Mon | Piccata anything
Chicken, pork or veal cutlets — or even shrimp — are good candidates for the piccata treatment. Such a quick meal, too, for a weeknight. Dredge the protein (make sure chicken, pork or veal is pounded thin) in seasoned flour then saute in equal parts olive oil and butter. Add some white wine and a squeeze of lemon. Toss in salty capers to finish. Good and plenty with a veggie and buttered noodles.
Tues | Southern delights
Ham and biscuits served with coleslaw and fresh fruit sounds like something from an elementary school menu, but it's a fast meal that satisfies. Spread the biscuits with a little jelly; I like strawberry. It's a sweet-and-salty thing.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Shred the meat, both dark and white, and use it in Penne Chicken Alfredo. Cook penne pasta according to the package directions. While the penne is cooking, heat store-bought Alfredo sauce. Toss in some frozen peas. Add drained pasta, stir to coat. Ladle into a shallow serving bowl (or individual bowls) and scatter chicken on top. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Green salad, bread. Bada-bing.
Thurs | Spring has sprung
Okay, so maybe Chicken Artichoke Bake doesn't call for fresh 'chokes. It still feels like a spring dish. Place chicken thighs in a baking dish, add minced garlic and chopped onion, salt and pepper. Add a jar of chopped marinated artichokes and pour their juice over all. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Rice on the side. (Shout-out to Times book editor Colette Bancroft for this idea.)
Fri | Good for dipping
My colleagues are working for you this week. Art critic Lennie Bennett shares her Sizzling Garlic Shrimp recipe (below), perfect for a busy night. Don't skimp on the olive oil, which is delicious for dipping. I'd add a few shakes of red pepper flakes, too.
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