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Weekday inspiration: Sausage Ragu Over Creamy Polenta and more

Mon | Italian pie

Make a Caprese Pizza using ready-made pizza crust or a Boboli base. Brush the crust with pesto, then strategically place rounds of fresh mozzarella and sliced tomato. Scatter with chopped fresh basil, if you like, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until cheese is bubbly. (Read directions on crust packaging to determine if the shells need to be baked first.)

Tues | Light and dreamy

Sausage Ragu Over Creamy Polenta (recipe below) packs a lot of flavor for a dish that's light. Just 350 calories or so for a comforting bowl of turkey sausage over creamy polenta. Don't fret making the polenta. Use your grits-stirring technique.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

Used shredded meat in Quick Chicken and Dumpling Soup. In a covered stockpot, heat a box of chicken stock and add a can of cream of celery (or chicken) soup. Stir to combine then add half a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Stir in chicken. Dot the top with separated refrigerated biscuits; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until biscuits are cooked through.

Thurs | Fish delish

Crunchy Ranch Fish Fillets (use snapper, flounder, cod or tilapia) calls for just three ingredients, one of them being ranch dressing. Brush both sides of the fish with ranch dressing and then dredge through crushed store-bought seasoned stuffing, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes, or until fish is flaky. Serve with a green veggie and rice.

Fri | Hefty salad

Keep it simple in the kitchen tonight with a Charcuterie Salad. Toss cooked potato pieces with equally sized cubes of hard salami and smoked mozzarella cheese. Mix in chopped cornichons, those tangy, petite pickles. For the dressing, dollop on mayonnaise mixed with mustard. Serve over sturdy lettuce leaves, such as iceberg or Romaine.

Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586.

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