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Lazy Holiday Meal Guide

admin - Monday, December 19, 2016

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The word “lazy” sounds worse than it actually is – at least in the case of holiday meal prep. We know you have a lot going on. From holiday work parties, to Pollyanna exchanges, to shopping, and wrapping presents, sometimes meals are the last thing on your mind. In the age of sharing everything on social media, your worst nightmare could be a meal flop that looks as bad as it tastes. You’re busy, we get that! So we’ve prepared a lazy holiday meal guide to you that will help you blow your dinner guests away. And hey – they don’t have to know these were so simple!

Appetizer: Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp 

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This appetizer looks as amazing as it tastes – and even better – it looks like you put more effort in, when in reality the prep literally takes 5 minutes!

Ingredients: 1 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined), 2 tbsp. olive oil, 4 minced garlic cloves, ½ tsp. dried oregano, ½ tsp. dried basil, ¼ c. parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, juice of one lemon.

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet; place shrimp in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet; add olive oil, garlic oregano, basil, and parmesan; season with salt and pepper; gently toss to combine; place in oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through (about 6-8 minutes); stir in lemon juice; serve immediately.

Main Dish: Pork in Cranberry and Maple Balsamic Sauce 

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This picturesque dish is just as festively delicious as it looks. You’ll wow your guests with this tender, pork tenderloin meal that took you less than 15 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients: 1 c. maple syrup, 1 c. balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard, juice and zest of one orange, 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary finely chopped, 2 pork tenderloins (3-4 pounds), salt and pepper, ½ c. red wine, 1 tbsp. butter, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 c. fresh or frozen cranberries.

Directions: Combine maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, juice and zest of one orange, fresh rosemary in a bowl and whisk to combine; remove 1 c. of the marinade and set aside; refrigerate remaining marinade; prepare pork tenderloins by removing any fat and silverskin, sprinkle with salt an dpepper and place in a flat dish; combine ½ c. marinade with the ½ c. red wine and pour over the pork; cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours; preheat oven to 400 degrees F; sear pork on a buttered skillet until browned; transfer pork into oven and cook for 15 minutes; remove pork and tent with foil; add refrigerated marinade and cranberries to skillet and cook for 10 minutes; slice pork and put in skillet sauce.

Dessert: No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies


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With 10 minutes or less of prep time, you’ll be able to whip up these cookies and give yourself enough time for last minute shopping, holiday parties, and gift wrapping.

Ingredients: 1 stick butter, 1 ½ c. packed light brown sugar, ½ c. heavy cream, ½ c. unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ c. creamy peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 3 c. old fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking), 1 c. dry roasted peanuts.

Directions: In a large saucepan, melt butter; stir in brown sugar, cream, and cocoa; boil for 1 minute; remove saucepan from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla; stir until smooth; stir in oats and peanuts; drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the batter onto wax paper-lined baking sheets; space 1 in. apart; let cool until set about 20 minutes. 

That’s all folks! What’s your favorite lazy holiday meal that shows off your skills? Show us what you’re cooking up in your kitchen by getting social with us on Facebook (@parkviewpgh, @cityviewpgh, @carsonstreetapts) or Instagram @farosresidential.