Magazine article Sunset

Lean Design for Convenience

Magazine article Sunset

Lean Design for Convenience

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* Susan Johnson was trying to shed a few pounds. She was also short on time for cooking, and frustrated by the lack of prepared foods that were fresh, lean, and really good-tasting. Figuring she wasn't alone, Johnson founded Healthy Gourmet, a company that delivers chilled, made-to-order, fat- and calorie-controlled meals directly to customers in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Some of her recipes are also quick to make at home. And they store well, which is a boon when you want to get a jump-start on dinner or need to keep a meal ready for a late arrival. This pasta and salmon dish reheats perfectly.

Red Pepper-Salmon Pasta Prep and cook time: About 30 minutes Notes: To reheat, put each serving on a microwave-safe plate, cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and warm 1 plate at a time in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until steaming, 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with corn salad (recipe follows). Makes: 4 servings boned, skinned salmon fillets (each about ll/2 in. thick; 1 lb. total)

2 tablespoons lemon juice l/2 cup canned peeled red peppers 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons chopped fresh

jalapeno chili 1 clove garlic

/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth 8 ounces dried angel hair pasta 1. In an 8-inch baking dish, nq ix salmon with lemon juice and arrange in a single layer.

2. Tightly cover dish with foil Bake in a 450(deg) oven until fish is opaque but still moist-looking in thickest part (cut to test), 12 to 14 minutes. …

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