Pan Seared Tuna Steak with Lime and Cilantro

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You will have this Pan Seared Tuna Steak dinner on the table in record time. The  pan seared tuna steak will take one and a half to two and a half minutes a side depending on how rare-  or well done – that YOU want it.

The sautéed spinach is so fast that you have to wait for the tuna to be almost done before you put the spinach in the skillet.

The potatoes take about 5 minutes in the microwave. How is all of that for Quick and Easy?

Lets get started ……

……..If your tuna steaks are frozen you could put them in the fridge in the morning on your way out the door. Or leave them in their individual wrapping and put them in a large bowl with a lot of water. The more water in proportion to the tuna steaks the faster they will defrost.

Or in the microwave on the thawing setting for a couple of minutes.

Put the potatoes in the microwave to “bake” while the rest of your Pan Seared Tuna Steak dinner comes together.

Put a skillet on at low for the spinach with enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom.

Slice or coarsely chop the garlic cloves and add them to the spinach skillet. You are going to let the garlic just get translucent and not get brown. Don’t add the spinach until the tuna steaks are done so if you need to turn off the heat on the garlic to keep it from browning, so be it. You can turn it back on just before you add the spinach.

Put the tuna steaks into a bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, dill weed and a splash of white wine. Or, you could just go with salt and pepper and squeeze some lime juice on them just before you dig in. That also works okay.

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Gently turn them over a few times to get them well covered with all of that good stuff.

Put a skillet on at medium high and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has stopped foaming gently slip in the tuna steaks. The oil and butter will start foaming again but that’s okay. Pour some of the lime juice mixture on them.

Assuming that your tuna steaks are 1″ thick cook them for 1 and 1/2 minutes a side for rare. 2 and 1/2 minutes a side for well done. We like 2 minutes a side and medium rare. If in doubt just use a table fork to open a steak up a little and look at the inside to see how done it is.

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Put the spinach in its skillet with the garlic and turn it over a few times as it wilts. When it is as wilted as much as YOU want it add it to the plates.

Squeeze a little lime juice on the tuna steak and the spinach.

Now, serve up and enjoy your Pan Seared Tuna Steak with sautéed spinach and “baked” Potato.

Don’t forget the rest of that white wine. Pinot Grigio goes along real good. 

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  1. Put the potatoes in the microwave to "bake" while the rest of your Pan Seared Tuna Steak dinner comes together. Put a skillet on at low for the spinach with enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom. Slice or coarsely chop up the garlic cloves and add them to the skillet. You are going to let the garlic just get translucent and not get brown. You are not going to add the spinach until the tuna steaks are done so if you need to turn off the heat on the garlic to keep it from browning, so be it. You can turn it back on just before you add the spinach.
  2. Put the tuna steaks into a bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, dill weed and a splash of white wine. Or. you could just go with salt and pepper and squeeze some lime juice on them just before you dig in. That also works okay. Gently turn them over a few tames to get them well covered with all of that good stuff.
  3. Put a skillet on at medium high and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has stopped foaming gently slip in the tuna steaks. The oil and butter will start foaming again but that's okay. Pour some of the lime juice mixture on them. Assuming that your tuna steaks are 1" thick cook them for 1 and 1/2 minutes a side for rare. 2 and 1/2 minutes a side for well done. We like 2 minutes a side and medium rare. If in doubt just use a table fork to open a steak up a little and look at the inside to see how done it is.
  4. Put the spinach in its skillet with the garlic and turn it over a few times as it wilts. When it is as wilted as much as YOU want it add it to the plates.
  5. Now, serve up and enjoy your Pan Seared Tuna Steak with sautéed spinach and "baked" Potato.
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One Pan Shrimp, Pasta and Spinach Dinner – 20 minutes

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One Pan Shrimp, Pasta and Spinach Dinner…….

………is a great way to put together a quick and easy weeknight meal that is still a treat to eat.

Put a skillet on at medium high and add the pasta. Use a short version of pasta like rigatoni or penne. Add enough water to just barely cover the pasta.

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Bring the water up to a fast simmer and reduce the heat  just enough to maintain the simmer.

While the pasta is cooking peel and devein the shrimp – if necessary. Chop up the garlic, or just go with the jarred stuff.

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When the pasta is just starting to get soft but not yet al dente – it’s going to cook some more with the shrimp – drain off the water leaving enough to cover the bottom of the pan.

