Spring is on the horizon, and with it brings warming weather, more sunshine and juicy vegetables. It's the perfect time of year to incorporate garden-fresh favorites into your mealtime repertoire.
Whether it's peppers, onions, mushrooms or tomatoes that suit your fancy, try combining them with your favorite protein, like chicken, beef or tofu, in a sizzling, simple saute. Pork is a good choice, too. You can cut and cook them up fresh, or repurpose leftover chops in many delicious sautes.
Sautes are quick, easy and often yield leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. If you're looking to spice up your saute skills, follow these simple tips:
* Keep it uniform: The high heat of a saute pan causes meats and vegetables to cook quickly. In order for items to cook evenly, it is important to cut and slice items in a uniform size.
* Keep it juicy: Use tongs or a spatula instead of a fork when placing pieces in the pan or when turning. Piercing meat with a fork allows juices to escape.
* Keep it uncovered: Cook in an uncovered skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally.
-- Family Features