Prompt Recap: March 15, 2015

Missed a day or want a full set of ideas in one place? Here are six prompts to help you make it through the week, whether you have plenty of time to cook or need a miracle nightly. Click the one word prompt to go to the full set of ideas and recipe links.

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Cleanwhite radishes

  • Love to Cook: Steam (or broil or grill) some fresh fish and serve with watercress, arugula & radish salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Make an entree salad with white beans, radishes and spring greens; top with poached chicken, steamed fish or soft-boiled eggs
  • Need a Miracle: Make a quick Salade Niçoise using canned tuna and steam-in-the-bag green beans


  • Love to Cook: Croque Monsieur
  • Weeknight Reality: Bratwurst Hoagies or Sloppy Joes
  • Need a Miracle: Patty Melt or Fried Egg Sandwich



  • Love to Cook: Seared tuna, roasted spring vegetables and fresh spring greens, plated individually
  • Weeknight Reality: Composed Cobb salad platter (use rotisserie chicken if you’re in a hurry)
  • Need a Miracle: Greek platter with items purchased from the grocery bar or take-out Mediterranean restaurant


Mashedrefried beans and greens

  • Love to Cook: Refried red beans, chopped cilantro, onion and avocado on fresh tortillas (or corn cakes)
  • Weeknight Reality: Mashed cauliflower, oven roasted asparagus, pan-fried pork chops
  • Need a Miracle: Mashed potato bar and Caesar salad (use take-out mashed potatoes, if you must; but you can make mashed potatoes from scratch in less than 30 minutes, really)


  • Love to Cook: Tuscan Ribollita (bread soup) with Meyer lemon gelato for dessert
  • Weeknight Reality: Panzanella (bread salad) with grilled or poached chicken
  • Need a Miracle: Take-and-bake Italian loaf with minestrone from the deli bar


3.1415pate brisee

  • Love to cook: Roasted root vegetable pie (or its upside-down cousin, tarte tatin), with or without meat
  • Weeknight reality: Quick shepherd’s pie
  • Need a miracle: Quiche from the deli counter

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