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Weekday dinner inspirations: Turkey Piccata, Three-Cheese Calzones

Mon | Quick Italian

Two cans of refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough is enough for four Three-Cheese Calzones. In a bowl, mix 1 cup each part-skim ricotta and grated smoked mozzarella, a few tablespoons grated Parmesan, 1 egg, a bit of fresh, chopped parsley and a few shakes of garlic powder. Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll to 7 inches, now divide filling between them. Fold and press edges tightly. Cut slits in top of calzones and bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for at least five minutes. Serve with warm pasta sauce and a green salad.

Tues | Lemon love

Turkey Piccata (recipe below) is the definition of an easy meal. Because your turkey cutlets have been pounded thin, the preparation time for the dish is less than 15 minutes. (Save this recipe and use it for chicken or thin pork chops.) Add baby spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic and you'll have dinner on the table in record time.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

Throw together a Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad with the help of the rotisserie bird. Don't shred the meat this time, but cut it in cubes. Chopped Romaine lettuce is your base, topped with neat piles of chicken, halved grape tomatoes, sliced radishes, diced cucumber and onion (if you like). If you're a plan-aheader, you might have boiled a couple of eggs last night. If so, chop and add. Just before serving, layer on slices of creamy, ripe avocado. Dress with Ranch or a creamy vinaigrette and scatter with garlic croutons.

Thurs | Something fishy

Baked Fish Sandwiches With Spicy Mayo are on tonight's menu. For the spicy spread, mix 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1 to 2 teaspoons canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. Set aside. Using a firm, thin fillet (catfish, snapper, tilapia), dredge it through salt-and-pepper seasoned cornmeal. Spray fish with cooking spray and bake in at 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway. Serve on buns of your choice spread with the spicy mayo and an ice-cold lettuce leaf and tomato slice. Serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries.

Fri | South American flair

Crack open a bottle of Argentinian malbec (our resident wine gurus like the Areo Malbec found at supermarkets and liquor stores) for Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri Sauce. To make the Argentinian herb sauce, roughly chop and blend 6 cloves garlic, 2 shallots, sliced, 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves, 1 heaping tablespoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes in a food processor. Stream in 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, ½ cup red wine vinegar and ¼ cup water. Serve the sauce with the grilled, sliced steak (which should only take 5 to 6 minutes per side, maybe less) and roasted halved red potatoes.

Read Stir Crazy online at www.blogs.tampabay.com/food. Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586.

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