Mon | Meatless meal
Rosemary Ratatouille Frittata (recipe below) celebrates earthy fall flavors with eggplant and rosemary. A buttery, slighty sweet, brioche roll would be lovely alongside a wedge of this eggy, one-pot dish.
Tues | Soup's on!
The calendar says it's fall, but the thermometer not so much. Pretend there's a chill in the air and make Sausage, Spinach and Lentil Soup. To make the soup, bring 6 cups of your choice of broth to a boil. Add 10 ounces lentils, 1 cup diced carrots and 2 minced garlic cloves. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until lentils are soft. Add 1 pound sliced cooked kielbasa and fresh or frozen chopped spinach.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Here's a classic Stir Crazy meal from a couple of years ago. Prepare Middle Eastern Chicken Flatbread by spreading store-bought baba ghanouj on toasted pita or flatbread. Layer on shredded rotisserie chicken, sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes and Romaine lettuce. Sprinkle red wine vinaigrette over all. Serve with a side of couscous studded with raisins.
Thurs | Island burgers
Say "aloha" to Sweet and Savory Hawaiian Burgers tonight with a side of sweet potato fries. Mix 1 ½ pounds of ground pork with sliced green onions, ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and ¼ teaspoon of allspice plus salt and pepper. Make 5 patties, brush with barbecue sauce and grill over high heat, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway. Place pineapple rings on grill and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Slather toasted buns with barbecue sauce and layer on patties and pineapple rings.
Fri | Who you calling shrimp?
Italian Shrimp Bake is an easy and satisfying end-of-the-week meal. Put several large, peeled shrimp in gratin dishes with several spoonfuls of basil-infused spaghetti sauce. Top with cubes of fresh mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh chopped basil. Serve with green salad and crusty bread for dipping.
Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586.