Use one pan for two

Cooking for two just got easier with “One Pan, Two Plates” by Carla Snyder with photographs by Jody Horton.

Snyder delivers fresh and fast, one pot/pan meals that will serve two. With more than 70 recipes to choose from, there’s plenty of variety for the empty nesters, just starting out couples, or the singles who would like a bit of leftovers.

The book is divided into four chapters: The Carbohydrate Cure, Hungry for More, Poultry With Soul and Angling for More.

The Carbohydrate Cure is pastas, grains and hot sandwiches like Three-Cheese Mac with Crispy Prosciutto; Pad Thai; Barley and Lentil Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts; Lemony Risotto with Asparagus, Carrots and Chives; and Croque Madame.

Hungry for More is meat main dishes like Creamy Yukon Gold Potato Gratin with Ham; Spicy Orange Beef Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Carrots; Flat-Iron Steak with Green Beans, Chili-Hoisin Sauce with Sesame Seeds; Veal Saltimbocca with Asparagus, Lemon and Israeli Couscous and Lamb Korma.

Poultry with Soul is egg, turkey and chicken dinners like Wild Mushroom Frittata with Cheddar, Green Onions and Peas; Turkey Chili with Poblano and Queso Fresco; One-Pan Roast Deviled Chicken with Carrots, Turnips and Parsnips; Buffaloed Chicken Legs with Braised Celery and Roquefort Smashed Potatoes and more.

Angling For More is fish dinners like Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Shallots and Caramelized Cauliflower Risotto; Flash-Roasted Tilapia with New Potatoes, Peas, and Pesto Mayonnaise and Catfish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw.

I made quick Cuban Sandwiches one night for the oldest and myself for dinner. Using hoagie rolls, deli ham, deli roast pork, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles, this was a quick, warm sandwich to put together but was very filling and satisfying.

It was much better than the usual deli lunchmeat sandwich, thanks to the roast pork, but everything came together quickly too.

“One Pan, Two Plates” is published by Chronicle Books. It is $24.95.

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