Tight schedules need not trump a good meal. You can make healthy, easy dinners and still have enough time to get in everything else on your list. "The Simpler The Better: Sensational One-Dish Meals" is the third cookbook in "The Simpler the Better" series, created by Leslie Revsin in an effort to help her busy daughter feed her family well. Co-author Rick Rodgers was invited on "Today" to share these spring and summer one-dish recipes.
This chunky salad needs no greens, although you could serve it on top of a handful of mesclun, if you like. It has a kind of simplicity that is reminiscent of certain Asian dishes, even though its flavors are firmly in the French realm.
Thai cooking has bright flavors, but you don't really need to get authentic ingredients to create a spicy stir-fry in that cooking's tradition. Of course, if you have access to Thai fish sauce, holy basil, and chiles, you can use them. Otherwise, use supermarket groceries, just as I often do, and you will be perfectly happy with the results.
Excerpted from "Simpler the Better: Sensational One-Dish Meals" by Leslie Revsin and Rick Rodgers. Copyright © 2005. Excerpted by permission of John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.