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Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Sharon BowersNothing to cook here! Just melt a little butter in the microwave and mix with Louisiana-style hot sauce to make a classic Buffalo chicken sauce. A storebought rotisserie chicken is the cook’s best friend when you don’t feel like a lot of fuss. Strip off the meat, mix it with a little butter and hot sauce, and you’ve got the makings of a Buffalo Chicken Wrap that you’d be thrilled to eat in a restaurant. The bottled blue cheese dressings found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store are the perfect thing here. Serve celery sticks on the side to dip in any extra dressing.
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Couscous Greek Salad
Sharon BowersToo hot to cook? Just boil a little water and dinner can be ready in minutes. When you combine the classic flavors of a Greek salad—cucumber, tomatoes, olives and feta—with couscous and serve it in lettuce “cups,” you get a salad that can make an entire summer meal. Couscous is quick and easy because it doesn’t actually require any cooking; it swells and softens in the hot water to make four times its original size. This salad is also terrific with rice (cook and bring to room temperature first), or you can skip the couscous altogether and spoon the salad into toasted pita halves.
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Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Sharon BowersThe rice paper wrappers for making these Vietnamese style summer rolls can often be found in the Asian food section of the supermarket, along with the rice thread noodles. If you can’t find them, these are just as delicious wrapped up in a tender lettuce. We like butter lettuce. Use natural, unsweetened peanut butter in the dip for best flavor.
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Peanut Noodles with Chicken and Cucumber
If you haven’t tried fish sauce, don’t assume you won’t like it. It may smell a bit fishy in the bottle, but it disappears completely into the dish and adds a deep rich almost meaty taste, umami, a savoriness that’s more like a sensation than an actual flavor. The sauce ingredients list may look a bit detailed but the whole meal is ready literally in minutes once you boil the noodles. This is a fast and appealing weeknight supper you’ll return to in hot or cold weather.
Get the recipe: Peanut Noodles with Chicken and Cucumber