Mon | Meat-free Monday
Veggie Tortellini Skillet makes good use of whatever produce you have, such as asparagus, green beans, squash, spinach or tomatoes. Prepare a bag of frozen cheese tortellini according to the package directions. While the stuffed pasta is cooking, saute vegetables. Start with garlic and onions, then add sliced zucchini and grape tomatoes (or make your own combo). Stir in drained tortellini with a bit of the pasta water, season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and dinner is done. A veggie-ful green salad is a good side dish.
Tues | Curry in a hurry
Vindaloo is a blazing Indian curry dish, but Quick Chicken Vindaloo (recipe below) tones it down a bit. The recipe doesn't call for any hard-to-find spices, so if you wanted to try your hand at Indian cooking at home, this is a good start. Serve with jasmine rice and naan bread, now available at many grocery stores.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Carve the bird into big pieces for a Chicken Salad Nicoise Platter. For your French-inspired dinner, place a layer of baby greens on a big platter. Then add the chicken pieces, cooked, halved small red potatoes, cooked green beans, tomato wedges, sliced red onion, hard-boiled egg quarters and Nicoise or kalamata olives. Dress with a basil vinaigrette. They'll be begging for baguettes.
Thurs | Salad fusion
Serve up some Slider Caesars tonight by first making some mini-burgers. Pat them as flat as you can and they'll cook quickly in a skillet. Lay the hot burgers over cold, dressed Romaine that's layered with lots of crunchy croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese. Rolls and a glass of pinot grigio, too.
Fri | Meat and potatoes
Sometimes nothing else will do. Grill the steaks. Bake the potatoes. Slice some big, juicy tomatoes and give them a shake of salt and pepper. The Super Bowl is coming. Eat hearty, my friends.
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