Mon | Quick
Dinner in 15 minutes is doable with sauteed scallops over fresh greens. Pat scallops dry, dip them in a beaten egg and lightly coat with flavored bread crumbs. Saute in olive oil for 3 minutes a side. Toss a mixture of crispy Romaine with baby spinach and strips of yellow and red bell pepper. Dress greens with a mustard-based vinaigrette. Breadsticks on the side.
Tues | That's Italian
Cute bow-tie pasta, called farfalle, is entertaining and tasty. A
recipe from the Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis (see below) serves the sartorial pasta with turkey sausage, peas and mushrooms. A one-dish meal paired with chardonnay or sauvignon blanc.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
A lemon-pepper bird is well-accompanied by canned cannellini beans sauteed in 1 tablespoon olive oil with a handful of pitted kalamata olives, 1 minced garlic clove and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves. Florida tomatoes are in season. Buy the ripest ones you can find and slice up a big pile to go with your chicken and bean saute.
Thurs | Outdoor cooking
Celebrate the coming end of the school year with grilled flank steak, potato wedges and an ice-cold iceberg wedge draped in blue cheese dressing. Season the beef with coarse salt and generous grinds of pepper. We like Alexia brand frozen potato wedges because they come in a variety of flavors, have no trans fats and are baked.
Fri | TGIF
Lunch for dinner is never a bad idea. Make meatball Parmesan subs the easy way with frozen meatballs (turkey or beef) and prepared spaghetti sauce. Layer heated meatballs on hoagie rolls, douse with spaghetti sauce and cover with two slices of provolone. Pop in a 350-degree oven until cheese melts, about five minutes. Serve with a green salad.
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