Chef Curtis Stone's Takeout Intervention
Oprah Show producers dispatch Curtis Stone, the Australian host of TLC's Take Home Chef and a sandwich showdown competitor, to Melissa and Matt's home to stage a takeout intervention.
For years, Melissa says she spent hours making meals no one liked. Matt says they order out six—sometimes seven—nights a week.
With Curtis's help, that's all about to change!
Corn tortillas are the first ingredient to go in the cart. They cost less than a dollar and will be used to make a healthier version of Matt's nachos. "We're going to bake them," Curtis says.
Next, they head to the cheese aisle. "You're much better to buy it in a whole block rather than already grated," Curtis says.
Instead of salmon, the shoppers buy a tilapia fillet, which is on sale for $1.95. Next stop? The meat section. "What you want to do when you get to the meat section is just scour the cabinet," Curtis says. Steaks that are nearing their sell-by date are usually marked down. They find a package that was $11.75 for the three steaks, but now it's only $4.82!
At checkout, Curtis's advice really pays off. Matt and Melissa get all the ingredients they need for $17.31.
Curtis suggests they start with the components that take the longest and work backward. He begins by tearing the corn tortillas into pieces and popping them into the oven. "We're going to bake it until it's nice and crispy," he says. "It takes five minutes or so."
Then, Curtis whips up fresh pesto with a food processor Matt says he didn't even know they had. A few minutes later, the tilapia and steak are cooked and ready to be served. In total, the meal takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.
"I can't remember the last time we had a home-cooked meal," Melissa says. "I would love to be able to give that to my kids."
Melissa takes her position at the stove, ready to learn a few chef secrets. The first meal they make is Rigatoni with Spicy Italian Salami. "You're talking about a gourmet plate of food at a portion of the price," Curtis says.
After the pasta, Curtis teaches his student how to make:
- Tomato Salad with Sesame Crusted Chicken and Mozzarella
- Chicken Fried Rice
- Grilled Flank Steak with Chipotle Chili Paprika Rub
- Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
"I've learned that there are a million things I'm capable of making, and everything's been so easy," Melissa says. "To know that my family's going to be able to sit down and eat together means the world."
Before her cooking lessons, Matt says his wife's food wasn't very good. But now things have changed. "The stuff that we made from Curtis was very good," he says. "I told him he gave [us] a set of recipes for seven days. We'll call him on Day 8."
"I always think of food as the vehicle that brings you together," he says. "It's not so much about what the actual food is. It's about the effort that's gone into it."
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