Holiday 2010 – Review: Complete Meals in Minutes

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I am sure you have all figured out by now that I love to cook.
If not by the number of times I have shown you recipes then by the relative size of my kitchen to the rest of the yurt. heh

Loving to cook, I love cookbooks. I have quite a collection and I add to it when I find a book that interests me. I was given the opportunity to review Complete Meals in Minutes, a compilation of quick, easy and healthy meals from Cooking Light magazine.

First off I have to say that the binder format is great. The pages lay flat and you don’t have to worry about losing your page as you try to follow the recipe.  The premise of the book gives you healthy recipes broken up into how long you will spend preparing them; 15, 20 or 30 minutes. At the top of each recipe there is a number so you know right from the start where you stand.

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The book is broken down into sections:  appetizers, fish and shellfish, pizza and pasta and so on with brightly colored tabs so you can find what you are looking for in an easy way.  I had some lamb chops to work with so I headed to the meats section to find a recipe for one night’s meal.  I chose the Herbes de Provence Lamb Chops with Orzo.  Just as promised it cooked up quick and easy and it was delicious.  I made a few slight changes to the orzo part of the recipe to deal with what I had on hand.

First up I mixed dijon mustard with the Herbs de Provence and some sea salt.  If you haven’t used this herb mixture which typically includes savory, basil, fennel, thyme and sometimes lavender and sometimes rosemary, you don’t know what you are missing. It is delicious on chicken, pork and lamb.

I rubbed it on both sides of the lamb chops and set them on my broiler.

I had cooked the orzos in boiling water. When they were done I added some butter, sea salt, pepper, grated lemon peel and lemon juice.

I broiled the lamb chops for about two minutes on each side and they were a perfect medium rare.

This is the hubby’s plate. I don’t do beets. The beets and the beans came from our garden. I had frozen both in the big processing frenzy at the end of the growing season.

The lamb chops were delicious. The mustard/herb topping really brought a lovely flavor to the lamb.

There are a number of other recipes I am looking forward to trying in this book and I am very happy to have it in my cookbook library. It would make a great gift for any cookbook lover, for a cook that is watching their weight and it is a good book for a beginning cook.

Complete Meals in Minutes is available at

Disclosure:  I received a copy of Complete Meals in Minutes gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

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