Mon | Ward off hunger
If you're worried about vampires today, make a pot of Garlic Soup and float chunky croutons in the serving bowls. To make the soup, saute 1/2 cup of crushed garlic (yes, 1/2 cup) in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot over medium heat. When the garlic has gone brown (don't let it burn), pour in 6 cups water and 1 tablespoon chicken (or veggie) bouillon granules and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in 1 chopped tomato, then whisk in 3 beaten eggs. Season with salt and pepper before serving. A green salad on the side.
Tues | Fast and flashy
Pork chops pounded very thin quicken the cooking for Pork Marsala (recipe below). Serve with buttered egg noodles and you'll have a flashy dinner that's ready in under 30 minutes. In-season asparagus is a good accompaniment.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Fresh cilantro and avocado add bright flavors to Rotisserie Chicken Tacos. Shred the meat from one bird. Heat 2 cups of red or green salsa in a pan on the stove and add the shredded chicken to that. Fill taco shells, hard or soft, with the spicy meat and give it a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Garnish with shredded Jack cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro and slices of avocado. Serve with slices of peeled jicama, also bathed in lime juice and jacked up with a few shakes of cayenne.
Thurs | Splurge sandwiches
Dress up dinner with Steak Sandwiches With Sauteed Onions and Blue Cheese Spread. Top your standard steak sandwich with onions that have been sauteed in olive oil and splashed with balsamic vinegar. On a hoagie roll, spread cream cheese mixed with soft Gorgonzola. Season with salt and pepper as you like. Steak fries, from the freezer section, on the side.
Fri | Hot and cold
Lemon Pepper Shrimp Caesar Salad is a good weekend kickoff meal. Marinade the peeled shrimp in olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and lots of pepper for about 30 minutes. Skewer the shrimp and grill about 3 minutes on both sides. Place the hot shrimp over a pile of Caesar salad. Soft rolls on the side.
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