Mon | Platter-full
Put out a Mediterranean Mezze platter and nibble away like you're at a party. Line a big platter with chopped romaine lettuce. Arrange hummus, tabbouleh, stuffed grape leaves and green and black brine-cured olives over the greens. Scatter with triangles of toasted pita bread.
Tues | Here's the beef
Quick Seared Beef and Scallions (recipe below) is a no-fuss weeknight dinner. From Sara Moulton's new Everyday Family Dinners, the dish gets its inspiration from Japanese beef negimaki, which is a rather fussy dish and requires the meat to be frozen then pounded before being cooked. No time for that on a busy Tuesday!
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Wraps begin with the shredded meat of a rotisserie chicken. To that, add halved red grapes, diced celery, mayonnaise and about a tablespoon of poppy seeds. Don't forget the salt and pepper. Line flour wraps, such as wheat or spinach, with red leaf lettuce and then pile on the chicken salad. More fruit on the side or even green beans, cooked and cooled, then dressed with a simple vinaigrette and sprinkled with sliced almonds.
Thurs | Skoal!
Crack some eggs for Smoked Salmon Frittata. In a well-oiled (or spritzed) skillet, pour about 8 beaten eggs. Let set up a bit in the pan for a few minutes, then layer with chopped smoked salmon and sliced scallions. Transfer to the broiler until eggs are completely set. Dollop with sour cream and sprinkle with capers. Serve sliced wedges with toasted bagels.
Fri | French meets Italian
Crusty French Bread Meatball Pizza is a snap to put together for the end of the week. Split the bread and toast. Slather with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and halved, small, frozen meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted, 10 minutes or so. Load up a green salad with veggies and your favorite dressing.
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