Mon | Burger bash
Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers is a dandy way to cap a busy Monday. Tuck a good-size cheese slice (no singles!) in the middle of the patty before cooking. Dress them old school: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and mustard and ketchup. Seeded buns, please. Corn on the cob and fruit salad.
Tue | Show your chops
Fire up the grill for Barbecued Pork Chops. Buy whatever kind your wallet allows, but watch how long they cook. The lean mean dries out fast. In the last few minutes of cooking, brush them on each side with barbecue sauce. Serve with grilled veggies and a pasta salad.
Wed | Rotisserie Chicken
Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup (recipe below) will transform your entire house into a palace of delicious aromas. Use both white and dark meat from the chicken. Serve with rolls.
Thur | Takeout Thai
You'd be surprised how far a couple of orders of pad Thai from your favorite restaurant will go. Pile them on a big platter and four or five people will be satisfied. Bake some frozen egg rolls to serve alongside.
Fri | Pizza Night
Tonight, a tube of refrigerated pizza dough is your friend and Chicken and Artichoke Pizza will become your BFF. Press the dough into a pizza pan. Spread it with 1/4 cup of creamy Caesar dressing that's been mixed with a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan. Top with cooked chicken cubes, marinated artichoke hearts (drained and coarsely chopped), chopped Roma tomatoes and about 1 1/2 cups of shredded Fontina or Jack cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven.
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