Malaysian Chicken on Fresh Greens
Gather the family for Malaysian Chicken on Fresh Greens (see recipe). Serve with roasted red potatoes and your own gazpacho, fresh green beans and baguettes. For dessert: peach pie topped with fat-free vanilla ice cream.
Plan ahead: Grill extra chicken and save some potatoes and pie.
HEAT AND EAT MONDAY
Leftover Grilled Chicken
Dinner couldn't be easier than enjoying the leftover grilled chicken along with the leftover potatoes. Add a spinach salad with red onion rings and multigrain bread. Slice the leftover pie for dessert.
Sausage and Pepper Subs
Make Sausage and Pepper Subs. Split any sausage and cook it in a hot nonstick skillet on medium. To skillet, add a little canola oil and cook sliced green bell peppers and sliced onions until softened. Spoon onto a split sub bun and top with heated marinara sauce. Serve with baked chips. Nectarines make a good dessert.
Skip meat for a simple meal of Lentil Soup topped with a dollop of fat-free sour cream. Alongside, make grilled cheese, avocado and tomato sandwiches. Fresh strawberries are an easy, vitamin C packed dessert.
Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak (see recipe), is a Texas staple for adults and kids. You'll like this lightened version of the old standard. Buy or make gravy and add mashed potatoes, green beans and soft rolls on the side. Slice kiwi fruit for dessert.
There's probably a better name for this than No-Brainer Chicken (see recipe), but when our Weight Watchers leader, Lisa Gittleman, gave us the recipe, she said it right: “Anyone can make this dish!” Serve it over brown rice and top it with fat-free sour cream. Add a green salad and whole wheat rolls. A slice of cantaloupe completes the meal.
EASY ENTERTAINING SATURDAY
Grilled Lamb Chops
Invite guests and prepare your favorite grilled lamb chops recipe. Top the chops with Gremolata. Mix 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons lemon zest (yellow part only) and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic. Add corn-on-the-cob, mixed greens and sourdough bread. For dessert, surprise your friends with Pina Colada Pineapple. Sear pineapple slices on the grill quickly (just enough time to get the marks). Add 2 tablespoons dark rum to 1/2 cup caramel topping. Drizzle over a scoop of coconut sorbet placed on top of the pineapple. (Adapted from Woman's Day magazine.)
Susan Nicholson is an Atlanta-based registered dietitian. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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