Mon | Wake up the week
Fra Diavolo Shellfish Pasta is a spicy way to start the week. In a skillet, saute garlic and onion in extra-virgin olive oil. Add a can of crushed tomatoes, plus salt, pepper and some red pepper flakes and let simmer for about 20 minutes. When sauce is thick, add bay scallops and shrimp. They'll cook in just minutes. Serve over angel hair pasta and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. French bread and chardonnay on the side.
Tues | Home-style gourmet
Use Boboli crusts or another ready-made pizza dough for Caramelized Onion and Crispy Bacon pizzas. Let sliced onions cook low and slow for about 30 minutes until they are brown, sweet and soft. Spread crusts with shredded smoked mozzarella, then scatter on onions and crispy bacon pieces. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Serve with a green salad.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Carve up your rotisserie chicken and serve it with Creamy Squash Casserole (recipe below). It's junky-delicious and you can thank the mayonnaise and Ritz crackers for that. If you're detecting a Southern twang, you're right. The recipe is from country singer Trisha Yearwood's new cookbook.
Thurs | Soup's on
Make a quick-step Spanish Gallego Soup by adding cubed peeled potato pieces to a pot of simmering chicken broth, then tossing in a bay leaf or two, sliced cooked sausage and a can (or two) of rinsed and drained Northern beans. When the potatoes are done, add a bag of baby spinach. Toasted, buttered Cuban bread on the side.
Fri | Swim upstream
Grilled salmon with a sweet-tart glaze is a lovely way to end the workweek. Before putting the fish on the grill, brush it with brown sugar, Dijon mustard and lemon juice. Look for some quick-cooking wild rice to serve alongside, along with a bright veggie like asparagus. Rub the spears with olive oil and toss those on the grill.
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