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Weekday inspirations: Lemonade pie and more

Mon | Breakfast for dinner

Bookend your day with hearty breakfasts such as made-to-order omelets, sausage and toast. A comforting way to end manic Monday.

Tue | Something fishy

Saute salmon fillets in olive oil, brushing them with a honey-Dijon mustard mixture as they cook. Serve with couscous and spinach sauteed in garlic and olive oil.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

Shred the bird and heat with barbecue sauce on the stove to make Chicken Sloppy Joes. Pile on pillowy rolls, with or without coleslaw. (I find the store-bought is too goopy, so I add more shredded cabbage and it's perfect.) Corn on the cob sounds good, too, as does macaroni or potato salad.

Thur | Meatless

Cube one or two eggplants with the skin and cook with your favorite spaghetti sauce. The eggplants release a lot of liquid, so go easy on the sauce at first; you can always add more. Incorporate onions, mushrooms or green peppers if you'd like. In about 30 minutes, you'll have a "meaty" sauce to serve over spaghetti. Cover with freshly grated Parmesan.

Fri | All-American

Be the hit of the Fourth of July potluck with Lemonade Pie (recipe below). Make sure the host has freezer space, because you'll need it up until serving time. Nice to be off the hook for the entire meal, isn't it?

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Lemonade Pie
1 (10-ounce) jar apricot preserves

1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade

1/2 gallon vanilla frozen yogurt, slightly softened (see note)

2 ready-made graham cracker crusts

Chocolate curls for garnish (optional)

Heat the apricot preserves in the microwave until they just become liquid. Let cool slightly.

Quickly blend the preserves, lemonade concentrate and frozen yogurt together, keeping the yogurt from thawing any more than is necessary.

Fill the pie shells with the yogurt mixture; cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve. Sprinkle the pies with chocolate curls before serving if desired.

Note: Soften yogurt on the counter rather than the microwave to avoid it melting too much. Then you'll have to start over by freezing it again.

Makes 2 pies.

Source: Adapted from Let Get Together by DeeDee Stovel and Pam Wakefield (Storey, 2008)

Weekday inspirations: Lemonade pie and more 06/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:50am]

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