Thursday, April 19, 2018
Cooking

Weekday dinner inspiration: Mushroom Leek Soup with Garlic Croutons, and more

Mon | Meatless meal

Dinner inspiration comes from lots of places and especially the Internet, which is swimming with food photos and recipes. Mushroom Leek Soup With Garlic Croutons (recipe below) comes from savour-fare.com, the blog of Kate Wheeler of Los Angeles. I'd like to say it'll warm you on a chilly night but we seem to be getting fewer of those as we head into spring. Nevertheless, try this recipe which includes lots of nutritious ingredients.

Tues | Easy does it

Spicy Meatball Stew is served over whole wheat bow-ties, and made easy by using frozen meatballs. Heat a big sauce pot and add a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Saute a diced jalapeno pepper and 1 diced green pepper for about 5 minutes. Add a large can of diced tomatoes and a cup of frozen corn. Stir in about two dozen frozen meatballs, slightly thawed. Let the mixture simmer for at least 10 minutes and make the noodles.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

You'll only need four ingredients to make Chicken Enchilada Cake and one of them is 2 cups shredded cooked chicken. The others are 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas, 2 (10-ounce) cans of enchilada sauce and ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spritz a round cake pan with nonstick spray. Make layers: tortilla, sauce, chicken and cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Thurs | Roll 'em up

Oven-Baked Chicken and Asparagus Rolls are delicious served with a side of rice pilaf and a salad. To make the chicken, first mix together a few tablespoons of mayo and Dijon mustard plus some fresh lemon juice and set aside. Simmer trimmed asparagus spears for a couple minutes, and flatten boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Layer chicken with a slice of mozzarella and two, well-drained asparagus spears. Roll and secure with toothpicks. Brush with mayo mixture and roll in bread crumbs. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Fri | California eggs

When you see that a dish has a Left Coast leaning, that almost always means it include avocados, maybe even sprouts. So sure enough, I am incorporating diced avocado in my California Green Omelet. The filling is crumbled bacon, avocado, sliced scallions and pepper Jack cheese. Serve with big slices of melon and whole wheat toast. If you're lousy at folding omelets, make a frittata with the same ingredients.

Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586. Follow her on Twitter at @roadeats.

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