Root for your favorite team with SLOW COOKER CHILI standing by for halftime eating. In a large nonstick skillet on medium, cook 2 pounds lean ground beef 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink. Place cooked beef in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add 1 package slow-cooker chili seasoning, 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes with liquid, 2 (14.5-ounce) cans rinsed reduced-sodium kidney or pinto beans (or combination) and 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours. Stir before serving. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped onions.
Add deli COLESLAW and CORNBREAD (from mix) to accompany the feast. BROWNIES are dessert.
Save enough chili for Monday. Make Tuesday's Walnut Chocolate Bliss Balls today.
lean ground beef, slow-cooker chili seasoning, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, reduced-sodium kidney or pinto beans, no-salt-added canned tomato sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions, deli coleslaw, cornbread mix, brownies.
Monday: Heat and Eat
Heat the leftover CHILI and serve it over BROWN RICE to stretch it a bit. Add a MIXED GREEN SALAD and CRUSTY BREAD. Serve fresh PINEAPPLE CHUNKS for a light dessert.
brown rice, mixed greens, crusty bread, fresh pineapple.
Say Happy Valentine's to your honey with TURKEY REUBEN WRAPS for a quick weeknight meal. Spread four (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas with 1 tablespoon Thousand Island dressing each. Top to within 1 inch of edge with 1 1/2 cups (6 cups total) fresh baby spinach, 2 ounces (8 ounces total) deli sliced honey-roasted smoked or other turkey breast, 1 ounce sliced (4 ounces total) reduced-fat Swiss cheese and 1 cup (4 cups total) bagged coleslaw mix. Roll tightly. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes. Cut diagonally in halves. Serve with OVEN FRIES (from frozen).
Earlier in the week, make WALNUT CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS for dessert. Process 2 cups walnuts until finely chopped. To food processor, add 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 10 pitted Medjool dates; pulse again until mixture forms a thick paste. (Don’t process too long, or mixture will become too sticky.) Roll into 16 uniform balls. Roll some of the balls in additional coconut or cocoa powder, if desired. Store in refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
whole-wheat tortillas, Thousand Island dressing, fresh baby spinach, deli sliced honey-roasted smoked or other turkey breast, reduced-fat Swiss cheese, bagged coleslaw mix, frozen oven fries, walnuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, Medjool dates.
Ask kids their favorite food groups, and they'll say spaghetti and pizza, so tonight's SPAGHETTI PIZZA will be a winner. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Break 8 ounces spaghetti into 2-inch pieces. Cook according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, beat 2 eggs. Gradually add 1/2 cup 1% milk, 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Stir in spaghetti pieces. Coat a rimmed 10 1/2-by-15 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Spread spaghetti mixture into pan, building up sides slightly. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Spread 1 (26-ounce) jar red spaghetti sauce over crust. Spread 2 cups cooked broccoli florets and 1 thinly sliced zucchini over sauce. Sprinkle with 1 more cup mozzarella. Bake 35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Serve with a CHOPPED LETTUCE SALAD. Add PEACHES for dessert.
spaghetti, eggs, 1% milk, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, cooking spray, jar red spaghetti sauce, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, peaches.
For a no-meat dinner, enjoy POLENTA GRATIN WITH MUSHROOMS AND CHEESE. Serve it with a SPINACH SALAD with sliced hard-boiled EGGS and FOCACCIA. Scoop STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM for dessert.
Save enough ice cream for Saturday.
cooking spray, tube sun-dried tomato or regular polenta, sliced cremini mushrooms, garlic, coarse salt, sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce, fresh basil, 50% light cheddar cheese, fresh spinach, eggs, focaccia, strawberry ice cream.
POLENTA GRATIN WITH MUSHROOMS AND CHEESE
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 15 minutes
- 1 (16-ounce) tube sun-dried tomato or regular polenta, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 (8-ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup shredded 50% light cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a 7-by-11-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, arrange polenta slices, allowing slices to overlap. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add mushrooms; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic and salt. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; cook 2 minutes. Stir in Alfredo sauce and basil. Spoon mushroom mixture evenly over polenta. Top with cheese. Bake 9 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Per serving: 132 calories, 7 grams protein, 3 grams fat (19% calories from fat), 1.6 grams saturated fat, 21 grams carbohydrate, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 560 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.
You won't care that SKILLET BEEF AND MASHED POTATO PIE is inexpensive, because it's comfort food at its best. Serve it with a LETTUCE WEDGE and BREAD STICKS. Leftover CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS make the best dessert.
meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal), dried Greek seasoning, no-salt-added tomato sauce, frozen peas and carrots, refrigerated prepared garlic or other mashed potatoes, lettuce, bread sticks.
SKILLET BEEF AND MASHED POTATO PIE
Servings: makes 5 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
- 1 1/2 pounds meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal)
- 3 teaspoons dried Greek seasoning, divided
- 2 (8-ounce) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
- 1 (25-ounce) container refrigerated prepared garlic (or other) mashed potatoes
Heat a large nonstick ovenproof skillet on medium-high. Add meatloaf mix and cook 8 minutes or until no longer pink; drain. Add 2 teaspoons of the Greek seasoning, tomato sauce and peas and carrots. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Heat potatoes in microwave according to directions. Stir remaining Greek seasoning into potatoes. Heat broiler. Spread heated potatoes over meat mixture. Wrap handle in foil. Place skillet under broiler, 4 inches from heat, and broil 2 to 3 minutes or until potatoes are brown. Serve immediately.
Per serving: 348 calories, 33 grams protein, 11 grams fat (27% calories from fat), 3.0 grams saturated fat, 31 grams carbohydrate, 91 milligrams cholesterol, 571 milligrams sodium, 5 grams fiber.
Saturday: Easy Entertaining
Our neighbors enjoyed ROASTED COD WITH WARM TOMATO-OLIVE-CAPER TAPENADE with us. Serve it with COUSCOUS, a BIBB LETTUCE SALAD and a BAGUETTE. Top leftover STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM with HOT FUDGE SAUCE for dessert.
cod fillets, extra-virgin olive oil, pepper, shallot, cherry or grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, fresh or dried oregano, balsamic vinegar, couscous, Bibb lettuce, baguette, hot fudge sauce.
ROASTED COD WITH WARM TOMATO-OLIVE-CAPER TAPENADE
Servings: makes 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
- 1 pound cod fillets (see NOTE)
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
- 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Rub cod with 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with pepper. Place on baking sheet. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until fish is opaque throughout (depending on thickness of fish).
Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in medium skillet on medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, about 20 seconds or until it begins to soften. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring, 1 1/2 minutes or until softened. Add olives and capers; cook, stirring, 30 seconds more. Stir in oregano and vinegar; remove from heat. Spoon over cod and serve.
NOTE: Use frozen cod if fresh is not available or is too expensive. Thaw before cooking.
Per serving: 151 calories, 19 grams protein, 7 grams fat (39% calories from fat), 0.6 gram saturated fat, 4 grams carbohydrate, 43 milligrams cholesterol, 262 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.