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Meals In Minutes...Literally
Natural Times, April/May/June 2016

By Cristin Burns, Branding Director

Life has a way of sneaking up on us and our meal plans. Simplify both with Meals In Minutes. Thanks to our hard-working meat department staff, the Co-op now offers a wide selection of delicious entrees that are only minutes away from your plate.  Pair them with simple, fresh sides and you will have a culinary masterpiece.

Honey Almond Scottish Salmon


Crispy, slightly sweet, succulent salmon cooks quickly and pairs well with many side dishes. We are especially partial to fresh asparagus with fresh lemon juice or steamed broccoli.

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Lightly coat a 9”x13” baking dish with cooking spray or oil. Bake salmon for 13-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Homemade Meatballs


These beef meatballs are as versatile as they are delicious. With a mixture of spices, vegetables and a hint of mozzarella, they will easily become your favorite go-to dinner. Baked or simmered in marinara sauce, serve them over pasta or spaghetti squash and a side salad.  Substitute pasta for a soft sub roll for a hearty meatball sandwich.

Preparation: To roast the meatballs, arrange on a baking sheet or in a shallow pan, leaving room between each meatball. Bake at 400˚F for 20-25 minutes or until the meat reaches 165˚ in the middle. Serve immediately.

To simmer the meatballs, bring the tomato sauce to a simmer. Add the meatballs, cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes. They are done when the internal temperature reaches 165˚.

Parmesan Panko Chicken Cutlet


Parmesan and Romano cheeses, parsley and pepper add subtle, yet complex flavor to these chicken cutlets. Serve with fresh lemon wedges, mashed, baked or instant potatoes and green beans for a meal that will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.

Preparation: For two cutlets, heat 6 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook cutlets until cooked through, approximately 4 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to paper towels before serving. To bake, lightly coat a 9”x13” baking dish with oil or cooking spray. Bake cutlets in a preheated oven at 450˚F for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to rest several minutes before serving.

Stuffed Pork Chops


Cranberries are the secret ingredient in these juicy pork chops, stuffed with the perfect amount of savory and tart filling. Serve with a salad of fresh spinach, pecans and cranberries. This meal in minutes is quick enough for a weeknight but tasty enough for a special occasion.

Preparation: Preheat oven to 375˚F. Lightly coat 9”x13” pan with cooking spray or oil. Place pork chops in pan, add 2 tablespoons of apple juice and cover tightly with tinfoil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165˚. To grill, cook over medium heat for 6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165˚.

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