Mon | Dinner a la Cubano
Grab a loaf of Cuban bread and make Cuban sandwiches tonight. You'll need sliced roasted pork, boiled ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and thinly sliced dill pickles. If you don't have a panini press, use a large skillet and place a (clean!) pot on top of the sandwiches to get that patented Ybor City press. Plantain chips and black beans and yellow rice on the side.
Tues | Fast sketti
Even if you don't have an Italian Mama's red sauce recipe, you can whip up Spaghetti and Meatballs. Pick out a favorite sauce (we like ours chunky and garlicky) and buy some frozen meatballs. Heat sauce and dump in thawed meatballs. Serve over pasta with lots of freshly grated Parmesan. (It may be convenient but avoid the green cardboard shaker; grate your own.) Big slices of hot Italian bread and green salad.
Wed | Rotisserie Chicken
King Ranch Chicken Salad (recipe below) isn't exactly what we think of when we think of salad. This is a hot dish, made bubbly good with cheeses, chilies and olives. King Ranch is a good take-along dish and is excellent for when the kids have friends over for dinner.
Thur | Kit and caboodle
Write "Asian food kit" on your shopping list and the next time you're at the store, peruse the Thai Kitchen brand of curries or pad Thai mixes. The instructions are right on the packaging. Get what's directed (probably chicken or shellfish, some veggies and maybe coconut milk) and prepare it tonight. Make sure you've got rice or noodles in the pantry.
Fri | Make it cheap
Stuffed baked potatoes are easy on the wallet and very filling. Some suggestions: black beans and salsa; chili and shredded cheese; broccoli and cheese; or chicken, canned green chilies and sour cream.
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