When this Portland, Oregon, reader began college four years ago, she had a lot to learn in the kitchen. "I was a neophyte cook," she says. "In fact, my stir-frying spoon once caught fire." With the guidance of Pink Plaid (a version of the Red Plaid) and a great deal of passion, she soon made her way through college not on burgers and pizza, as one might expect, but on Grilled Halibut with Blueberry Jam, couscous, spaghetti squash, and other healthy fare.
Her Red Plaid favorites:
Snappy Asian Couscous: "Snappy" refers not only to the fresher-than-fresh flavor of this pretty side dish, but to its super-short preparation time as well. Try it alongside teriyaki-marinated grilled chicken for a healthy warm weather meal.
Roasted Vegetable-Basil Pasta: One trip to the garden or the farmers' market will provide you with nearly everything you need for this light, refreshing Italian-inspired salad. If you like, add a bit of chopped cooked chicken to make it a main dish meal.
Baked Breakfast Apples: Make an event out of a chilly winter weekend morning -- fill your kitchen with the enticing aroma of these fiber-filled fruits. Choose your favorite baking apple to create distinctive taste.
Fajitas: Lean beef and tender-crisp sautéed veggies make this Tex-Mex favorite an especially rewarding meal. Add your favorite salsa and take a big bite of the fiesta on your plate.
Halibut with Blueberry-Pepper Jam: Mild-flavored, firm textured halibut serves as a blank canvas, just waiting for creative touches. When topped with this full-flavored jam, it's an artfully delicious dinner dish.