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What do Ree Drummond, Jennifer Garner and Giada De Laurentiis all have in common? They love Meal Prep Magic: Time-saving tricks for stress-free cooking, a new cookbook from Weelicious founder Catherine McCord. Garner calls McCord her “go-to guru,” and Drummond says “the recipes will appeal to families everywhere.” As for De Laurentiis? She loves Meal prep magic so much so that she had McCord share a guest recipe on her site Giadzy. Not only is McCord’s shrimp and artichoke diavolo delicious, but it also uses some of De Laurentiis’ favorite Italian ingredients.
McCord’s recipe is easy, quick and delicious. It comes together in less than half an hour, but it’s so elegant that it still feels like something you could get at “an upscale Italian restaurant,” even though it’s made from ingredients you might already have on hand. “When combined, they make one of those ‘You made this?!’, envy-worthy meals that your friends will swoon over,” McCord told Giadzy.
Fra diavolo is a spicy, tomato-based pasta sauce that is infused with garlic. This recipe calls for crushed red peppers, canned tomatoes, pasta, and olive oil, and Giada De Laurentiis pointed out that pretty much all of the main ingredients are included in her Calabrian Chili Pasta Box. Those who want easy, one-stop shopping for this recipe can get the basics in the box.
Instead of just using crushed red pepper, you can add some of De Laurentiis’ favorite Calabrian chili paste, and the can of chopped tomatoes called for in McCord’s recipe can easily be replaced with the Pomodorino Di Corbara whole tomatoes included in the box.
This McCord-De Laurentiis fusion is just one example of the delicious and easy recipes in it Meal prep magic. Other dishes the book has us drooling over include crispy air-fryer artichokes, lemony herbed chicken thighs and raspberry cream chia puddings. But we do know the first recipe we want to try — McCord’s Shrimp and Artichokes from Diavolo!
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