Mon | Get fish
Baked Herbed Fish goes well with quick-cooking wild rice and roasted Brussels sprouts. To make the fish, put 2 pounds of firm, white fillets in a baking dish. Sprinkle with dried seasoning (such as Italian herbs), garlic powder, salt and pepper. Top with chopped onion and about 1/2 cup of white wine. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Tues | Oh beans
Black Bean Soup With Rice is a tasty meatless meal that can start with your favorite canned black beans. Make a quick black bean soup by cooking 1 can of beans with 3/4 cup vegetable broth, 1 to 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 chopped onion and 1 teaspoon (or to taste) ground cumin. Simmer until onion has softened, about 15 minutes. Puree and serve with cooked rice and chopped onions. Hot, buttered Cuban bread on the side.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
The Philly cheesesteak gets flipped on its head by a rotisserie chicken for Chicken Cheesesteaks With Peppers (recipe below). Okay, okay, there's no Cheez Whiz either.
Thurs | Stuff 'em
Chili Potatoes With Cheese can be made with canned chili or your own recipe. Split hot baked potatoes and ladle on the chili, then top with grated cheese and diced onions. Want to reduce the fat? Use meatless or turkey chili and go easy on the cheese.
Fri | Open face it
Make Crabby-Cheesy Melts by first mixing up a crab salad of canned crabmeat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, diced celery and a few shakes of Old Bay seasoning. Pile on split English muffins and top with Swiss cheese. Melt under the broiler. Serve with a mixed green salad dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.
Janet K. Keeler is on assignment. This Stir Crazy column originally ran Sept. 23, 2009.