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Push the pasta off to the sides of the pan and put the butter then the garlic in the middle. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the garlic. and put the rind into the pan. Add the shrimp to the pan spreading them out so that they lie flat. 

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Give them just a minute or so each side so that they are pink on the outside and opaque in the middle.

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Put the spinach on top then……

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……..combine everything with a big spatula or a pancake turner.

Just let the spinach wilt a little. Don’t let it get mushy. It’ll happen fast so have your plates ready to receive your One Pan Shrimp, Pasta and Spinach Dinner. Top it with some grated parmesan and Bon Appetito!

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A  chilled bottle of  Pinot Grigio, of course!

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high and add the pasta. Use a short version of pasta like rigatoni or penne. Add enough water to just barely cover the pasta. Bring the water up to a fast simmer and reduce the heat just enough to maintain the simmer.
  2. While the pasta is cooking peel and devein the shrimp - if necessary. Chop up the garlic, or just go with the jarred stuff. When the pasta is just starting to get soft but not yet al dente - it's going to cook some more with the shrimp - drain off the water leaving enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Push the pasta off to the sides of the pan and put the butter then the garlic in the middle. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the garlic. and put the rind into the pan.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan spreading them out so that they lie flat. Give them just a minute or so each side so that they are pink on the outside and opaque in the middle.
  5. Put the spinach on top then combine everything with a big spatula or a pancake turner. Just let the spinach wilt a little. Don't let it get mushy. It'll happen fast so have your plates ready to receive your One Pan Shrimp, Pasta and Spinach Dinner. Top it with some grated parmesan and Bon Appetito!
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Shrimp Risotto with Spinach

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You google Risotto and you come up with tons of different ways to prepare this traditional Italian dish. If you want an uncomplicated, all in one pot, quick and easy meal, this Shrimp Risotto with Spinach recipe can be it. You can give it lots of variations and ingredient substitutions like leftover rotisserie chicken and broccoli florets. The list goes on and on to include anything you might have on hand.

It’s easy. Chop up the onion. Put a saucepan on at medium high and add the olive oil then the onion, salt and pepper. Stir up the onions a few times as they cook and when they start to get translucent add the rice. Stir it up to get the rice all coated with the oil. Put in the wine and take a few sips yourself. You deserve it. Mix it all up and when the wine comes to a simmer lower the heat enough to just maintain a fast simmer. Stir it a few times as the wine reduces until the surface of the wine is even with the top of the rice.

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Add about half of the broth and stir pretty regularly. When the broth has reduced and the rice has absorbed it to the point that the surface of the broth is even with the top of the rice add half of the remaining broth. Repeat the routine then nibble a few grains to see if it needs to cook a little more. If so add the remaining broth and do it again. If you run out of broth and the rice isn’t done a little hot tap water will be okay to finish with. When the rice is soft on the outside but chewy on the inside add the shrimp and the spinach.

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Stir it a few times as the shrimp cooks and the spinach wilts. When the shrimp is opaque add the grated parmesan and mix it in. Spoon your Shrimp Risotto with Spinach into warm bowls. Top with some grated parmesan cheese and enjoy the rest of that white wine.

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  1. It's easy. Chop up the onion. Put a saucepan on at medium high and add the olive oil then the onion, salt and pepper. Stir up the onions a few times as they cook and when they start to get translucent add the rice. Stir it up to get the rice all coated with the oil. Put in the wine and take a few sips yourself. You deserve it. Mix it all up and when the wine comes to a simmer lower the heat enough to just maintain a fast simmer. Stir it a few times as the wine reduces until the surface of the wine is even with the top of the rice.
  2. Add about half of the broth and stir pretty regularly. When the broth has reduced and the rice has absorbed it to the point that the surface of the broth is even with the top of the rice add half of the remaining broth. Repeat the routine then nibble a few grains to see if it needs to cook a little more. If so add the remaining broth and do it again. If you run out of broth and the rice isn't done a little hot tap water will be okay to finish with. When the rice is soft on the outside but chewy on the inside add the shrimp and the spinach.
  3. Stir it a few times as the shrimp cooks and the spinach wilts. When the shrimp is opaque add the grated parmesan and mix it in. Spoon your Shrimp Risotto with Spinach into warm bowls. Top with some grated parmesan cheese and enjoy the rest of that white wine.
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A suggestion; the hotter the broth is the faster the risotto will get done. Some cooks have it simmering in a pot next to the risotto.

