Mon | Meatless Monday
Who says pesto has to be made from basil and pine nuts? Penne With Pistachio Pesto and White Beans (recipe below) calls for peppery arugula and pistachios to make the herb sauce for pasta. The white beans add flavor and up the fiber. A great one-dish meal.
Tues | Dinner in a hurry
Shopping! That's on the agenda tonight, so slap together a quick meal and get your walking shoes on. Make Turkey Sausage and Gnocchi Soup by first browning 6 ounces bulk turkey sausage. Add 2 cups water, 16 ounces frozen gnocchi, a 14-ounce can of chicken broth and a 14-ounce can of Italian-style stewed tomatoes, chopped and with juice. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. Salad on the side and soft rolls.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Use your bird to make Barbecue Chicken Salad. Pile up some soft lettuce leaves and mix with chopped fresh cilantro, corn kernels, black beans and chopped tomatoes. Make a dressing of equal parts barbecue sauce and Ranch dressing. Dress the salad, sprinkle with canned fried onions and then layer on shredded chicken. Cook up some frozen Texas toast.
Thurs | Light the candles
My go-to Tangy Stuffed Chicken Breasts are fabulous weeknight fare. Fancy even. Cut pockets in boneless, skinless chicken breasts and stuff with a spoonful of chutney and a thick slice of sharp cheddar. Secure with a toothpick if needed. Brown on both sides in oil in an ovenproof skillet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. I like couscous studded with small, steamed broccoli florets on the side.
Fri | Go ahead, gloat
It may be freezing up North, but the weather is just fine here, thank you. Fire up the grill for Roasted Veggies and Shrimp Skewers. Brush halved onions and green peppers with olive oil with chopped garlic and toss them on the grates first. Use the same garlicky oil for the shrimp skewers. Three to four minutes on each side and they're done. Serve with rice garnished with chopped scallions.
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