I’ve let this wrap-up wait for far too long; I’ve moved on to another cookbook. As I have with my other America’s Test Kitchen books, I’ll probably come back to this one occasionally. But for now, here are my thoughts on “Simple Weeknight Favorites.”
First off, I like this book. I’m glad I bought it, despite having a gazillion other books by these guys. Looking back through my posts, I only found two dishes that I disliked, so that’s a pretty good ratio.
Most of the main proteins are simply grilled or baked meat/fish, and it’s the sauce poured over the top or the veggies served on the side that stand out for me. Those are the parts of the dishes that I remember. Most of the recipes were pretty quick to make, but they do require a well-stocked pantry; some of the ingredients are not things I keep on hand, so careful meal planning and shopping is important. Because of that, I don’t think of these meals as simple (hey, they’ve got another cookbook for that).
Here are some of my favorites:
Pasta with Lemony Chicken and Asparagus. Pasta. Lemon. Chicken. Asparagus. Four of my favorite things in one dish. This made me happy. And it was easy to make.
Flank Steak with Spicy Peanut Noodles. An easy, flavorful dish with a very versatile sauce.
Coconut-Lime Chicken and Cabbage-Mango Slaw. Fresh, spicy and filling. Rereading my review and remembering how much I liked this salad makes me want to make it for dinner tonight.
And here are the two dishes that I didn’t like:
Grilled Dijon Steak. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like this dish flavor-wise as that it just didn’t work (the mustard stuck to my grill, not to my steak). And to be fair, I can be a spastic cook, so for all I know, it was entirely my fault.
Moroccan Fish and Couscous Packets. This was just blah. As I wrote in my post, spicy but blah.