Take the family on a culinary adventure and enjoy TURKISH CHICKEN THIGHS. Serve the flavor-packed chicken with COUSCOUS and steamed FRESH BROCCOLI SPEARS. Drizzle fresh lemon juice over the broccoli for a blast of flavor. Add FLATBREAD. For dessert, enjoy APPLE TURNOVERS (from frozen).
Save enough chicken and couscous for Monday.
bone-in skinless chicken thighs, lemon, plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt, garlic, fresh ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried mint, coarse salt, couscous, fresh broccoli, flatbread, frozen apple turnovers.
TURKISH CHICKEN THIGHS
Servings: makes 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 30 minutes
- 3 1/2 pounds bone-in skinless chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried mint
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Place chicken in medium bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice and toss to coat. In separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, garlic, ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, mint and salt. Pour mixture over chicken and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 24 hours. Position rack in upper third of oven; heat broiler. Place chicken on broiler rack (discarding excess marinade) and broil 15 minutes or until brown on top. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake 15 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Per serving: 208 calories, 29 grams protein, 9 grams fat (42% calories from fat), 2.6 grams saturated fat, 1 gram carbohydrate, 151 milligrams cholesterol, 271 milligrams sodium, no fiber.
Monday: Heat and Eat
Shred and heat the leftover chicken and couscous together with a little chicken broth and stuff into PITAS for an easy meal. Serve with SLICED CUCUMBERS in cider vinegar. Up your calcium intake with PEACH YOGURT (refrigerated, not frozen) for dessert.
pita bread, cucumbers, cider vinegar, refrigerated peach yogurt.
Buy your favorite SOUP for a quick meal tonight. Pair it with GRILLED CHEESE AND TOMATO SANDWICHES and a packaged GREEN SALAD. How about PLUMS for dessert?
any soup, cheese, tomatoes, bread, packaged green salad, plums.
Once they try it, the kids' new favorite dish will be RAVIOLI BAKE. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, microwave 8 cups fresh spinach on high (100% power) for 2 minutes. Coarsely chop 6 ounces frozen turkey meatballs (thawed) and add to spinach, along with 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce and 3/4 cup water; mix well. Spoon 1 cup mixture into an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Arrange one-half of a 9-ounce package of three-cheese ravioli (refrigerated) over mixture and sprinkle with 2 ounces (of 4 total) shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering. Cover tightly with nonstick foil; bake 35 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.
Add a CHOPPED LETTUCE SALAD and BREAD STICKS. For dessert, FRESH PINEAPPLE is good.
fresh spinach, turkey meatballs, marinara sauce, refrigerated three-cheese ravioli, shredded mozzarella cheese, lettuce, bread sticks, fresh pineapple.
It's comfort food and low cost, so TUNA MELTS will warm your heart and your tummy: Toast 4 slices whole-grain bread. Combine 2 (6-ounce) cans drained albacore tuna, 1 minced shallot, 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley and 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt. Add a dash of hot sauce and freshly ground black pepper to taste; mix well. Spread 1/4 tuna mixture on each slice of toast; top with tomato slices and 2 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and broil 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
Serve immediately with O'BRIEN POTATOES (from frozen) and a MIXED GREEN SALAD. Fresh ORANGE SECTIONS sprinkled with shredded coconut are dessert.
whole-grain bread, canned albacore tuna, shallot, low-fat mayonnaise, lemon, flat-leaf parsley, coarse salt, hot sauce, pepper, tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, frozen O'Brien potatoes, mixed greens, oranges, shredded coconut.
For a delicious no-meat dinner, try RED BEANS AND RICE. Serve the entree with PEAS AND CARROTS (from frozen), HARD-BOILED EGG WEDGES and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Make or buy BAKED CUSTARD for dessert.
vegetable oil, green onions, green bell pepper, celery, dried thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, canned small red beans, canned diced tomatoes, reduced-sodium vegetable broth, red wine vinegar, long-grain white rice, coarse salt, hot sauce, frozen peas and carrots, eggs, whole-grain rolls, baked custard.
RED BEANS AND RICE
Servings: makes 3 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 30 to 35 minutes
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 green onions, white parts minced, green parts sliced thin
- 1 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 celery rib, minced
- 1 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (15-ounce) can small red beans, rinsed
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, plus more for seasoning
- 2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
- Coarse salt to taste
- Hot sauce
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion whites, bell pepper and celery; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until softened. Stir in thyme, paprika and cayenne; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in beans, tomatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until beans are softened and liquid is thickened. Off heat, stir in vinegar and rice; season with coarse salt; top bean mixture with onion greens. Serve with hot sauce. (Adapted from "Vegan Cooking for Two," Adam Kowit, American’s Test Kitchen.)
Per serving: 346 calories, 12 grams protein, 5 grams fat (13% calories from fat), 0.5 gram saturated fat, 66 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 427 milligrams sodium, 13 grams fiber.
Saturday: Easy Entertaining
Make dinner special with BACON-BARBECUE TOP LOIN PORK CHOPS. Serve with CORN SOUFFLE (from frozen), GREEN BEANS and CRUSTY BREAD. Buy LEMON MERINGUE PIE for dessert.
top loin boneless pork chops, maple-flavored or other bacon, barbecue sauce, lager or non-alcoholic beer, frozen corn souffle, green beans, crusty bread, lemon meringue pie.
BACON-BARBECUE TOP LOIN PORK CHOPS
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 10 minutes
- 4 top loin boneless pork chops, about 1 inch thick (6 ounces each)
- 4 slices maple-flavored or other bacon
- 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup lager or nonalcoholic beer
Wrap bacon around edges of pork; secure with a wooden pick. Mix together barbecue sauce and beer. Grill chops over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Brush with sauce last 5 minutes of cooking time.
Per serving: 246 calories, 29 grams protein, 9 grams fat (35% calories from fat), 3 grams saturated fat, 8 grams carbohydrate, 76 milligrams cholesterol, 285 milligrams sodium, no fiber.