FILLETS
ROASTED PEARS WITH CHEDDAR CRUMBLE
Other Featured Recipes
Aged Cheddar with Apple Wedges and Cider Reduction
Bring cider to a boil in a large saucepan; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat. Add butter; stir with a whisk until butter melts.
Place two bread halves on each of eight dessert plates. Divide cheese evenly among bread halves. Place two apple slices on each bread half. Drizzle 1 tablespoon cider reduction around each serving.
Roasted Root Vegetables with Apple Juice
Boil apple juice and wine in a large saucepan until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 30 minutes. Whisk in butter or margarine.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel and cut vegetables into l/2 inch pieces. Divide between 2 roasting pans. Pour apple juice mixture over vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
Roast until vegetables are tender and golden, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes.
Pear and Parsnip Soup
Sautee butter and onion on medium heat until soft but not colored.
Add parsnips, pears, wine and stock, increase heat to bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat, simmer for 45 minutes
Add cream, allow to heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Puree with stick or immersion blender.
Cook's notes: Nutrition information calculated using chicken stock and light whipping cream.Autumn Salad
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Dress with desired amount of Newman's Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing.
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