Mon | Kid-friendly
Parmesan Chicken Fingers (recipe below) are good enough to make the kids forget fast food chicken strips. Well, maybe. Make enough to pack in lunches the next day. For dinner, serve with mashed potatoes and corn.
Tues | We're eating cheap
It's not high-brow, but Easy Quiche from The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half comes together quickly from pantry items. Author Stephanie Nelson says it costs about 50 cents a serving, depending on your add-ins. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray an 8- by 8-inch pan with nonstick coating. Spread 8 ounces of shredded cheese on the bottom. Then layer on 1/2 cup total of chopped ham, diced green peppers, onions or chopped broccoli. Mix three beaten eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk and 3/4 cup Bisquick and pour it over the top. Bake for about 30 minutes; cool slightly and serve with green salad.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Tabouli with Chicken starts with a store-bought mix for the Mediterranean bulgur and parsley salad. Make sure you have tomatoes and cucumbers to freshen it up. Add shredded rotisserie chicken. Serve with warmed pita or flatbread.
Thurs | Ward off vampires
Mince plenty of garlic for Garlic Shrimp and have the mouth wash ready. Melt 1/3 cup butter in a large skillet and when it starts to foam, dump in about 2 pounds peeled shrimp and 4 to 6 minced garlic cloves and saute for about 4 minutes. Toss in some chopped parsley and the juice of one lemon. Serve with rice studded with chopped scallions.
Fri | TGIF kebabs
Fire up the grill tonight for Pork and Pineapple Kebabs. Marinate pork chunks cut from a tenderloin in an Asian sesame vinaigrette (Annie's Naturals has a delicious sesame and shiitake version) and then thread on skewers with pineapple cubes. Rice two nights in a row? Why not. Or maybe a side of sauteed spinach splashed with rice wine vinegar at the end.
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