Mon | Meatless
Garden-Fresh Ratatouille can be served over penne pasta for a one-dish meal. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add diced eggplant, bell pepper, tomatoes and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper, plus dried Italian seasoning blend (basil, oregano and thyme). Cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is soft. Finish with fresh chopped parsley. A few shaves of Parmesan to garnish.
Tues | Show us your mussels
Mussels in Garlic and Wine is a delicious and fast meal. Heat olive oil in a heavy pan with a lid. Add chopped garlic and onion, saute for about five minutes. Dump in a can of chopped tomatoes and a bit of white wine (or broth). Add a pound or two of cleaned mussels and put the lid on. They'll open when ready. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.
Wed | Rotisserie Chicken
Spicy Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup (recipe below) is a treat I usually save for eating out. But it's easily made at home with a rotisserie chicken. You'll have to buy some ingredients that you may not normally use, such as fresh ginger and lemongrass, both readily available these days. Use unsweetened coconut milk, not Coco Lopez, the creamy mix that goes into pina coladas.
Thurs | Dinner on a stick
Crank up the grill for Spicy Chorizo and Shrimp Kebabs. Thread chunks of cured chorizo alternately with peeled shrimp that's been brushed with olive oil mixed with garlic and grape tomatoes. Grill for about 3 minutes per side, until shrimp is pink. Serve with seasoned rice and steamed broccoli.
Fri | Fish on bread
Get the boiling water ready for the corn to serve alongside Easy Friday Fish Sandwiches. Coat thin fish fillets in an egg wash and seasoned flour and saute in olive oil. Load up toasted buns with coleslaw and add the fish. This meal calls for ice-cold melon slices, too.
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