As someone who loves to cook, one of the things I like most about the Internet is the fact that you can find literally millions of recipes online. Many of my “go to” recipes, the one I like to cook frequently, are recipes that originally came from the Internet. I especially love Italian food and my favorites list leans heavily in that direction.
All the recipes have short ingredient lists, are relatively simple to make and most can be prepared in around 30 minutes.
1. Shrimp and pasta are at the lop of my list. I keep frozen shrimp in the freezer, and, simply by adding bread and salad, can quickly put together a great meal. This recipe for Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Oil by Giada De Laurentis tastes fantastic and takes less than half an hour to prepare! A similar recipe is Rachael Ray’s Baby Shrimp and Angel Hair which also tastes great and is a wonderful alternative to add variety.
2. For a quick vegetarian meal, this recipe for Lemon Spinach with Feta is perfect and so simple to make. I like to serve it as a sandwich on hand-made, no-pocket pita bread. The lemon and feta cheese give the spinach a taste that is reminiscent of Swiss chard and not at all bitter.
3. If you are looking for a satisfying meat and potatoes meal, try the classic English pub food dish, Bangers and Mash. I don’t indulge too often because of the calories, but it is a tasty treat! You can shave some calories by substituting turkey sausage for the beef ones or boiling smoked sausage instead of frying.
4. Crostini al Tonno e Pomodori sounds really impressive. In plain English, it’s tuna and tomato on toast. In either language, it is so tasty! Most versions of this dish call for pricey imported Italian tuna packed in olive oil. Substitute water packed tuna and light mayo in the recipe for a lower cost and a lower calorie count. No Italian bread on hand? No worries. You can substitute anything from biscuits to whole grain mini sub rolls and it turns out well. For a special treat, melted mozzarella makes a perfect topping.
5. Pasta alla Checca (pronounced KAH-kuh) is a classic Italian dish for the summer. Another meatless recipe, the dish is incredibly light because it doesn’t have a heavy sauce like marinara or alfredo. The dish can be made with spaghettini or angel hair or you can use regular (not whole grain) spaghetti. You can easily vary the ingredients depending on what you have on hand.
I have made The Internet Cookbook a separate category as I am always searching for new recipes and I will post any new favorites I discover.