Mon | Meatless meal
Sichuan Noodles (recipe below) from Moosewood, the famous vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, N.Y., can be served warm, chilled or at room temperature. As a main dish, accompany with sauteed greens.
Tues | Mini comfort
Frosted Meatloaf Muffins are tiny bits of comfort that come together quickly. Make your favorite meat loaf mix and scoop into muffin tins. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Drain any rendered fat and then frost with mashed potatoes. Bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with steamed broccoli.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Shredded rotisserie chicken and frozen pierogies are the basis for Chicken and Pierogies Stew. Saute chopped onion and diced celery and carrots in a bit of olive oil in a pot. Add a box of chicken broth, plus 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon of dried). Season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk 1 cup of milk with 5 tablespoons of flour until lumps are gone. Whisk that into the pot of broth and sauteed vegetables and heat, stirring as it thickens slightly. Finally, add chicken and a box of frozen pierogies and let it all heat through. Garnish with fresh, chopped parsley.
Thurs | Party food
Make Stir Crazy favorite Seafood Taquitos the centerpiece of a finger-food meal. In a bowl, combine canned shrimp or crab with sour cream, shredded cheese and a bit of chili powder and ground cumin. Roll the mixture into corn tortillas, secure with a toothpick and fry in vegetable oil until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve salsa and guacamole for dunking. Alongside: jicama, melon and watermelon slices.
Fri | Tried and true
Chicken and Artichoke Hearts is a favorite go-to Friday dish for which you need 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a 6-ounce jar of marinated artichoke hearts and any variety of condensed cream soup you have. (I like mushroom.) Drain the artichoke marinade into a hot skillet and brown the chicken breasts on both sides. Add artichokes and soup and stir to combine. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. You may need pepper but not likely salt. Serve with egg noodles and steamed broccoli.
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