Mon | Going meatless
Spaghetti With Broccoli Rabe and White Beans (recipe below) makes use of the Italian bitter green, softening its bite with balsamic vinegar. Kale or broccolini would be an apt substitute in this meatless dish.
Tues | Oom-pah-pah
It's October and that means Oktoberfest! Buy some sturdy seasonal German beer — look for Paulaner, Spaten or Weihenstephan — and cook up some sausages and sauerkraut. More beer in the stewing liquid plus a few shakes of caraway seeds. Don't forget the whole grain mustard. Potato salad — with Marie's German Potato Salad Dressing if you can find it and crumbled bacon — on the side.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Carve up a couple of barbecue-flavored rotisserie birds and serve with fresh corn on the cob. Rather than butter, try brushing corn with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle each ear with 1 to 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan. A salad of creamy avocado and tomato dressed with balsamic vinaigrette rounds out the meal.
Thurs | Easy fix
Make Shrimp Po' boys on split and toasted lengths of Cuban bread using frozen fried shrimp that's been baked according to package directions. Dress your sandwiches to your own likes, but crunchy, cold lettuce and ripe tomato slices are typical. Mayonnaise or tartar sauce on the bread. Prepared cole slaw might even sub for all of the above. Some crispy on the side ... like chips.
Fri | DIY pies
Make Your Own Pizza Night starts with prebaked packaged pizza crust and prepared pizza sauce. Consider these toppings: fresh mozzarella and basil leaves; green peppers, cooked sausage crumbles and shredded mozzarella; ham and pineapple, and my very favorite, pepperoni and black olives. Make a green salad on the side.
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