Also,,if you like the idea of dipping bread into the extra liquid just have a little extra left in the finished product. You are better off with a little too much liquid than too little. It helps avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of the pot and having your risotto turn out too sticky.

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Chicken Sautéed in White Wine-Easy-30 minutes

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You can Make this Chicken Sautéed in White Wine as good as any chef. Quick and easy enough for a weeknight and awesome enough for a  Sunday sit down dinner with guests. For the green herbs that you see in the pics you can use fresh parsley or basil or mint or any combination. If you don’t have the plants out on your deck or in your garden they are available all year round in the grocery store. Bottom line go with fresh not dried for this real good and real simple Chicken Sautéed in White Wine. Oh yeah, and we’re gonna do a sing along with some potato gnocchi with veggies.

 

Coarsely chop the basil and mint (tonight’s choice). Cut the stem end off the tomatoes and cut them in half lengthwise then use a teaspoon to scrap out the core and the seeds. Then chop em up.

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Put a pot of water on at high for the gnocchi and add a some salt. When the water boils add the gnocchi. In about 2 minutes they will float. When they float they are done. Strain them leaving a little water in the pot. Put the gnocchi back in the pot and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Put the pot on an idle burner or in the oven set on warm or 225° while the chicken progresses.

Put a pot of water on at high for the gnocchi and add a some salt. When the water boils add the gnocchi. In about 2 minutes they will float. When they float they are done. Strain them leaving a little water in the pot. Put the gnocchi back in the pot and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Out the pot on an idle burner or in the oven set on warm or 225° while the chicken progresses.-4-poppopcooks.com

 

Put a skillet on at medium and add the olive oil. In a shallow dish mix together the flour, garlic powder salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken filets in the flour mixture and put them in the skillet. Cook just enough for the flour to get golden. They are gong to finish cooking in the wine. Remove them to a dish that will catch the drippings.

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Put the butter in the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrap the bits off the bottom.

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Add the white wine and mix it in, Put the chicken and the drippings in the skillet and turn them over a few times as the wine reduces by about a third.

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When the wine has reduced and thickened a little add the fresh green herbs and turn the filets a few more times to get them coated.

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As the chicken is progressing rescue the Gnocchi pot and put it on a burner set at medium low. Add the tomatoes and the spinach.

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Add the grated parmesan and stir it all together as it reheats a little.

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Then put the fillets on the plates and spoon some of the wine mixture on top. Add the gnocchi and top it all off with some grated parmesan and enjoy your Chicken Sautéed in White Wine and your potato gnocchi.

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Pinot Grigio was our choice tonight but you pick whatever wine you want to go along with your Chicken Sautéed in White Wine.

 

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  1. Coarsely chop the basil and mint (tonight's choice). Cut the stem end off the tomatoes and cut them in half lengthwise then use a teaspoon to scrap out the core and the seeds. Then chop em up. Put a pot of water on at high for the gnocchi and add a some salt. When the water boils add the gnocchi. In about 2 minutes they will float. When they float they are done. Strain them leaving a little water in the pot. Put the gnocchi back in the pot and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Put the pot on an idle burner or in the oven set on warm or 225° while the chicken progresses.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium and add the olive oil. In a shallow dish mix together the flour, garlic powder salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken filets in the flour mixture and put them in the skillet. Cook just enough for the flour to get golden. They are gong to finish cooking in the wine. Remove them to a dish that will catch the drippings.
  3. Put the butter in the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrap the bits off the bottom. Add the white wine and mix it in, Put the chicken and the drippings in the skillet and turn them over a few times as the wine reduces by about a third.
  4. When the wine has reduced and thickened a little add the fresh green herbs and turn the filets a few more times to get them coated.
  5. As the chicken is progressing rescue the Gnocchi pot and put it on a burner set at medium low. Add the tomatoes and the spinach. Add the grated parmesan and stir it all together as it reheats a little.
  6. Then put the fillets on the plates and spoon some of the wine mixture on top. Add the gnocchi and top it all off with some grated parmesan and enjoy your Chicken Sautéed in White Wine and your potato gnocchi.
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