Mon | Rice bowl
Shrimp Fried Rice (recipe below) goes together quickly on a manic Monday. Make the rice the night before and you'll have dinner on the table in no time. Use brown rice to make the dish more healthful, and cut the sodium by using light soy sauce.
Tues | Nibble night
Prepare a big antipasto platter with sliced salami and ham, rolled smoked provolone slices, cubes of fresh mozzarella, olives, roasted red peppers, pickled carrots and green beans and marinated artichoke hearts. Serve with hunks of crusty bread.
Wed | Rotisserie Chicken
Serve Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches tonight. Combine shredded chicken from a rotisserie bird with shredded carrot and julienned red pepper and cucumber. Toss with a ginger vinaigrette. (I like Annie's Naturals' Lite Gingerly Vinaigrette; Newman's Own also has a light version.) Stuff the dressed chicken mixture into soft hoagie rolls or 6-inch baguette lengths. Top with chopped Romaine lettuce and fresh cilantro. These sandwiches are traditional Vietnamese street food and are a meal in themselves, but I think I'd serve them with some spicy potato chips, such as Archer Farms' (Target) zippy kettle chips.
Thurs | Fast fish
Forget meals in 30 minutes. How does 15 sound? Saute salmon fillets seasoned with salt and pepper in olive oil, about 4 minutes a side. Remove from skillet and add grape tomatoes, a bit of butter, fresh lemon juice and capers. When tomatoes go soft, dump it all over the salmon and serve. Five-minute couscous on the side.
Fri | Penne for your thoughts
A creamy mustard sauce complements Spicy Sausage With Penne in this recipe from Food & Wine. While a pound of penne is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Squeeze hot Italian sausage from its casing and brown. Add 3/4 cup dry wine and simmer until reduced by half. Add 3/4 cup heavy cream and 3 tablespoons grainy mustard. Stir in the drained, cooked pasta and 1 cup of thinly sliced basil. Mangia!
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