Mon | Going meatless
Parmesan Pasta With Greens and White Beans just might be a dish you can throw together from pantry items. Cook 12 ounces whole wheat penne and, when almost done, add a bag of baby spinach leaves to wilt in the water. In a skillet, saute minced garlic and red pepper flakes, then add a drained can of cannellini beans. Heat through, then add the drained pasta-greens mixture. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
Tues | Buffalo gal
I am a sucker for anything Buffaloed. Yes, that's a made-up word and, no, it's not about the animal. I am talking Buffalo wing sauce, and I'll eat it on just about anything. In Buffalo Drumsticks With Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce (recipe below), standard-size drumsticks get the hot sauce treatment. Make your own blue cheese dipping sauce or buy a bottle of dressing. Serve cucumbers and sliced onions with a red wine vinaigrette on the side.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Make a Chicken Taco Salad by topping shredded iceberg lettuce with kidney beans, black beans, black olives, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips and shredded rotisserie chicken. For the dressing, mix sour cream with salad or use prepared guacamole. Or both.
Thurs | Shellfish fast
Mussels With Garlic-Tomato Sauce is a delicious and fast meal. Heat olive oil in a heavy pan with a lid. Add chopped garlic and onion, and saute for about five minutes. Dump in a can of diced tomatoes and 1/2 cup of white wine. Add 2 pounds of cleaned mussels and put the lid on. They'll open when ready; those that don't should be tossed. Ladle into a big bowl and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with French bread, to sop up sauce, and a green salad.
Fri | Burgers, baby
It's Friday and I am feeling like grilled cheeseburgers. Use whatever meat (or nonmeat) you'd like but pile the patties high with the traditional garnishes. I'll go with a slab of cheddar cheese, slice of red onion, ice-cold crisp iceberg, red-red tomato slice. I am a mustard gal . . . save the ketchup for the fries. (And no pickles either.) Potato salad on the side and some chips. Sounds like a pick-a-nick!
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