Mon | Pasta plenty
Make a quick Shrimp Scampi Pasta by sauteing minced garlic and a bit of shallot in equal parts butter and olive oil. Add some white wine and toss in peeled shrimp and small broccoli florets that have been steamed. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook through and serve over angel-hair pasta with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley. (Save some of the pasta water in case you need to loosen the sauce.) French bread and a spinach salad complete the meal.
Tues | TV night
The Winter Olympics or American Idol tonight? Maybe a little of both? Even though you're not in training, go healthy with a Big Green Salad loaded with veggies. For protein, toss on sliced hard-boiled eggs and canned tuna. Any dressing will do, though don't drown out the goodness. Breadsticks on the side.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Carve the bird and serve with BLT Salad. Mix ice-cold Romaine with halved cherry or grape tomatoes. Just before serving, dress lightly with ranch and top with crumbled, cooked bacon and chunky croutons.
Thurs | Save!
Cheesy-Egg Bagel Sandwiches are inexpensive and filling. Toast the bagel and add a fried egg (I break the yolk) with cheese melted on top. If you've got sliced ham, warm that, too. Tomato slice? Sure. Forage in the freezer and see if you've got any frozen hash browns or tater tots. On the side; a sliced apple or any other fruit you have.
Fri | Splurge!
Pan-Grilled Beef Fillet With Marsala Peppercorn Sauce (recipe below) is a deliciously extravagant way to end the week. Serve with twice-baked potatoes and a Caesar salad. TGIF, indeed.
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