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Roasted Lemon Chicken  | Buttermilk Cabbage Slaw | Grilled Sourdough Bread

Few things make a kitchen (or house) smell as good as a chicken roasting in the oven. Other than the cooking time, roasting a chicken is quick and simple – the oven really does all the work. Pair with some fresh green cabbage that’s tossed in buttermilk dressing, grill some bread, and everyone will be happy.

Love to Cook: I’ve never found a better recipe for lemon/garlic roast chicken than Ina Garten’s. It works every time, as does her buttermilk dressing.

Weeknight Reality: Buy the chicken, but make the slaw and dressing using this same recipe as above.

Need a Miracle: Buy the chicken, shredded cabbage (or slaw)  and buttermilk dressing Рlooking for a refrigerated dressing, if you can, because it will taste better.

 

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Couscous with Cauliflower & Almonds | Grilled Chicken | Grilled Romaine with Gorgonzola

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Here’s a twist on the classic “meat & 2” dinner, with couscous and seasonal vegetables taking the main stage and meat (chicken, in this case) a secondary role. If couscous isn’t on your approved food list, try the version that’s just cauliflower – delicious, and celiac-approved.

Love to Cook: Mark Bittman’s Couscous with Cauliflower & Almonds is easy and delicious – and it keeps well; pair with this simple grilled chicken and this Grilled Romaine with Gorgonzola and Pecans

Weeknight Reality: This non-grain alternative “couscous” is easy, tasty and quick; use the same grilling technique as above for the chicken; quickly grill the lettuce at the end of cooking the chicken, and top with prepared Gorgonzola dressing

Need a Miracle: This cauliflower couscous takes just 10 minutes to prepare; add some slivered almonds to it, if you like. Instead of grilling chicken, substitute rotisserie or grilled chicken from the deli. Serve a plain lettuce salad with prepared dressing.

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Ginger-Lime Shrimp |Jasmine Rice | Radish & Watercress Salad

If you have a farmers market nearby, you should be able to find spring radishes, bunches of watercress and maybe even some fresh baby ginger. Arugula would work, if you can’t find watercress, and spring onions would be a good swap for radishes if radishes don’t suit you.

Love to Cook: It’s hard to beat Wolfgang Puck’s Shrimp with Ginger & Lime, provided you have time for the shrimp to marinate properly; pair with jasmine rice (cooked in coconut milk, if you’re feeling indulgent) and this simple watercress salad

Weeknight Reality: Buy frozen shrimp (peeled & deveined, place it in a glass bowl and cover with prepared dressing to marinate while it thaws (Cindy’s Kitchen Coconut & Lime is a good one); cook the rice while the shrimp thaws; same salad as above (it’s super easy)

Need a Miracle: Buy cocktail shrimp from the deli; toss in a lime/ginger dressing and serve over a mix of fresh greens; if you don’t have time to make rice, toasted sourdough bread will work fine