Mon | Sugar & spice
Bourbon-Glazed Salmon on the grill is a fine way to greet the workweek. Marinate salmon in a mixture of 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons bourbon, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice plus salt and pepper to taste. Grill over direct heat about 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness of fish. Garnish with chopped scallions. Serve with rice and roasted asparagus.
Tues | Heat & eat
Make life easy on yourself tonight and let some convenience products guide your dinner plans. Use a ready-made pizza shell or a Boboli for Pesto Pizza. Slather the shell with pesto sauce, then layer on shredded smoked mozzarella and toasted pine nuts. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with finely grated Parmesan and a few red pepper flakes when it comes out of the oven. Make a green salad. You're good to go.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Use a rotisserie chicken for Open-Face Chicken Reuben Sandwiches. Toast rye bread, slather with Thousand Island dressing and pile with shredded chicken and sauerkraut. Top with Swiss cheese and put under the broiler until it's brown and bubbly. Serve with potato salad. (Change up the sandwich by subbing mustard for dressing and coleslaw for sauerkraut. An Open-Face Chicken Bubba Sandwich?)
Thurs | Spice & rice
Sara Moulton, formerly of the Food Network and Gourmet magazine, has a new cookbook out that celebrates Everyday Family Dinners (Simon & Schuster). One chapter includes five-ingredient dishes, including Buffalo Rice (recipe below). This one-bowl dish has the flavors of Buffalo chicken, right down to the chopped celery leaves scattered on top.
Fri | Toss & turn
Make New Potato and Blue Cheese Steak Toss by first cutting new potatoes in wedges and simmering until done. Grill sirloin steak to desired doneness and cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss potatoes and meat with ice-cold Romaine lettuce pieces. Dress with balsamic vinaigrette and scatter blue cheese crumbles over all. Serve with garlic bread.
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