Mon | Meatless meal
Grilled Veggie Pizza on a Pita is tonight's no-meat meal. Heat the grill to medium and lightly brush pita on each side with olive oil. Scatter grated cheese (we like pepper Jack) on pitas and top with thinly sliced sauteed veggies (for example, mushrooms, onions, green peppers). Grill until cheese is melted and veggies are soft. We like corn and black beans, with a squirt or two of lime, on the side.
Tues | Not so suffering
Dress up frozen succotash for a Ham and Veggie Bowl, a comforting Stir Crazy classic. In a large skillet, saute diced onion in vegetable oil. Add a half pound of cubed ham and heat through, then dump in a bag of frozen lima beans and corn and 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh). Season with pepper (it probably doesn't need salt because of the ham) and a splash of wine vinegar. Corn muffins on the side.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Chicken Enchilada Pasta Skillet (recipe below) combines some favorite Tex-Mex flavors in a one-pot dish, perfect for busy nights. You can cook the pasta while the sauce is coming together, so you'll have dinner ready in under 30 minutes.
Thurs | Potato bar
Asparagus-Stuffed Baked Potatoes can take on all sorts of personalities depending on what they are topped with. While I like the traditional butter-sour cream-chives trilogy, get out of your comfort zone with chopped, cooked asparagus (still crunchy!) and a topping of Hollandaise sauce. Too rich for your diet? Then whip light sour cream with low-fat cottage cheese for a creamy topping. It's good, I promise. Season with salt and pepper.
Fri | Easy does it
Buy a marinated pork tenderloin, flavoring your choice, cook it according to package instructions and serve it with rice that has been cooked in broth (veggie or chicken) and studded with sliced scallions and toasted almonds. A salad of spinach leaves and strawberries with a balsamic vinaigrette rounds out the meal.
Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586. Follow @RoadEats on Twitter.