Monday

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Risotto with Kale Pesto | Broiled Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar

So, it’s Monday, the first Monday in August. All day long. The last Monday before school starts, for some, even though it seems like summer just got here. If you’re thinking about getting back into a routine and making dinner plans a part of your routine, one thing to try, while summer vegetables are still in season, is meatless Monday. There are thousands of ways to approach a meatless dinner, but a good way to start, if you’re accustomed to animal protein at every meal, is with a main course that’s hearty and satisfying (and family-friendly), like risotto, or another cooked grain.

Love to Cook: This recipe for oven risotto with kale pesto has a longer ingredient list that many weeknight recipes, but most of the work is hands-off baking time. While you’re finishing the risotto on the stovetop you can broil the tomatoes.

Weeknight Reality: This simple kale pesto recipe could use a dash of lemon juice, I think; but maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it’s quick and easy and can be used for other things.

Need a Miracle: Instead of making pesto (kale or otherwise), use prepared; instead of making risotto, use fresh pasta from the refrigerated section; instead of broiling the tomatoes, just slice, salt, drizzle with oil/vinegar, and serve.

How about the rest of the week? Here you go; plan accordingly.

Seared Scallops with Bacon & Wilted Greens

Steak Salad with Herbs | Toasted Sourdough Bread

Cobb Salad Wraps | Peach Ice Cream

Ratatouille | Parsley Salad

Prompt Recap: March 8, 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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Pinkgrapefruit

  • Love to Cook: Broiled Bourbon Salmon with Black Rice and Parsley Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Arugula and Citrus Salad with Poached Salmon
  • Need a Miracle: Store-bought Fresh Linguini with Butter & Pink Peppercorns; Green Salad with Strawberries

Gingerbaby ginger

  • Love to Cook: Indonesian Ginger Chicken with Watercress Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Stir-Fried Ginger/Lime Shrimp with Sticky Rice
  • Need a Miracle: Take-out Ginger Broccoli Chicken

 


Roughagelettuce

  • Love to Cook: Composed Winter Salad with Whole Grain Bread
  • Weeknight Reality: Kale & Arugula Salad with Citrus Dressing and Raincoast Crisps
  • Need a Miracle: Prepared Broccoli Slaw over Greens (bagged, ready to eat) with Sesame Dressing

SpiritedHendricks

  • Love to Cook: Jerk Chicken with Rum Glaze
  • Weeknight Reality: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Tacos
  • Need a Miracle: Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Braised in Beer

 


Romanticromantic

  • Love to Cook: Sole Meunière with Roast Fingerling Potatoes & Herb Salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Scallops in White Wine with Wild Rice Blend & Haricots Verts
  • Need a Miracle: Crab Cakes (from the grocery deli) over Spring Mix; Salted Caramel Gelato

Ciaociao

  • Love to Cook: Polenta with a rich ragù; escarole salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Wide egg noodles with simple meat sauce; spring greens with lemon & olive oil
  • Need a Miracle: Fresh pasta (from the deli) tossed with garlic, olive oil and a can of baby clams; greens with Italian dressing

Roughage

Spring is coming. Really. So put some heft in your dinner and clear out the winter blues.

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Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Composed Winter Salad with Whole Grain Bread
  • Weeknight Reality: Kale & Arugula Salad with Citrus Dressing and Raincoast Crisps
  • Need a Miracle: Prepared Broccoli Slaw over Greens (bagged, ready to eat) with Sesame Dressing

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt