Mon | Meatless meal
Here's a Stuffed Pepper recipe from Bea Dreier of Tampa. She cuts red, orange or yellow sweet peppers in half, drizzles them with vegetable broth and fills with cooked yellow rice, then layers on cut-up vegetables — her favorites are asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion — and tops the peppers with shredded cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until peppers are soft.
Tues | Go NOLA
Cooking Light's Creole Shrimp and Rice (recipe below) takes some of the fat and calories out of the traditional Louisiana dish by using low-fat ingredients. It's less than 300 calories per serving. Wow.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Curried Chicken Salad Wraps with fresh fruit salad make good use of that convenient rotisserie chicken and the luscious berries I am seeing at the store. I don't do much to fresh fruit melange, but you could dress with vanilla yogurt and chopped fresh mint. To make the chicken salad, shred the breast meat and mix with mayonnaise to taste, about 1 teaspoon curry powder and a shake or two of cayenne. Add chopped celery, toasted pecans, diced apples and raisins, if you'd like. Line wraps with lettuce and layer on chicken salad, roll up. (It's best if you can let the flavors of the salad meld for at least 30 minutes.)
Thurs | Oven ready
My go-to Baked Pork Chops is a basic entree that can be endlessly tinkered with. Run boneless chops through a mixture of milk and egg, then coat lightly with seasoned, fine bread crumbs. Brown both sides in olive oil, then bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I like to place the browned chops on pineapple rings and sprinkled them with just a bit of red wine vinaigrette before baking. Serve with rice pilaf and sliced tomatoes.
Fri | Outside in
Grill marinated skirt steak alongside sliced green peppers and onions that have been brushed with olive oil. (You might want to start the veggies sooner than the beef; it won't take long.) Slice the skirt steak in narrow strips against the grain and pile on the plate with the grilled veggies and a mound of Caesar salad that's loaded with crunchy croutons.
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