Gather the family for MUSTARD-GARLIC ROAST PORK LOIN. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Make a paste with 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves (crushed), 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Massage into a 3- to 4-pound boneless pork loin roast. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature is 145 to 160 degrees. Remove from oven. Cover loosely with foil and let stand 10 minutes.
Serve with FARRO SALAD WITH TOMATOES AND FRESH HERBS, MIXED SALAD GREENS and FLATBREAD. Everyone will like BANANA PUDDING (made with 1 percent milk) for dessert.
Save enough pork for Monday and enough farro salad for Tuesday.
garlic; fresh oregano; olive oil; Dijon mustard; coarse salt; black pepper; boneless pork loin roast; farro; heirloom, garden grown or other tomatoes; Vidalia or other sweet onion; cucumber; fresh chives; Italian parsley; balsamic vinegar; extra-virgin olive oil; mixed salad greens; flatbread; banana pudding mix; 1 percent milk.
FARRO SALAD WITH TOMATOES AND FRESH HERBS
Servings: makes about 8 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: for the farro
- 1 1/2 cups farro (see Tip)
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt plus more to taste
- 1 pound heirloom, garden grown or other tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup seeded and chopped cucumber
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
- 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Rinse farro under cold running water 2 minutes; drain. Cook farro with 1 teaspoon salt according to directions, drain. Transfer to large bowl to cool. When cool, add tomatoes, onion, cucumber, chives and parsley. Toss to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together garlic, vinegar, salt to taste, pepper and oil. Add to salad and toss to mix. Refrigerate overnight or serve immediately at room temperature.
Tip: I cooked the farro in a slow cooker with 5 cups water for 3 hours on high, then drained and cooled. It's your choice how you cook it.
Per (1 cup) serving: 206 calories, 6 grams protein, 7 grams fat (30 percent calories from fat), 1 gram saturated fat, 29 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 268 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber.
Monday: Heat and Eat
Use Sunday's leftover pork for CUBAN SANDWICHES. Fill Kaiser rolls with sliced pork, deli sliced ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. Wrap sandwiches in foil; heat in 350-degree oven to melt cheese. Serve with PLANTAIN CHIPS. Fresh BLUEBERRIES are good for dessert.
Kaiser rolls, deli sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, plantain chips, fresh blueberries.
They're economical and have great taste, so put BAKED CHICKEN PESTO PACKETS on the menu.
For 1 packet: Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place 1 chicken thigh, 1 tomato slice and 1/4 of a zucchini (sliced) on one side of an 18-by-12-inch sheet of heavy-duty foil. Spoon 1 teaspoon pesto over chicken mixture. Fold foil over chicken and vegetables so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again. Allow space on sides for air circulation and expansion. Repeat for more servings. Place packets on baking sheet; bake 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Place packets on plates. Cut a large "X" across the top of each packet; be careful of steam when you fold back foil and serve.
Add leftover FARRO SALAD and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Fresh CHERRIES are your dessert.
chicken thighs, tomatoes, zucchini, pesto, whole-grain rolls, cherries.
Kids will love them, and so will the adults, so ROOT BEER SLOPPY JOES work for the whole family. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil and 3/4 cup chopped onion and cook 3 minutes. Add 12 ounces lean ground sirloin; cook 4 minutes or until beef begins to crumble; stir. Add 1/2 cup unsalted tomato sauce, 1/4 cup chili sauce, 1/4 cup root beer, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon chili powder and 1 teaspoon tomato paste. Bring to simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
Serve on WHOLE-GRAIN BUNS. Add OVEN FRIES and CELERY STICKS with any DIP. Finish with CREAMSICLES.
canola oil, onion, lean ground sirloin, unsalted tomato sauce, chili sauce, root beer, Worcestershire, garlic, dry mustard, chili powder, tomato paste, whole-grain buns, oven fries, celery sticks, any dip, Creamsicles.
Make a fast meal with TUNA, TOMATO, RED ONION AND OLIVE PITA. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add 3 (5-ounce) cans drained solid white tuna (or cooked fresh tuna), 1/2 small red onion (chopped), 1/2 cup grape tomatoes (halved), 1/4 cup kalamata olives (pitted and halved) and 1/4 cup roughly chopped flatleaf parsley. Gently toss to combine. Open 4 small whole-grain pita halves and fill.
Serve with BAKED BEET (or other) VEGGIE CHIPS. Slice CANTALOUPE for dessert.
lemon, olive oil, coarse salt, pepper, canned solid white tuna or fresh tuna, red onion, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, flatleaf parsley, whole-grain pitas, baked beet or other veggie chips, cantaloupe.
Skip meat and enjoy the vegetables of the season with ZUCCHINI-ONION FRITTATA. Serve with FRESH OKRA and CORN-ON-THE-COB. FRESH PINEAPPLE with toasted coconut is a delicious dessert.
butter, zucchini, onion, parmesan cheese, eggs, 1 percent milk, coarse salt, pepper, fresh basil, plum tomatoes, fresh okra, corn-on-the-cob, fresh pineapple, coconut.
Servings: makes 6 wedges
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 30 minutes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 4 whole eggs
- 8 egg whites
- 1/4 cup 1 percent milk
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- Chopped seeded plum tomatoes for garnish
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large ovenproof skillet, melt butter on medium-high. Add zucchini and onion; cook 12 to 14 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons parmesan. In a large bowl, whisk together all eggs, milk, salt, pepper and basil. Pour over vegetable mixture. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Garnish with tomatoes. Slice and serve.
Per serving: 126 calories, 12 grams protein, 6 grams fat (46 percent calories from fat), 3 grams saturated fat, 5 grams carbohydrate, 133 milligrams cholesterol, 360 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.
Saturday: Easy Entertaining
Invite friends for LEMON-OREGANO CHICKEN KEBABS. Serve over COUSCOUS and add CORN SALAD WITH FETA AND MINT. In a large bowl, place 3 cups fresh cooked corn (about 5 ears), 2 medium chopped fresh tomatoes and 1 cup crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and toss. Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves; toss again. Add coarse salt and pepper to taste. (Adapted from "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" by Mark Bittman; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007.) How about FRUIT TARTS for dessert?
boneless skinless chicken breasts, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh or dried oregano leaves, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, green onions, lemons, coarse salt, pepper, couscous, fresh corn, fresh tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, fresh mint, fruit tarts.
LEMON-OREGANO CHICKEN KEBABS
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes; marinating time: 30 minutes to 8 hours
Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 tablespoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 16 to 20 cherry tomatoes
- 10 to 12 green onions cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 lemons cut into thin slices
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Cut chicken into 16 bite-size pieces. Combine the chicken, oil, garlic and oregano. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes to 8 hours.
Thread alternating pieces of chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, green onions and lemons onto 4 metal skewers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush remaining marinade over skewers. Grill on medium-high 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from grill; let stand 2 minutes and serve.
Per serving: 278 calories, 38 grams protein, 8 grams fat (28 percent calories from fat), 1.5 grams saturated fat, 11 grams carbohydrate, 109 milligrams cholesterol, 343 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber.