Mon | Homestyle dinner
Pair Parmesan Chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli for a hearty Monday night dinner. To make the chicken, dredge boneless, skinless breasts in beaten egg, then in a mixture of grated Parmesan cheese and sesame seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking time.
Tues | Meatless tonight
Pasta With Eggplant-Tomato Sauce will fool most meat lovers. Simmer cubed eggplant with a couple of cans of diced tomatoes and minced garlic for about 45 minutes. We use the tomatoes that are already flavored with oregano and garlic (or whatever seasonings you like). Don't worry if the mixture looks too dry; the meaty eggplant releases lots of juice. Spoon over cooked pasta and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Salad and bread on the side.
Wed | Rotisserie Chicken
Low-fat Cantaloupe Chicken Salad (recipe below) reminds us of an old-school ladies-who-lunch dish. Pile the salad into half a melon, and serve with breadsticks. Ladies have dinner too, don't they?
Thurs | Seafood grill
Oil up the grill grate for sea scallops and shrimp. Brush them with olive oil infused with minced garlic and parsley. Serve over couscous that's been cooked with thinly sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle your one-bowl meal with sliced scallions, both white and green portions.
Fri | Burgerfest
Put your stamp on Cheese-Stuffed Burgers by forming the patties around a tablespoon or so of feta, goat, mozzarella or pepper Jack cheese. Adorn accordingly, though we think they all go with thin slices of Granny Smith apples and thick slabs of bacon. Serve with fresh fruit and pasta salad loaded with veggies.
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