Mon | Jersey, with a twist
When I think ziti, I think New Jersey, and this easy version of Ziti With Ricotta (recipe below) might even make Tony Soprano forget the baked variety. Tell the kids it's fancy mac and cheese. A green salad is a good accompaniment.
Tue | Salad days
Refresh body and spirit with individual ice-cold Shrimp Louis salads for dinner. Break up ice-cold lettuce, add tomato wedges, cucumber slices, maybe some scallions and top it all with lots of peeled, cold shrimp. Scatter around some hard-boiled eggs. Dress with Thousand Island and serve with breadsticks.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Carve the golden bird and serve with broiled tomatoes and steamed green beans. Make the tomatoes the star of the show by spreading first with Dijon mustard and sprinkling with grated Swiss cheese. Mix dried breadcrumbs with capers, any chopped herbs you have on hand and a bit of melted butter. Sprinkle mixture on top of tomatoes and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.
Thur | A little comfort
No time to cook meatloaf? Instead of baking for an hour in a loaf pan, make mini loaves in muffin tins. A serving is two or three, depending on the size. They'll cook in about 30 minutes, you can boil some red potatoes and mash them, skins and all, with milk and butter. Steam broccoli.
Fri | Kebab crazy
Make your own skewers or buy them already threaded for a meal that cooks up quick on the grill. Wrap corn in foil with butter and toss those on, too. Serve with rice, rice pilaf or flavored couscous.
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