Mon | Take comfort
End the day the way you started it . . . with breakfast. Cheesy Grits With a Fried Egg is the perfect bowl food to take with you to the couch. Some meals beg to be eaten this way, especially after a busy Monday. Make the grits according to package instructions (or substitute quick-cooking oatmeal and sprinkle grated cheese over the finished dish). Fry an egg or two and place over the grits, then sprinkle with sliced scallions. Slices of fresh fruit on the side; we like any sort of melon. Bacon? Why not.
Tues | Sub
It's Meatball Sub night! Get some hoagie rolls, frozen meatballs, jarred tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Toast the rolls and heat the meatballs. Line the rolls with meatballs, lap with sauce and layer with sliced or shredded cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly and a bit brown. Serve with a green salad that's loaded with crispy, cold veggies, including green pepper strips and sliced radishes.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a quick fix for hump day. Bring 2 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 cup of quick-cooking wild rice and chopped carrot and celery. While rice and veggies cook, shred chicken. Add chicken to broth along with a few shakes of dried tarragon or Italian seasoning. Bake biscuits and toss a green salad.
Thurs | They're smashed
Sometimes, it's the side dishes that flummox us. How about grilling Asian-marinated boneless, skinless chicken thighs and serving them with Everyday Food's Mashed Carrots With Honey and Chili Powder? To make the carrots, steam or simmer 1 1/2 pounds of peeled and trimmed carrots until tender, about 25 minutes. Mash 'em good and mix them with 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder. Season with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Need something else on the plate? How about sliced cucumber and red onion dressed with an Asian-inspired dressing.
Fri | Seafood splurge
Scrumptious Scallops and Mussels (recipe below) comes from Linda Gassenheimer's new book Flavors of the Florida Keys (Atlantic Monthly Press). This just might become your new Sunshine State favorite dish.
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